Farm to Table Fall Baking





One thing I absolutely love about fall time is the farmers markets. Where I live the markets are still thriving and full of colorful fruits (mainly apples) and vegetables. Today, I walked through and enjoyed the array of local produce . .

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I was inspired by the beautiful crimson red cranberries. With these, I decided to make a simple pumpkin cranberry bundt cake with a vanilla glaze. Here’s how I did it –

IMG_4811Mix  together 3 cups of all purpose flour, 2tsp baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon all spice, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

IMG_4812In a separate bowl, I combined 3 cups of sugar, 1 15oz can pumpkin puree, 4 eggs, 1 cup vegetable oil, and 1/2 cup water or orange juice.

IMG_4816Next, slowly incorporate your dry ingredients into your wet mixture.

IMG_4822Lastly, add one cup of fresh or frozen cranberries.

Grease your bundt pan and bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour and 10 minutes (depending on your oven it could be a little more or a little less)

While that is baking whisk together the glaze.

IMG_4827You will need 1 cup of confectioners sugar, 1 tbs vanilla extract, and 1 tbs milk (I used almond).

IMG_4828 IMG_4833Once a toothpick can be inserted and removed without any residue, allow the cake to cool for about 15 minutes. Then, cover with glaze and enjoy!!

-Tips-

To make this recipe vegan friendly replace the eggs with apple sauce or bananas and the milk with an alternative such as almond!

I think adding orange zest to either the cake batter or even the glaze would also be a delicious touch!


Ingredients

3 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp allspice

1 tsp cinnamon

3 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup water or orange juice

Icing-

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 tbs vanilla extract

1 tbs milk

 

Enjoy! (:

-Sophia Tatiana

 

Get Your Buddhi on The Mat!

National Yoga Month has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you should stop celebrating! Instead, celebrate #yogaeverydamnday

It’s getting to be that time of year when our motivation to get moving is quickly declining. Along with that, it’s clinically proven that our mood declines along with it. Let’s be honest, we all have bad days. Sometimes we feel like sulking and staying in bed to watch Netflix all day. Don’t let those feelings get you down!!

Recently, I’ve been feeling this way. In order to melt away these feeling I like to read motivational quotes on Pinterest, and most importantly, get moving! Here are some of my favorites:

image2 image3 image4 image5Another one of my other favorite things to do is read. One of my favorite authors recently is Thich Naht Hahn. His books are extremely uplifting and remind you to focus on your breath, the present moment, and to enjoy life.

To completely turn my mood around I always go to yoga. There are an abundance of health benefits associated with yoga, both physical and mental. Yoga allows me to focus on my breathing throughout the day in good moments, bad moments, stressful moments, and at all times. Your practices in yoga can be carried into your everyday life in order to make you a better you.

Yoga is also tons of fun! What better way to get exercise than to have fun and go to yoga. So get out of bed, turn off Netflix, and get your Buddhi on the mat!!

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies


My fall obsession is in full swing and the baking has commenced! I think I have finally perfected my pumpkin whoopie pie with cream cheese filling recipe! Follow these simple steps to try this tasty fall treat.

First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. For the “cookie” part of the whoopie pies, measure out all of the ingredients. Pumpkin whoopies

In one bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. IMG_4426

In a separate bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and oil. IMG_4435IMG_4447

Next, add the pumpkin puree *make sure you use puree (just pumpkin) and not pumpkin pie filling!

Once the pumpkin puree is combined, add one egg and vanilla extract and mix well.IMG_4455

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until it is fully incorporated and becomes dough-like. The mixture will be thicker than cake batter, but thinner than cookie dough.IMG_4462

Scoop heaping tablespoons onto a cookie sheet leaving about an inch apart. Make sure the dough is smoothed over on top because they will keep their shape as they bake. Also, make each “cookie” as uniformed as possible to ensure each cookie has an even sized one to form the pie. IMG_4469

Bake for 9-11 minutes depending on your oven and size of “cookies”. While those are baking, start the cream chees filling.

Using a mixer, cream together softened butter, cream cheese, and confectioners sugar. If you don’t have a mixer, this can be done by hand using a fork. I went back in and smoothed out the lumps with a rubber spatula because no one likes a chunk of butter in their woopie pie :pIMG_4486 IMG_4490

Once the “cookies” are done allow them about 30 minutes to cool completely before filling.

Take a dollop of fillng and spread it over one “cookie”. Then, find its soulmate who fits perfectly together to make a yummy whoopie pie!IMG_4495 IMG_4504 IMG_4500


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 tablespoon ground ginger

1/2 tablespoon ground cloves

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I used the whole can)

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Filling

3 cups confectioners sugar

1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter-softened

8 oz cream cheese-softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 9-11 minutes. Cool Completely, and fill with cream cheese filling.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Subscribe to my blog to see more fall recipes, lifestyle, and fashion posts! (:

 

 

Affordable Fall Fashion


It’s official!! Leaves are changing, pumpkin spices latte’s are latteing (definitely not a real word), and fall is in the air! Fall is my absolute favorite season. Whether it’s the outfits, the baking, or apple picking I am just totally obsessed. I love fall because it means you can finally start layering pieces without getting too warm. Today I’m going to show you one of my favorite ways too layer classic pieces and to add some fall spice to them, while keeping it affordable!

  

  

  

  

  

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I started the outfit with a pair of basic dark washed jeans from American Eagle. I cuffed the bottom to add a little dimension to them and to help them flow well with the shoes. On top, I wore a chambray collard shirt and layered a St. Johns Bay sweater which I thrifted on top. I brought the collar of the shirt out to peak through the top of the sweater and from the bottom of the sweater. I thought this made the outfit look flirty and chic.

I accessorized with an adorable wool floppy hat as well as some suede oxfords, both from Old Navy. Who would’ve guess Old Navy would have such cute and trendy accessories!?

Thanks for checking in to see my affordable fall outfit! Click the ads above and subscribe using the sidebar to support my blog and keep up with future posts! I have many more to come… Fall time has me feeling crafty and like Betty Crocker (:

– Sophia Tatiana –