Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
I'm a human being on planet earth. I've lived hundreds of lifetimes. In this incarnation I'm here to advance medicine.

Happy Halloween!!

1. To make up for the fact that I’m not dressing up this year, (so sad), I think I’ll just stuff myself full of pumpkin deliciousness in order to fully embrace the holiday.

Here are some pumpkin goodies I’ve been enjoying lately:

  • Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (while decaf/coffee brews, heat 1/2 cup milk + 2 Tbsp pure pumpkin puree + 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice + 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract + sweeter to taste – if desired – on stovetop until steaming; whisk until smooth, poor into large mug, and top with hot brewed coffee)
Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

Pumpkin Spice Latte Oatmeal (combine 1/3 cup each old-fashioned oats, milk, brewed decaf/coffee, water, & pumpkin puree + 1 sliced banana and 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice in small saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring often, until thickened and hot; photographed topped with Espresso Pumpkin Spiced Walnutsand White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter)

Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt (combine equal amounts pumpkin pie mix & Greek yogurt, + pumpkin pie spice and pure vanilla extract, to taste… whisk thoroughly and freeze in an ice cream maker until soft-serve consistency)

Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

2. Oh, and I might also have to make this simple but fabulous Almond Joy Toast again, posted on The Back Burner Blog today.

Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

Chocolate almond butter, toasted shredded coconut & sliced almonds, and melted coconut butter on whole wheat = an excuse to eat dessert for lunch ;).

Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

3. My obsession with the Words With Friends iPhone app has been replaced with a preoccupation with the 7 Little Words app. I blame Jessica.

4. I find it amusing – if not a bit perplexing – that spellcheck doesn’t mark “app” as misspelled. Apparently “spellcheck” is an accurate spelling as well!

5. I think I might be one of the few New Englanders who actually loves the snow (when I don’t have to drive in it) and this record-breaking Nor’easter is no exception. Yes, I understand that it’s early for snow… but I still like it.

6. Have I mentioned that I’m bummed out to not be dressing up for Halloween? Oh I did, didn’t I.

Excitement over the first snowfall of the season. Daydreams about Halloween costumes. Trying to get away with eating chocolate for lunch. Yep, I’m a five year old ;).

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