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 Fruit Roll-Ups

DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Recipes.

Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved snacking on stuff like Fruit Roll-Up’s but recently I realized that they were filled with so many random and also harmful things for you.

Take a look at the ingredient list in General Mills Fruit Roll-Ups: pears from concentrate, corn syrup, dried corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, citric acid, sodium citrate, acetylated monoglycerides, fruit pectin, dextrose, maltic acid, ascorbic acid, natural flavor and the following food coloring: blue 1, red 40 and yellows 5 and 6.

I mean wouldn’t it just be better to make some of your own? If you’re curious on how to make some then read on:

This recipe is pretty flexible. You have the freedom to pick one fruit or a mix of multiple fruits. You can use fresh, frozen and/or dried fruit. I suggest making a few different trays of fruit at the same time because these won’t last long in your house and though they are VERY simple to make, they do take a long time to set.

  1. Warm the fruit in a pot on the stove and mix it into a puree. If there are seeds in the puree you can pour it into a sieve to get the seeds out.
  2. Spread the puree on a oil-sprayed silpat baking mat or parchment paper (BE SURE to spray! If you don’t it will stick!). [If you’re letting it sit outside you can use plastic wrap]
  3. 1 1/2 cup of fruit puree is enough for 1 baking sheet, and put in the oven on 140°F (or as low as your oven can go. my stove’s lowest temperature is 170). Leave the oven door open a little bit to let the moisture out.
  4. They’re done when the puree isn’t sticky anymore. (You normally need between 5-8 hours depending on the oven and your fruit choices.) [If you live in a warm climate, you can just leave the pan in the sun for the day].
  5. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut them and roll them with wax or parchment paper when they are still warm. Enjoy this healthy alternative.

Some combos you can use:

Yellow: 1 fresh mango, 200 g dried apricots, 1 orange (the juice) (these come out the best!)
Purple: Frozen raspberries, frozen blackberries and 1 banana (these were very seedy, you could replace the raspberries with blueberries)
Green: Kiwi, mango and mint leaves
Blue: Blueberries and grape juice
Red: Strawberries and banana

You can also add spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla pods or mint leaves.

Credit to this lovely lady for coming up with the recipes above.

Enjoy,

Easy butterscotch cookie bars.

Recipes., Tips., Uncategorized

 Salted vanilla-caramel and butterscotch cookie bars that are soft, creamy, and gooey

Ingredients//

  • 25 Lancaster Vanilla-Caramel Soft Cremes
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butterscotch baking chips
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

2.Remove all of the vanilla-caramel candies from their wrappers. Cut each of the caramels in half and then toss in a small bowl with one tablespoon flour to keep them from sticking together.

3.Heat a skillet over medium heat. Slice the butter into 6 individual tablespoons and add the butter to the skillet. Whisk the butter frequently. When the butter melts all the way it will foam up a bit. Watch the butter carefully for lightly browned specks at the bottom of the skillet. Remove from the heat and immediately pour the butter into your mixing bowl.

4.Browning butter can easily get burned so watch it carefully and make sure it doesn’t get too brown or burned. If it does, you will need to start over.

5.Beat together the browned butter and brown sugar. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Beat well.

6.In another bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry to wet and blend until well incorporated.

7.Spread about one cup of the mixture evenly on the bottom of your prepared pan. Sprinkle the vanilla caramel pieces over the batter. Sprinkle the butterscotch baking chips on top. Gently spread the batter over the butterscotch baking chips to cover as much as possible (the mixture spreads as it bakes so just try to make sure it is even on top).

8.Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the sides and top are lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

9.Sprinkle with sea salt.

cred to this amazing woman.

Enjoy,

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Top 10 foods for your abs.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

1// Berries : Fiber is one of the best things to eat, especially when trying to lose weight. It can help regulate your digestive system and make you feel fresh and healthy. Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all great picks.

2// Turkey : This is a superb lean protein. You can just buy slices and either snack on them or add them into a sandwich and it’ll keep you full and satisfied. It’s very lean, high in protein, and low in calories.

3// Almonds, peanuts and other nuts. : Fabulous source of protein and not to mention extremely delicious! But be careful, too much can add on more than half of what you need for your daily caloric intake. To reduce overeating, carry a limited amount in a Ziploc bag or small container so you don’t keep grabbing them from a jar.

4// Eggs : Eggs are so great because they’re loaded with protein to keep you full and satisfied. I love them poached or sunny-side up, with a dash of salt. Be careful about fried eggs, and scrambled eggs. They can add up grams of fat that you don’t need. Or, I love them in omelets, with fresh cilantro or something. Boiled eggs are good too.

5// Low-fat Dairy: Researchers believe that eating low-fat dairy can help increase the way your body breaks down fats. Not to mention it’s delicious! Try skim cheese sticks, low-fat milk, or low-fat yogurt.

6// Veggies/Spinach : I go through little phases where I just snack on vegetable trays or raw vegetables and even though I might not like all of them I try to always remind myself that it’ll make me more fit and make my skin clear. I like to eat cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, carrots, etc. They help supply your daily needs for vitamins, and can help keep you full. I know some people don’t enjoy them, but they are a food that is really important for overall health. EAT YOUR VEGGIES! 🙂

7// Apples : Apples are loaded with fiber, so you feel full, like berries. An apple a day keeps the doctor away 🙂

8// Salmon : Excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. They promote a faster metabolism, and helps curb cravings by improving your glucose/insulin response.

9// Peanut Butter : This is good for the same reason why nuts are good for you. A good source of healthy fats. But buy the all natural, it is better for you; less artificial flavor.

10// Oatmeal : Studies show that oatmeal is more filling than other dry cereal. Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and a little low-fat milk to give it flavor. I usually add in crasins, any frozen fruit really, dates and bananas. (obviously not all together)

Stay healthy,

Asian Noodles with Chicken Shrimp and Broccoli. (Super easy)

Recipes.

My friend made noodles and they looked AMAZING and I just HAD to get the recipe from her. If you’re like me and love to cook but don’t want to put in too much effort but still get something that tastes amazing, this is the recipe for you.

Ingredients//

  • 2 chicken breasts (1lb)
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Medium sized shrimp (14 oz)
  • Asian noodles
  • Broccoli
  • Teriyaki sauce or Soy sauce
  • Salt and paper to taste

Directions//

  • Cube two chicken breast (1 lb) and cook it in 2 Tbs of olive oil with garlic powder, salt and pepper until it’s tender and almost done.
  • Then add a bag of medium sized shrimp (14oz) and make sure you take the tails off. Add more seasonings.
  • Get the Asian noodles and boil them then rinse with warm water, drain.
  • Steam a head of broccoli (make sure you cut it into small pieces), add the chicken, broccoli and shrimp together and pour 10oz of teriyaki sauce (any brand) into the mix.
  • Heat about 3/4mins then stir in the noodles and simmer.

Enjoy.

Things to eat to settle an upset stomach.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

This is mostly for my friend and since I’m basically the nurse of my friend group I’m usually the one advising people health wise. So if you’re not having an upset stomach now, bookmark this till you do.

  • Bananas
    • Bananas are filled with Potassium and that helps you especially if you’re dehydrated from vomiting or diarrhea. They also contain pectin which helps to naturally firm bowel movements.
  • Burnt Toast
    • Burnt toast is great what you have an upset stomach because the char absorbs toxins that are making you feel sick. Eat is with some butter and sugar or jelly to avoid the gag reflex.
  • Any citric products
    • When you’re sick you need to consume as much Vitamin C as you can.
  • Plain Yogurt
    • Try to find one that contains “active cultures: because these will help increase the production of good bacteria which will help get rid of that bloated feeling and will also help in digestion.
  • An antacid
    • ‎Some examples are Alka-Seltzer and ‎Tums and they  help neutralize stomach acidity.
  • Apple Cider vinegar
    • Eat a mixture of one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, one cup warm water, and one tablespoon honey will ease indigestion and may alleviate cramping and gas in your upset stomach. It can also lessen discomfort caused by heartburn.
  • Papaya
    • Eating papaya helps encourage digestion, ease indigestion, and also help with constipation. The magic is in the enzymes papain and chymopapain, which help break down proteins and soothe the stomach by promoting a healthy acidic environment.
  • Rice/Boiled Potatoes.
    • My mom always has be eat this after I vomit/get diarrhea because your stomach will still be acting a bit uneasy and you’ll need to eat really simple foods which will absorb fluids and add bulk to your stomach and poop in general.
  • Ginger/Ginger Ale
    • This works if you’re feeling really queasy and nauseous because it helps digestion since it’s a relaxant/accelerant. The flavonoids in ginger helps neutralize the acidity in your stomach. Either drink a cup/two, chew on a bite size piece of ginger or but it in some hot tea.
  • Apples/Apple sauce
    • Just like ginger, apples have the same relaxant factor and help reduce the symptoms of an upset stomach. I suggest making or buying apple sauce because the cooked one will be so much easier to digest.
  • Cranberry juice.
    • Avoiding solid food for a day is sometimes recommended when you’re nauseated and vomiting, but don’t give up the fluids. Drink cranberry juice during your fast. It’s generally easy on your digestive tract.
  • Lime juice
    • For an immediate nausea/vomiting stopper, mix 1 cup water, about 10-15 drops of lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Then add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and drink.
  • An extra:
    • Sometimes the smell of vomit can cause additional vomiting, or continued nausea. After you vomit, rinse the remaining particles out of your mouth with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar in a 4-ounce glass. The stomach acids in vomit can be harsh on tooth enamel. Just rinse, don’t gargle. This freshens your breath, too.

Hope you get better soon,

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,

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!

Homemade Cheez-Its.

DIY'S, Recipes., School., Tips.

School is coming up and if you’re not able to buy school snacks, make them!

Here’s how to make your own Cheez-Its:

Homemade Cheez-Its Recipe = YUM!- for the kids?

Ingredients//
• 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar, shredded.
• 3/4 Cup flour, plus more for dusting
• 4 tablespoons butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces (I used salted butter, but if you would like to use unsalted use 1 teaspoon salt instead)
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 1 tablespoon whole milk
 

Directions// 

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees

– In a food processor, combine the cheese, butter, flour, salt and pepper in 5-second pulses until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the milk and process until the dough forms a ball, which takes about 10 seconds.

– On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 13Ă—7 inch rectangle that is about 1/16″ thick. I used a serrated fondant cutter to trim off the sides and make the serrated edges of the crackers.
 
– Next cut the dough into 1Ă—1 inch squares. Transfer the crackers, carefully, to a parchment-lined large cookie sheet. Using the dulled end of a skewer make a hole in each cracker and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

– Bake the crackers on the middle rack for 15 minutes, or until the ends are barely browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool thoroughly on the cookie sheet. (Tip: remove crackers when they are still light as they will darken when cooling on the cookie sheet.)

Serve at room temperature.
Enjoy!

Tasty summer treats.

DIY'S, Recipes.

It’s summer. It’s hot. I’m hungry. So here:

1//Frozen fruits

Freeze some of your favorite fruits for a cold and refreshing summer treat. some good fruits to freeze are:

– Grapes (red, green or black)
– Raspberries
– Strawberries
– Blueberries
– Mango’s

2//Yogurt Dippin Dots

Make your own dippin’ dots at home with yogurt! Here’s how to make them:

Ingredients//

– 1- 2 cups of yogurt (or three small yogurt cups) in any flavor(s) you want
– A plastic sandwich bag
– A baking tray lined with parchment paper

Directions//

1. Take your yogurt and pour it into the plastic bag (or more than one if you’re doing a couple flavors).
2. Cut off a tiny corner of the bag (so it turns into a piping bag) and pipe the yogurt into dime sized dots or smaller on the baking sheet about one inch apart.
3. Once you’re done piping the yogurt dots, put the baking sheet into the freezer and let them freeze (at least three hours).
4. When the dots are frozen you can take them out and scrape them into a bowl to eat them!

3// Gummy Bear Popsicles

Make some yummy popsicles with this recipe! Here’s how:

Ingredients//

-1 2 liter bottle of sprite
– 1 bag of gummy bears (or any other gummy candy)
– Popsicle molds

Directions//

1. Pour some sprite into the popsicle molds.
2. Add in some gummy candies (as many as you’d like)
3. Fill up the molds the rest of the way and then place them into the freezer (let them freeze for at least 3-4 hours or overnight).
4. Once they’re frozen you can enjoy them on a hot summer day!

4//Fruit Slush

Here’s how to make a yummy fruit slushie:

Ingredients//
– Your favorite fruit
– A glass baking dish

Directions//

1. Blend up your fruit and pour it into the baking tray.
2. Freeze your fruit blend for at least five hours.
3. Take it out once it’s frozen and scrape away at it with a spoon or fork until it forms an icy slush.
4. Serve it in a bowl or a cup for a yummy treat. (:

(play around with different fruits / juices / etc for a variety of different flavors!)

Hope you have fun making and eating these 🙂

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