Fall is in full swing so why not curl up in a blanket, and
watch a movie with a big bowl of pumpkin spice popcorn. It’s sweet and salty,
perfect for any fall evening at home.
Pumpkin Spice Popcorn Ingredients
½ cup popcorn kernels
3 tablespoons oil (I used coconut oil)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
dash of cinnamon
1.In a large saucepan, place 2
tablespoons of oil and three (yes 3) popcorn kernels.
2. Once the popcorn kernels start to pop, add in the ½ cup of kernels and
continuously move the pan over the heat.
3. After 1-minute stir in the brown sugar, cover and continue to move the
saucepan over the heat.
4. Once the kernels start to pop move the saucepan rapidly over the heat (hold
the lid so it doesn’t come off).
5. Once the popping slows remove from the heat.
6. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with the spices.
Can you believe October is almost over? In honor of
Halloween this week I’ll be sharing some pumpkin recipes. Starting with Pup’kin
Spice Biscotti, perfect for your furbaby on Howl-O-Ween. Pumpkin helps soothe
dogs upset tummies so these simple cookies are great to always have on hand.
Pup’kin Spice Biscotti Ingredients
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup old fashioned oats
2.5 cups flour (see note)*
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
3. Shape the dough into two logs, about two inches wide each.
4. Place on a cookie sheet that has parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat
5. Bake the dough for 20 minutes.
6. Move to a cutting board and slice the dough into biscotti-style biscuits,
about ¼ inch thick.
7. Place back in the oven and bake for another 20-30 minutes. If you want these
to be crunchier, turn off the heat and leave them in the oven.
8. Cool, before serving.
9. Store in an airtight container for up to three days. In the refrigerator for
seven days or in the freezer (this is what I do) for up to six months.
Note: I used all-purpose flour, you could use wheat flour I do not because it gives Jack really bad gas.
Yesterday, I took a Pilates class in the woods. The whole
point was to experience nature’s beauty and our own beauty. The trees were
absolutely gorgeous with shades of red, orange and yellow. It’s nice to have a
positive influence and the trees weren’t the only thing influences my mood. My socks
were speaking as well - Note To Self brings you positive affirmation socks that
give you simple reminders from I am Beautiful to I am Blessed and everything in
between. When I wore them to Pilates in the woods I received a ton of positive
feedback from the other girls in the class. Who all ran to the local Hallmark
store after to buy a pair. If you do Pilates or yoga I highly recommend these
socks – they’re an awesome reminder of personal strengths and attributes. Most
likely you can find them at your local Hallmark or just buy them here.
On Saturday I took a mini trip along Lake Michigan to check out the fall foliage, the oranges, reds and yellows were absolutely stunning. Along the way there were a variety of adorable towns filled with equally unique shops. At one stop I went into a bakery and enjoyed a chai tea latte and a pumpkin spice cookie. The combination was fall perfection. Since Sunday was a rainy day I decided to come up with my own pumpkin spice cookie, the result is everything I had hoped for (and it tasted almost exactly like the one from the bakery).
Pumpkin Spice Cookies (the pudding makes the cookies soft) Ingredients 3/4 cup salted butter; softened 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup sugar 1 small pkg. Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding Mix 2 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 2-3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 ¼ cups flour Optional: chocolate chips
Directions 1. Cream butter, brown sugar and sugar together in a large bowl. 2. Add in dry pumpkin spice pudding mix; beat until combined. 3. Add eggs, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon; mix well. 4. Add baking soda and flour; beat until combined. 5. Stir in chocolate chips if you’d like. (I made some with and without chocolate chips). 6. Drop dough into balls onto cookie sheets. 7. Bake at 350 for 8-11 minutes. (All of mine took 10 minutes).
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They flats start out at $175 and go up from there. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but worth every penny. Not only are they super cute, they’re comfortable and can easily be kept in your purse. They even give you a bag to put your heels in if you want to switch to your flats.
The temperatures have dropped here in Michigan and it’s
beginning to feel like fall. As a matter of fact, over the weekend I wore one
of my go-to quilted jackets. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite quilted jackets
to help keep you warm this fall. Do you own a quilted coat?