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#MakeIt Blogger Challenge: White Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

February 2, 2015


It’s that time of the month again–I have #MakeIt Blogger Challenge post for you today with this month’s theme:  PINK!  It actually took me a while to dream this one up.  Ever since the baby was born (6 m0nths ago, already!), I have had some serious creative blockage and time management issues.  Go figure.  However, once the idea of pink drink came to me-specifically a creamy one that is healthful but delicious with its white-chocolate-raspberry goodness-I was back in my happy place.  As simple as it was, I just loved prepping, shooting, and writing this post.  In reminded me there is this happy-place called Circus berry just waiting for me…whenever I can get to it.  I was smiling all the way.

Anyhow, here is this month’s PINK feature–the White Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie.


I didn’t even tell my daughter what was in it-she just said, “Mmmm, I think I taste white chocolate chips in here!  My favorite!”  WIN!  That little girl sure does know what to say sometimes.


All you need is some vanilla greek yogurt, milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond milk), frozen raspberries, and some white baking chocolate.  Oh, and some ice for texture.  If you want to garnish it to make it all pretty-like, go ahead and chop up some of that white chocolate and grab a couple of fresh raspberries.


Blend it all up and serve.

White Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 ounces good-quality white baking chocolate
  • 1 cup ice cubes


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with chopped white chocolate and fresh raspberries.


While you are thinking PINK, check out some of these other pink-themed projects put together by some awesome bloggers!

11 Pink Valentine Projects #MakeIt1. LOVE Letters Simple Valentine Craft 2. {Friends}…a Printable 3. Show a Little Love {Rolled Fabric Flowers Valentine’s Art} 4. Painted Heart Burlap Plaque 5. White Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie 6. Strawberry Banana Cupcakes 7. Valentine for Teachers 8. Hershey’s Kiss Chocolate Rose 9. You’ve Got The “WRITE” Stuff Valentine Gift 10. Valentine’s CRUSH Gift + Free Printable 11. Fabric Wrapped Valentine’s Wreath




ice cream sodas {mix it up}

March 29, 2014

It has been a long, long while since I have made and enjoyed one of the these treats.  When I was a little girl, my grandparents would make them all of the time for us and having them now is a little nostalgic to me.  Considering how simple this treat is, I wonder why I don’t spoil my kids with them more often.


This is everything cool, refreshing, easy, kid-friendly, and nostalgic you can ask for.  The kids helped me pick out their soda flavors and with a scoop of ice cream and a pour of soda, we had a fun and old-fashioned style beverage to enjoy.


I would make these again just to see the thrill in my little ones’ eyes.  For such a simple treat, they got so excited!  They loved watching the soda and cream foam up over the top of the glass as I poured, something that was my favorite part of the dessert as well.  There were lots of giggles…who knew?


Ice cream and soda and a fun trip down memory lane.  These will definitely be going into my summer treat rotation!  Enjoy…



mango chili smoothie {mix it up}

March 8, 2014

When Mr. and I went to Mexico last fall, we enjoyed many tasty, frozen concoctions including a mango chili margarita.  I have been wanting to recreate it ever since.  However, being that margaritas are not in my immediate future, I opted to fill the void with a smoothie-fied version of the drink.


You can make this as spicy as you want, just be careful because that chili kick sneaks up on you!


Mango Chili Smoothie
Makes 2

1 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1 banana, frozen or fresh
1/3 cup yogurt
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp honey
1/4-1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
1 cup ice (if using a fresh banana. Skip if using a frozen banana)

Blend all of your ingredients together until smooth. A word of caution: add your chili a little at a time, adding more to taste.


I used fresh banana and added ice, greek yogurt, unsweetened vanilla soy milk, and ancho chili powder.  You can use frozen banana (just skip the ice), any plain or vanilla yogurt, and the milk and chili powder of your choice.


That spicy really brings out the sweet.  And in one sip, I am reminded of beaches and sunshine.  Enjoy!Signature_zpsbf29e5311

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cookies & cream hot cocoa {mix it up}

February 22, 2014

Are you still loving hot drinks? We are. I mean, how can you not when there is no end to this chilly, windy, wintery weather? We had some chocolate bars left over from Christmas in the pantry, so I dreamed up this tasty beverage.


Candy bar hot chocolate. Better yet…cookies and cream hot chocolate. Mmmmmm.


Cookies & Cream Hot Cocoa
(makes about 4 servings)

about 8 ounces cookies & cream candy bar, chopped
4 cups milk of your choice
whipped cream and chocolate sauce (optional)

Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat until steaming. Gently stir in chopped chocolate until melted. Continue to stir until cookie pieces break up a bit. Serve topped with whipped cream and a chocolate sauce drizzle.


Miss Moira has told me this is most favorite hot drink ever. Maybe you will like it too.


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drool-worthy hot chocolate recipes

January 12, 2014

My family loves a cup of hot chocolate in the winter time, and almost always, homemade hot chocolate is worth all of the effort.  Inspired by my own love of hot chocolate, I have rounded up some drool-worthy, homemade, hot chocolate recipes to share with you today.


Go ahead and make one of these on a chilly night.  They all are so decadent on their own, no dessert is needed.


Caramel Hot Chocolate via Cooking Classy

cinnamon hot chocolate

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate via FOLK

frozen hot chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate via A Cozy Kitchen


Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate via Gimme Some Oven

nutella hot chocolate

Nutella Hot Chocolate via The Hungry Housewife


Peppermint Hot Chocolate via Fortune Goodies


Sipping Hot Chocolate via Deliciously Yum


S’mores Hot Chocolate via Minimalist Baker


Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha via Diethood


Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate via Chocolate Moosey

white hot chocoalte

Vanilla Bean White Hot Chocolate via Salt Tree

Which one will you try first?  Personally I have my eyes set on that S’mores Hot Chocolate.  Yes, Please!

And if you want to entertain a crowd with this favorite winter drink, check out some Hot Cocoa Party Inspiration I shared over at Organize & Decorate Everything  last week.