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Sometimes when we do nice
things for those who don’t think twice,
it opens up their minds
and they realize it’s kind,
that they should listen to our friendly advice.


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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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The sun and fall breeze
left with the weekend’s ease.
It was a busy few days,
but it seems the way
Octobers go,
each weekend will be as so.
Party here and festival there,
finally Halloween, and we’re
halfway through fall when
we just waited for it to begin!
Enjoy this season in every
way–each autumn memory.


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Pumpkin Sweet Pumpkin

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Good afternoon, sweet readers.

I hope you’ve been taking advantage of every moment this week and had new adventures along the way.

Thanks for catching up in the Autumn Lovin’ Series! If you’d like to start the adventure from the beginning, visit the kick off post.


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A couple of cake toppers I made at work for today’s baking schemes

Not to my surprise, I had the urge to bake. There was a can of pumpkin in the pantry that just had to be opened! I thought, “maybe cupcakes?” But in reality, I wanted to do something a little more special than just…cupcakes.

Wracking my brain for ways to make them a little more special, I thought of mini bundt cakes; and then—what if I put two bundt cakes on top of each other? You know, to make a pumpkin!

 

I enjoy decorating and making new things each year because it’s as if I’m going on little adventures, expanding my horizons. There are so many ways to bake a pumpkin cake, and there are even more ways to decorate it! Because autumn is my favorite season (and unfortunately our shortest), I try to fit in as many autumn-feeling activities as possible each time it comes around. It’s amazing how adult life makes it harder to do anything besides sleep, though!

This cupcake recipe was on point. If you’d like to try this easy, from-scratch recipe, visit  The Cake Blog! These cakes come out insanely moist with a delicate texture and powerful, spicy pumpkin punch. What other recipe could  you need?

For the stem, I used melted chocolate morsels to pipe the shapes I wanted. I just popped a few different designed into the freezer for a bit and chose my favorites to decorate. As for the leaves, I used a leaf piping tip with green candy melts.

Not only are these cakes a festive addition to any fall party, but they also make a Pinterest-worthy tablescape.

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I used the tiny leaves for miniature cupcake toppers!


Thanks for stopping by; I hope you’ve been inspired to bake and decorate with an autumn-fevered passion! Here’s a link to my Pinterest board, Autumn Lovin’ for more seasonal ideas.

More pumpkin is coming your way, so be prepared~

❤ Michelle

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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!


Grocery List

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