Pumpkin pie smoothie.

Recipes.

Recipe #1
Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin (chilled)
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk (chilled)
  • 8 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Whipped cream, to taste (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine pumpkin, milk, yogurt, sugar and spice in a blender; cover.
  2. Blend until mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour into glasses; top with whipped cream (if desired) and an additional sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Serves four.

Recipe #2

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup canned Pumpkin Pie Filling
  • 1/4 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup Soy Milk
  • 1/8 cup Applesauce
  • 1 Tbls. Sugar (I have a sweet tooth, so you may want to try a 1/2 Tbs to start out with)
  • 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

Directions:

  1. Put the ice into the blender and crush.
  2. Add all other ingredients and blend together.
  3. Makes 2 large servings

Enjoy,

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How to make Pumpkin Juice.

DIY'S, Recipes.

Fall is hereee and there’s so much you can do with the vegetable of the season, and since a lot of you will be carving and getting pumpkins for Halloween, why waste the inside? If you don’t have a juicer or just happen to really like sweet things here’s a few ideas for you.

Recipe #1

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of pumpkin (chopped up into chunks)
  • 2 cups of apple juice
  • ½ cup of pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (or more to your taste)
  • Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg and/or Allspice (all ground, to taste)

Directions:

  1. Juice the pumpkin pieces by squeezing through a cheesecloth or using a juicer if you have one.
  2. Pour the pumpkin juice, apple juice and pineapple juice into a blender.
  3. Add the honey (start with 1 teaspoon and then add some more to taste) to the juices and blend thoroughly.
  4. Add your spices (to taste). Slowly do it though because if you add too much then the whole thing might get messed up.
  5. Put your pumpkin juice in the fridge or serve with Ice.

Recipe #2

Ingredients:

  • 2 Quarts apple cider, divided
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, (2″) sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 28 oz. can pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Pour 3 cups of the apple cider into a saucepan; add the ginger slices, cinnamon stick, and cloves.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and then add the honey and brown sugar (stir to dissolve).
  4. Refrigerate the mixture until it’s cold.
  5. When ready to serve, strain the apple cider mixture into a large pitcher. Add the remaining apple cider and the pumpkin puree and mix.

Enjoy 🙂

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Homemade Caramel Sauce.

DIY'S, Recipes.

Fall is a favorite of ours—from the crisp, cool weather to the cozy fall wardrobe to the seasonal harvest. When we were kids, we would go apple picking with our family and we loved coming home with a mound of apples, fresh apple cider, and tasty caramel apples. A jar of homemade caramel sauce is the perfect hostess gift for a fall gathering—read more for our caramel sauce recipe and tips!

This recipe is super simple, you only need four ingredients! While you’re at it, make an extra batch or two and you’ll have a lovely gift to bring to next dinner party you’re invited to.

Ingredients:
• 1 3/4 cups whipping cream
• 1 cup packed (dark) brown sugar
• 1/4 cup (half stick) butter
• Dash of vanilla

Steps:

1. Bring ingredients to boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently using a whisk.

2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until it thickens and is reduced to 1 3/4 cups, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 25 minutes.

3. To serve, re-warm for best consistency and flavor. This sauce is perfect for dipping apples as well as topping ice cream and cake.

Credit to this lovely blog.

Enjoy,

How to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

DIY'S, Recipes.

Since fall is swiftly leaving us (⌐■_■), I wanted to share this cliche white girl’s favorite recipe.

Ingredients//

  •  2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 to 2 shots espresso, about 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped until firm peaks form

Equipment//

  • Mixer, whisk, or hand blender, to whip cream
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • Blender
  • Espresso maker or coffee maker

Instructions//

  • Heat the pumpkin and spices: In a small saucepan over medium heat cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous helping of black pepper for 2 minutes or until it’s hot and smells cooked. Stir constantly.
  • Stir in the sugar: Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup.
  • Warm the milk: Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.
  • Blend the milk: Carefully process the milk mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels!) until frothy and blended.
  • Mix the drinks: Make the espresso or coffee and divide between two mugs and add the frothed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired.

Tips//

  • Cook the pumpkin and the spices for a moment in the saucepan, which gets rid of any raw squash flavor and makes the spices toastier
  • Add a healthy dose of black pepper! It cuts through the sweetness and the coffee for a spicy bite.

Enjoy,

Starbucks fan? (I know I sure am) *BOGO*

Freebies.

If you are a fan of Starbucks, make sure you take advantage of this deal! Starting Wednesday (11/12) thru Sunday (11/16), Starbucks will be offering up Buy 1, Get 1 FREE Holiday Drinks! Choose from Gingerbread Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Caramel Brulee Latte.  This deal is only valid between 2PM-5PM each day (or until 6PM for Starbucks Rewards members). No coupon is needed!

Enjoy,

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

DIY'S, Recipes.

Since it’s Fall I searched up some great fall recipes and tried them out && this one is amazing. Creds here.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes - these delicious cupcakes are a copycat version of Starbucks popular fall drink http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I n g r e d i e n t s: (Makes 24)

Cupcakes

  • 1 spice cake mix (15.25 oz.)
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz.)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup brewed coffee, cooled

Frosting

  • 2 tsp. hot water
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 tsp. cinammon
  • 6 oz. baking white chocolate squares, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar

I n s t r u c t i o n s:

1/// Combine the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, oil, and coffee in a mixing bowl. beat on low for 1 minute, and beat on medium for 2 minutes. Spoon into 24 cupcake liners. bake at 350(F) for 18 minutes. Cool completely.

2// Stir the hot water and instant coffee until dissolved. set aside. Heat the white chocolate and heavy cream over low-medium heat until melted and smooth. Let cool for 5-10 minutes.

3// Place the butter and coffee mixture in a bowl and beat for 1-2 minutes. slowly pour in the melted chocolate mixture and beat until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar and cinnamon and beat until thick and fluffy. This will take about 5 minutes. Frost the cupcakes and keep refrigerated.

Enjoy (I know I did),

Pumpkin Spice Dip.

DIY'S, Recipes.

Ingredients//

  • 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 5 oz box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 16 oz container of low fat cool whip
  • ½ tbsp of pumpkin pie spice ((if you don’t have that then all you need is 1/2 tsp of cinnamon + 1/4 tsp ground ginger + 1/8 tsp all spice or cloves + dash of nutmeg))
  • ½ tbsp cinnamon
  • Nilla wafers or graham crackers to serve with
  • ((OPTIONAL)) Small pumpkin to serve the dip in

    Directions//

    Mix the pumpkin puree, vanilla pudding powder, cool whip, and pumpkin pie spice together in a medium sized bowl until a dip consistency forms.

    Garnish with cinnamon

    Enjoy by dipping with Nilla wafers, graham crackers, pretzels, etc.

Enjoy,

Soothing a sore throat.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Tips.

Where I live it’s Fall and is pretty cold and its only October 😛 I feel like it might snow around the end of the month.

A lot of people are also getting sick and I felt like I was sorta getting a sore throat and was looking up stuff so I decided why not put this up as a tip?

So here are a few things that will help sooth a sore throat:
Garlic//

Try it when: You begin to notice a tickle.

You could microwave a few cloves for about 10 seconds (so it taste less yucky) and crush them up and eat it with honey or crackers.
Zinc Lozenges//

Try them when: You have mild soreness along with a stuffy nose. Pop in one every two to four hours as needed.

Honestly I’m not sure what there are, never seen them before, but they seem like a better and more sick curing thingamajig cough drops. So if you don’t have that suck on a cough drop.
Warm Salt Water//

Try it when: Your throat is feeling sore and scratchy.

Subtitle says it all. The water shouldn’t be hot cause you don’t wanna burn your throat. If you don’t want to drink it try gurgling it.

Also you could try warm water mixed with honey if you want add a few squeeze’s of lemon’s too.
Herbal Tea//

Try it when: The pain persists all day.

Cause it’s warm and soothing.
Over-the-Counter Numbing Spray//

Try it when: Every swallow aches a little.

I used to have one, i think it was Chloraseptic. I might be repurchasing it because it is AMAZING. but all they do is mask the pain 😛 but at least i got sleep.
Humidifier//

Try it when: Your throat feels dry.

It’s good to keep this on all night so when your nose gets all stuffy it’ll open up cause of the humidifier. It’s really nice especially because the heater will be on in the winter and that could dry out your nose and throat even more, which isn’t good 😛
&& make sure to keep it clean.

Also take a shower in the morning, cause the steam will help clean up yucky mucus.
Sleep//

Get a lot of rest. That is the time your body will be fighting off germs and working harder then usual. Try sleeping on top of 2-3 more pillows to help improve breathing through out the night.
Get well soon 🙂

Oatmeal Pancakes.

Recipes.

Since Fall is here I thought it would be nice to wake up and have some warm and hearty oatmeal pancakes for breakfast, so here I am.

Ingredients//
• 1/3 cup rolled oats
• Ground 2 tbsp flour
• Whole wheat or all purpose
• 1 tbsp brown sugar
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
• 1 egg white
•  1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
• Pinch of salt
• 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

Directions//

– Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.

– In a food processor, grind the oats for 5-7 seconds.

– Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

– Add the applesauce, egg white, vanilla, and almond milk and stir until well combined.

– Make pancakes on skillet, occasionally lifting edges to keep from sticking. When bubbles form on pancake, flip and cook on other side until fully cooked through.

Serve with fruit and maple syrup.

Enjoy!