Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 banana
1 tbsp raisins or 1/2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp gluten-free, alcohol-free pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
pinch all spice

Directions:
Place everything but whipped topping in the blender.
Blend until smooth

*Pour into your favorite glass and place a couple tablespoons of coconut whipped cream on top.
Sprinkle with cinnamon if you’d like!

pumpkin spice smoothie

Spooky Halloween Party Recipes

Disgusting Diaper Dip Halloween Recipe
A tasty hummus made from black beans and chickpeas, it’s actually pretty awesome! But this is one of those disgusting Halloween recipes that’s all about presentation. And if you present this Diaper Dip right, only the bravest of your guests will be willing to try it.

Ingredients:
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained
1 C. cooked, drained chickpeas (garbanzos)
2 tbsp. tahini
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Greek yogurt or olive oil, if needed to thin

Instructions:
1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all of the ingredients.
2. Process until smooth. If mixture is too thick, thin out with a bit of Greek yogurt or some more olive oil.
3. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate, covered, at least an hour before serving and up to 48 hours.

diaper dip for Halloween

Severed Fingers Halloween Recipe
You can also try a small piece of onion for the nail, if you like, but I think the yellow bell pepper gives the best impression of thick, gross-looking yellow nails. Recipe below is for one serving– just multiply to make as many as you need.

Ingredients:
3 cocktail sausages
3 triangles of yellow bell pepper
Ketchup or BBQ sauce, as needed

Instructions:
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
2. To make each serving of three fingers, create 3 shallow horizontal slices about halfway up each cocktail sausage for “knuckles.”
3. Boil sausages until cooked, about 2-3 minutes. Let cool slightly.
4. With a sharp knife, cut a small flat space at the tip of the sausage for a “nail.” Using a bit of ketchup, mayonnaise, or BBQ sauce, press a nail into each finger.
5. Fill a cup (in the photo it’s a plastic muffin cup, but you can use a ramekin, a little clear glass, or whatever) with a couple tablespoons of ketchup, BBQ sauce, or any other red-colored sauce. Place assembled fingers in the cup, burying the ends slightly in the sauce. Serve hot.

Tip: Heating the sauce helps keep this disgusting Halloween food from cooling down too fast.

severed fingers for Halloween

Halloween Pumpkin Eggnog Recipe
Ingredients:
4 C. milk (I use 2%)
1 C. canned pumpkin puree
7 lg. eggs
1 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1 C. whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Spiced rum (such as Capitan Morgan), to taste
10-12 cinnamon sticks (to garnish)
Pumpkin pie spice, as desired (to garnish)

Instructions:
1. In a large, heavy saucepan, whisk together the pumpkin puree and the milk. Bring slowly to a gentle boil. Remove from the heat.
2. Meanwhile, beat together your eggs and sugar in a heat-resistant bowl.
3. To temper your egg mixture, pour a small amount of your hot milk into the eggs, whisking constantly. Add a bit more, whisking all the while, until your egg mixture is hot and close to the temperature of your milk mixture.
4. Slowly and gradually whisk your tempered egg mixture into your milk mixture. Return to a medium-low heat.
5. Add cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in cream, vanilla, and rum to taste.
6. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. You’ll want to let it chill for at least four hours to let the flavors combine. Garnish each serving with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Tip: If your eggs weren’t tempered perfectly, you may end up with a few egg bits in your nog. If this happens, simply strain the pumpkin eggnog into your Halloween party punch bowl before chilling.

Decorating: If you want to make this Halloween party punch look a little more spooky, you can add a bit of orange food coloring before you chill it. Decorate with a little bit of black-colored sugar. Serve in a punch bowl or pretty little cups. I like clear ones.

Halloween pumpkin eggnog

Sewer Water Adult Halloween Drink Recipe

Ingredients:
1 bottle (700mL) vodka or vanilla vodka
7 C. fresh orange juice with pulp
1.5 liters (3/4 of a 2 liter bottle) Dr. Pepper
Ice

Instructions:
1. In a large, clear punch bowl combine the vodka, orange juice, and Dr. Pepper.
2. Fill a separate container or ice bucket with ice.
3. Fill each punch glass with ice before serving. Serve with a lemon wedge if desired.

sewer water Halloween punch

Cucumber Spa Water Recipe

cucumber spa water- The Lil Spa RoomIngredients:
1 cucumber, sliced and unpeeled
6-7 cucumber slices for decoration
1 1/2 to 2 liters of water
3 mint sprigs
2 mint sprigs for decoration
Half a lemon, sliced and unpeeled
Ice cubes

In a pitcher, mix the water, cucumber, 3 mint sprigs and lemon. Let it rest on the fridge for 24 hours. If you prepare the water at the last minute, cut the first cucumber in three or four pieces. Then, squeeze the cucumber pieces to release all the juice.
Before serving remove the cucumber slices used to flavor the water. Then stir with a wooden spoon, add some ice cubes,  6 or 7 fresh cucumber slices and the remaining 2 mint sprigs. Now enjoy!

 

 

Mud Masks & Spiced Cider

Happy National Mud Pack Day Beauties! I kinda feel like I have my own special holiday! A day I can wear my mud facial mask proudly and actually be celebrating something. How cool is that?  I’m ready to pack on a nutrient enriched mud mask and slap one on my husband’s face as well. Ladies, don’t think this is just a day for you, guys can get a facial mud pack mask too! Mud masks used in facials is still very popular.

National Mud Pack Day is a day to get a mud pack facial. Actually, you can put mud anywhere on your body but the face is the most common. Mud is full of nutrients and minerals which your body quickly absorbs and are said to reduce facial oil and acne as well as reduce facial lines and wrinkles. Mud also helps trap bacteria and acts as a mild exfoliant, getting rid of dead skin cells leaving your face smooth with a glow.

FYI: A mud pack is a quick treatment for bee stings. Use, if necessary, when you’re hiking or until you can get a place to be treated for stings of bees and wasps.

Enjoy a spa day in the comfort of your own home by applying a mud mask and sipping on a warm mug or glass of mulled cider (today is also National Mulled Cider Day), and play some soothing new age tunes to get you in a perfect relaxation mode. Talk about an easy stress reliever.

spiced ciderSpiced Cider Recipe
2 quarts cider
1 cup brown sugar
2 sticks cinnamon
6 cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
Nutmeg

Directions: Add sugar & spices to the cider in a large saucepan. Simmer (not boil) for 15 minutes, strain & serve hot in small glasses/mugs. Sprinkled a little nutmeg on each glass before serving.

Another great way to take advantage of Mulled Cider Day is to schedule a Spiced SpicedCiderFacial san antonioCider Facial! This Autumn scented anti-aging treatment has been a hit so far! If you are in the San Antonio area, treat yourself to one!

My favorite Mud Mask is the Epoch® Glacial Marine Mud. It’s a skin-purifying estuary treasure! Draw out impurities, remove dead skin cells, and nurture skin with more than 50 skin beneficial minerals, including zinc and sea botanicals. Legend has it that indigenous peoples may have tried to use this special mud to make pottery. They were unsuccessful because of its fine particle size, but noticed their hands were softer and smoother. Today, Glacial Marine Mud is homogenized to produce a highly absorbent mud with impeccable consistency. Experience the renewing benefits of this mud mask by pampering your face! It’s easy to use and inexpensive. Contact me to purchase.

epoch glacial marine maskEasy to use: Apply a generous layer of mud to skin, avoiding mouth and eye areas. Let mud dry 15 to 20 minutes or until it turns a light aquamarine color. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use two to three times a week for best results!

About the mask:Effectively removes impurities and dead skin cells without affecting normal cells.
Less flaking when dried due to presence of sea botanicals.
Minimal water separation.
Rich in minerals.
Great for all-over body use.
Low-density, flexible tube lets you get all the product out so none goes to waste.
Make this a special day by buying a gift certificate or scheduling a facial for your loved one. Make sure to tell them its not that they need it. Rather, its because it is comforting, and will make them feel good and their skin beautiful!

National Mud Pack Day

Spicy Hot Cocoa Recipe

2/3 cup cold heavy cream
1 Tbs. plus 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 oz. (1/4 cup) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/8 tsp. Table salt
4 cups 2% milk
7 oz. bittersweet chocolate (65% to 70% cacao), finely chopped (about 1-3/4 cups)
1/8 tsp. ground cayenne; more to taste
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

In a medium bowl, beat the cream and 1 Tbs. sugar with an electric hand mixer on medium speed to medium-soft peaks. Refrigerate while making the cocoa.

Put the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, the cocoa powder, and 1/8 tsp. salt in a heavy-duty 3-quart saucepan. Add  1/4 cup of the milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Pour in the remaining milk and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the chocolate and cayenne and reduce the heat to low. Whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is a little frothy, 1 minute. Add more cayenne to taste, if you like.

Divide the hot chocolate among 6 mugs and top each with a dollop of the whipped cream. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and smoked paprika on the whipped cream and serve.
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