First of all, I have to thank all of you who bought my e-cookbook! It means so much to me, and I hope that you enjoy the recipes. For those of you who haven’t yet bought it, but are interested, it is sold exclusively through the Amazon Kindle store, but you do not need a Kindle to purchase or read it. All you need is the Kindle app, which works on most smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Halloween may have come and gone, but my pumpkin preoccupation is nowhere near over for the year… as is apparent from this post!
1. We’ve been alternating burning the Pumpkin Spice & Autumn Leaves natural soy wax Old Factory candles, and they smell fantastic! Both scents are part of the Fall Harvest themed gift set; the third in the set is Cranberry, which I’m saving for December.
I don’t often burn scented candles because of the artificial aroma and/or chemicals in the ingredients, but these Old Factory candles have neither. They are on the small side, but each will burn for over 20 hours.
2. Something else I don’t often have in the house is sweetened flavored yogurt (or when I do, I combine a half serving with plain yogurt to cut down on the sugar)… but THIS one is a game changer.
Siggi’s Icelandic yogurt is seriously delicious: thick, creamy, lightly sweetened with half the sugar of other flavored yogurts, and packed with protein. The Pumpkin & Spice flavor is wicked good; I’m going to stock up before they fly off the shelves!
3. I’m a coffee fiend through and through in the morning, but a steaming mug of this Pumpkin Spice tea from The Republic of Tea after lunch serves three purposes:
- It satisfies my sweet tooth, which is necessary after getting used to eating dessert midday while writing my e-cookbook.
- It warms me up, which is necessary as the New England days turn colder.
- It gives me a slight caffeine pick-me-up, which is necessary when you have an active toddler (who still doesn’t sleep through the night).
I love that there are no artificial ingredients, which – for some reason – is common in pumpkin-flavored teas. There are no strings attached to the tea bags, but I like my tea strong, so I just leave it in to steep while I sip.
4. Lily and I both love these Vegan Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies from Two Peas & Their Pod. Maria knows cookies (check out her vast arsenal of recipes here), so I knew these breakfast cookies would be delicious even before I made them; and I was right! They are soft, chewy, and just sweet enough.
5. My mom made a puppy Halloween costume for Lily. She’s obsessed with the super soft tail (attached to an elastic band that goes around her waist)… so much so that she did not want to take it off for her nap on Halloween! My mom sewed a pair of handmade doggie ears onto an oversized sweatshirt and used stick-on felt for the spots. She also made a cute felt collar, but Lily didn’t want to wear it (sorry, Mom).
I’m pretty sure she’ll be wearing this costume throughout the year ;).