A Follow Up on Fall Goals and Pumpkin Spice Syrup {Recipe}

A few months ago (whoa time is flying), I posted my Fall goals. I’m proud to say that I’ve ticked most items off the list! Huzzah!

We finally made it to the pumpkin farm this past weekend. Thank goodness for by-weeks because college football has been dictating our Saturdays. Boo!

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The main person who grumbled about going to “take pictures in foliage” had a great time. I’m happy to report that he did not break the hobby horse.
While these aren’t the professional photos I had in mind, they’re still frame-able so I’m counting these as family photos too. Score! Besides, we just sank $1500 into the car so the hubby doesn’t see professional photos as a necessary expense at the moment. Even though I understand and agree with his logic, there was still a small part of me that was butthurt about the decision until this weekend. I’ll remove the little guy to right of us before printing. Or maybe I’ll leave the kid in the picture. He was hellbent on photobombing us. I have three to four pictures that show him getting closer and closer. Kids.
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This is one of Harper’s new headbands that she thinks is “pwetty” but refuses to wear. She has some pretty stylish teddy bears now. My crafting slowed down last month because I was running out of space for my completed projects. Someone gave me the idea to just start decorating as I complete the items. Genius! I usually start putting up Christmas decor the day after Thanksgiving anyway.
Pumpkin Spice Syrup via Earl-Leigh Designs
This may not be the healthiest but we’re going to count this as one of my easy, healthy recipes. 😉
1 c pumpkin puree
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (I used a little more…obvisiously)
1/2 c water
Pure maple syrup or liquid sweetener of choice to taste
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat.
Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.
Store in a mason jar or a container that has a good seal.
Refrigerate for about 30 days.
As far the skirt thing goes…yeah…we’ll get back to that at a later date. Ha!

How are you doing with your goal list?

This post was fueled coffee, a dark chocolate, nuts & sea salt KIND bar and Two Door Cinema Club (they’re one of my faves).

Linked up at Melt in Your Mouth Mondays , Made by you Monday and Mama Moments.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe {Vegan-Friendly}

It isn’t technically fall but it’s close enough for me to start indulging in all things pumpkin! I wanted a seasonal drink that wasn’t caffeinated because Harper would be drinking it too. After looking through my cabinets and fridge, I whipped up a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie. Depending on what you have at home, you could make this drink vegan-friendly. BAM!

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1 1/2 cups milk (I used plain almond)
1 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice- you could use more to bring out the flavor
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 oz cream cheese- or dairy free yogurt
Vanilla extract
Honey or sweetener of choice
Graham crackers (optional)

Blend all ingredients.

Special Note:
This is a really creamy smoothie. Add more milk if you desire a thinner consistency.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie via Earl-Leigh Designs

I need to hit up Bath & Body Works for some new candles! I only have two left from last year and they have a Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow one that I NEED.

What are you sipping on? 

This post was fueled by Starbucks, Foo Fighters and soup!