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Spices
Wafting through
Each room of the house,
Aromatic and cozy;
Toasty hearth with
Embers still
Red with warmth.

Withered leaves crunch with
Every step under my boots;
Acorns [still] make a
Thud on my car every hour;
Hay bales raise gourds onto the pedestal
Every millennial has put them on,
Right under lattes.

this mug is from Rosalynne Love, one of the most beautiful people of all time–go visit her; also I made a homemade chai latte

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Autumn weather has arrived!
Cool breezes lift my hair from
my shoulders and
lift my feet from the ground,
making me want to dance on their gusts.
Tomorrow brings promises
of joy, appreciation of culture, and
hopefully tasty international cuisine.
Autumn weekends always seem to
free my spirit.

I tried my hand at Oogie Boogie from that one Tim Burton movie

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Autumn Lovin’ Kick-off!

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Welcome to the first installment of this year’s autumn series, Autumn Lovin’! Fall just gives me all the happy feels when it finally arrives. I’ve noticed everyone I’ve been around today has been in an unusually good mood. Probably that cool, dry air we’ve been blessed with!

When I began to write this post, I was sitting at Starbucks enjoying a beverage that nearly every girl in America waits for: the (in)famous PSL. I made one once, but I couldn’t remember whose recipe I followed. This year, though, I decided to combine a few different ideas to build my own recipe. I require real, cooked pumpkin in mine, not just the spices and flavored syrup.

Some people don’t care for the flavor of pumpkin, so you can go ahead and skip down to the bottom to get your first Fall Freebie! But let’s be honest: there aren’t many pumpkin haters!


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What you’ll need to start preparing your single-serving Pumpkin Spice Latte:

  • 1 cup Almond Milk, or preferred milk
  • 1 tbsp Puréed Pumpkin (canned will do)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar, or preferred sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon*
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg*
  • pinch of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 cup Extra Strong Coffee
  • whipped cream, if desired

*Keep one of these handy for a finishing sprinkle on top!

Directions

  1. Combine milk, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, and spices into a pot and heat on medium-low heat until the milk is warm. For those of you who haven’t heated milk this way before, you will notice the mixture begin to thicken slightly, and all of the pumpkin should be broken down.
  2. Using an immersion blender, whip the milk mixture until frothy. (If you don’t have one of these, grab a whisk and get ready for a workout!)
  3. Pour coffee into your favorite campfire mug, and add the milk mixture to the coffee.
  4. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top with your favorite topping: sprinkles, nuts, or just another little dash of nutmeg (my flavorite!).

All that’s left is to grow a whipped cream mustache and drink that sucker up! Yum yum yum~ Nothing like cool air and a little cozy-something to warm you up on the inside.


Like I promised…here’s your first Fall Freebie! I drew these Autumn Lovin’ printable stickers myself and wanted to share them with you. Just download a copy of this PDF to access them. If you print them out on a shipping label, you can cut each picture out to make your own stickers! They are so cute for the beginning of the school year to decorate notebooks, a journal, your planner, or a birthday card for a friend. Of course, you could also give them to the little ones so you can find them in the weirdest places later on!

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I hope you enjoy your delicious fall beverage! I know I have. I had to make a double recipe so my mom could have a cup, too. You can’t just make one for yourself! Do you have a particular beverage you love to drink in the fall? Share with us in the comments!

Are you lovin’ autumn yet?

❤ Michelle

Cocoa #2: Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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Greetings, thankful people! I hope you enjoyed the basic cocoa recipe I shared with you on Monday, because today, we’re mixing it up! With a blend of rich cocoa, the musky flavor of fresh nutmeg, and a blend of autumn spices, today we are making a Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa.


Here’s a list of your ingredients:

  • 2 tsp Cocoa Powder
  • 3 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • small pinch Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 8 oz Milk
  • Whipped Cream & Fresh Nutmeg for garnish

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This recipe is very similar to the my Basic Cocoa Recipe, just with a few extra ingredients. You’ll follow the same directions. Add in your Cocoa, Sugar, Salt, and spicy-licious Pumpkin Pie Spice into your favorite, fabulous autumn mug and mix together well; I used a small whisk for this part—that way when you mix it up after it’s heated it will make a foamy layer on top.

Add a splash of milk to make sure all of your dry ingredients are dampened, and then pour in the rest of your milk, stirring again to combine.

When your creamy cocoa is ready to be heated, pop it in the microwave for 1 minute – 1 minute and 20 seconds.

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Pull out the whipped cream of your choice to swirl some on top. The steamy chocolate will soon melt the whipped cream, but it looks so beautiful for those first few seconds! To finish it off, take a whole seed of nutmeg and grate some on top of the whipped cream swirl using your shnazzy zester.

Voilà! Your decadent Pumpkin Spice Cocoa is ready to slurp. I decided on this flavor because of how popular it is in the food industry today. I’ve seen so many new pumpkin spice products that are insane to even imagine! So why not create something to satiate all of those pumpkin spice palates?

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I hope all of you enjoy this recipe. Let me know if you tried this and whether or not you liked it, or even changed it! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend. I’ll be working the retail floor on Friday, so I understand if there isn’t much rest to be had after tomorrow! Love each other, and see you all very soon.

12 Days of Cocoa

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Hello, lovely readers! I am excited to announce the launch of my winter series, 12 Ways to Hot Cocoa. I plan to keep a consistent posting schedule, sharing 3 delicious hot cocoa recipes with you each week. Look at your feed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next 4 weeks, and make sure you catch all of these! Thanks for stopping by to have a mug with me. 🙂

R2-D2 will be helping me measure all of my cocoa ingredients this season!

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Today’s recipe is my Basic Hot Cocoa.

The only ingredients you need are:

  • 2 tsp Cocoa Powder
  • 3 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • small pinch Salt
  • 8 0z Milk, your choice

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Next part is easy-peasy: whisk (or stir) together all of your dry ingredients in a cute little mug until they are well combined. Then pour a tiny splash of milk into your mug to make sure the dry ingredients are wet. Cocoa powder is water resistant at first, so this will take a bit of mixing.

Fill up that cup! After stirring your milk and cocoa mixture once again, pop it in the microwave for 1 minute to 1 minute and 20 seconds. You’ll have to stir it one last time once it’s heated.

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Next, grab your bag of mini-marshmallows and pour them into your beloved mug to your heart’s desire. Now is my favorite part, and my little cocoa secret: cinnamon. I can’t have regular cocoa without it. Sprinkle a generous amount on top of your marshmallow mound and sip away!


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P.S. Feel free to right-click and save this recipe to your computer for later!

P.P.S. Mittens and I love watching Netflix before bed.

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