Pumpkin Spice Smoothie | Smoothie

pumpkin spice smoothie

This morning I was a rock-star mom. Homemade bran muffins were in the oven by 6:20 and a homemade smoothie was on the table to round out breakfast. Isn’t that annoying?

Bran Muffin

My son is off breakfast at the moment, he says it makes him sick to eat that early. I have a real problem sending him off to school empty so the challenge is to find something that he’ll actually eat. I made a bran muffin recipe last night the batter of which is meant to stay in the fridge until you want fresh muffins. The recipe is from Trish Magwood’s book In My Mother’s Kitchen. This smoothie recipe has all the decadent richness of a coffee shop drink but is made without chemical flavourings. He ate both with gusto but who knows what will happen tomorrow morning.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/4 cup water

Blend and enjoy.

pumpkin spice smoothie ingredients

Stone Hands in the Musée D’Orsay | Stone Hands


I was visiting one of the truly great museums in the world, the Musée D’Orsay with a  fourteen year old who wasn’t all that interested in being there. It was the end of a very long morning that started with a lightening fast tour of the Louvre with thousands of other tourists and a visit to the Orangerie so this was our third museum. Travelling with a teen is like a high-wire balancing act… how far do you push it without going overboard. I decided that we both needed a break so off to a bench with his phone he went and off I went in the other direction with my camera.

I wandered by myself for about an hour and all I could seem to focus on were the stone hands. I’m not the first (nor will I be the last) to wonder how it is possible to create these soft, fluid, lifelike hands out of a block of stone. I find the faces of these magnificent works to be interesting but not as intriguing as the hands. It’s like the faces are composed and studied but the hands are an afterthought that just exist naturally without the intervention of the artist.

My teen and I regrouped with a fresh purpose and headed off to a lovely bistro lunch, the Rodin Museum and Les Invalides but these hands stayed with me. Hope you enjoy them.

The photo of the clasped hands pictured above is a detail of Joan of Arc by Henri Chapu.

stone hand with sphere

stone folded hands

Stone mother and child hands

stone open hand

Stone twined hands

“The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; the sculptor’s hand can only break the spell to free the figures slumbering in the stone.” Michelangelo

The works here are not by Michelangelo but are by Carpu, Barrias, Carpeaux and Hugues.

Beach Glass Votive | Beach glass votive

I have a large collection of beach glass sitting in bowls and getting dusty so I was really excited to find the beach glass votive used as an example in an earlier post. I have had a hard time finding appealing ways to use my precious collection but I think I’ve finally found something I like.

I bought a small glass votive at the dollar store to use as a base so I wasn’t trying to build from scratch and it would be safe and fire-proof. I then used my smallest pieces and built the veneer of beach glass like a brick wall. I used my hot glue gun and wasn’t too concerned with being super particular about neatness.

This was very easy to make and it looks really pretty when lit from within. Other than the blister on my thumb where I fused some glass to the skin I love the result.

P.S. I started to use tweezers to manipulate the little pieces of glass after the unfortunate glass/skin incident.

beach glass votive

You can see in the photo below my slightly messy glue application. I don’t think it detracts from the look at all.

sea glass votive