Fall Flavors: 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Shortbread Bars

You guys!  These bars are insanely good.  Scratch that. Dangerously good!  And way easy to make!  Only 5 ingredients. 5!  These bars have become my new go-to recipe! Heres the deal. Start with a super simple shortbread cookie base Then a layer of pumpkin butter Followed by a streusel of shortbread crumble on top Then bake, cool, slice, and try not eat the whole pan in one sitting. You can use any pumpkin butter you like – store-bought or homemade, –  but I’m going to put in a strong plug for my easy 20-minute pumpkin butter!  A batch of this will keep in the fridge for at least a month!…

One Bowl Wonders: Thai Pumpkin Curry

This recipe is part of the One-Bowl-Wonders series.  Recipes is this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in about an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! The leaves are starting to turn, the temperatures are dipping into the 40s each morning and all I want to eat are big warm pots of saucy goodness, soups, and curries.  I’m giving my soup-pots a work-out and fogging up my kitchen windows with all the simmering concoctions we have been slurping… Like this pumpkin curry! I love-love-love coconut milk broths infused with ginger,…

Fall Flavors: Pumpkin Butter

Last week, I swooooooned over this apple butter!  And it is seriously swoon worthy.  But, on the off chance that you don’t have 3-4 hours, I wanted to provide this 20-minute, equally smooth pumpkin butter recipe for all my fellow fall flavor loving people! I would be remiss if I said the flavors were as intense as the slow simmered then baked apple butter from last week, but this 20 minute pumpkin butter is still packed with fall spices and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar, brown sugar, and maple syrup.  All fall long, I keep jars of this stuff for last minute brunch or coffee dates with friends. Pumpkin butter…

Being a Conscious Consumer + prAna

The terms sustainability and conscious consumerism get peppered into conversations and onto the page a lot.  By “a lot,” I mean they are everywhere.  Who you ask determines what they mean.  In fairness, the terms can refer to many things, which isn’t bad.  In fact, its good! I think the most compelling arguments for each exist amidst these intersecting definitions. When its a question of sustainability, my personal philosophy starts by asking myself the following questions. How does this practice impact:  the environment or ecosystem? others (the people who produce, grow, or participate)? myself or my body? the future? When it comes to being a conscious consumer, I ask very similar questions.…
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