Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie


Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie

This Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie may look like a cocktail, but I promise you, this vegan, gluten-free treat is meant for breakfast!

So after the sugar fest that was Tuesday’s s’mores recipe, I decided I need to clean up my noshing habit a bit and try to snack a little bit on the healthier side. So, of course, I’m here to share the tasty results of my latest experiment with you!

Let me just put this out there; in case the name of my blog didn’t give it away, I adore sweets and desserts – chocolate, ice cream, cupcakes, brownies – they’re mostly my favorite things to eat in the world. I rarely skip dessert when we go out for dinner, and I almost always have some sort of sweet snack somewhere in the house. I’m also a wannabe gym rat, and I have a pretty good grasp on moderation.

When I’m on my game (meaning meal prepping, lifting/working out 3-4 times a week, and generally giving 100% to my healthy life regimen), I make smoothies for breakfast every morning for myself and my husband, so I feel like I’m pretty good at coming up with tasty flavor combinations. Pina Coladas are one of my favorite cocktails to indulge in, so I figured it would make for a killer smoothie since the ingredients are fairly similar.

Then, I decided to toss some strawberry puree in the mix, and all of a sudden it became a Lava Flow, and I immediately wished I was on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean, listening to steel drums and soaking up some sun by the pool. [Read more…]

Guinness and Chocolate Milkshakes with Jameson Cream

Chocolate and Guinness Milkshakes // @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

Whenever I think of St. Patrick’s Day, I think of early morning parades — I did spend my college years in Louisiana, after all — and Irish drinks… namely Guinness and Jameson.

It’s a random combination, especially since I don’t particularly enjoy Guinness or Jameson on their own and never drank them at a parade.

However, I love using them in dishes.

And these milkshakes? Well, they’d make a spectacular St. Patrick’s Day dessert… or pick-me-up during the day, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Spiked Apple Cider

This spiked apple cider screams fall! It’s the perfect festive drink for your holiday table. 



Thanksgiving – it’s the holiday I look forward to celebrating the most every year.

It’s before the holiday hustle; it’s not rushed; it’s not overhyped; it’s not packed with too many plans, parties, and presents. It’s just a group of family and/or friends coming together to give thanks over a really delicious {and really big} meal.

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Fall Recipe Roundup

Fall is an exciting time for so many reasons! One of my favorite though is that some of my favorite cooking ingredients come back! You could probably guess one, as it’s the flavor that takes the nation by storm every September: pumpkin. My other favorite is apple. But there are so many other fall flavors, too! So we decided to round up some of our favorite fall recipes.

A round up of our favorite fall recipes!

Pumpkin Simple Syrup // Shiner Bock Chili

Homemade Pumpkin Applesauce // Spicy Tomato Soup

Pumpkin Marscapone Ravioli // Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins // Acorn Squash Souflee

Sweet Potato Bisque // Bites as Sweet as Pumpkin Pie

Oatmeal Apple Spice Cake // Sweet Citrus Baked Acorn Squash


What are your go to fall flavors?