All Pumpkin Everything ♥

Between October 1st and December 25th, I can’t get enough of anything pumpkin flavored.

Here are some yummy recipes to satisfy your fall cravings:

Pumpkin Bars
Pumpkin Scones
Pumpkin Pancakes
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Caramel Blondies
Pumpkin Donut Holes


Wake Up Smoothly

Okay this has nothing to do with sleeping per se, but it DOES have to do with waking up! Sort of…

Basically, I think smoothies for breakfast are a great idea. (Get it? Smoothly? Smoothies? Okay) Actually, smoothies for any meal are a great idea. But especially in the morning, when, if you’re like me, you’re rushing around and barely have time for a satisfying breakfast because you’d prefer to sleep in as long as possible. Smoothies make it possible to have a balanced meal in the morning in less time than it would take to make bacon and eggs.

There are tons of different ways to make a delicious smoothie, but in it’s simplest form (fresh fruit, milk/yogurt and ice) you get a lot of nutrients to help kickstart your body in the morning and keep you fuller longer than a bowl of cereal might. And the best part is it takes all of 90 seconds to dump some fruit in, turn the blender on and let it do it’s thang!

Here are some ways to boost your smoothie with even more nutrients and flavor for a yummy breakfast option:

  • Add whey or soy. Easy easy way to get a good serving of protein. This is especially helpful for the vegetarians or vegans out there who want the extra boost. Protein powder is sold in grocery stores, vitamin stories and online and it comes in delicious flavors like chocolate and vanilla. So no excuses, get your protein!
  • Use frozen yogurt. Swap out the milk or regular yogurt and ice for some frozen yogurt in your favorite flavor. Depending how thick you want the smoothie to be, you might want to add a little milk, but using froyo lets you get creative with your smoothie flavor.
  • Add veggies. I know, it sounds disgusting. But adding spinach to your smoothie will give you that serving of greens you might miss out on later in the day (because let’s be honest, we don’t ACTUALLY have salad for every meal). And the flavor of the fruit and/or protein powder you add will mask the flavor of the spinach. Your smoothie may turn out green, but don’t be afraid of the color. Green is good!
  • Add oats/seeds. These may change the texture of your smoothie a little, but they add tons of fiber your body loves. And you can choose any kind of seeds or oats you like! A lot of people recommend flaxseed.
  • Add peanut butter. Again, an easy way to get some extra protein, and in this case, healthy fats. Peanut butter will also make your smoothie creamy and obviously make it taste like peanut butter (what’s not to love?).

What are your favorite smoothie recipes?

Yogi Tea

I LOVE THIS TEA! But it has proven to be playing hard to get with me. I first discovered the Throat Comfort tea at work over the summer when I had a cold and my throat was super sore. When I saw the label I thought, “okay, sure…’throat comfort’…probably just regular tea…” But let me tell you…it is much better than regular tea.

This tea does exactly what it claims to do. It ‘coats and soothes the throat’ so well you won’t even remember it was sore in the first place. I remember thinking that I need to buy some of my own for the next time I have a cold. And so that’s what I tried to do, but I’m having a lot of trouble finding it in grocery stores.

The website says it’s sold in Safeway, Target, etc. so I checked Target and I found the Yogi brand but not this specific type. I won’t give up my search, but I may just end up ordering it online. And that is fine by  me because it’s worth it to get this miracle tea.

I’m curious to try the other Yogi teas because I’m sure they are probably all miraculous, but I’ll have to find somewhere to buy them first. Will keep everyone posted when I find a reliable carrier. Unless anyone already knows?

McGillin’s Olde Ale House

As I continue exploring the bar world now that I’ve become legal, I want to share my favorite ones here. McGillin’s in Philadelphia was one of the first bars I went to as a newly-turned 21-year-old and I loved it!

 My best friend and I road tripped it up to Philly for my birthday weekend for a concert and went to McGillin’s after the show. A friend’s mom recommended the bar to us because she lived in Philly during grad school, and said McGillin’s was the best. It was February and FREEZING but the bar was packed and alive with young people, Christmas lights, and Valentine’s Day/Mardi Gras decorations.

The bar has two floors, and both were crowded. We met some interesting people and drank delicious drinks before we moved on to another bar/club around the corner (which wasn’t nearly as good; I honestly don’t even remember the name of it). I’m not a big beer person, but McGillin’s offered local beers, so my friend tried one of them and she liked it.

We didn’t get a chance to try the food at McGillin’s, but I’d imagine its great. One of the best bar atmosphere’s I’ve experience (not that there have been many so far, but still). If you’re ever in Philly, I suggest checking it out. And if you don’t trust me, maybe you’ll trust the bar’s slogan: “the oldest and best Irish bar pub in Philadelphia.”

Red Velvet

Red velvet cupcakes have easily become one of my favorite desserts since I visited Red Velvet Cupcakery in D.C. A friend and I stumbled upon this tiny little shop near Chinatown one afternoon when we were enjoying the freshly bloomed cherry blossoms. Yes, they serve more flavors than red velvet, and yes we tried a few others, but red velvet was definitely the best. If you’re a fan, I definitely recommend this place.

Hazelnut Coffee

I love hazelnut coffee. Especially with blueberry bagels on the weekend. It smells and tastes delicious, and according to the picture below, even the beans look delicious.

Chocolate hazelnut gelato is also a favorite of mine. Pizza Autentica has the best and they like to tease me by only serving it occasionally. But when they do, mmmmmmm my taste buds do a dance.