Blizzard!! (The Ice Cream)

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I am addicted to PUMPKIN YOGURT.  It’s amazingly delicious AND it’s such a healthy addition to my diet.  You know I eat Greek plain yogurt everyday, but the addition of real pumpkin has so many benefits.


Pumpkin Yogurt rocks because:


  • 1/4 cup serving has 150% of your Vitamin A needs (including LOADS of beta-carotenes, which prevent eye problems, skin disorders, enhance immunity, and protect against toxins and cancer formations, colds, flu, and infection).
  • Another source of fruit (or veggies… depends on what you consider pumpkin.  Technically speaking, pumpkin is a fruit).
  • Only has 20 calories and 2.5 grams of fiber.
  • My expensive yogurt laster longer!  I love Oikos, but it’s so expensive and replacing 1/2 with canned pumpkin is CHEAP.


Here’s how I’ve been making it:


  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • A TON of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves


I can’t wait until tomorrow so I CAN EAT IT AGAIN! 🙂


I also snacked on an apple this afternoon as I packed for our big European adventure.


I am taking WAY too much stuff.


The Husband was in charge of dinner.  He chose to make whole wheat thin-crust pizza, which was delicious.  We use those pre-made crusts you find in the bakery section of the store:


I had 1/3 of the pizza, which was topped with cheddar cheese, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms.


Plus, corn on the cob. 


Thanks, Husband!  🙂


And the GLORIOUS end to my Sunday night?  Well… I was craving a Dairy Queen blizzard.  Blizzards are actually my favorite dessert, followed shortly by creme brulee and key lime pie




That face is for serious.


I used to have Blizzards once a month for about two years!  :)  I worked right now door to a Dairy Queen and was a member of the Blizzard of the Month Club.  Back then, you got an e-mail once a month for buy-one-get-one, and my coworker Brian and I would each get Blizzards.  It was a great treat (and made it easier to say no to Blizzards on a daily basis… seriously, I could eat them every day!).


But now I don’t live near a Dairy Queen, so I made my own Resee’s Blizzard tonight:


OMG. Delicious.  


Movie night is in progress!  I’ll give reviews tomorrow!


What’s your favorite dessert?



  • Kristin December 20, 2009, 10:01 pm

    Ooh, I LOVED Seven Pounds. Julie+Julia is cute too, ya gotta love a movie about Julia Child and a food blogger! 🙂

  • Rachel December 20, 2009, 10:04 pm

    Mmmm your “blizzard” looks good! Seven Pounds is by far my favorite movie. I tear up just thinking about it!!!

  • Heather December 20, 2009, 10:04 pm

    Caitlin…. for the tasty pumpkin yogurt… did you use pumpkin yogurt… or just canned pumpkin? Do you mix the canned pumpkin with the plain yogurt? It looks fantastic.
    Favorite Dessert: BBQ Bananas with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon over vanilla ice cream or yogurt.

    • Caitlin December 20, 2009, 11:02 pm

      gah i meant canned pumpkin! corrected.

  • Courtney December 20, 2009, 10:07 pm

    Is that a white cloche in your suitcase?! Where did you find a white cloche?!

    • Caitlin December 20, 2009, 11:02 pm

      yes – from target lsat year

  • MegaNerd December 20, 2009, 10:14 pm

    Do you need a bigger suitcase?! I have a really big one I took to Hawaii you can borrow!

  • VeggieGirl December 20, 2009, 10:17 pm

    Best to overpack than to come unprepared, I say 😀

  • ari December 20, 2009, 10:18 pm

    how did you make your own blizzard?! or is it just ice cream that you’re calling a blizzard 😉

    • Caitlin December 20, 2009, 11:02 pm

      vanilla ice cream + resee’s!

  • katherine December 20, 2009, 10:19 pm

    Favorite dessert is probably a molasses cookie with hot tea and steamed milk. Sweet, comforting and delish!

    I always pack too much, but better too much than not enough!

  • Karla December 20, 2009, 10:22 pm

    I should try pumpkin yogurt! I always put pumpkin butter in my greek yogurt but putting real pumpkin in it seems even better! Greek yogurt is definitely expensive! It’s my splurge!

    Sadly, I wasn’t a fan of Julie and Julia 🙁 I hope you enjoy it though!

    Hmm and I’m not sure I can pick just one dessert that I love. Last night I had pears in red wine with ice cream (as party of my 12 course meal!), it was pretty delicious! But anything pumpkin flavored is always amazing!

  • Danielle December 20, 2009, 10:25 pm

    Gooey, warm, triple chocolate brownies… yum yum 🙂

    Enjoy the two movies! Seven pounds is sooo amazing and I didn’t exactly love Julie & Julia but Meryl Streep’s performance is spectacular.

  • Matt December 20, 2009, 10:27 pm

    I think my favorite dessert is cereal. I love that stuff!

  • Crunchy Granola Gal December 20, 2009, 10:34 pm

    all of the food you eat looks totally delicious. i’m inspired to make pumpkin yogurt tomorrow for breakfast — sounds awesome. and i definitely need more homemade pizza in my life…

    my favorite dessert? ice cream, hands down. preferably dulce de leche, caramel, or something rich but non-chocolate-y like that. perfect way to end a meal, mmm.

  • Amanda December 20, 2009, 10:34 pm

    Loveddd Julie and Julia, but didn’t really know what I felt about Seven Pounds.

    I just LOVE ice cream!! My favorite is either soft serve vanilla ice cream in a cone with rainbow sprinkles, or scooped vanilla ice cream over a warm brownie. GAH I want some noww

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) December 20, 2009, 10:34 pm

    Hmmm…favorite? Lately, it’s been Ben and Jerry’s Cheesecake Brownie ice cream–just a little tiny scoop every night to make it last!

    I hated Seven Pounds, but I’m still waiting to see Julie & Julia. Looks good!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 20, 2009, 10:35 pm

    Ooooh, mine are graham crackers and chocolate chip cookies! PS Julie and Julia = great movie! Book’s even better.

  • maria December 20, 2009, 10:35 pm

    7 Pounds is such a great movie. I love Will Smith as an actor!

  • Yasmin December 20, 2009, 10:37 pm

    “I can’t wait until tomorrow so I CAN EAT IT AGAIN! ”

    = my philosophy toward life

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) December 20, 2009, 10:40 pm

    i think that dairy queen and ihop have a pact with the devil. Their monthly and seasonal menu creations are TO DIE FOR and it makes you wanna try each one! UGH..but my fave treat is anything from the cheesecake factory! I wanna see Julia and julia!

  • Marissa December 20, 2009, 10:42 pm

    I’ll have to try that with Silk Yogurt!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) December 20, 2009, 10:42 pm

    You will totally appreciate Julie and Julia.. I watched it twice in one night. In regard to Dairy Queen, did you ever try the Grape Crush? It’s from back in the day, they don’t make it any more but it was AMAZING!

  • Alison December 20, 2009, 10:43 pm

    so smart on adding pumpkin to your yogurt. i agree that oikos is very expensive. pumpkin sounds delish. you must be getting so excited for your upcoming vacation! my fave dessert is chocolate fondue 🙂

  • Kristine December 20, 2009, 10:44 pm

    Hands down, ice cream! In fact, a blizzard is definitely in the top of the list!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 20, 2009, 10:48 pm

    Brownie sundaes – a gooey brownie with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream… YUMMMMMM

  • jenna December 20, 2009, 10:49 pm

    glad you are lovin that pumpkin yogurt!
    Omg I love blizzards! My favorite us definitely reeses peanut butter…hands down:)

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) December 20, 2009, 10:55 pm

    Pumpkin is a fruit??! Crazy. My favorite dessert is anything with chocolate

  • Wendy December 20, 2009, 10:57 pm

    I MUST try the pumpkin yogurt!

    I pretty much love all desserts, including blizzards. My little town used to have a mom & pop ice cream shop that served their own version of a blizzard, with extra toppings + whipped cream. For whatever reason, my HS boyfriend wanted me to gain weight (I was at a very healthy weight!), and he took me there for Reese’s blizzards all.the.time. I think I gained 10 lbs the summer after graduation b/c I ate so many!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 20, 2009, 11:01 pm

    Cookie cake! Not a huge fan of cookies. Not a huge fan of cake. But cookie cake is amazing!

  • amanda @ fake ginger December 20, 2009, 11:02 pm

    Omg, I love Blizzards. All our Dairy Queens closed a few years back so I haven’t had one in forever! 🙁 My fav. dessert is probably pecan pie.

  • emily December 20, 2009, 11:07 pm

    My favorite dessert is ‘smores pie (!

  • Christina December 20, 2009, 11:10 pm

    I love Blizzards! In October and November they had the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard, and it was amazing! I think that would have to be my favorite dessert of all time…I probably ate 4 or 5 over those two months!!

  • Erin December 20, 2009, 11:23 pm

    Ughhhhh I’ve eaten 8 cookies today and now I want Blizzards. So good!! I think my favorite dessert would have to be ice cream cake. I don’t eat it unless it’s for special occasions – so regular dessert would probably be dark chocolate. Yum!

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 20, 2009, 11:36 pm

    Oh goodness, for a second I thought that picture was from today and I seriously thought “Is Caitlin CRAZY?! It’s so cold and she’s in a tank top eating ice cream..” but I was quickly corrected. I love Dairy Queen, I get the butterscotch dipped cones. SO yum, but blizzards are super yum as well.

  • Jolene ( December 20, 2009, 11:37 pm

    I absolutely adore blizzards – I worked at DQ all through High school and university – about 6 or 7 years!!!! The concoctions I have come up with are out of this world!!!

  • Lisa December 21, 2009, 12:11 am

    I haven’t seen Seven Pounds, but I did watch Julie and Julia last night.

    I thought it was good—and inspiring–but, I thought it was a little slow at times. Im sure you will love it though.

  • Lisa December 21, 2009, 12:11 am

    I haven’t seen Seven Pounds, but I did watch Julie and Julia last night.

    I thought it was good—and inspiring–but, I thought it was a little slow at times. Im sure you will love it though.

  • Penny December 21, 2009, 12:18 am

    7 pounds is great!!! I love Will Smith. And I have been DYING to see Julie and Julia.
    I MUST try that pumpkin yogurt. You make it look sooo good.

    My favorite dessert….Hmmmm……
    Cheesecake, vanilla cake with buttercream frosting, frosted cookies, coffe cake….
    Geez, that could go on forever.
    And of course, chocolate.
    But I don’t do nuts. No nuts in dessert. Yuck.

  • Niki F December 21, 2009, 12:41 am

    Can’t wait to try the pumpkin yogurt! I love pumpkin oats and this looks amazing. Can’t Oikos here in Canada (at least where I live) so I’ll have to see what other options are available.

    Favorite dessert? Around this time of year, gingersnaps or gingerbread torte with caramel sauce. Other times of year? Cinnamon buns or warm chocolate chip cookies!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 21, 2009, 12:45 am

    Oh man…blizzards are a definite weakness of mine. The DQ by our house keeps advertising their pumpkin pie blizzards. GAH!

    But, I must say, my all-time favorite dessert is…maybe carrot cake? Or homemade peanut butter ice cream. Or pecan pie. I can’t decide– it’s like being asked to pick your favorite child 🙂

  • Christy December 21, 2009, 1:04 am

    Fav dessert has got to be any type of peanut butter + chocolate iteam… ice cream, brownines…. you name it!! yum!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 21, 2009, 2:32 am

    I am anxious for your movie reviews! 7 Pounds is one of my FAVORITE movies, as is Pursuit of Happiness. Love W. Smith. Julie & Julia was certainly cute and a must see for any food blogger, but I thought it was a bit slow.

  • lexi December 21, 2009, 5:40 am

    Fav dessert: a kashi trail mix cookie dipped in milk!

  • Susan December 21, 2009, 6:34 am

    I’ts a toss up between plain York Cheesecake or carrot cake. But there’s also something amazing about a gooey chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven 😉 Sorry Caitlin, but I don’t like ice cream!! I have a weird fear of cow cream :\

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 21, 2009, 6:53 am

    I love blizzards too, but my favorite dessert is probably cheesecake!

  • Lauren December 21, 2009, 7:11 am

    Blizzards are unbelievable, but I think all that dairy would reck my stomach now! 🙁 My favorite dessert is Tiramisu but I will always have a special place in my heart for Snickers Blizzards.

    How did you make your own? Hmmm, do you think there is a possibility to create a banana soft serve blizzard? Or that DQ will start to use Coconut Milk? haha, fat chance! 🙂

    Have a great day Caitlin!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) December 21, 2009, 7:52 am

    Mmm I love making reese’s blizzards! Have you seen Averie’s vegan Peanut Butter Cups? A – they’re awesome alone, and B – they’re even better crushed in ice cream 🙂
    Have a great day!

  • Lisa December 21, 2009, 8:02 am

    Your pizza looks great! We made one for dinner last night as well, using Mark Bittman’s pretty easy whole wheat flat bread recipe for the crust. It was our first try and worked out pretty well!

    Julie and Julia was a cute movie. What did you think?

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 21, 2009, 8:13 am

    Seven Pounds was a great movie! Julie and Julia was cute too, mostly because I think I could relate…haha. 😀

    Favorite dessert? Cheesecake. Hands down. Major yumminess. 😀

  • Stacey December 21, 2009, 8:28 am

    I love homemade pizza! Hmmm my favorite dessert is ice cream! Ben and Jerrys has a double dark chocolate ice cream that I would literally die for lol 🙂 Have a fun movie night!

  • skinnyrunner December 21, 2009, 8:47 am

    ok now i have to try pumpkin yogurt! sounds delicious and healthy too.
    my fav dessert is probably a gooey cinnamon roll or anything with cream cheese frosting on it. yum.

  • Jac December 21, 2009, 9:19 am

    Apple crumble.. peach crumble.. or pb from a jar

  • Erin December 21, 2009, 9:28 am

    My friend’s parents own two Dairy Queens and we used to go there all the time in high school. Yum!

  • Whit December 21, 2009, 9:53 am

    I totally watched both of those movies in the last month. Julie and Julia is fabulous. I liked 7 lbs, but it was not a ‘feel good’ movie for me. Ya know? I mean it was and it wasn’t.

    There. My unsolicited review.

  • Jenny @ nutmegger December 21, 2009, 10:16 am

    seriously – and I’m not just saying this becuase you blogged about it – but I am a blizzard fanatic. There are no Blizzards anywhere near me (which is probably for the better) but I get super super excited when I run into one. My favorite was the Monster Blizzard a few years ago (basically jsut m&ms and brownies) and then the Girl Scout Cookie blizzard that they feature each yera! I’m hoping next year is going to be the samoas holy cow

  • Julia December 21, 2009, 11:20 am

    I LOVE Blizzards! You’re homemade one looks pretty yummy!

  • Alyson December 21, 2009, 2:56 pm

    You have me addicted too! I mixed up a big batch, such a perfect snack!

  • Kamilla Vinther December 21, 2009, 4:52 pm

    Hi 🙂

    Excited to hear you’re going to Europe. I live in Denmark, and I just wanted to tell you, that I do not think you’re taking too much stuff with you, despite the heavy loaded bag!..
    It is freezing cold in Europe right now!.. Like the coldest it has been in decades somewhere!
    I wear my jeans AND a pair of leggings and a ton of shirts everyday to keep warm!.. My car is frozen on the INSIDE!.. Well… Hard to describe, but it’s really cold! and I’ve heard it should be colder in the central Europe!..

    Well!.. Take warm clothes! And enjoy your trip!

  • Niki F December 21, 2009, 6:02 pm

    Tried the pumpkin yogurt and loved it! Got Balkan style plain yogurt (anyone know the difference, as I’m not sure) and it tasted great. Made a giant bowl and topped with pumpkin seed granola. YUM!

  • Niki F December 21, 2009, 6:02 pm

    Forgot to say – HAVE A GREAT TRIP! Look forward to reading about it!

  • angela December 21, 2009, 7:26 pm

    oooh! I really want to make that pumkin yogurt. Have an awesime trip!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) January 13, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Thank you for posting the step-by-step on the pumpkin yogurt. I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow!

    I love blizzards whole heartedly. There’s a Dairy Queen right down the street from my mom’s house. Thankfully, that’s all the way in California and I’m all the way in NYC…where there are no Dairy Queens. I limit my intake of those to once a year!

  • Michelle January 31, 2010, 6:31 pm

    never heard of pumpkin yogurt- I have made homemade yogurt in different flavors- but it DOES sound good. Will have to try it ;0)

  • Caroline February 28, 2010, 6:58 pm

    I am so psyched that you mentioned this post today because I have a 1/4 cup of pumpkin and a fresh tub of oikios and I know what I’ll be eating for breakfast tomorrow now. I was worried about mixing the pumpkin in but after reading this I am sure I will be delighted. Thanks!

  • Jalita February 28, 2010, 11:58 pm

    The Pumpkin yogurt looks good. What can you use instead of the Agave Nectar?

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 7:25 am

      sometimes i mix it up with maple syrup or honey.

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