17 September 2018

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe With Coconut Sugar

This skinny pumpkin spice coffee creamer recipe has no artificial ingredients and tastes amazing.

When I started eating healthier, one of the things I dreaded giving up was my beloved flavored coffee creamer.  I actually didn't give it up for the first year because I didn't realize just how easy it was to make at home. 


I started by making my own powdered coffee creamer, which is really easy.  I had made coffee creamer before, but it wasn't, well, creamy.  I like cream in my coffee, and I don't think skim or 2 percent milk cuts it.  My powdered coffee creamer uses coconut oil, so it is creamy and doesn't taste like coconut.  

I always have my powdered creamer, but sometimes I also make a liquid.  While the powdered tastes great, I prefer using a liquid for the taste.  

In years past, I always bought pumpkin spice coffee creamer.  This year, I decided that I didn't want the extra ingredients, so I set out to make my own.  Now I wish that I'd started making my own years ago!

14 September 2018

DIY Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Wax Melts

Celebrate pumpkin spice season with these easy wax melts made with essential oils.

Yes, it's another pumpkin spice tutorial.  I just can't help myself.  I love pumpkin spice season!

Today, I'm going to show you how to make a DIY pumpkin spice essential oil wax melt.  You can pop these in a tart burner and enjoy pumpkin spice in just a few minutes.


Back in the day, when I was selling my soaps, lotions, and other bath products, I also used to sell candles and wax melts.  I had a lot of fun making candles, but it was a lot of work.

When you make candles, you have to test each fragrance in each wax with different wicks.  The right percentage of fragrance to wax might be fine for one scent. but the next one won't work.  It's the same with wicks.

Each new scent or container can take several tries before you get it right.  

Luckily, wax melts are a lot easier to make.  Since there's no container or wick, you just have to test the wax and the scent.  With wax melts, most fragrance oils will follow the same ratio.

12 September 2018

DIY Pumpkin Spice Perfume With Essential Oils Two Recipes With and Without Alcohol

Now you can smell like pumpkin spice all the time with this easy DIY pumpkin spice perfume made with essential oils.

If you've been visiting the blog over the last two weeks, then you know that's pumpkin spice season.  My pumpkin spice posts from last year and this year and getting a lot of shares and views, so I'm assuming that you're loving them.

If for some reason pumpkin spice isn't your thing, then give me a few weeks to get back to regular programming.


Today, we're learning how to make a DIY pumpkin spice perfume with essential oils.  Again, you can adapt this to any type of recipe by using different oils.

I like wearing perfumes, but they bother my husband's asthma.  I've found that I can wear perfumes made with essential oils, and they don't bother him.  The alcohol in the perfume does bother him, so I use cyclomethicone for the base.

I'm going to give you two ways to make this DIY pumpkin spice perfume, so you can choose the way that's best for you.  

10 September 2018

53 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Get fall cooking inspiration with this list of 53 healthy pumpkin recipes.  

There are approximately 5,325 ways to use pumpkin to make a healthy food.  I wanted to feature some healthy pumpkin recipes this fall, but I just couldn't decided which recipes to feature.

While I love baking, especially with pumpkin, I unfortunately do not have the time to make one of everything to share.  So I did the next best thing and created this huge roundup of 53 pumpkin recipes.



I sorted them by category, so it's easier to navigate for you.  There are even some pumpkin treats for your favorite pooch.  My dogs really love pumpkin, so I make them pumpkin treats all year.  

When I was making this list, I considered recipes with no white flour or white sugar to be healthy.  A few recipes looked really good, but they had white sugar.  I would swap out coconut sugar, so I made a note of that.  

You can also use maple sugar or liquid stevia, but I do not know the conversions for those sweeteners.  You can also use an artificial sweetener if you want.  Check with the brand you're using to see how to substitute it.  

53 HEALTHY PUMPKIN RECIPES

Pumpkins may be a popular fall decoration, but they are also a very healthy food.  Pumpkin is low in calories, but it's packed with nutrition.  They are high in antioxidants for heart health.
Pumpkins are orange thanks to beta-carotene.  Your body converts it to vitamin A, which is important for your eye health.

Pumpkins are also high in fiber for your digestive health.

Pumpkin pairs well with honey or maple syrup as a sweetener.  I usually use coconut sugar as a sugar alternative because it tastes the most like sugar, but it has a lower glycemic index.  

MAIN DISHES 




DESSERTS



DRINKS




SNACKS AND APPETIZERS


Spiced Pumpkin Butter (Swap the sugar for coconut sugar or liquid stevia)

BREADS AND MUFFINS


Healthier Starbuck's Copycat Pumpkin Bread (replace the remaining sugar with coconut sugar)
Pumpkin Banana Bread (replace the sugar with coconut sugar)


DOG TREATS

Pumpkin Crunchy Dog Treats

I hope you enjoy several of these 53 healthy pumpkin recipes!





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07 September 2018

Pumpkin Spice Latte Natural Face Mask Recipe (Great for acne prone skin!)

Naturally exfoliate and nourish your skin with this pumpkin spice latte face mask. 

I told you guys it was pumpkin spice latte week!  And this isn't even my last PSL post for the season, so be sure to come back for more next week.  

Not only is pumpkin great for pies, desserts, and drinks, but it's also wonderful for your skin and hair.  I mainly use clay or charcoal masks on my oily skin, but for a mask made with fresh fruit, pumpkin is my favorite.


This natural face mask recipe is inspired by the Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte, so for best results, sip a skinny PSL while you're waiting for this to work.  Okay, drinking it won't help the mask work, but it is yummy!

This mask is great for oily skin or those with large pores, but it can be used by those with normal or oily skin.  Skip the cinnamon if you have dry skin or sensitive skin.