Stay Focused (Recipe: Pumpkin Dip)

Staying focused during a workout will improve your performance and increase your results.  But how can you stay focused when all you want to be doing is chilling on the sofa watching your favorite TV show?

Experts say setting an intention for your workout such as “let go of stress” or “feel more gratitude” can be a powerful tool in any discipline.  Unlike a long-term goal, you can achieve the intention in a single session.

Give yourself a pep talk.  Use a mantra (a word or phrase you repeat to psych yourself up).  Mentally repeat your mantra throughout your workout (especially during the tough parts!).  Besides being inspiring, a mantra mentally hardwires your brain to enjoy exercise by acting as a cue to connect a behavior (exercise) with a reward (the positive experience of achieving your intention).

Furthermore, try to avoid negative self-talk while working out.  This negative talk can damage your workout and prevent you from achieving your intention.  As Nike would say, “Just do it!”

And it is officially Christmas break!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be heading east tomorrow!  It’s time for a road trip!  Thank goodness I will have travel companions (both pups and human!)!  It’s a long drive!

Quote of the Day:

“Everything you can imagine is real.” -Pablo Picaso

Oh!  And I’ve been meaning to post what was made in Allison’s kitchen when I was house-sitting…so here goes!

– Chewy Brownies

Chewy, Fudgy Triple Chocolate Brownies

Baked Ziti

Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip (yes, a different recipe!)

Pumpkin Truffles

Pumpkin Shortbread

Classic Thumbprint Cookies

Molasses Cookies

– Chewy Molasses Cookies

– Rich and Tender American Dinner Rolls

So, I have posted several of the recipes already!  And here is another!  Pumpkin Dip!  If you have a holiday get together approaching, this is delish!  I had a couple people at my office ask for the recipe!  Yum!

Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin Dip


– 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature

– 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

– 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree

– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

– 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice


1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy; about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually add confectioners’ sugar. Once the confectioners’ sugar is thoroughly combined, turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and continue mixing for another 2 minutes.

2. Reduce mixer speed and add in canned pumpkin, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until thoroughly combined. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours. Serve with graham crackers, assorted cookies and apple slices.

(This lasts in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)

Courtesy of My Baking Addiction

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