Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Frappucino

With October closing out and still a love of all things pumpkin spice… I thought I’d share a new recipe for Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Frappucino. I recently tried a recipe for a Pumpkin Spice Frappucino that I was no impressed with (it tasted watery), so I decided to come up with my own recipe.

Here it is…

Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Frappucino

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, roughly chopped
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 5 large scoops vanilla ice cream

Heat the milk, pumpkin puree, spices and vanilla in a sauce pan until it just starts to simmer and remove form heat.

Add the chocolate and stir until it has melted. Let cool to room temperature. Makes approx 4 cups. (Can drink alone as Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate)

In blender, put in 1 cup coffee, 1 cup of pumpkin spice white chocolate mix, and ice cream. Blend until thick.

Pour in cups and top with whip cream and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Spice Lactation Cookies

Having a baby is certainly a feat… but breastfeeding is another feat all on its own. I had read prior to giving birth that breastfeeding was going to be difficult at first, but sticking with it would be rewarding in the end. This statement is absolutely true, at least for me. It was extremely painful, we had a bad latch, Lachlyn was losing weight and there was concern that I wasn’t producing enough milk.

Now, being told that maybe my milk supply was low was really disheartening. It didn’t matter how many stories I had read or people had reassured me that you can make enough milk for your baby, I still felt like I was failing and starving my baby. After days… weeks even, of pumping and recording my output, I realized I did not in fact have a low milk supply. It was definitely an emotional time and caused me a lot of stress.

In an effort to increase my (supposedly low) milk supply, I searched recipes for lactation cookies. I honestly don’t know if they increased my supply or not, but they are really tasty! In the spirit of October… Halloween… my birthday… and fall weather, I wanted to create a Pumpkin Spice Lactation Cookie. Here is my recipe:

Pumpkin Spice Lactation Cookies (adapted from this recipe)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.

In a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until creamed. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in thoroughly after each egg. Add the flaxseed meal/water mixture and the vanilla and mix. Add in the pumpkin puree and mix until incorporated.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and brewer’s yeast. Stir the flour mix into the wet ingredients on low until completely blended. Add the oats, mixing well. Finally stir in the chopped pumpkin spice Hershey Kisses.

Use non-stick cookie sheets or a silpat on your cookie sheets. Spoon cookie dough onto cookie sheets (approx 1 tbsp dough per cookie) about 2″ apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool cookies on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack for final cooling. Enjoy!

My Sewing Experiments: Part One

Sewing has always been one of those things that has eluded me. I don’t know if it is cause I just didn’t try or just wasn’t interested in it, but I really, really want to be interested in it. Home Economics class in Junior High was the first time I ever remember using a sewing machine + I can’t say it was that eventful. I think we made pin cushions… or was it a bean bag? Who knows. Either way it didn’t really make an impression on me. As I got older, I thought it might be interesting to try and sew some things, but never got into it. Instead I taught myself how to knit more involved pieces + finally taught myself how to crochet to add another dimension. I still knit + crochet, but sewing was ever looming on my list of things to learn.

I found some felt patterns on Etsy that I fell in love with from Little Hibou Shoppe. All of Tina’s patterns are adorable + come with really easy to follow instructions. I finished a few pieces in no time + felt pretty good about them. My first attempt at sewing was a success. However, I still wanted to try my hand at a sewing machine. No doubt, sewing machines are intimidating if you’ve never used one before!

My amazing husby bought me a Brother CP6500 (he is awesome, huh!). I picked up some fabric for my first project + went for it. I made this skeleton doll for our baby girl (Zumi is such a good model, holding up the doll for me).

 

The doll didn’t come out that bad, but I did learn some lessons. Jumping right in with a jersey fabric was not the best idea… it is stretchy + bunched up when I started sewing. I had no clue how to adjust tension on my machine or what adjusting tension even meant. Not to mention, I chose a project with a million pieces as my first one. I felt lost, but pushed through + finished it.

As I was perusing my usual blog list, I came across a discount on e-courses over at A Beautiful Mess. I took advantage of their summer sale + bought their e-course, “DIY Dress Up” (as of today, they no longer offer this e-course, but offer other great courses that you should check out).

I’ve made it through the first two courses, a bow (I made mine into a hair clip) + a magazine tote bag. I have to say, I’ve already learned a lot, but I still have a LONG way to go!

 

 

I can’t wait to get through more projects + expand my sewing capabilities. Hopefully I can tackle some dresses for our baby girl soon!

~Katie

Recipe Roundup!

Husby + I have been intrigued by the cookbook Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way by Francis Mallmann. What we wouldn’t give to have a large backyard to build a fire pit in + grill a whole pig, or half a cow. One of the recipes from this week was taken from this book + even without the backyard grilling pit, it turned out excellent. I highly recommend this book!

On to the recipes:

Pork Tenderloin with Burnt Brown Sugar, Orange Confit, + Thyme via Seven Fires

 

Root Beer Float Cookies via Six Sisters’ Stuff

 

Perfect French Toast via Food Network

 

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats via Gimme Some Oven!

 

Enjoy!

~Katie