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8 Amazing Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes


Banana Pumpkin Muffins | New Nostalgia

Super moist pumpkin muffins– you will not believe there is no oil in these muffins.  The moisture comes from applesauce and bananas.  The perfect amount of cinnamon spice and just a  bit of chocolate chips make these muffins a family fall favorite recipe.


Ancestral Pumpkin Pie | New Nostalgia

The secret ingredient of molasses makes this pie unforgettable.  It will be the only pumpkin pie recipe you will want to use once you taste it!


Roasted Pecan Pumpkin Butter | How Sweet It Is

The photo alone makes me drool.  The pecans in this spread gives your morning toast a hit of protein!


Homemade Apple Pumpkin Fruit Roll-ups | Playful Learning

What a great way to use up all those apples from the apple orchard!



Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding | Tasty Yummies

A gluten-free, sugar-free vegan dessert.  Leave it to chia to make a dessert pudding healthy!  Want to know more about chia?  Read this.


Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup | The Messy Baker

Not just for your coffee.  Use it in tea, on pancakes, in your  morning oatmeal & over vanilla ice-cream.


Raw Pumpkin ‘Cheesecake’ Bars | The Scent Of Oranges

I am on a huge raw dessert kick.  These ‘cheesecake’ bars made from pureed nuts sound amazing.


3 Ingredient Best Pumpkin Spice Chai | New Nostalgia

My favorite fall drink.  Keep an eye out for those pumpkin spice tea bags.



Want more pumpkin goodness?

Visit my ‘Pumpkin Please!’ Pinterest Board for more amazing pumpkin goodness including:

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake

Pumpkin Cranberry Ginger Parfaits

Pumpkin Roll

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin & Apple Cider Fizz

Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Scotchies

Maple Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

Pumpkin Cranberry Granola Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Soap

Pumpkin Cashew Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Pumpkin Coffee Cake In A Mug

Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Spice For Toast

Pumpkin Apple Butter

Cider Glazed Pumpkin Baked Donuts

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin Pie Toffee

Pumpkin Butter Granola

Mini Pumpkin Creme Pies

Pumpkin Shortbread

+ More!




GF, Vegan & Raw/ Healthy Eating/ Sweets

Sugar Free Raw Chocolate Brownie Bites


{A recipe from our Raw Foods Contributing Author, Teniel Moore.}

Oh how I love the combination of chocolate, nuts and peanut butter. To me, its like a match made in heaven, so this super fast brownie bite seemed the perfect thing to whip up when I was feeling like a quick sweet treat.

This slice is super rich and not meant to be overly sweet.  It is perfect for those wanting to cut back on sugar or who are on a candida diet.

If you love this combination as much as I do, I’m sure you are going to enjoy this one!


Sugar Free Raw Chocolate Brownie Bites

1/2 cup melted Organic Coconut Oil

1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter (homemade is even better)

1/2 cup raw Cacao Powder

generous dash of  Himalayan Pink Salt

3/4 cup  organic walnuts, slightly crushed, but still chunky

Stevia to taste – around 6 drops, but taste as you go


Mix all the ingredients together and press into a small slice container lined with wax paper.

Pop into the freezer for at least 30 minutes to an hour if you can wait that long.  Slice into small squares.

Option:  Replace the stevia with some coconut nectar to make a sweeter version.



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4th of July/ RECIPES/ Sweets

Chocolate Berry 4th Of July Cupcakes


Blueberries, strawberries, and chocolate are 3 must-haves in our family for the 4th of July weekend, and these Chocolate Berry 4th Of July Cupcakes have all 3!

Yesterday our dear friends from Chicago–who we are to this day amazed that they are still here on this earth— stopped in to visit on their way to a family event. It was a brief overnight visit, but boy, did we pack in a whole bunch of beautiful life moments in those 15 hours!

We both have 3 children, around the same age (teens and preteens) so it was a lively and eventful visit.  We started the evening out with pre-dinner cocktails for the adults.  They were delicious Amerretto Sours –I will be posting the recipe soon.  We then got to work visiting & making dinner together.  We had these amazing cupcakes as a dessert, and they were perfect as it was July dear friend Sharon’s birthday!


I was sure I had birthday candles on hand, but as we all gathered to sing, I couldn’t find them. Not even one.  We had to make do with what I could find in the moment, and of course my friend Sharon was a great sport about pretending to blow out a cheesy plastic candle.


Isn’t she just full of life? Doesn’t she look great?  Despite our sweet birthday treat, she embraces a healthy lifestyle & is New Nostalgia’s new Health and Wellness Contributor.  I can just hear her laugh while looking at these pics and miss her already.  She is a ball of fun and we have had many, many laughs together.  She is a friend of my heart and we have had many tears together, too.  She is the one who came to take care of me the week after my mastectomy, and was everything I needed during that fragile time & more.  I was so happy to celebrate the woman she is yesterday, even if it was with a plastic candle!


We finished up our dessert and headed out to my in- laws pool house for an evening swim.  We stopped at my favorite local coffee shop and Sharon’s husband Porter treated us all to yummy beverages…lattes & toddy’s for the adults, granites for the kids.

After swimming we headed back home and made a fire to make apple s’mores.  We sat out by the fire and our friends shared pictures of their recent family mission trip to Uganda.  It was amazing to see what they did as a family there!  We then went inside and watched a few old movies of our 15 year old girl meeting their 15 year old boy when they were just 6 months old.  Needless to say, we laughed A LOT!

We got the kids settled down, the hubbies started dozing on the couches and Sharon and I girl talked.  The hubs eventually went to bed but not us girls!  Oh no, we stayed up gabbing until 2:45 am!

We woke up and I set up a ‘make your own waffle’ bar. It was a hit and I will write about it soon. The teens went for a run together while we packed up the car.  They were on the road by 9:30 am.  A quick but super fun and meaningful trip.

Back to the cupcakes, they were really delicious.  I cannot take credit for them, as my little baker girl, Avery, made them.  We found a simple chocolate cupcake & white frosting recipe online, and she whipped them up, frosted them, cut up all the fruit and decorated them.  She amazes me–she is quite talented for 11 years old!

These cupcakes were moist and are made from ingredients most can find in their cupboards.

The frosting was a perfect pairing, and the touch of fruit added color and a great fruity & festive finish.  I will be keeping this recipe as a simple go-to chocolate cupcake recipe, and pulling it out on all types of occasions, not just the 4th of July!


Berry Chocolate 4th of July Cupcakes

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10 Tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup milk

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (we used wheat flour)

White Frosting (recipe below)

Chopped strawberries & fresh blueberries


In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with a mixer for 1 minute.

Stir in eggs and vanilla and beat.

Slowly add in cocoa powder and baking powder and mix until just combined.

While still mixing, alternate adding milk and flour into bowl until blended.

Evenly distribute batter into lined muffin tins.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Top with white frosting (recipe below) and fresh berries.

Yield: 24 cupcakes


White Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2-3 tablespoons milk

Beat butter with a mixer at medium-high speed until creamy.  Gradually beat in sugar until smooth.  Beat in vanilla and 2 tablespoons milk, adding additional milk if necessary for desired consistency.

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Arroz Con Dulce – A Sweet, Sticky, Coconut Rice Treat from Puerto Rico

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It is getting warmer here in the Midwest, summer is coming, and I have been dreaming of a vacation somewhere with a beach…specifically I’ve been DREAMING OF PUERTO RICO!
I’ve been watching some amazing videos about Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Tourism recently partnered with popular Trip Advisor to transform real traveler 5-star reviews into stunning short films. These short films are narrated by Puerto Rican stars, and has helped me realize that Puerto Rico is filled with world-class attractions that will turn any trip into a 5-star vacation story! I want to go!
Just watch the above video to see the beautiful El Yunque National Forest.  I sat and stared wide-eyed at that waterfall.  This is the only rainforest under US national park service.
A few other reasons I’m dreaming of Puerto Rico & what I would do there:
~Flamenco Beach in Culebra, cited as one of the best beaches in the world.
~I want to glow like and angel in the water in the Bioluminescent bays.  
~I’d visit San Juan and enjoy its old world charm.
~The foodie in me would love to explore some of Puerto Rico’s delicacies.
Speaking of Puerto Rican food, I thought it would be fun to experience some authentic Puerto Rican food. I’m hoping that giving my family a taste of what we would eat there will get us all dreaming.  A bit manipulative, yes, but a great way to introduce my family to the place I want to go and get us all on the same page. {wink}
I explored the internet and found this recipe for Arroz Con Dulce from the Noshery.  It is “basically translates to rice candy. It is a sticky, coconut sweet rice treat with cinnamon and raisins tossed in. It is delicious, sweet and sticky.”  It is the perfect recipe to lure my family into falling in love with the flavors of Puerto Rico.  
Puerto Rico is also knows for their Rum.  Of course I had to find a fun Puerto Rican rum drink recipe, and I found a Mojito drink that is light, refreshing and full of mint flavor.  I’m gonna sip and dream of being at the beach in Puerto Rico. 

Mojito Diego
2 ounces Puerto Rican rum
Mint leaves
Splash of simple syrup
2 small lime wedges.
club soda
Muddle mint, simple syrup and lime wedges in a tall pint glass. Add rum. Add ice. Fill glass with club soda. Shake once to mix. 
One last HUGE reason that I would choose to visit Puerto Rico over any other tropical place is that there is no need for Passports or foreign money!  We would just hop on a plane and go. I think this reason alone would get my very practical and efficient husband on board…hopefully on board that plane!  
If this sounds good to you and you would like to Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico make sure you check out and share with me via comments section why you would want to go there!

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Carob Almond Joys

{by Teniel Moore-Raw Foods Contributor}

Looking for something a little sweet to go with your cup of tea? How about my Carob Almond Joys? These delicious balls are great for those looking to quit sugar. They are sugar free!

Did I mention they are super easy to make? 

So put the kettle on, because before you know it you will be devouring these with your cup of tea.

Carob Almond Joys


2 spoons*  raw carob powder

2 spoons*  almond butter (home made is best)
4 spoons* water
1 spoon* hemp seeds
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut + some extra for rolling
Generous squeeze of stevia (date paste would work well instead) 

In a bowl mix all ingredients well, roll into balls and roll in extra coconut. Store in the fridge or freezer.
Makes approximately 9 balls. Double the mix to make more.

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Salted Caramel Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Dribble & Drizzle Mix

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of REESE’S® Brand for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

College basketball is a pretty big deal around our house.  It is a great excuse to hang out, get loud and eat sweets, like this amazing Salted Caramel Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Dribble & Drizzel Mix.  How’s THAT for a name?
For most of our home games, my Todd is gifted with tickets to the game from his Dad.  Todd has been going to home games most of his life.  He now takes our oldest daughter, Teagan, who has also become quite the college basketball fan.  For many of the games they meet up with Grandpa and uncles and cousins to eat out before the game, then go to the game as a family.
For away games that are shown on TV, I can always count on having our basement come alive with sports fans– my husband being the biggest one.  He is one of the quietest, most introverted people you will ever meet, but when a college basketball game comes on, boy…he is LOUD!  I am usually upstairs chuckling to myself whenever I hear him hooting’ and hollering.  I love hearing my quiet man come alive.
I  also love using our home for game viewing, as it gives me an excuse to get in the kitchen and make something sweet.  Todd’s all-time favorite flavors are chocolate and peanut butter, so most of the desserts I make when I am stepping away from more healthful desserts, have that perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.
My all time favorite flavors are salted caramel and chocolate, so this Salted Caramel Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Dribble & Drizzle hit the spot for both Todd and I. It is sinfully delicious.  It will be my go-to snack mix, as it is a real crowd pleaser, easy to make, and makes a lot.
It was so very good that I am entering it in the REESE’S® Baking Bracket Challenge and I am asking YOU to vote for me!  I was asked to compete with 32 other amazing Game Day Recipes. These recipes were put together with Mom’s in mind, to help create some chocolate peanut butter family fun on game day!
If you vote for me, your name will be entered in a daily $100 Walmart gift card drawing.  Winner of the REESE’S® Baking Bracket Challenge receives $2,500!  That my friends, would go a long way in helping us pay off a few medical bills, so please vote for me!!
On to this awesome recipe.  All of the ingredients can be found at Walmart.
Salted Caramel Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Dribble & Drizzle Mix
8 cups chocolate Chex cereal
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces Candy
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup caramel bits (found by the chocolate chips in the baking aisle–or chop up regular caramels)
1-3 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 cup milk chocolate baking chips
1/2 cup white chocolate baking chips
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1. Into large microwavable bowl, measure cereal; set aside.  Line cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil.
2. In a 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave brown sugar, butter and corn syrup uncovered on high 1-2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth.  Stir in baking soda until dissolved. Pour caramel mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.  Microwave on High 3 minutes, stirring every minute.  Spread on cookie sheet.  Cool 10 minutes.  Break into bite-sized pieces.
3. Make sure Chex mixture is cool to the touch (so candy doesn’t melt.) Evenly sprinkle mini peanut butter cup candy and miniature marshmallows over Chex mixture.
4. In a small microwavable bowl, microwave caramel baking bits and cream uncovered on high about 1 minute or until chips can be stirred smooth. Use a spoon or fork to drizzle over snack.
5. Microwave the milk chocolate baking chips next, starting with 20-seconds and stirring, then at 20 second intervals until the mixture is completely smooth (microwave temps vary, so watch the chocolate and stir frequently until it’s of drizzling consistency.)  Drizzle over the snack mixture.  Then microwave the white baking chips in 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.  Add heavy cream if needed for drizzle consistency. Drizzle that over the snack mixture. Quickly sprinkle coarse salt over all while candy drizzles are still wet.
6. Refrigerate until set.  Break apart and store in tightly covered container.
Again, don’t forget to vote for my recipe by visiting the REESE’S® Baking Bracket Challenge!

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A Sweet Snack Mix & A Salty Snack Mix– Perfect For Your SuperBowl Party

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If I’m going to take the time to make a savory or sugary treat (or both!) that does not offer much nutrition, I’m going to have a few ultimatums.
1. It has to be for a fun reason–a get together with friends, a birthday or a party–like THE SUPER BOWL!
2. It has to make a lot of treat for a little time in the kitchen.
3. It has to be low cost.
4. It has to be easy.
5. It has to taste awesome!
Bonus points: It has to be easy to store.
These two snack mixes do all of those things…times 2!
My favorite thing about both mixes is that they have at least 4 ingredients in common–peanuts, cheerios, pretzels and bugles.  It is so great to buy one bag of each of them and divide it between the 2 recipes! I love efficiency.
These mixes are perfect for feeding a crowd and munching on during a football game.
Let me tell you how I made them the perfect snack for the Super Bowl game.

I headed out to Target to pick up my supplies.  I got 2 glass Rubbermaid bowls for holding the mix, a package of Sharpie Pens, and some plastic cups.  I made sure I got enough cups for holding both drinks and snack mix.  Again, I’m all about efficiency!

While you are at Target, make sure you use the mobile coupon service and text COUPONS to TARGET (type TARGET into the phone number section of your phone) and grab the $1 off food storage Rubbermaid coupon and the $1 off Sharpie 4 pack or larger coupon.  This option will be available January 25- February 8.

I love my Sharpies! If you have been reading this blog long enough, you know I am a huge fan of Sharpie markers.  I use them all the time.  I love them for crafting and I use them almost daily in the kitchen to label my leftovers or write little surprise messages for girls’ lunchbox.
You probably also know I am a big fan of using glass for storage…usually I re purpose jars.  I have been wanting some bigger bowls to store larger portions of soup leftovers and snack mixes.  Rubbermaid glass line is the perfect solution.  They completely seal with one easy touch, they lids nestle into each other for easy storage, or if you want to stack the bowls they do that perfectly, too!

I used the bright green insert from the Rubbermaid bowls — which was actually a picture of green beans– to use as a fun border for my snack tags.  I thought it looked like grass which is perfect for a Super Bowl party.

I cut a piece of white card stock into a square, backed it in the green, then used Sharpie markers to embellish with a simple black and white border on top and the numbers of a football field on the bottom.  You don’t have to be an artist to get crafty with Sharpie!
I used a container I found in the dollar section of Target to put my Sharpie markers in.  It looks pretty to set the Sharpie markers out and let the guests mark their own cups.

Isn’t Juiper the cutest name ever?  My daughter has a friend named Juniper and they call her ‘Junie’ for short. cute!

Some guests will use the Sharpie Markers to write the team name on their cups– in team colors of course–letting everyone know who they are rooting for.
Doesn’t that look yummy?  Bugles, pretzels, cheerios, peanuts and M&M’s!  Like I said, a great thing about making these two recipes at the same time is that they use common ingredients, but no one would even notice because they are such different tasting recipes.
It had been awhile since we had a fun sugar treat in the house.  This is how my daughter felt about that!

Every party should have a little bit of sweet…

…and a little bit of salty!
Make sure you pick some of these cute football brownies up while you are at Target.  They come in a long, thin box with a little girls face on it.  Yea…that one!  They make a fun, football touch to the table without having to spend hours in the kitchen, AND they are inexpensive!

If you are traveling for the party, you can just put the tags on top of the lids and use the lids as snack markers.  If your party is at home, grab a couple little jars, tape a paper clip to the back of the jar, fill it with mix to cover the tape, and display your snack tag.  Easy!  If you love how this looks but are taking the mix to a party, take the jar and and stick the mix in and the tag on when you get there.

I bet you are wondering how these snack mixes taste?
Well, the sweet one speaks for itself.  It is very sweet with just a touch of salty, crunchy with chocolate and peanuts, all covered in white almond bark.  It makes a ton and both kids and adults love it.
The savory, salty mix is a unique one, and you will get asked for the recipe often.  It is salty with a bit of sweet, has chili powder and curry in the seasoning which makes it stand out from your typical snack mix.  It uses some fun colored potato and vegetable chips which also makes it stand out from the crowd. It is very addicting and also makes a very good amount.

What are your super bowl plans?


Super Bowl Sweet Mix

1/2 jar (8oz) peanuts (16 oz jar)
1/2 bag(8oz) pretzels (16 oz bag)
1/2 bag (6oz) bugles (12 oz bag)
1/2 box Cheerios (8.9 oz box)
1/2 bag M&M’s (12 oz bag–use extra to make table pretty, or just eat them :))
1 lb vanilla almond bark

Mix all ingredients except for almond bark in a large bowl.  Melt almond bark as package directs.  Pour over mixture, mixing to coat well.  Spread out onto waxed paper to dry.  Break into chunks and store in airtight container.  Saves well for several weeks.

Super Bowl Savory Mix

1/2 jar (8oz) peanuts (16 oz jar)
1/2 bag (8oz) pretzels (16 oz bag)
1/2 bag (6oz) bugles (12 oz bag)
1/2 box cheerios (8.9 oz box)
6 oz chips (I used Terra Chips- Exotic Harvest)
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix peanuts, pretzels, bugles, cheerios & chips in a large bowl.

Mix brown sugar, butter, worcestershire sauce, chili powder, curry powder and garlic powder in a small saucepan.  Heat on med until sugar is dissolved.

Pour seasoning mixture over dry mix.  Toss until well coated.  Pour onto 2 large cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, stirring after 20.