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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe

It is officially fall, and I know everyone says this, but it’s my favorite time of year. The chill in the air, the outfits, the colors of the leaves, the spookiness — I love everything about it. One of my favorite things to do each fall is to make a few new apple or pumpkin-flavored recipes. This weekend I tried out a new one that I absolutely loved and knew I had to share — it was love at first sip!

I’ve already shared my favorite pumpkin spice latte recipe and pumpkin spice chai latte recipe, and today I’m sharing another pumpkin spice drink: a fall festive hot chocolate. This is such an easy recipe, and is so, so tasty. It is perfect to have on chilly fall night, either curled up watching Hocus Pocus, having a little bonfire outside, or after you come home from a night of haunted hayrides. Give this a try, and let me know how you enjoyed it. Without further ado, here is my pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe…

/ W H A T  Y O U  N E E D /
(for two delicious cups of pumpkin spice hot chocolate)

  1. 2 1/2 cups non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  2. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  3. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  4. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I added in a tiny extra)
  6. Sugar (or other sweetener) to taste
  7. Vegan whipped cream

/ W H A T  Y O U  D O /

  1. Combine all ingredients other than sweetener in a blender, and blend on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Taste blended ingredients, and add sweetener to taste. Blend again to mix it in.
  3. Pour blended ingredients into saucepan and put over medium heat, stirring regularly until steaming.
  4. Pour into two mugs. Add whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice on top to garnish. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of my fall recipes! You can find them all here.

Are you going to give pumpkin spice hot chocolate a try? What is your favorite fall beverage?

Prep School

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When I was home for the long weekend last weekend, one of the stops I made was at Syracuse University. I always loved my campus during the fall-time — the trees turning bright reds and oranges, along with the ivy-covered buildings. It really is one of the prettiest campuses I’ve ever been on. I had stopped on campus to listen to a guest speaker that was there, and even though it was a little early for the leaves to be changing, there were a few spots that were just coming into their peak.

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top (love this one, too!) // necklace (old, similar here) // skirt // booties // watch // bracelet // crossbody bag (old, similar here)

Lately I have been wearing this skirt non-stop (see another way that I styled it here!). I love the way it fits, and the navy color compliments so many of my tops for fall. I recently picked up this top while I was shopping, and am so glad I did. I was on the fence, but once I tried it on I was so happy I decided to purchase it. The color is so perfect for this time of year, as it looks just like the changing leaves on the trees. Pair it with a long gold necklace and cute ankle booties, and you’ve got yourself the perfect look for fall.

What looks are you sporting this fall?

xoxo


check-these-out-too

01. Apple Picking
02. 
Fall Bucket List
03. Pumpkin Patch
04. Sunflower Season

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Recipe

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“Pumpkin spice and everything nice” (pretty much my mantra for the fall season). Every year I love to make a few homemade pumpkin spice lattes (they’re better than Starbucks’ — I swear!), but this year I decided to try something a little bit different. This is a recipe that I have been wanting to create for a few years now, but just never got around to it. I’m so happy that I finally made it, though, because I love it! It’s similar to the pumpkin spice latte, but swapping out the hot coffee for something a little spicier.

This is a pumpkin spice chai latte (if you couldn’t tell by the title), and it is perfect for any kind of fall day. It warms you up when there’s a chill in the air and is perfect for either bundling up with a blanket at home or taking it to go for a day of leaf peeping. I sipped a cup of this on my way to the pumpkin patch this weekend, and it was the perfect fall festive day. So, without further ado, here is a my pumpkin spice chai latte recipe…

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WhatYouNeed_2For the pumpkin spice base:
01. 
1 cup pumpkin puree
02. 3/4 cup light brown sugar
03. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
04. 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

For the chai latte:
01.
2 tablespoons of the pumpkin spice base
02.
1 cup milk (almond, soy, or coconut — I used almond)
03.
1 bag of chai tea

For garnishing:
01. Vegan whipped cream
02. Pinch of pumpkin pie spice (or nutmeg)

 

WhatYouDo_2

For the pumpkin spice base:
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Mix all of the base ingredients together until evenly mixed and a dark color. You can store this in an air-tight container (like a mason jar) in the fridge for up to two weeks.

For the chai latte:
01. Pour four ounces boiling water over the chai tea bag. Let steep while you follow the next step.
02. Stir the pumpkin spice base and milk together in saucepan until smooth. Heat over medium-high heat until steaming hot.
03. Pour the hot milk mixture into the chai tea, then top with whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg. Enjoy!

 

xoxo


check-these-out-too01. Pumpkin Spice Lattes
02. Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl Recipe
03. Fit & Fresh Fall Salad
04. Favorite Healthy Fall Breakfast

Pumpkin Patch

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I’ve been checking off my fall bucket list one weekend at a time, and this past one was no different. I was home for the long weekend and, of course, had to go pumpkin picking. My parents have been decorating the front of our house with pumpkins, mums, and other fall decorations, so we went to grab a few more pumpkins to put out there…

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sweater // jeans (my favorite pair and on sale for $35!) // scarf // boots (old, similar here)

For casual fall days, I have a pretty easy outfit combo that I typically wear: an oversized sweater with a blanket scarf, comfy jeans, and a pair of easy riding boots. This day was no different!

I have been wearing this sweater non-stop lately. You can’t see it in these pictures since the scarf covers it up, but it actually has a really deep v-neck which I love. I love pairing it with an eyelash lace bralette that shows a little — it’s cute and chic but still looks comfy and cozy at the same time.

The blanket scarf goes without saying — I’m never getting over these! They are too warm and cozy, and perfect for the colder months. They also make almost every outfit look better, adding fun colors and a bright print.

What are your go-to casual fall outfits?

xoxo


check-these-out-too

01. Apple Picking 
02. 
Fall Bucket List
03. Autumn Prep
04. Sunflower Season

Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl Recipe

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You guys already know how much I love Buddha Bowls. If you’re not familiar with what they are, it’s basically a big bowl of plant-based deliciousness. They usually consist of some sort of grain (I always use brown rice), and then all different veggies, beans, etc. on top.  The idea is that it’s such a big bowl that the top has a rounded look to it, like Buddha’s belly. I mean… Who wouldn’t love that, right?

Today’s Buddha Bowl is a recipe that my mom made while I was home last weekend, and I couldn’t NOT share it — I loved it so much. This is a fall-version of my classic Buddha Bowl recipe, which I wrote about last year here. So, without further ado, here is my fall harvest Buddha Bowl…

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WhatYouNeed_201. Cooked brown rice
02. Broccoli, chopped
03. Chickpeas, rinsed and dried
04. Sweet potatoes, cubed
05. Kale, stems removed
06. Red onion, sliced in small wedges
07. Goddess dressing (or tahini, whichever you prefer!)
08. Salt and pepper to taste
09. 1 teaspoon cumin
10. 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
11. 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
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1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
13. Extra virgin olive oil

 

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01. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
02. Spread sweet potatoes and onions out on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil on top, making sure sweet potatoes are well-coated, then flipping them face down.
03. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove baking sheet from oven.
04. Flip sweet potatoes and add broccoli to baking sheet, drizzling olive oil and adding salt and pepper to the broccoli.
05. Bake for 8–10 minutes, then remove from oven.
06. Add kale, then drizzle olive oil and add salt and pepper to it.
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Bake for 4–5 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside.
08.
Add chickpeas to a mixing bowl and toss with seasonings.
09. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 tablespoon oil and chickpeas. Stir frequently. 
10.
Once browned, remove from heat and set aside. (1o minutes over medium heat was perfect for me.)
11.
Place brown rice in bowl, add in veggies and chickpeas over top, then drizzle dressing on top. Enjoy!

 

Have you ever tried a Buddha Bowl? What is your favorite kind? Let me know how you like this fall Buddha Bowl if you try it out!

xoxo


check-these-out-too01. Buddha Bowl Recipe
02. Fit & Fresh Fall Salad
03. Favorite Healthy Fall Breakfast

Apple Picking

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Mid-September is when it finally starts to feel like fall, and the first fall activity I always do is go apple picking. We have so many amazing orchards in upstate New York, so when I came home last weekend, visiting my favorite one was the first thing on my to-do list.

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My family and I have been coming to this orchard every single year for as long as I can remember, and it is always what I look forward to the most come September. This orchard is rated the number one in the country (and for good reason!). Not only do they have the best orchard and apples, but they also have a distillery where they make hard apple cider and offer tastings in one of the barns. Rosé hard apple cider? Um, yes please! They also have the usual suspects: apple fritters, apple cider, and the like. So much fun!

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This was my first opportunity to really wear a fall-appropriate outfit (it has been very hot lately!), so I broke out a few of the pieces that I have been most excited to wear… I’ve been waiting (not so) patiently to finally pull them out of my closet, so I did the first chance I got!

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I purchased this top a few weeks ago and absolutely love it! I love this shade of red and the lace-up look it has, which is a trend that has carried over into the new season. This navy skirt is another piece that I recently bought, and I’ve already worn it to my internship a few times. It’s a denim-like material and I love the a-line cut. If you purchase this, though, definitely go a size down!

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Lastly… These boots! I am obsessed with over-the-knee boots and when I was doing my fall shopping at the end of summer, I knew I needed to add a few more pairs into my wardrobe. These grey faux suede ones were just was I was looking for! They will be perfect come wintertime, too, which is a plus.

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blouse // skirt // over-the-knee boots (not online, similar here) // bracelet // ring (old, similar here) // watch

 

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

xoxo


check-these-out-too

01. Fall Bucket List
02. Autumn Prep
03. Sunflower Season
04. Fall Wardrobe Essentials

Fall Gallery Wall (free printables!)

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I absolutely love gallery walls. I think they are such a fun way to add personality into your home, and they always add a nice touch to any room, whether it’s a bedroom or a living room.

I like to switch out the prints that I have framed and hanging in my own gallery wall every so often. There are a few of my favorites that I keep up all-year round, but then there are seasonal ones that I like to switch out for certain holidays, etc.

I recently made a few fall-themed ones to hang in my new apartment, and thought it would be a fun idea to share them as free printables for you guys, so that you can just download and print them for your own house, apartment, or dorm room. I hope you enjoy!

 

I hope you like these! Would you like to see more free printables in the future?

xoxo


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03. Holiday Gift List (free printable!)

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