Recipe Spotlight: Homemade Hot Chocolate

Christmas is coming and what better way to celebrate than with hot chocolate and your loved ones? This recipe is perfect for any cold, winter day, and really easy to make! Just put everything in a pot, turn the slow cooker on, go outside and play in the snow for a few hours, and it will be ready when you come back in.

Ingredients:

2 Cup Chocolate Chips
1 1/2 tsp vanilla 
1 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk 
1 1/2 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream 
6 Cups Milk 
Marshmallows
Candy Canes
Whip Cream (Optional) 

Instructions:

Pour all ingredients into the crockpot and mix together until well combined. Cook for 2 hours on low (or an hour on high), stirring occasionally. Once all mixed, and chocolate melted, pour into your favorite mug, and enjoy! 

TIP: You can make it with white chocolate chips, dark chocolate, butterscotch, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Fall Favorites: Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

Ever since getting into college, I have discovered that food prepping is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle while running around from class-to-class. I recently have started making overnight oats for breakfast and it is the easiest breakfast to make! Just set aside some time on a Sunday, and make a few servings of them!

This time, instead of my normal recipe, I decided to try out this Pumpkin Spice recipe I found on Pinterest! It’s easy, fast, and tastes like fall! Start your day off right with this recipe! The serving size for the ingredients below is for one person, but feel free to double, or tripple it (like I did!), to cover the week!

Plus, you can get some super cute pictures in from the mason jar aesthetic 😉

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Milk
  • 1/4 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Canned Pumpkin
  • 1 tbs Chia Seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 Tbs Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Instructions

  1. Take a bowl.
  2. Put all the ingredients in and stir.

3. Grab your mason jars.

4. And put in the desired amount of overnight oats.

5. Put them in the fridge and pull them out when you want to eat breakfast!

It’s that easy. Plus, it gives you a reason to have a collection of cute mason jars on hand 😉

Let me know what you think of it in the comments!

Lily’s Cooking Tip: Add some chocolate chips or Pumpkin Spice chips for a little extra sweetness!

Recipe Spotlight: Pumpkin-Alfredo Pasta

With what little days we have left of the month of November, it means we have only so little time to utilize pumpkin!

So after some searching online, and Pinterest, I found this yummy Pumpkin-Alfredo Pasta recipe! With its simple recipe, and easy instructions, I made this right in my campus apartment with no need to go to the store (and yes, I keep Pumpkin Puree in my cabinet on the regular during Fall).

This meal is perfect for Fall and tastes just as heavenly. Make it for your family or roommates and they will love you forever!

Ingredients

  • 2 Cloves Garlic (or Garlic Powder)
  • 1 TBS Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 lb Pasta of your choice (I used bow tie!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 6 tbs Butter (I used 4 tbs)
  • 2/3 Cup Half & Half
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese

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Instructions

  1. Boil Pasta
  2. In another pot, melt the butter, and add the garlic. Mix for about a minute, careful to not let it burn.
  3. Add Half & Half, parmesan, pumpkin, and nutmeg. Mix together and add 1/2 a cup of the pasta water until it’s at a desired consistency (I didn’t have to add any). More water, equals a thinner sauce.
  4. Drain pasta, then mix with the sauce. Sprinkle salt and pepper, Top with parsley and serve!

I hope you like it! Let me know what you think in the comments.

Fall Favorites: Apple Cider

What did the tree say to autumn?

Leaf, me alone. 

Haha. Sorry. Moving on.

When you think of Fall what comes to mind?

For me it’s: Pumpkins, blankets, sweaters, orange, pumpkin spice everything, and football to name a few.

Since Arizona doesn’t really have a fall, I’ve been trying to incorporate as much fall-related activities in my day-today life to give the illusion. So far I can cross off the pumpkin patch, making pumpkin pie, making pumpkin pasteries, drinking pumpkin-spice everything, pulling out all my flannels and sweaters, and reading under a cozy blanket with fall-scented candles around me.

And now: Making Apple Cider.

The recipe I used is fairly easy and takes little to no time at all! Plus, it’s cheap. Which is always a good thing.  I added some spices and additions to make it my own, so feel free to stretch and make this recipe however you want it to be.  It isn’t technically “homeade” apple cider (the homeade recipe would have taken 8 hours and this college student has no time for that), but it is still equally as good!

Ingredients:

Apple Cider

3 Apples (I used one red and two green)

1 Orange

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

A sprinkle Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 teaspoon Ground allspice

A sprinkle Ground Nutmeg

Cinnamon Sticks

Whipcream

Carmel Sauce

Directions:

  1. Pour the desired amount of apple cider into a pot and heat it over the stove.

2. Cut up the apples and oranges and add them into the mix.

3. Add in the spices.

4. Mix around and let it boil. Taste test it every so often and once it’s to your liking, pour it into a cute mug, add some whip cream, caremal drizzle, and a cinnamon stick, and enjoy!

This is a recipe you definetly want to check out! It tastes great, feels good, and makes your house smell like a fall forrest. What I love about this recipe is that you can bend it to your liking. Add more cinnamon if you’d like, ignore the nutmeg, etc. Everyone likes it differently.

Happy Fall!