Archive | October, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Latte? Yes, please.

17 Oct

How about pumpkin spice latte body scrub? The Craftinomicon has a recipe for it – it smells heavenly! It’s perfect for fall, and it definitely wakes me up in the morning. You actually probably have all of the ingredients in your house (unless you don’t drink coffee) It calls for:

  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of your favorite ground coffee
  • 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4-1 cup oil, depending on how “wet” you like your body scrub
  • vitamin E oil (optional) found in vitamin E capsules – cut open and the contents added to the mix.

but for my own personal body scrub, I used probably 3 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice and I added a dash of cinnamon. I would also suggest making the body scrub “wetter” after my first use in the shower – if it’s not a wet scrub, it’s harder to handle when you’re in the shower. I also wouldn’t use it if you’re running – the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice was a bit difficult to get off of my body. The smell it leaves behind is absolutely worth using this for, and it’s not too feminine of a body scrub for a man, either (if you know any men who like to exfoliate). Immediately after my shower, my skin felt a little oily (I wouldn’t suggest this as a facial scrub; if you want a facial scrub, perhaps exchange the oil for honey?) but after a few minutes, my skin felt so silky smooth. I did not have vitamin E oil on hand, and I forgot to pick it up, but when I make this again (and I will as soon as this is gone!) I will be adding the vitamin E oil.

I stored mine in a mason jar, which I honestly wouldn’t suggest because the lid can rust if it’s kept in the shower (and it’s glass), but it was all I could find that would work, even at my local craft store. It looks very nice, though, and it would look really cute with a small, wooden spoon, raffia, and cinnamon sticks around the top if you were giving it as a gift.

For the full recipe, click on the link to The Craftinomicon at the top of this post.

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Favorite Fall/Winter Fashion Accessory?

15 Oct

Scarves!I absolutely adore my scarves. I have an array of scarves in my closet as we speak (okay, so I only have five, but that’s about to change!) and I love every single one of them, from my Hogwarts scarf I got in Universal Studios last Christmas to my candy dots scarf my mom’s friend crocheted for me, I think they are fantastic and I love cooler weather when I can wear them.

My mom’s friend made this just for me – without a pattern!

They keep you warm, they’re super cute, and they speak loads of your personality. They’re also so easy to find ones to match your own personal style! Not to mention, that over fall break my mom taught me how to knit, and I’m currently working on two different scarves, and I can’t wait to do more.

I have mostly winter scarves, but I have one that’s a spring-ish scarf with big, pastel, vintage looking flowers on it, and I have a 1970’s scarf that’s perfect for fall – at first glance it looks like it has navy polka dots, but when you look closer, you realize that they’re actually leaves!

What’s your favorite thing about scarves? Your favorite scarf? Do you make your own? Where do¬† you get them? Do you share my love for them, or are they just something that makes the cold weather more bearable?

A small collection of the scarves I like on Polyvore.

I found the greatest fall cookie recipe ever.

14 Oct

These cookies perfectly capture that “fall” flavor. I can’t accurately describe it. Pumpkin-y. Cinnamon-y. Absolutely delicious. I found the recipe at BakerGirl for these cinnamon pumpkin spice kiss blossoms. Yum. My mom and I made them while I was home for fall break. We both decided we had a new favorite fall cookie, even though the kisses on their own were incredibly strong. I’m not going to copy and paste the recipe here, because you have got to see the fantastic pictures over at Baker Girl. They literally make your mouth water.

Oh, and I was too happy munching on cookie dough and finished cookies to remember to take my own pictures…

But here’s the break down, you need basic cookie making ingredients. And spices. And these delicious orange pumpkin spice Hershey kisses. Oh, if you’re having trouble finding them, look at Target. It was the only place I could find them.

There was just one minor thing we did differently – we didn’t have nutmeg and ginger, but there was an easy fix for that. It’s called pumpkin pie spice, and we used about one teaspoon, along with the two teaspoons of cinnamon. We also decided to do the swirly kiss look, because I plan on taking some of these delicious morsels back to my University, and we figured they’d travel easier that way. We also decided that any time we made drop cookies, the chocolate-y flavor was not dispersed enough over the cookie. Or it fell off. Which always made me sad.

When I had my first cookie, I also thought that some crushed walnuts would be delicious in the dough. Not a bunch, just enough to give them that crunchy, nutty flavor that I also love in the fall. And to top them off, I thought they’d look positively pretty with a whole walnut set on top of the melted, swirly pumpkin kiss. Didn’t do this, but it was definitely a suggestion for next time since mom and I both love walnuts in cookies.

So that was my experience with these yummy cookies. Try them. Baking cookies is a great family bonding activity, and these are definitely worth the effort.