Pumpkin Mug Cake


Pumpkin Mug Cake

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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Tbsp pumpkin purée
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp oat milk or whatever milk you like
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar in the raw
  • 1/4 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup flour
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 Tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • mini chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Mix together wet and dry separately then bring together.
  • Lastly fold in chocolate chips
  • place mug cakes in the microwave for 1 minute (if you use two mugs – if you use one mug cook for 2 minutes)
Keyword mug cake, pumpkin

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

What a year 2020 has been. It’s had a profound effect on everybody, specifically small businesses. Shopping during the holiday season always has it challenges, but there is added stress this year with things being so different. This years Gift Guide I compiled a list of small brands whose work I deeply admire and want to support further. This list contains; foodie must haves, skincare, books, my personal picks and everything in-between. With that being said, here is my carefully curated guide for you all this holiday season. I hope you find something unique and special to treat yourself or a loved one.

Happy Holidays!

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New Hampshire Travel Guide: What to do and Where to eat in Bristol & Portsmouth NH


New Hampshire is the state that doesn’t get enough credit and tends to be forgotten. This was my first time vacationing here and I’m not sure why it took me this long! Our first stop was Newfound Lake which is situated in the lakes region of central New Hampshire. It’s a glacial lake fed by 8 springs, has 22 miles of shoreline, and is one of the cleanest lakes in the U.S.! While camping here we kayaked, hiked, and ate a lot of good food. Here’s the details:

*all links are attached to the names*


Where We Camped


What To Do


Food / Drink


Our next stop was Portsmouth. Portsmouth, NH, located about an hour north of Boston, is one of New England’s most popular port towns. With plenty of interesting shops, wonderful places to eat, and the beach!


Where We Camped


What To Do


Food


Drink


Did you know there were so many cool things to do in New Hampshire? I feel we barely scratched the surface. This road trip was an amazing adventure, and we can’t wait to go again!

Holiday Appetizer Roundup

Beet Hummus

Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 1 beet, chopped – peeled – boiled
  • 1 bag Angelic Bakehouse Zesty Lemon Crisps

Instructions
 

  • Blend together all ingredients until fully combined then top with whatever you like! Use the crisps for scooping. Enjoy!
Keyword beet, hummus

Vegan Sliders

Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box veggie burgers
  • sliced red onion
  • spinach
  • sweet and sour sauce
  • 1 bag Angelic Bakehouse 7 Sprouted Whole Grain Dinner Roles

Instructions
 

  • cook veggie burger over medium heat on stovetop. once done begin to stack and layer your slider inside the whole grain bun! Enjoy!
Keyword sliders

Fresh and Easy Tomato Bruschetta Crisps

Prep Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • handful fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • pinch garlic powder
  • balsamic glaze for the drizzle
  • 1 bag Angelic Bakehouse Fig & Tarragon Vinaigrette Crisps

Instructions
 

  • add all ingredients together except for the glaze. Once fully combined scoop on top of savory crisp and finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Enjoy!
Keyword bruschetta, tomato

“Ricotta” and Pesto Crisps

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

Cashew Ricotta

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp white miso
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 tbsp filtered water

Pesto

  • 1 tub Pesto from my local farmers market

Crisps

  • 1 bag Angelic Bakehouse Harissa & Green Chili Crisps

Instructions
 

  • for the ricotta: In a food processor, combine the cashews, garlic, lemon juice, miso, and salt. Blend until fully combined and adding water along the way to help the mixture come together. taste and adjust with seasoning if you need to! Scoop onto crisps and finish with a small dollop of pesto. Enjoy!
Keyword pesto, ricotta

Caramelized Onion and Brie Crisps

Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup caramelized onions All you do is cook in a pan over medium-high heat with olive oil until brown (add 1/4 tsp baking powder to speed up the process if needed)
  • brie cheese cut into strips
  • parsley
  • sea salt
  • 1 bag Angelic Bakehouse Pickled Sweet Onion Crisps

Instructions
 

  • place your brie cheese strips on top of savory crisps and broil until melted. Finish off by topping with the caramelized onion and sprinkled parsley. Enjoy!
Keyword brie, caramelized, onion

5 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

five easy recipes to enjoy on Thanksgiving

Cauliflower Mash

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • Medium cauliflower head
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed ghee or butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • splash olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Separate cauliflower into florets and cut into smaller chunks
  • steam the florets over stove-top. once tender add the garlic, ghee, olive oil and spices.
  • use an immersion blender or transfer to a regular blender, process until smooth!
  • Serve hot
Keyword cauliflower, mashed potatoes

Wild Rice with Cranberry & Almonds

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups wild rice
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped

Instructions
 

  • pour rice, vegetable broth, orange juice, orange zest, and all seasonings into large pan over low heat covered for 45 minutes
  • once rice is fluffy and tender remove form heat and let sit for 5 minutes then gently fold in dried cranberries and almonds
  • Serve hot
Keyword almond, cranberry, wild rice

Glazed Rainbow Carrots

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag rainbow carrots, peeled and chopped down the middle
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 tbsp ghee

Instructions
 

  • steam carrots over stove-top once soft transfer to bowl and toss with maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt
  • preheat oven to 370 and line baking sheet with parchment paper
  • pour glazed carrots onto of baking sheet – drop 4 tbsp of ghee (or butter) across the top
  • bake for 15 minutes
  • serve hot!
Keyword carrots, glazed

Gluten-Free Brie Bites

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box Trader Joes gluten-free stuffing
  • 1 wheel brie cheese
  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • fresh rosemary sprigs

Instructions
 

  • preheat oven 370 and grease muffin pan
  • make gluten free stuffing according to back of the box
  • scoop stuffing (i used a cookie scooper) into each pocket of the muffin pan and press down until it's flat
  • chop the brie cheese into squares and put about 2 on top of each stuffing layer
  • top with a generous serving on cranberry sauce
  • pop into the oven for about 15 minutes
  • remove and add a rosemary sprig to each
  • serve warm
Keyword brie, cheese, cranberry, gluten free, stuffing

Mulled Wine

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Drinks

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 slices orange

Instructions
 

  • pour a bottle of wine in a sauce pan with spices, sugar and orange slices
  • let simmer over low heat for 30 minutes
Keyword mulled, wine

Guide To Iceland

Nature, around every corner

Winding roads

Solitude

Fascinating culture

Delicious Icelandic cuisine

Lets dig in!

Iceland was one of my favorite trips I’ve ever been on. And that’s saying a lot! I loved how different it was. I loved how inviting it was. But most of all, I loved the openness of this island country and all of its natural beauty. We spent 9 days in Iceland (with 6 others) in an Airbnb house located one hour outside of Reykjavik.

While I’m sure that Iceland is amazing in the summer, there are a few things that I really loved about the time of year we went: you get to see the sunrise and sunset, there are fewer tourists so the sights aren’t as crowded, there’s more availability with lodging, the glaciers are larger, and the chances of seeing the Northern Lights are better (unfortunately we didn’t see them)

WHAT TO PACK

I focused on layers, warm socks, comfortable clothes and made sure to have hats, gloves, a neck warmer and hand warmers. I wore winter boots or hiking boots every day and also had two heavy winter jackets (one water resistant), and I was great!

THINGS TO DO

  • Blue Lagoon: the blue lagoon was a magical experience. A lot of people say it’s overrated but I beg to differ. Plus, it was cheaper than I expected – especially with everything it has to offer; luxurious changing rooms that also make as a spa, steam rooms, clay masks, swim-up bar, fun rock caves, the list goes on… 
  • Town of Reykjavik: this town is so cute. Not only is there a lot of fun shops to pop into but the restaurants are endless and packed full with popular Icelandic cuisine.
  • Viõgelmir Cave: exploring this lava field was one of my favorite excursions. We were fully submerged inside of a “tube” that lava used to flow throughout ages ago and got the opportunity to experience total darkness – something i’ll never forget!
  • Vatnajökull Glacier Hike: If you’re into hiking and working your body a bit I recommend this glacier hike! We climbed up and around the largest glacier in Europe and explored all the natural ice caves that have formed over the last several months. There are many different Glacier caves you can explore throughout Iceland but this one was special to me because nothing is man-made and we got an awesome sunrise hike out of it!
  • Haukadalur Valley: This was fun and free! A mild hike with beautiful view of all the different sized geysers. This is also located right near Golfoss Falls –  very convenient so you don’t have to make a double trip.
  • Keriõ Crater: this attraction was 3 dollars and so cool! You can walk up and around the crater or take the path below right next to the bright blue water. 
  • Black Sand Beach: free and beautiful! We stopped to see Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls on the way to Black Sand Beach. We went on a rainy/windy day and it was still insanely enjoyable. Be careful at the beach, the waters are extremely dangerous – its important to stay far from the water line. Be mindful, the picture is not that important….we watched several people get sucked in but luckily had someone near to help them up.
  • Diamond Beach: my favorite! This “beach” is out of a story book. A MUST SEE. I suggest visiting diamond beach and doing the Glacier hike together. Both of these attractions are FAR OUT ( of course depending on where you’re located.) We were an hour outside of Reykjavik and still had a four hour drive to these locations – which are 30 minutes from each other. Don’t worry, they’re worth it!
  • Secret Lagoon: I adored this secret spot. If you aren’t into big tourist-y crowds I definitely suggest this quaint lagoon that was naturally formed (not man-made like the Blue Lagoon) + is heated by neighboring geysers!
  • Waterfalls: Skógafoss, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss are the waterfalls we visited. All of them were so beautiful and had their own charm. I wouldn’t stress about seeing every single one – there are SO many and are often on the way to a destination. 
  • Stop on the side of the road: if you’re traveling along the countryside and see something that sparks your eye – stop! The scenery in Iceland is magical and there are also many wild horses that LOVE to pose for pictures.

ICELANDIC FOOD GUIDE 

  • Tryggvaskáli Restaurant: this restaurant reminded me of my favorite restaurant here in New York but BETTER. The building itself is an old house renovated into a restaurant. It has a very rustic/antique feel to it. The menu is to die for…favorite food I ate in Iceland hands down.
  • Fridheimar Greenhouse: HIGHLY Recommend. Not only do you eat fabulous food from the tomato greenhouse but you dine IN it. They allow you to explore freely, the menu is full of delicious options, there’s a walk up coffee bar, staff is friendly, and they have a lovely gift shop. Such a wonderful experience.
  • Street Dog / Baejarins Bestu Hotagörõum: two spots that sell delicious dogs both located in Reykjavik!
  • ELDUR OG íS: Ice Cream and Crepes – so many flavors of ice cream and several options to stuff your crepe with.
  • Cafe Babalü: LOVED the atmosphere here and the coffee was fantastic. I suggest only getting coffee here though…the food menu is small and kind of fast-food-like.
  • Café Loki: a lot of Icelandic cuisine options like fermented shark, meat stew, fish, and lamb. Also have amazing drinks!
  • Kronan: this is one of the cheapest grocery stores to shop at. Wherever and whenever I travel I make sure to visit the grocery store to save $$$. As soon as we landed in Iceland we headed to the grocery store to stock up on food and really only ate out three times just so we could try different Icelandic cuisine.

That’s pretty much it! Please feel free to leave a comment with any questions! #peachpraylove