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Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Smoothie


Sometimes life is cruel to dreams. I mean that in the sense of sleeping dreams.

Living so far away from loved ones means that one of the only ways you connect with them is in dreamland (always in odd ways and places might I add).

So often though those catch ups are destroyed and wiped away in the beat of a beeping alarm and that was my exact predicament this morning, waking up disappointed just as I was about to give my friend a hug hello.

Having now been away from New Zealand for seven months, it has been a long time since chatting to people, especially if those people aren’t very good at email seeing as they’re raising a family of three fun kids. Yes, while distance can make you closer to some people, it can also stand as a real distinction of distance between others.

Being that I’m still in the process of getting to know so many people, no one really knows my history here, they haven’t spent time with me in any other location which means you can begin to crave those historically important people who you’ve known since age nine, where your mundane habits are taken as is and not discussed in that ‘new furniture’ kind of way.

This leads nicely into today’s post, peanut butter you see has a link back to my childhood with one of my friend’s dad’s. While at lunch one day, he made a joke about my love of peanut butter as we ate at the table before growth spurts and leaving homes and thinking about him always makes my mind wander to the delicious spread I’ve come to fall in love with completely.

Pumpkin wasn’t something that could be had sweet until meeting Bobbie and now I can’t imagine only enjoying that fall delight in only savory form so today I’m putting those two into a blender, adding a couple more ingredients and blasting until it’s a drink.

Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Smoothie
Serves 2

1 cup pumpkin puree
Dash of cinnamon
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup dates
1 1/2 cups almond milk

Place the pumpkin, cinnamon, peanut butter, dates and almond in a blender and combine until smooth, approximately 2 minutes.


Pour into 2 glasses.

Serve immediately.



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