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Decorating/ FEATURED/ HOME/ Homemaking

11 Ways To Hygge In the Fall and Winter

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I’ve written about Spring and Summer Hygge, but my FAVORITE time to create a Hygge home is in the Fall.

As for winter? Hygge is what gets me through our long brutal winters in here in the Midwest.

 

What is Hygge?

First of all.. let’s get the pronunciation down. It is pronounced “hoo-ga”…I know, I know, it is not the most elegant-sounding word, but I have so grown to love this word!

Hygge is a Danish term that is defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”

If you know me well, you know I am all about doing that little bit of extra to create a special atmosphere!

My friends and family tell me I’m quite good at it, and I adore doing it. It is just in my nature.

I naturally and automatically want to create a homey, cozy, and comfortable feeling for the people that I love when they come into my space.

I also am very intentional about using these spaces to slow down and be present and purposeful when I am alone, too.

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Drinks/ RECIPES

12 Best Warming Drink Recipes From New Nostalgia

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Today it is cold, foggy, drizzly & the perfect day to have my hands wrapped around a warm mug! I just love fall weather; it is the time of year where I use the weather as an excuse to slow down! I especially love cool evenings where I hunker down with a fuzzy blanket, a lit candle, a book, my fuzzy socks & a nice warm drink in my hand.

Here are 12 of my favorite warming drinks:

Hot Buttered Cranberry Apple Cider

Best Ever Hot Chocolate

Masala Chai-An Indian Beverage

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Chai Spice Mix

Turmeric Chai Tea

Almond Vanilla Maple Spiced Mocha

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Candy Drop Hot Chocolate

3 Ingredient Best Pumpkin Spice Chai

Candy Cane Lane Green Tea

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Peppermint Stick Hot Cocoa

Golden Milk

Cold Fighting Homemade Honey Lemon Ginger Tea

 

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What is your favorite warm drink?

Do you like a creamy drink or are you a hot tea person? Please share your favorites in the comments!

Brunch/ RECIPES/ Sides/ Sponsored/ Sweets

Vegan Pumpkin Bread With Brown Sugar Streusel Crust

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We have been enjoying Meatless Mondays around here for quite a while now.  It has been much fun creating or finding meatless & dairy free meals and desserts. It causes us to eat more plant-based & gives me excuse to mix up my recipes & pour over my Vegan board on Pinterest. I found a couple of recipes for Pumpkin bread and remixed them to come up with this better-for-you Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Brown Sugar Streusel Crust recipe. It  is now a favorite!  It is so very good that I won’t ever go back to my usual non-vegan, double-the-sugar pumpkin bread recipe.

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It is also Monday night football season, so I’ve had extra fun finding meatless meals and desserts that we can enjoy as a family while having the game on.  Notice I say “having the game on” instead of “watching the game.”  That is because my husband is really the only one who watches Monday night football.  He is in a house of girls who are not too interested, but I must say, I love the fun fall atmosphere that a football game brings to the house.  It causes me to light fall candles, plug-in my fun lighty- up pumpkin & even use it as an excuse call up my friends and have them over during the week if I’m feeling social.  If not, I just cozy up in the corner of the couch with my fuzzy blanket and fuzzy socks & listen to my husband cheer on his team. He is an extremely quiet guy until it comes to sports…then he gets quite animated and I find myself chuckling at him.  It can be very entertaining. Oh how I love my man!

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This Vegan Pumpkin Bread recipe is anther something that I just love.  It pleases both the girls & guys, and is the thing to make when having people over. It is nice and girly & tastes great with a cup of coffee or tea, but also is sweet & special enough to pass as a dessert with the guys, enjoyed with a pumpkin ale.

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The bread is soft and moist, you won’t miss the whole milk, butter or eggs one bit!  Creamy Silk Almondmilk, thick pumpkin, and vegan butter alternative is what this bread so moist.Vegan Pumpkin Bread Pin The streusel top is a buttery brown sugar concoction that is nice and hearty, not dry & crumbly like most streusels. It seeps into the bread a bit while it bakes and the result is just—MMM.

This recipe mixes up in a snap. All ingredients except the flour and baking powder are combined together in one bowl.  You then simply wisk in the dry ingredients, pour in a pan, and top with streusel.

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It is a great way to keep things simple on a Monday night. Serve with a crockpot of vegan chili & call it good. Your home will smell, taste, look and sound like fall while eating this if you make it on a Meatless Monday Football Night!

Do you have any recipes that can be remixed for #MeatlessMondayNight?

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Silk’s plant-based beverages & yogurt alternatives are super versatile and can be used as substitutes for dairy products. Using them is a great way to make delicious meat & dairy-free versions of your normal go-to Monday Night Football recipes.

Silk’s products are lactose free, cholesterol free, high fructose corn syrup free & no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

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Vegan Pumpkin Bread With Brown Sugar Streusel Crust

3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1/2 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (another plant-based oil can be substituted)

1/4 cup Unsweetened Silk AlmondMilk

2 tablespoons molasses

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

pinch of salt

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (can use wheat)

2 teaspoons baking powder

 

Streusel Crust

1/4 cup of vegan buttery spread or butter if you are non-vegan, softened

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease & flour one 9×5 inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  2. Bread- in a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredient through salt & whisk to combine.  If coconut oil re-solidifys, no worries, a few small white clumps are ok.
  3. Stir in the flour and baking powder until just combined, don’t overmix. Batter is quite thick.
  4. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  5. Streusel Crust – in a medium bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour & toss with a fork until mixture combines and crumbs and clumps form.  This is a moist streusel, but if your seems very moist and is paste-like, add another 1-2 tablespoon flour, as needed to dry it out.
  6. Evenly sprinkle the streusel topping over the top, using your fingers to break up large clumps in necessary.
  7. Bake for about 40-44 minutes, or until center is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.
  8. Allow bread to cool in pan, on top of a wire rack, for at least 30 minutes before turning out onto the rack to finish cooling completely.
  9. Slice bread with a serrated knife in a sawing motion, going over any stubborn patches of the crust a few times, taking care to be gentle to not compress the loaf. Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  10. To freeze, wrap completely cooled loaf in plastic wrap, then place loaf inside a gallon-sized plastic zipped bag.  Bread will keep airtight in the freezer for up to 6 months

Enjoy!

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Holidays/Parties/ Meals/ RECIPES/ Seasonal/ Sweets/ Thanksgiving

8 Amazing Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes

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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!

 

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

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