Happy Halloweekend! With Halloween right around the corner, the weekend before has been filled with many fall activities. This weekend, I carved my Halloween pumpkin, and then made my favorite flavor of pumpkin seeds. Below, I am going to walk you through the process, and what I carved on my pumpkin this year.
How to make: Cayenne pumpkin seeds
First off, you have to gather all your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need:
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp teaspoon salt
1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
Step 1: Soak the pumpkin seeds in water until they all start to float at the top of the bowl. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: take out the pumpkin seeds and let them dry on a paper towel
Step 3: Put the seeds in a bowl and toss in the olive oil and seasoning. Mix until all seeds are covered evenly.
Step 4: Spread out pumpkin seeds on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to check on them every couple of minutes, because they can burn very quickly.
I got my pumpkin seeds from my pumpkin, which this year, I carved in the shape of a cat, and then cut out little triangles and circles to be its ears and paws. Other pumpkins I have done in the past include the Cheshire Cat, Tinker Bell, Minnie Mouse, the mockingjay symbol (from the Hunger Games), and others.
What I love about this activity is that it can be done literally anywhere; at a friends house, outside, inside, as a party idea, etc. Pumpkin seeds are something that I look forward to every fall, because they are super easy to make and only require a couple of ingredients, and they taste fresh and healthy. If you decide to make your own pumpkin seeds or take inspiration off my pumpkin carving, post a photo on social media and tag me in it, I would love to see your creations! Have an amazing week
Even though it is starting to get cold outside, ice cream is still a necessity! And what better time to make it one of winter's most popular flavors: peppermint? Today I whipped together this quick ice cream that looks gorgeous and tastes delicious!
The recipe I used can be found here. To make it, you will need the following ingredients:
1 1/2 Cup milk
1 1/2 Cup half and half
2 Cup whipping cream
1 1/4 Cup sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1-4 tsp salt
1 Cup crushed peppermint candy
Step 1: Combine all of the milks together. I used a large measuring cup as a bowl.
Step 2: Add the sugar and combine until it has dissolved
Step 3: Add the vanilla, peppermint extract, and salt, then combine.
Step 4a: If you have one, pour your cream mixture into an ice cream churner
Step 4b: If you do not have an ice cream churner, place it in a loaf pan, or any other baking pan which you can freeze.
Step 5a: Add in the crushed peppermint candy as it starts to churn. Leave it to churn for the usual amount of time, or until it is frozen and creamy.
Step 5b: If you don't have an ice cream churner, add the peppermint crushed candy mix, and freeze for 2 hours, then stir, then freeze for another 2 hours, stir, and then freeze it overnight.
The mixture will turn a bright pink. Once it is done, I reccommending freezing it for at least 2 hours before eating, but if you can't wait, it will be the consistancy of soft serve, which is still delicious. Add some fresh crushed peppermint candy on top for decoration, and you are done!
That is it! I hope that this gave you som inpiration for a special treat to make this holiday season, and that is a little different from the regular holiday goods. It is very refreshing, and doesn't taste like toothpaste, which was a fear of mine. Have a wonderfull week!
There hasn't been a DIY post on the blog in forever! Well today, I finally took my camera into the kitchen and decided to make a classic fall treat, caramel apples. These aren't your ordinary caramel apples though, I made mini bite size versions that are perfect for an event, sharing, or snacking on. Enjoy!
To make this recipe, you will need:
- melted caramel (you can buy it pre-made and heat it up, follow package directions as I did, or make your own!)
- toppings (e.g. mini marshmallows, m&ms, chocolate chips, pretzels, sprinkles, etc)
- skewers/Popsicle sticks
- and of course, apples!
1. Start off by making/heating up your caramel. I highly encourage you to make it homemade if you have time, because it is amazing from scratch, but if you don't have time, pre-packaged caramel works well too. You want to follow the directions to make sure that it is the perfect temperature before dipping the apples, because otherwise the caramel won't stick.
2. While the caramel is cooling, you want to peel your apples and take a melon ball tool to cut out mini spheres from the apple.
3. After, line them up on a greased baking tray and stick in your skewers or Popsicle sticks. I recommend something small and thin, because the apple bits will be pretty small. If you have time, pop them in the freezer to let the apples harden for a little bit.
4, Next, it is time to start dipping your apples! Dip once and let any excess drip off, and if needed, dip again. Then, quickly dip and roll in the topping of your choice, or sprinkle the toppings on the apple.
5. Once you have all of the apple pops coated and decorated, it is time to chill them. Place them in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or just keep them chilled until you are ready to eat them. They are perfect for parties or large occasions, or just make a yummy snack!
Yummy! That concludes my post for this week, I hope you found some inspiration in these apple bites, or that they helped you in planning for a fall party. If you decide to make them, post pictures on social media and tag me so I can see your creations! I hope you have a great week!
Happy Mother's Day! I wish you a joyful time to spend with friends and family. And if you maybe forgot about it until yesterday, I've got you covered. Below, you will find some last minute ideas to treat your mother for on her special day. All of them are quick and easy, and great choice if you are time-crunched, but want to show you care.
If you live/are staying with your mother, then a great way to give thanks is by making her a special breakfast. It doesn't have to be special or fancy, she'll appreciate that you thought to do it for her. Some breakfast ideas are:
- pancakes (I saw a cute idea where you use cookie cutters to cut the word MOM out of the pancakes)
- yogurt/granola/berry parfait
-orange juice, coffee, tea
-jam and toast
-her favorite kind of egg
2. Handmade Card
Even if you haven't made your mother a card in years, it is a very cute, cheap, and easy way to tell her you love her. Plus, it is so fun to get out the ol' crayons and colored paper, and make a homemade card. If you don't have time or resources to make something homemade, there are plenty of online free card sites, such as:
- American Greetings (my personal favorite)
- 123 Greetings
- Hallmark eCards
- Blue Mountain
3. Mason Jar
Putting things in Mason Jars has been all the rave recently, and finding something to put in it can be quite easy. The jars are so versatile and work with baking mixes, small items, turning into pots, etc. As long as you have one lying around the house, there is probably something you can do with it.
Some examples include:
- brownie mix (put all the dry ingredients in the jar with a tag containing what else to put in)
- her favorite chocolate/candy
- paint it (makes a great vase or pot)
- themed (e.g: spa day, pedicure, baking cupcakes, tea time, hot cocoa, etc)
Whether it is is photos of you, your family, with your mom, etc, photos are prefect for bringing back memories. On top of that, they can be given in many different forms, for example through a scrapbook, frame, wallet, etc. Here are some ideas with how to place your photos:
- glue to inside of mason jar (works as a vase) or place inside like a memory box
- on a poster filled with other notes, memories, artwork, etc.
- in a lock necklace
- inside a book
- make a string of them with clothespins to hang in her house
5. Spend Time with Her
The best gift of all could be spending time with your mom. It doesn't have to be in person, it can be through call, Skype, or any other way of communication. What is most important is that you show her you care by wanting to spend time with her. The gift of time is often much better than an object.
I wish you the best Mother's Day, and I hope that this post made it easier for you to find a gift for your mother, or give you some inspiration for next year. Let me know down in the comments what you got your mother this year. Spend time with the people you love and have a great week!
Happy first day of Spring! To celebrate, I put together 3 light, springy hairstyles to start the season with some bounce. They are are decently easy, because I am not pro at hairstyles, and tend to leave them for special occasions.
1. Embellished Bun
To make this hairstyle, you will need:
- A hairbrush
- Bobby Pins
- Hair ties
- an Embellishment (flowers, headbands, jewelry, etc.)
Step 1: Brush through hair to make sure there are no tangles
Step 2: Pull up hair to the top of head, around the crown of your head
Step 3: Curl hair around itself to form the shape of a bun
Step 4: Tie it up, being careful to keep the shape
Step 5: Use bobby pins to adjust places, until you like the shape
Step 6: Add Embelishment
2. Fishtail Crown
To make this hairstyle, you will need:
- Bobby Pins
- Clear Elastics
Step 1: Brush through hair to make sure there aren't any tangles
Step 2: Take a small section of hair underneath, near the ear
Step 3: Take this section and fishtail braid it
Step 4: Put a clear elastic at the end of the braid
Step 5: Pull this small braid over the top of the head and bobby pin it to the other side of the head
Step 6: Repeat step 2-4 on other side of head
Step 7: Pull this small braid over the top of the head, this time making sure to go over the end of the last braid, and tuck the end of this one into the other.
3. Light Curl
To make this hairstyle, you will need:
- Curling Iron
- Heat Protection Spray
- Hair ties
Step 1: Heat curling iron
Step 2: Put up top half of hair using hair tie
Step 3: Spray heat protection of the hair still down
Step 4: Curl the hair, using smaller sections for smaller curls, or larger sections for larger curls.
Step 5: After the curls have cooled, put down top layer, leaving up bangs if you have any
Step 6: Spray heat protection on this layer
Step 7: Curl
Step 8: Curl bangs if any, and then either bobby pin back portions of hair, or do a half up, or leave as is
What did you think of these three hairstyles? Let me know what you do with your hair in the spring, and if you've tried any of these, take a picture and tag me on Instagram or Twitter. Have great first day of Spring and a lovely International Happiness Day too!
Every once and a while, you get gross feeling: you're tired, grumpy, smelly, and feel like lying on the couch all day. I usually feel this way when I've been away for a trip, and don't feel as comfortable in the bathroom. When I return home, I usually always take a spa day. Today, unable to come up with a good enough idea for a blog post, I decided to take a bath. Automatically, I realized that sharing this piece of my routine with you would make a great blog post, so here is my how-to guide for a spa day.
First things first, I get together all of my products I may use in or after a bath. This includes some products you have probably seen before in my favorites, and a few homemade things. In the three jars are lavender body scrub, coffee body scrub, and mint Epsom salt. Up there is also some bath bombs, sponges, body creme, and bubble bath. Here are the ingredients for all of my homemade goodies:
- coffee, soap chips, and sugar
- cane sugar, lavender essential oil, coconut oil, lavender sprigs
Peppermint Epsom salt
- peppermint oil, peppermint tea leaves, baking soda, Epsom salt
After picking the products for my bath, I start filling it up with bubbles, and get the mood set. This includes placing candles (fake ones) around the bath, and getting anything I would like to do or use during the bath. I got myself a nice glass of ice tea, and brought up a face mask to use during the bath.
Finally, I take a dip in the bath. It usually takes a while to ease all the way in, because I like my bath very hot. I try to spend as much time as possible in the bath before I either prune up, or it gets to cold.
That is the end of my short post for this week, I hope you found it relaxing :) Have a fantastic week, and you'll hear from me next Sunday!
Want to know how to make the perfect gingerbread house? Well you're in the right place! Here are the tips and ticks to making the perfect house this year.
First things first, is finding a good recipe for making gingerbread. I got mine from here. The consistency of the dough was perfect, and the gingerbread was hard, but not too stiff. Finding a stencil was the harder bit. My brother purchased his gingerbread house (one of those pre-put together ones) and I took some paper and stenciled his walls and roof. If you don't have a stencil, make sure all the walls are the same size, because otherwise the house will not fit together.
Next is to roll out your dough and cut the shape of your house. If you like, you can outline/cut out windows and the door. If you decide to cut out your windows, you have the option to make stained glass windows with candies. Take crushed jolly ranchers and sprinkle them in the windows. They will melt in the oven and cool into the window, creating a colorful panel.
After, it's time to bake! Put them in the oven for around 10 minutes. I would recommend letting them cool for at least a day before putting it together. Icing is a great for sticking pieces together, but I have also seen some done with caramel. If you don't feel like holding each piece together for 5 minutes while the icing dries, you can find something around the house to hold the walls up. That is what both cups on either side of the house are doing in the picture above,
It is finally time to decorate. I like using leftover Halloween candy, and sometimes purchase small candies from the grocery store. This year I found cute Christmas lights which I hung all around the house and it gave so much color. You honestly cannot go wrong when decorating a house. I know some people who give their house a theme every year, but I just decorate as I go, and it is usually quite mismatched.
And your house is done! It should last for a while, and will make your actual house smell amazing, It adds a lot of Christmas decoration and cheer to your home. Plus, it makes a great snack!
I hope you all have had a great start to December! I am very sorry that my first post this month is not a November Favorites, but I hope this is a good substitute. Let me know what you want to see this month, whether it is winter themed or not. I hope you are all having a great start to December, have a wonderful week!
Having a lot of people over for Thanksgiving? It can be hard to prepare all of that food in one day. Never know what to do with leftovers? I've also included some great recipes that will never make leftover turkey seem boring!
1. Set the Table in Advance
When it comes to preparation, you can never do too much. That is why the week of thanksgiving, I always set the table in advance. It can be very hectic on The Day, so already having your table set can save you 20 minutes. It is always professional to have it set up beforehand, because even if a surprise guest shows up early, you will be ready. It can also help decide how many dishes you need to cook. You should have at least 1lb of turkey per person, and 1 small side per person. By setting out the plates, you can count and make sure you'll have enough food for everyone. On top of that, it is fun finding small things around the house to decorate the table with. This place setting includes fake flowers, scented pine cones, little glasses with glass pumpkins, and paper leaves. Our family has a tradition in which every year we write something we are thankful for on paper leaves. Then, on Thanksgiving day, we take turns picking them out randomly and reading them. It is always fun to hear what each person said.
2. Prep Your Dishes
Prepping in advance is very important if your planning on having a large number of people over. I understand that everything tastes better fresh, but sometime it is impossible to make everything in one day. That is why every year, I write out the menu of what will be served, and then split it amongst the week. Dishes you can make very early, like cranberry sauce, can be cooked first. Pies can also be cooked in advance, because they last a while. The actual turkey and vegetable sides will need to wait to cook until Thursday, but dishes like sweet potato and lasagna can be prepped (but not cooked) the night before. Overall, prepping your food can take off stress on Thanksgiving so that you can enjoy yourself and not spend the entire day in the kitchen.
3. Leftover Recipe Ideas
I obviously don't have pictures of leftover thanksgiving recipes yet, but I would like to share some ideas with you if your stumped about what to do with leftovers. First things first, the classic turkey sandwich. Some people like gravy on theirs, some like cranberry sauce, and some like both (or neither). Which one are you? Another great idea is to turn your sandwich into a Panini. If you don't know what a Panini is or how to make it, I've got a great post for you here. You can also take crescent dough, and roll up some leftovers in that. After you cook it, it turns into a delicious turkey pocket. I have seen recipes where you turn it into a casserole, muffins. breads. nachos, pot pies, etc. A great place to look for more recipes is here.
That is the conclusion to some tips you can use to prep for thanksgiving. Let me know which ones you used, or if you have any tips I didn't mention. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving this week, and I'll try to update you with some dishes I make.
Always waking up late for school and don't have time to eat? Early mornings will do that to you. But with these frozen yogurt granola bars, you are guaranteed breakfast on the busiest of mornings. Plus, it is healthier for you too!
You Will Need:
1 cup granola ( more if you want a thicker layer)
4 flavored yogurts ( use less if you want a thinner layer)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp peanut butter
toppings ( I used berries, chocolate chips, and peanut butter)
1. Add the butter and peanut butter together into a microwave-safe bowl. Then, microwave for 30 seconds. If your granola is plain, you might want to add a bit of honey too.
2. Add in the granola and mix until the oats are coated with the mixture.
3. Place granola in pan and spread out evenly until it is flat.
4. Next, spread the yogurt flavor of your choice ( I used half vanilla, half strawberry) over the oats until thickly coated.
5. Add on toppings of choice. ( I used berries on the strawberry yogurt, and chocolate chips + peanut butter with the vanilla yogurt.)
6. Here is what mine looked like before going into the freezer. Place in the freezer for 3-4 hours ( overnight is best).
7. Cut the brick into small sized-bars and you are finished.
Your gorgeous frozen granola-yogurt bars are finished! These are perfect for a quick grab when you are running late, and are also a alternative to a store-bought granola bar. Less ingredients, less worries. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you are healthier overall when you eat. Honestly, they taste amazing on a hot school morning .
Question of the Day?
Do you eat breakfast in the morning?
Looking for a sweet treat to make this week? Nutella cookies are your savior. With only 5 ingredients, these delectable goodies will curb your sweet tooth.
You Will Need:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Crack your egg into a medium-sized bowl.
2. Add in the Nutella and mix until smooth.
3. Add in the flour and baking soda and mix until it becomes dough-like.
4. Take a spoonful of dough and put it in a small plate with the sugar. Cover all sides until it is dry enough to roll into a ball. Then place it on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
5. Repeat until all batter is gone ( about 14-15 cookies)
6. Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes
They are best when hot, so make sure to gobble them up! Warm inside with the sugar coated outside, these treats are bound to be your new favorite cookie.
Question of the Day:
What are you excited for this fall?