Fall Hike Blend

I love the Fall and I am experiencing it right now! From a girl who spent the last 3+ years in south Florida, this cool weather is the best!

Outside it’s foggy, chilly, and we just got back from a hike. And inside, I have a fan in the window, blowing in the fresh air and I just put a new fall blend into my diffuser. It. smells. great. Here’e my recipe!

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  • 8 drops Orange
  • 3 drops Clove
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark

Drop these oils to a diffuser, add water, and start it! This is such a perf blend for the Fall and I cannot wait to enjoy this scent again and again=)

What are your favorite scents of the Fall? Let me know what you think of this one!

Disclaimer: I use Young Living Essential Oils and based on my research, I believe these are the best, safest, and most pure oils on the market. PLEASE do your own research and determine which oils are best for you and your family.

Everything’s Better with Soup and Salad: Part Two, Read On to Win My Newest Book

My most popular book to date, Everything’s Better with Soup and Salad, now has a part soup and salad covertwo, and it’s coming out this month!

Officially, it’ll be released on September 17th. But you could win a free copy of it as early as Friday, September 7th. That’s this Friday!

This book has new favorites like Sweet Potato and Chorizo Soup and Bacon Cheeseburger Salad. Or how about Meat Eater Salad and Bacon Cheddar Potato Soup? These recipes are amazing and will wow everyone!

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Remember, you can win it this Friday, as long as your subscribed, so make sure to get your email in right away! I can’t wait for you to enjoy this cookbook, it’s definitely my new favorite=)

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Crock Pot Stewed Apples and Raisins

If you read my Fall posts last year, you know I am not a pumpkin fan. I don’t want Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I don’t want pumpkin seeds, and I don’t want pumpkin cake. What do I want?

Apples, I want all the apples. Apple cider, dehydrated apples, raw and fresh apples, apple everything! And these stewed apples take next to no time at all, smell up your whole house with real apple flavor, and taste super indulgent all while being super healthy. Here’s the recipe:

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  • 6 medium apples, cored and cut into thick slices (I got about 6 pieces per apple)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

In a crock pot, add the apples and lemon juice and combine. Then on top of that add the raisins. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top and drizzle with honey. That’s it! Turn the crock pot on high and cook for about 1 1/2 hours. It’s done when you can poke a fork through them, but before they are mushy.

Seriously, this recipe couldn’t be easier or quicker, and the taste will fool anyone into thinking you put serious time and effort into this dish. Enjoy the apples of the season and Happy (almost) Fall!

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

It’s Fall, right? Are you sick of pumpkin yet? Let’s hope not.

This pumpkin protein shake is a healthy, delicious start to the day and if you’re anything like Nick, you’ll want it all the time.
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  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (not instant)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Blend everything together in a blender and serve. You can also store (I only do it overnight) it in the freezer, ready to go in a jar as pictured and take out first thing in the morning to thaw.

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Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Nick loves pumpkin everything. So, pumpkin everything it is!

Have you ever baked pumpkin pie pumpkins at home before? The effort is well worth it and my blog How to Make Pumpkin at Home for All Your Fall Favorites (Starting with Pumpkin Seeds) will get your pumpkin roasted and your pumpkin seeds toasted.

Now for the grand finally..  Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Pumpkin Seeds! Why don’t we see these more? Try this recipe at home and enjoy these today.

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  • 1 cup dried pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar (or preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Line a piece of parchment paper to the bottom of a baking sheet. In a bowl, combine the pumpkin seeds, oil, and seasonings. Add the pumpkin seeds to the lined pan and cook at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes.

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How To Make Pumpkin at Home for All Your Fall Favorites (Starting with Pumpkin Seeds)

Pumpkin Spice or Apple Cinnamon, forever the Fall debate. Our house is both, I’m #teamapple and Nick, #teampumpkin.

But just because I don’t love (or really even like pumpkin) doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the season. In fact, I love Fall. But here in South Florida, we’re lucky if it “feels” like fall by January. So anyhow, we do fall things while overheated and sweating instead of in flannel. Such is life.

Back to it. Let’s make pumpkin! It’s easy to do and eating fresh pumpkin is beyond healthful. Here’s how and a recipe for those seeds:

How to Make (Bake) Pumpkin at Home

  1. First, cut out the stem and discard. IMG_20171007_082515 (1)
  2. Next cut it in half. (If you have a problem cutting all the way through it, you can pull the pieces apart at the end.)
  3. Next, take out the guts. Yes, this is the gross part. But you can roast the seeds and yum, you should.
  4. In a glass pan, place the pumpkin halves and 1/4″ water, flesh
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    Ready for the oven

    side down, and bake for 1 1/2 hours at 375 degrees. You know when it’s done because the skin is a little burnt and the you can easily pierce the inside with a fork. (It should be a mashable texture.) Let cool.

  5. From here, you scoop out the insides, separating flesh from skin and mash it. (Use a food processor or a masher for this.) Prepared pumpkin lasts 6-8 months in the fridge and can be frozen too, for the off season.

Homemade Baked Pumpkin Seeds

You know those nasty guts you just pulled out of the pumpkin? Well those seeds, those seeds are yummy. Here’s how to clean them up and prep them for the oven:
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  1. First, rinse them in a strainer. Try to get most of the orange pumpkin slime off, but honestly, a little is good IMG_20171007_090855for flavor.
  2. Next, lay them out on a baking sheet that’s covered in parchment paper. (Pumpkin seeds are very sticky.)
  3. Let dry for several hours, overnight if you can.

 

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  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar (or vegan preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For baking, again line a piece of parchment paper to the bottom of the pan. In a bowl, combine the pumpkin seeds, oil, and seasonings. Add the pumpkin seeds to the lined pan and cook at 300 for about 30 minutes.

For Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, click the link. Yay, Fall!

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Fall Is Full Of Flavor, Fashion and Fun

As an October baby and WI native who loves to hike, Fall weather is the best weather. Popular seasonal foods and sports return to start this season. Fall has great weather, fashion and more to boast about.
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Top Fall Flavors

Pumpkin is undoubtedly the preferred flavor of the Fall. Once Labor Day passes, pumpkins are everywhere. Pumpkin spice coffee, ice cream and candles rapidly became the go to way to celebrate the coming of the season.

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Apples are also in season and ready for picking come Fall. Homemade applesauce and apple crumble reminds me of childhood. If a crisp fall air blew through the house with the scent of apple,  you just knew it was Fall.

 

Fall Fashion

Because of the weather change in most northern states due to fall, the clothing and styles change along with it.

sweatshirtThe cooler temps lead to layered looks and heavier choices like sweaters. Other fashion trends for the 2016 season range from wider embellished purse straps to pinstripe suits. Chokers have come back into style as well.

My personal favorite trend for Fall 2016 is hoodies! Elle.com says that “luxury comfort” is in making hoodies the ultimate indulgence. Yay 2016!

Fall Fun

Halloween, football season and outside activities are just a few of the fun things the Fall season offers. Temperate weather pushes people outside to indulge in its beauty before the winter season commences.

Halloween falls on October 31st and is the epitome of a fun holiday. Costumes and candy are the theme of the day and there is always a party to attend.

footballFootball fans ecstatically welcome back the season with 2/3 of all Americans tuning in to the NFL.  64%  of people watch their team every week for the duration of the football season.

The Fall weather is perfect for hiking and taking in all the sights of the season. Reds, oranges and yellows fill tree tops with a unique and breathtaking array of colors, making your view extraordinary.

Flavors, fashion and fun activities are the best things about Fall. This awesome season is often cut short with the cold and frost of Winter, so enjoy Fall while it lasts.