Monthly Archives: October 2014

How to keep your Jack-O-Latern alive longer

Tomorrow is Halloween which means another month has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean your Halloween spirit has to go, too. Keep eating pumpkin-flavored everything, keep drinking pumpkin beers, and keep your pumpkin friends alive.

Once carved, pumpkins don’t have much time before they start sinking into themselves and attracting flies, gross.

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My heart-eye-emoji pumpkin!

Here is how to make sure your Jack-o-Lantern makes it to Thanksgiving! (well, at least into November)

  • After you carve your pumpkin, spray the edges of the cut areas with a bleach solution. To make the solution, mix 1 tsp of bleach mixed with a gallon of water in put into a spray bottle.
  • Coat the edges with petroleum jelly. This will seal the pumpkiny moisture in!
  • Keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight during the day.
  • At night, either place your pumpkin in a bucket of water with a teaspoon of either vegetable oil or, if you have a larger pumpkin, make some room for it on a shelf in your refrigerator. The water will help keep the pumpkin from melting!

This is just one way to preserve. Check out a few other awesome ways to preserve your pumpkin that include white glue and an actual commercial pumpkin preservative spray here!

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Fall Faves- Pinterest Finds

One of the things I love the most about living in New Jersey is experiencing every season.

In the winter, it snows. The sky is white, the snow flakes glide down from the clouds and land gently in your hair, everyone is bundled in coats, scarves, and hats.

In the spring, the bees buzz over to the blooming flowers, the grass shows its usual shade of green, the smell of fresh cut grass is in the air.

In the summer, the beaches are covered in sun bathing locals and visitors alike, the pools open up, the AC cranks on.

In the fall, the leaves on the trees change their color from green to gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows, pumpkin patches and apple orchards become the weekend hot spots, and a slight chill begins to take over the state.

With so many great qualities to each season, it is hard to choose a favorite, but if I had to choose a favorite something, I’d say my favorite thing about every season is the yummy, creative, and festive desserts and drinks that are made.

Here are just a few of the must-try desserts I have pinned on Pinterest for this Fall.

Baked Apples with Rum and Cinnamon

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If this treat doesn’t scream ‘Fall,’ I don’t know what does. When I stumbled across this pin, I knew that that baked rum apple and I are meant to share a magical night in front of a TV watching “Halloween Town.”

Pumpkin Pie Bites

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Everyone love mini things, right? Mini dogs, mini golf, minivans–all good things, but not as good as these mini pumpkin pie bites look. Bite-sized treat are the best because it’s all of the deliciousness with half the effort. I mean, when you’re dealing with pumpkin pie, who really has time for a fork and plate? Not me.

Spooky Treats

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When I was in elementary school, a peer’s mom brought in “dirt pudding” for our Halloween party. I remember thinking that was the coolest thing ever. Dirt pudding, for whose who do not know, is chocolate pudding with crumbled chocolate cookies, to make it look like dirt, and gummy worms sticking out of the dirt.

Nowadays, every mom can be a cool mom with the help of Pinterest. I’m not a mom but I plan on being the coolest daughter/friend when I make these awesome treats.

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Apple Cider Sangria

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Apple cider always tastes good but for some reason is tastes way better in the Fall, especially when you throw in some Pinot. This recipe might have you wishing that drinking from apples was acceptable all year.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Cinnamon + pecans + chia seeds + pumpkin= Fall flavor in a cup.  This recipe calls for coconut milk, which sounds like such a good contrast to the pumpkin taste.

Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail

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Have your pie and drink it, too, with this delicious cocktail. I have tried a variation of this recipe and loooved it. It goes down so smooth and tasty. Apple cider and Rumchata are kind of a match made in Cocktail Heaven.

Feel free to follow me on Pinterest!

Fall gains

Sometimes an urge cannot be ignored. Sometimes when you are sitting just a cubicle away from a moist chocolate cake, you cannot help yourself. Before you know it, you’re licking your finger and dabbing at the remaining fluffy crumbs that didn’t make it into your mouth with the rest of the cake.

The urge is a beautiful thing. It floods your mouth with saliva at the thought of a warm chocolate chip cookie parting softly half, revealing a home of hidden chips that you cannot wait to coat your teeth with. It fixates your eyes on a plate of fresh-from-the-oven brownies that are releasing the smell of warm chocolate into the air.

I thought I would always be a loyal prisoner to the urge. Always nod my head for a second slice of cake. Always grab handfuls of chocolate bars from candy bowls. Feel no regret.

But something happened over the course of the past few months that changed the way I saw myself and the way I thought I would always see myself. Isn’t it weird how you look back on your past self and think “wow, past me would not even know who present me is!”

A few weeks ago I began a 30-day workout program called ChaLEAN, creating by Chalene Johnson, who also created the toning and stretching program PiYo, which I have also been incorporating into my workouts. It took me a while to find a workout program that worked for me, but ChaLEAN is a program that I can really get behind. I have tried YouTube videos, going to the gym, I even tried T25, but out of all of those, ChaLEAN has proven to be the biggest motivational workout.

Aaaaand with working out comes eating right.

I won’t say I ‘eat clean,’ because I don’t even know what the hell that means, BUT I will say that I am much more conscious about what I put into my body. Not because it’s what you’re “supposed” to do, but my body is happy when I do. My body can now tell the good food from the bad, which I think is amazing.

When I was younger (I’m 22, but still) I used to eat anythingggg I wanted and I felt totally fine. I could inhale pizza, brownies, cake, cookies–you know, the good stuff– and carry on with my day not a pound heavier and a regret-free stomach. Now, if I even have a chocolate bar, I feel sluggish, bloated, and just not great.

It’s amazing how food can transform your life!

That’s not to say that I don’t eat sweets, because I surely do. I baked all time and will begin sharing recipes on here. Junk food, as I stated before, is the good BEST stuff.

Now, when I refuse that slice of chocolate cake, it’s not because I don’t want to gain unnecessary weight. It’s because my body knows the difference between healthy food and sweets, and it will NOT let me forget it.

The urge, while not as strong, is still there, but I gained a new kind of urge, too. I gained the urge to push myself, to sweat, to get stronger, and get my heart beating.