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    Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    Fall has finally arrived in California! The mornings are crisp, the afternoons pleasent, and the evenings are chilly with a hint of biting briskness. It's been amazing.

    Last weekend Eldest and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather by heading to The Promenade, an outdoor shopping area. We were celebrating her straight A's and acceptance to the California Junior Scholarship Foundation. With my daughter in mind, we decided to include a trip to the bookstore and The Coffee Bean. While walking around we discussed meals for the week ahead and before I knew it, the conversation turned towards the remaining whipped cream in the fridge. Funny how that happened. My daughter decided that she wanted to prepare a hot chocolate before the weekend was through and pile spoonful upon spoonful of whipped cream on top. Mmmm. That did sound good.

    But it wasn't what I had in mind for myself. I wanted to do something with the canned pumpkin in the pantry. The pumpkin hot chocolate had already been made, so I decided that after making Eldest's drink, I'd make a pumpkin pie milkshake.

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    Many thanks to Cheryl of The Tidy Mom for sharing her delicious recipe!

    Ingredients
    1 pie crust
    1 egg, beaten
    2 tablespoons cinnamon and sugar mix
    3/4 cup pumpkin puree
    1/4 cup milk
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
    3-4 cups vanilla ice cream

    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 425°
    2. Roll out pie crust, cut into thin strips. Twist 2 strips at a time, brush with beaten egg. Place on parchment lined pan and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
    3. Bake 6-7 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
    4. In blender combine pumpkin, milk, vanilla, spice and sugar until blended. Add ice cream and blend until well combined and smooth. Feel free to add extra milk if you want a thinner milkshake.
    5. Pour in glass, serve with pie crust straws.

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    It's going to sound funny, but our favorite part of the milkshake were the pie crust straws. They were delicious! Not only did they make the drink, but in my husbands opinion, could be eaten on their own. Naturally, half of them never made it into the milkshakes.

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    So if for no other reason, you should absolutely make this drink for the pie crust straws. They're sweet, crispy bits of heaven. What could be better?

    Have a lovely Monday all!