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Two Sisters, Serial #20 and Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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O.K. So it’s Thanksgiving. That’s a good thing, right? Family, food, the parade, the football games. It’s all fun. Even if it’s not fun, it’s the tradition. And we can’t mess with tradition, can we?

Or maybe we can.

Now I’m not talking about taking the Big Bird off the menu and replacing it with fried liver, or switching the channel from the ball games to The Price Is Right (“Come on down!”). Such radical actions might cause a wholesale revolt and someone might be wearing that turkey on his head and concluding that it would’ve been better off on the platter after all.

No, at R&R we’re thinking about nibbling around the edges of tradition with this unique and totally nutritious and refreshing Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. Whether you need a little break from putting together that feast (getting up at five in the morning so you can cycle everything in and out of the oven and still have time to cook the turkey) or want something nice to sip while you’re watching the parade that won’t make you look or feel like one of those balloons floating down Fifth Avenue or need a relaxing treat that doesn’t have alcohol and a million calories at the end of the day after all the good china is dried and put away and what’s left of the Big Bird is wrapped up in foil and crammed into the fridge along with all the rest of those leftovers you’d just as soon not see again till next Thanksgiving but know you’ll be looking at till Christmas–whatever the need for relief, this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie will do the trick.

(Come to think of it, maybe a little alcohol in the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie wouldn’t be such a bad thing. A shot of dark rum should be about right. And we won’t tell a soul.)

pumpkin pie smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

1/2 medium banana

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

1/2 cup milk

1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or ground cinnamon)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 handfuls of ice

Add all of the ingredients to a blender in the order listed. Blend for 30 seconds. Add more milk for a thinner smoothie. Add more ice for a thicker, more slushie-like smoothie.

Makes 1 smoothie.

pumpkin smoothie

{Adapted from Cooking to Perfection}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #20 of “Two Sisters”.

Two Sisters, Serial #20, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters, Serial #20, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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