Homemade Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frap

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

I don’t know about you, but I have a weakness for all the pumpkin recipes once the first signs of fall become clear to me.

Last week was chilly and all I could think of was one of these yummy treats.

This recipe makes about 2 medium size drinks.

pumpkin spice cap ingredients

Ingredients

1 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream (Strong coffee for Coffee based drink)
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 to 1/2 cup simple syrup – or to taste* (recipe below)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or All Spice
1 to 2 cups crushed ice
Redi Whip (Homemade Whipped Cream)
Pumpkin pie spice for garnish

Simple Syrup Recipe

In a medium saucepan combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Heat on medium until sugar is dissolved.

Directions

pumpkin spice iced cap

Pour the first 5 ingredients into a blender.

Mix on medium until thoroughly combined.

pumpkin pie iced cap

Add ice and blend until the frappuccino is smooth and without chunks of ice.

Pumpkin Pie Iced cappuchino

 

Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

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Homemade Vapor Shower Disks

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Homemade Vapor Shower Disks

Homemade Vapor Shower Disks

In my ongoing attempt at removing the chemicals from my home over the last couple years, I learned that so many of the things we used to use before we knew better are filled with toxic junk.

It is so easy to make your own homemade vapor shower disks that I will never return to store bought kind again!

Ingredients

2 cups baking soda
½ cup water (more or less – your goal is to mix until you make a paste)
1 tablespoon of corn starch
Lavender Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Directions:

In Process 1
In a small bowl mix baking soda and slowly mix in water until it becomes just a tad more liquid than a paste.

Add cornstarch.

In process 2

Pour into your desired molds.

I prefer silicone molds like these because it is easier to remove them without breaking them.

In Process 4

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, allow to cool and remove from pan.

Add 5 drops of Lavender and Eucalyptus onto each disk and allow the oils to soak in.

Store in mason jars or a plastic container.

Vicks Final 6

To use simply drop one into the bottom of your shower when needed and allow the vapors to steam out.

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: I only use Young Living Essential Oils because they are so much more than just aromatic perfume grade oils. When looking for all natural ways to keep my family above the wellness line, I wouldn’t trust anything buy high quality therapeutic grade essential oils.

 

Caramel Apple Taquitos Recipe

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caramel apple taquito recipe

Caramel Apple Taquitos

These Caramel Apple Taquitos are a brand new apple recipe for me and my family.

But if you are anything like us you cannot resist a caramel apple recipe of any kind, especially this time of year.

apple taquitos ingredients

INGREDIENTS

12 Flour Tortillas
5 oz Caramel Sauce
20 oz can Apple Pie Filling (Homemade Apple Filling Recipe)
1/4 cup melted Butter
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350.

Butter a 9×13″ dish and set aside.

cinnamon sugar

Combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a shallow dish and mix well. Set aside.

apple taquito dish

Chop pie filling into small size pieces.

apple taquito filling
Microwave tortillas for 20 seconds to soften.

apple taquito caramel

Spread tortilla with thin layer of caramel sauce down the middle.

Cover caramel with diced apple filling.

caramel apple taquito

Roll tortilla and place in prepared dish.

Brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar mixture.

caramel apple taquitos

Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Bake for 15 minutes of until golden and bubbling on ends.

Caramel Apple Taquitos Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 12 Flour Tortillas
  • 5 oz Caramel Sauce
  • 20 oz can Apple Pie Filling (Homemade Apple Filling Recipe)
  • ¼ cup melted Butter
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Butter a 9x13" dish and set aside.
  3. Combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a shallow dish and mix well. Set aside.
  4. Chop pie filling into small size pieces.
  5. Microwave tortillas for 20 seconds to soften.
  6. Spread tortilla with thin layer of caramel sauce down the middle.
  7. Cover caramel with diced apple filling.
  8. Roll tortilla and place in prepared dish.
  9. Brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar mixture.
  10. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes of until golden and bubbling on ends.

 

caramel apple taquitos recipe

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Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

This Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe is so easy, and healthy too!

Mornings can get pretty hectic for most families.  That’s why I love this recipe that has breakfast finished and waiting for you when you get out of bed.

Make sure you have some different topping options for your family to choose from.  They’ll love being able to customize their own breakfasts with berries, bananas and other fruits.  Try some brown sugar, maple syrup, milk or nuts.

Prepare this before heading to bed and breakfast will be ready for you when you wake up in the morning!
Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal 3INGREDIENTS

1 cup Steel Cut Oats
3 1/2 cups Water
1 1/2 cups Half & Half
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 tbsp Butter

DIRECTIONS

To minimize cleanup find a 1 1/2 to 2 quart bowl that will fit in your slow cooker and we will cook this in a water bath. If you can’t find one, you can cook it without it, but shorten cooking time by 2 hours.
Add all ingredients to your bowl and place in middle of slow cooker.

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal 2

Fill slow cooker with water around bowl until water level reaches level of ingredients in bowl.
Cook on low for 8-9 hours.

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal 1

 

Top with fresh fruits and nuts.

This is a great way to make sure your family gets a healthy breakfast each day.  They’ll love being able to add their own topping.  I like mine with brown sugar and a little milk.  Sometimes I’ll even add some bananas, and it tastes just like warm banana bread to me.

Below is a printable version of this recipe in case you’d like to add it to your recipe collection.

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 3½ cups Water
  • 1½ cups Half & Half
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 2 tbsp Butter
Instructions
  1. To minimize cleanup find a 1½ to 2 quart bowl that will fit in your slow cooker and we will cook this in a water bath. If you can't find one, you can cook it without it, but shorten cooking time by 2 hours.
  2. Add all ingredients to your bowl and place in middle of slow cooker.
  3. Fill slow cooker with water around bowl until water level reaches level of ingredients in bowl.
  4. Cook on low for 8-9 hours.
  5. Top with your favorite toppings.

 

Back to School Themed Lunch

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first day of school themed lunchBack To School Lunch.

Today is the beginning of a series of themed lunch ideas I have to share with you.  Be sure to check back each day for another great lunch post!

For my son’s first day of school (ever) I wanted to make it a fun school themed box.

I started by taking alphabet cookie cutters to cut out his grade, Kindergarten and age-5.

Using a sharpie I colored a “chalkboard” onto a fruit cup and made simple ABC’s with a white paint pen.

Of course back to school means apples so I turned a Baby Bell Cheese into one using a tiny torn piece of green construction paper, and  a piece of a skewer colored with-yes a sharpie, one of my favorite lunch box tools.

I raided my scrapbook paper stash to turn a plain bottle of Gatorade into a too cool for school drink.

Finally, I added a little bit of cracker jacks just for a sweet treat.  You can create fun and creative lunchboxes for your child with just a little imagination and a few good tools like these:

Sharpie pack  

Alphabet Cookie Cutters 

Don’t forget to try all of the Back to School Lunch Ideas!

Apple Pie Filling

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apple pie filling recipe

Apple Pie Filling

During the fall season, I find that so many of the apple recipes I want to make include apple pie filling.

I love going to the cider mill and bringing home bags of fresh apples to make all the apple recipes I can.  One thing I love to do is prepare a lot of apple pie filling and place it in individual freezer bags that way I can freeze it and have ready to go servings throughout the year.

This Apple Pie Filling recipe is simple and freezes well.

apple pie filling ingredients

INGREDIENTS

4 cup sliced, peeled Apples
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Sugar
3 tbsp Cornstarh
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 cup warm Water

DIRECTIONS

Place apple slices in bowl.

Add water and lemon juice and toss to prevent browning.

apples

In a saucepan, whisk together cornstarch and water until blended.

Add cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg. Whisk until blended.

apple sauce

Add contents of apple slice bowl to saucepan and cook over low heat until apples are tender.

cooked apples

Allow to cool before putting in crust.

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