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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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Clean, Low-Cal Pumpkin Smoothie


Happy Saturday!

It was in the 40s in Columbus last night, which I THINK means that fall is finally upon us 🙂 I’ve been dying to go apple picking, whip out my boots and scarves, light fall scented candles, drink pumpkin beer, and just be cozy.

I have to share a great pumpkin smoothie recipe that my good friend Jacqueline told me about the other day.  I don’t know about you, but I usually associate smoothies with spring and summer; however, this one is perfect for fall.

Here’s what you need:


1 frozen banana (peel before putting in the freezer)
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp pumpkin puree
Cinnamon & nutmeg to taste
2-3 ice cubes (optional)
A blender

In the blender, add the banana (and ice, if you want it) first.  Then add the almond milk and pumpkin.  Blend together until smooth.  Then add cinnamon and nutmeg, mix again, and enjoy!

IMG_2234If you’re watching calories, you’re in luck:

7″ banana – 105
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened) – 40 Cals (this can vary slightly depending on what brand you buy)
2 tbsp pumpkin puree – 7 calories
Cinnamon & nutmeg – 0
Total calories = 152

I’ve tried adding some local honey and Greek yogurt, extra pumpkin (my fave), and different sized bananas.  Jacqueline said she usually puts peaches in there too, which I haven’t tried yet but I’m sure it’s delicious.

If you try it, let me know what you think!

– C

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  1. Jacqueline says:

    Yes! Love! Happy fall!

  2. Bridget says:

    loved it tried it this morning before my run added vanilla protein whey powder and it was delicious

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

I'm Catherine, and I'm the founder of Beginning in the Middle.

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