Tuesday, October 15, 2013

five favorites: fall/pumpkin edition!

 i would probably say i am a summer girl through and through.
everything about it suits me.

however, each time fall rolls around and graces me with her presence, i fall more and more in love.

thought i would share five of my favorites for fall!!


pumpkin, chocolate chip bread
i started making this every fall a few years ago and it is now my go-to, staple pumpkin bread recipe!

3 Cups Sugar
1 (15 ounce) Can Pumpkin Puree
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
2/3 Cup Water
4 Eggs
3 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Ground Nutmeg
2 Tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
grease your pans
i can usually get two large bread pans and 6 muffins out of this recipe!
combine the first five ingredients.
beat until smooth.
blend in the remaining ingredients.
fold in your chocolate chips.
pour the batter into your bread pans.
bake for one hour or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
(mine never takes a full hour)

unfortunately this recipe is not vegan (although i have made it using an egg substitute before) and uses tons of sugar.
i would love to hear if any of you have found a good vegan pumpkin recipe that you love!!


fall simmering spices!

i have been making my own version of this for a few years now, 
but never thought of it as a gift idea until finding this on pinterest.

they used all the same ingredients that i use, but layered them all in a mason jar to give as gifts.

dried orange slices
ginger root chunks
whole cloves
whole allspice
cinnamon sticks

you simply add all the ingredients to a pot, cover with water and let simmer on your stove.
your whole house will smell divine!


pumpkin oatmeal

we make oatmeal around here at least several mornings a week.
it is a favorite for all of us.

i simply follow our normal recipe and add in the pumpkin and a few spices.

1 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup of almond milk, or more if needed
dash of salt
1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves)
1 tsp cinnamon

feel free to add whatever else you enjoy in your oatmeal.
we usually serve it with a bit of brown sugar and/or raisins!


fall bucket list!

i found this list on pinterest as well and loved it!!

you can go here to download one of your own!
she recommends printing it off, putting it behind glass in a frame and then using a dry erase marker to check the boxes as you go.
so fun!


pumpkin cookies!

these are not only delicious, but a great way to get some essential oils in everyone who eats them. ;)
this is a recipe shared in my doTERRA LIVING magazine!

1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup non hydrogenated vegetable shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 drops doTERRA cinnamon essential oil (supports a healthy immune system)
2 drops doTERRA ginger essential oil (relieves occasional upset stomach)
1 drop doTERRA clove bud essential oil (protects from environmental threats)
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup oat flour (you can make your own by tossing oats in a food processor or blender)
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

reduce the pumpkin by heating it in a saucepan for 30-45 minutes. set aside to cool.
cream together shortening and sugars until light and fluffy.
mis in pumpkin, vanilla and doTERRA oils.
mis remaining dry ingredients.
preheat oven to 350 and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls on sheets.
bake 10-12 minutes.

fall, i am a huge fan of you!!!!!!

linking up with hallie.


  1. I love pumpkin recipes! They make up for the cold that comes with fall.
    I love your blog's design and came here through the link up.

    1. I completely agree!!! :) Thank you so much for stopping by!!! K