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Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate Fall Drink Recipe

 How to make a pumpkin white hot chocolate.  This makes two servings, but it can easily be adapted to make in a slow cooker for a crowd.  This is an easy recipe, and it's absolutely delicious. I've found my new favorite drink!  A pumpkin white hot chocolate.   This is the perfect fall drink for kids or adults.  It's crazy delicious and crazy easy to make.   I adapted the recipe so you can make it for two servings, but you can also double it or even quadruple it to make in a slow cooker for a crowd. If you're serving it to adults, you can make it a boozy pumpkin white hot chocolate with Kahlua or bourbon. Like all of my coffee and drink recipes, this can be sugar free or keto.  You can even make it with a nondairy milk like oat milk or almond milk if you are dairy free.

DIY Dollar Tree Fall Farmhouse Decor (Pizza Pan Sign)

 Learn how to make an adorable DIY Dollar Tree fall decor sign with a pizza pan from the dollar store.  This is a really cute craft that costs just $4 to make.   You know you live in a small town when you're excited that there's a new Dollar Tree!  There's a Dollar Tree in the bigger city, but ours is bigger with some really cool stuff.   Last week, I left the kids at home and headed to Dollar Tree.  It's right beside a good thrift store, and I was on a mission. I was on the hunt for Halloween costume pieces and something to decorate over my mantel.  I like farmhouse signs for that space, so that's what I was looking for. I had some wood at home, but I lucked out and found (almost) everything at Dollar Tree.  I couldn't find flowers I liked, but I did find those at Dollar General for $1 as well.

How to Can Food for Beginners

How to can food for beginners.  If you're new to canning, learn about the terms used for canning, which supplies you need, and everything you need to get started preserving your own food. As more and more families delve into the great culinary process of canning, it becomes increasingly important to know what you are doing before you do it.  In order to get the most out of your recipes, as well as your wallet, you will need to do a bit of research before you jump straight in. My grandparents canned, but my parents didn't.  My dad and stepmom do can a lot now though, and we share jars of food and recipes. My husband and I used to can a lot, but we had been slacking in the last few years.  After last spring when the stores shelves were bare, we decided to can more this year. We planted a garden, and we have a nice orchard with a lot of fruit.  We spent about two weeks canning this year, making jars of fruit, pie fillings, and more.   I feel a lot better knowing that we have food

How to Dehydrate Apples With A Dehydrator

 Learn how to dehydrate apples with a dehydrator to preserve them for later.  Use them as apple chips, or use them in other foods or even crafting. This year, we had a lot of apples!  I'd picked up a food dehydrator a few years ago, but we had never used it.   My husband really wanted some apple chips.  I'm not a fan of apple chips (or so I thought), but we made a full dehydrator full of them. I was wrong.  I am a fan of apple chips when they are homemade. We made both plain dehydrated apple chips and cinnamon apple chips.  Both were amazing, and they were so easy to make. In fact, as soon as we tasted the first batch, we immediately started a second batch!

Canning Ring Wreath (What to Do With Used Canning Rings)

 Learn how to make a cute canning ring wreath with used canning rings.  This adorable wreath is easy and inexpensive, and you can make it for any season. This year, like many rural Americans, I spent weeks canning food.  When I went looking for my boxes of supplies in the basement, I found a box of old rusty rings. I probably put them in a box hoping to make a craft with them, but I never got around to it.  I kept the box on the counter and walked past it several times before an idea came to me. I decided to make a canning ring wreath with my used canning rings.  I needed something for above the fireplace when it's time to take down my Dollar Tree Halloween sugar skull wreath, so I made this in a fall theme. Since I'm cheap and didn't want to drive all the way into the bigger town to a craft store, I hit up Dollar Tree for supplies. Other than the rings, everything is from Dollar Tree, so I'm calling this a Dollar Tree craft.  

Easy Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Recipe With Tea Bag

Enjoy an easy vanilla chai tea latte recipe with tea bag in about 15 minutes.  This recipe is so easy and quick, and you'll save a lot of calories.   Fancy coffee house drinks are a bit of a weakness for me.  A few years ago, I would get a cup one or more times a week when I was out.  If I was out without kids, you could almost guarantee that I'd be stopping at the locally owned coffee shop in town before I headed to the store. As much as I love my drinks, I couldn't keep buying them.  They are expensive, and they are full of calories and sugar.  I've been making my own skinny versions at home, and the taste is amazing.   You guys loved the pumpkin spice latte without coffee recipe that I posted last month, so today I'm bringing you this skinny vanilla chai tea latte recipe. I wanted a recipe that was fairly easy, quick, and didn't require any special equipment (like a milk frother).  After playing with the ingredients for a little bit, I think I've found j

Canned Apple Pie Filling Recipe

 How to make canned apple pie filling and how to use it.  This is a delicious apple pie that makes quick and easy apple pies throughout the year. When the apples are in season, the first thing we make is apple pie filling.  This year, I made 21 quarts.  That may seem like a lot, but I give some to my dad  and to a few friends to trade for some jars of things we don't can.   This canned apple pie filling recipe makes a delicious apple pie or apple crisp.  When you want a homemade pie, just make your crust (or buy one, I won't judge) and dump the quart jar into the crust.  Add a crust on top, and you're done. So making this apple pie filling may take a while now, but you'll save a lot of time later.  Besides, you'll have delicious apple pie filling that tastes better than anything on the shelf at the store!

How to Make an Apple Bird Feeder (Easy DIY For Kids!)

 Learn how to make an apple bird feeder.  This is an easy DIY for kids, and they will love watching the bird come to the feeder to eat. It's officially fall, which means apple season. We still have one more box of apples to process.  After making our food, I admit that I got sick of looking at apples.   I thought why not let the bird enjoy an apple or two?  So we made these easy apple bird feeders. My kids are all teens, but this is so easy that even littles can make them with a little bit of help cutting.   We hung them in a tree outside of the picture window in the living room.  There's a nice big tree there, and the birds really love to eat there because it's fairly secluded. Not only did the kids and I get to watch the birds, but the cats quickly found out that the birds were coming around. The picture window is definitely big enough to accommodate two cats, but that didn't stop a fight for the best spot.   Eventually, they learned that they can share the window and

Homemade Catnip Toy - Easy DIY Toy for Cats

 How to make an easy homemade catnip toy.  This uses a toddler sock, which you can get from Dollar Tree, and makes a cute toy that your cat will love . My kitties are so spoiled.  They used to like catnip from any store until I got them bulk catnip from the bulk store. Now they will only have the bulk organic catnip, thank you very much. As I said, spoiled.   We have two cats.  Carly was a side of the road rescue.  Her momma didn't make it, so we took her in.  We couldn't find her litter mates, so hopefully they had already been rescued. She was separated from her mother too early, so she's an antisocial cat.  She prefers to perch on the back of the chair or high on the cat tower and glare at us, silently judging. Chloe is my son's Siamese mix.  She has a fun personality.  She's always playing and doing crazy cat things.  She's pretty laid back. Chloe will play with a piece of string, a bottle cap, or anything that moves.  She loves these homemade catnip toys, a

How to Make Applesauce With Victorio Food Strainer (Canning Recipe)

Learn how to make applesauce with a Victorio food strainer and how to can it or freeze it.  Using a food strainer, sometimes called a food mill, makes quick work of making delicious homemade applesauce from fresh apples. I've spent the last two weeks canning, and I still have a box of apples left to can.  We made apple juice, applesauce, apple pie filling, and cinnamon apples.   That's just the apples.  We also processed pears, tomatoes, and grape juice this year.  I made some grape jelly, but the rest is canned and ready to make more jelly later. My grandmother made homemade applesauce every year.  She had a Victorio food strainer and sauce maker.  When she stopped making sauces, she sold it to a family friend. One of the first things we bought when we started preserving food was a Victorio food strainer.  They make quick work of making applesauce, pumpkin puree, and other foods for preserving.

Apple Donut Holes Air Fryer Recipe

How to make delicious and easy semi-homemade apple donut holes in an air fryer.  This uses canned apple pie filling and crescent rolls for a quick and easy dessert or snack. We've been up to our eyeballs in apples.  We have a large orchard with several types of apples, so I canned sliced cinnamon apples, apple pie filling, and applesauce. Dakota made a delicious apple pie, and we've been eating applesauce almost every day.  The kids also love this air fryer apple donut holes recipe. This is a semi-homemade recipe.  It's easy enough for my kids to make by themselves. I love that it's air fried, so it has less fat than deep frying.  We do have a deep fryer, but it's kind of a pain to get out and then let cool and clean up the grease splatters. I didn't think we'd use the air fryer that often, but we really love it.  

Sugar Skull Dollar Tree Halloween Wreath DIY

 How to make a sugar skull Dollar Tree Halloween wreath.  With just $4 in supplies, you'll have an adorable and very easy wreath for your front door. I live in a rural area, so the closest Dollar Tree used to be half an hour away.  We got one in the town closest to me last year. It was worth the wait to get a closer store.  It's one of the larger ones in the area, and bigger than the ones in the larger town.   I love going in to see what's new, especially in the seasonal and craft aisles.   This year, it was time to update my Halloween wreath. I live half a mile from the road, so I don't make a wreath for my front door since no one will see it.  Instead, I make wreaths for above my fireplace. My Halloween wreath had seen better days, and this is what I came up with this year.

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice From Scratch

Learn how to make pumpkin pie spice from scratch.  Use this in all of your fall and winter recipes, including coffee and desserts. The months between summer and Halloween are best known as pumpkin spice season in my house. During this time I switch to a pumpkin spice coffee creamer, and my family makes all sorts of pumpkin recipes. As such, I go through a lot of pumpkin spice each year, especially as I enjoy baking from scratch. I also make my own homemade coffee creamer with pumpkin spice. Because I go through so much, I like to make my own pumpkin spice from scratch. There are several reasons to make your own pumpkin spice.  Perhaps you’re in the middle of a recipe and you’ve run out, or you just want to save some money.  Following is an easy pumpkin pie  recipe you can make from scratch that is sure to make the season. How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice From Scratch What is Pumpkin Spice Made Of? There are several spices that you will need to make pumpkin spice, including:  ginger clove

How to Make Instant Pot Apple Cider

 Learn how to make Instant Pot apple cider.  This is a delicious fall drink that is made in under half an hour in an electric pressure cooker.  Drink it plain or use it to make other fall drinks. I've always wanted to make my own apple cider.  To make a true apple cider, you'll need an expensive press. Or you can make it on the stove or in a slow cooker in several hours.  It's pretty much an all day thing. With the Instant Pot pressure cooker, you can make homemade apple cider in less than half an hour!  We drink it plain, or you can use it to make other fall drinks. Before we move on to the recipe, this isn't a true apple cider.  A true apple cider is made by just crushing apples with a press.   You wouldn't add water, an orange, brown sugar, or any spices for a true apple cider. So without spending $100 or more on a press, you can make Instant Pot apple cider that's pretty close to pressed cider.

Fall Simmer Pot Recipe

Make your home smell amazing with a fall simmer pot recipe.  This simmer pot is easy to make and has spices and fruits that will fill your home with a delightful autumn scent.  It's 80 degrees outside and we have the air conditioner running, but I'm still moving on to fall.  Fall is my favorite season.  I love the smell of the crisp air and the cooler temperatures. I also love the scents of fall.  It's when pumpkin, apple, cranberries, and spices like cinnamon and cloves get their time in the spotlight. I used to burn candles obsessively.  I don't anymore because of asthma, but I miss the scents.  I do make my own wax melts with essential oils, but I also use this fall stove top potpourri recipe sometimes.   I work from home, so I have plenty of time to make things like this.  Otherwise, it's a great recipe to use when you're expecting company.

Instant Pot Vanilla Extract (Vodka and Bourbon)

 Learn how to make Instant Pot vanilla extract with bourbon or vodka.  Instead of waiting 6 weeks for your vanilla to infuse, now you can make vanilla in just two hours.   Every fall for the last ten years, I put out a reminder for my friends to start their vanilla for their holiday baking.  I keep mine going all year, but I usually restart it in the fall because I use so much of it. In ye olden days, making vanilla extract took six weeks to fully infuse.  Now thanks to the miracle of the electric pressure cooker, you can make Instant Pot vanilla extract in two hours plus cooling time. Yes, that's right.  Two.  Hours.   When I found that out, I ran straight to the liquor store to get both vodka and bourbon and ordered new beans from Amazon. We go through a crazy amount of vanilla because my daughter and I both bake a lot.  This made 6 cups, so I am giving my step mom a cup of each the vodka and the bourbon vanilla extract.

How to Make Pumpkin Puree in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

 Learn how to make pumpkin puree in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.  This is quicker and easier than making it in the oven, and you can use the puree for desserts, soups, and other recipes. Several years ago, we planted pie pumpkins.  I prepped them, baked them, and turned them into pumpkin puree.   That Thanksgiving, we had the best pumpkin pie we had ever had.  I couldn't believe how different the pie tasted made completely from scratch.  Now, it's the only kind of pumpkin pie that my kids will eat.  They turn their nose up at the canned stuff and for store bought pies.   I used to make pumpkin puree in the oven.  It worked, but it was a real pain.  And I had to turn the oven on for almost an hour. It's nearly fall, but it's still 80 something degrees here.  I don't want to have the oven heat up the house while I'm running the air conditioning. I love my Instant Pot, so this year I switched to making Instant Pot pumpkin puree.  After the first batch, I decided

How to Can Tomato Juice at Home

 Learn how to can tomato juice at home.  Use your homemade tomato juice to drink or in recipes for delicious soups and chili. Every year, I can tomato juice.  We don't drink it as a juice, but I do use in other recipes.  I always add it to my chili and tomato based soups instead of water. Making tomato juice at home is very easy.  I've been making it for years with the leftover juice from making tomato sauce. You can make tomato juice two different wants.  This is going to be long, but I'll explain both of them in this post.   Use the method that makes sense for you and your needs.  I would recommend using the cooked version if you are making it to drink since it will be thicker.

Soft Pumpkin Dog Treats With Pumpkin and Peanut Butter (Grain Free)

 This soft pumpkin dog treats recipe has peanut butter, pumpkin, flax seeds, and chia seeds to help your dog's skin and coat. If you watch my Instagram stories , then you've seen Nacho, my chihuahua.  He's most definitely a momma's boy.   He sits beside me while I write, and I may or may not have bought an extra wide recliner just so the dog has room to sit beside me while I'm working. This easy dog treat recipe is grain free with coconut flour. This is great if your dog has allergies or a wheat intolerance. It has pumpkin, peanut butter, chia seeds,  flax seeds, and coconut oil. It has no egg and no flour.  Nacho recently went grain free, and it's really helped him.  I bought him some grain free treats, but he didn't like them as much as his old treats.   He really likes pumpkin, so I wanted to make him some a healthy grain free dog treat recipe for a snack.  This recipe is full of ingredients that are good for dogs, like pumpkin, peanut butter, flax seeds,

Pumpkin Spice Iced Latte Recipe

How to make a pumpkin spice latte recipe at home.  This is a delicious drink that tastes just like an expensive coffee house drink at a fraction of the price. Starbuck's has already released their pumpkin spice latte for the year, but it's still in the 80s and 90s here.  I love fall and I love coffee, but I don't enjoy a PSL quite as much when it's this hot outside.   Until the temperature drops a bit, I'll be sipping this pumpkin spice iced latte recipe.  This is amazing, and the pumpkin makes a delicious cold drink.   This recipe is easy to adapt.  If you want to make it sugar free, you can.  You can also make it vegan or dairy free.  

Air Fryer Pizza Pockets Recipe With Puff Pastry

 Learn how to make an air fryer pizza pockets recipe.  This is easy with a premade puff pastry crust, or you can use a homemade dough for the crust.  Make several of them and freeze for a quick lunch later. My kids love pizza pockets.  Every time I go to the store, they add it to the shopping list. I'd prefer if they didn't eat the preservatives and other junk in the store bought ones, so we started making this air fryer pizza pockets recipe.     This is so easy, all three of my kids can make them.  They make a big batch and freeze them for later.   My kids are all teens 13 to 18, but younger kids should be able to help make their own.  Using the air fryer makes this easy, and I'm more comfortable with them using the air fryer than the oven. Store bought pizza pockets are microwaved, but these will be soggy if you  microwave them.  The air fryer is quick and easy to make.

How to Keep Clothes Smelling Fresh In Drawers (Drawer Deodorizer DIY)

 How to keep clothes smelling fresh in drawers with an easy drawer deodorizer DIY.  This easy tutorial uses essential oils to naturally remove odors. Fall is coming.  Have you smelled your sweater drawer lately?  Has it taken on a funky scent in the last few months? Learn how to keep clothe smelling fresh in drawers with an easy drawer deodorizer DIY.  This is a simple sachet that takes only a few minutes to make.  Place it in a drawer to freshen your clothes in just a few hours.    I'll also give you a few more ideas to remove odors and keep your clothes smelling great.

Easy Mulled Cider Recipe Slow Cooker

How to make an easy mulled cider recipe slow cooker.  This is a great recipe for a crowd, and it can be served from the slow cooker for an easy drink that everyone can enjoy. Last year, I made mulling spices and mulled wine, but I didn't get to the mulled apple cider recipe.  The wine was amazing and made the house smell so good. We don't drink often, so I'm more likely to make this easy mulled cider recipe slow cooker for a gathering.  This way the kids and the non drinkers can have a delicious drink. I like making drinks in a slow cooker because it's hands off after you mix everything together.  You don't need to watch the temperature like on the stove because there's no risk of it burning. You will need to strain this mulled cider, but that's all that you'll have to do to get it ready to serve.  After you strain out the spices, you can put the hot mulled cider right back in the slow cooker for serving.

How to Deep Clean Laundry With Laundry Stripping

 Are your clothes dingy and rough?  Your clothes might have mineral deposits or laundry soap residue on them.  Learn how to deep clean laundry with laundry stripping for softer, brighter clothes. We live on a farm.  That means we have well water, and it also means that we get dirty. Our water isn't horrible.  I've definitely seen worse well water.  We have a whole house sediment filter and some iron. Our iron isn't terrible, but it's enough to make our clothes dingy.  We also have extra minerals in our water that cling to the fabric. I've also noticed that some our clothes are clean.  Because we get dirty working outside, new clothes get demoted to work clothes.  Unlike in our previous lives, we might have the same shirt for several years as a work shirt.  That's a lot of washing, and a lot of time for detergent and minerals to build up on the fabric. I learned how to deep clean laundry with laundry stripping.  I tried it on some clothes, and it really made a bi

Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe

Learn how to make an Instant Pot pumpkin spice coffee creamer recipe.  This is an easy recipe, and you'll save money versus buying it in the store.  This recipe is also better for your since it doesn't have preservatives or other questionable ingredients. It's August, which means that it's almost Pumpkin Spice season!  Yes, I agree that it's too early, but I do love me some Pumpkin Spice lattes. I've been making my own coffee creamer for years, but I just discovered that I can make coffee creamer in my Instant Pot.  Seriously, what can this machine not do? I used to make my flavored coffee creamer on the stove, but I really like the Instant Pot method.  I usually make this kind of stuff while I'm taking a small break from homeschooling or working (or both!).   When I make it on the stove, I have to keep checking on it so it doesn't get too hot.  Now I can just dump the ingredients in to the Instant Pot and walk away.  I don't need to babysit it at al

Zucchini Canning Recipe - Faux Zucchini Pineapple

 Do you have more zucchini than you know what to do with?  This zucchini canning recipe is definitely one of the more interesting ones that I've made!  It's a faux zucchini pineapple recipe.  You start with several fresh zucchinis and end up with something that tastes just like canned pineapple. August 8th is national Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day.  My neighbors were safe because I found this faux zucchini pineapple zucchini canning recipe. I was looking for recipes like zucchini relish or perhaps even a zucchini salsa.  Instead, I found what has to be the oddest canning recipe I've ever seen.   I asked my dad about it since his mom canned a lot of foods when he was growing up.  My grandmother lived during the depression, so it sounded like something she would definitely make. He said my grandmother had never made it, but my aunt did make it.  I asked her, and she said it was amazing. So I dug out my water bath canner and grabbed my vegetable peeler

The Best Frozen Sweet Corn Recipe (How to Make Freezer Corn the RIGHT Way)

 How to make the best frozen sweet corn recipe.  Enjoy fresh tasting corn all winter with this easy preserving recipe. Although I do can quite a bit of food to preserve it for the winter, I don't ever can corn.  Instead, we make the best frozen sweet corn recipe.   I wasn't even going to blog how to make freezer corn since it's so easy.  Then I couldn't remember how long to blanch the corn, so I started researching. I was shocked that the top results had a completely different method than what my family used.  To be honest, their method looked easier. Thankfully, I did more research and found out why my family as always stuck with the same method.  I'll get into it in below, but it makes for fresher tasting corn when you get it out of the freezer.

Must Have Canning Supplies (And What You Don't Need to Buy Right Away)

Are you a first time canning?  Here are my must have canning supplies that you'll need to get started.  I also list some items that are nice to have but not necessary to get started. As canning season continues in full swing, many are looking into getting into canning for the first time. However, canning can be a very daunting task, especially for beginners.  Fortunately, information on canning isn’t exactly rare, and it can be an incredibly rewarding experience when done right. My mom didn't can, but my grandmothers did.  I was familiar with the basic process and the must have canning supplies.  I was fortunate in that a lot of canning supplies got passed down to me.  I was given a water bath canner, jars, and several tools that would become invaluable for canning. Following is the ultimate beginners guide on everything you need to start canning like a pro!

DIY Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial (No Sew) Plus SVG File for Cricut, Silhouette

Learn how to make a DIY fabric pumpkin tutorial.  This no sew fall craft is easy for kids or adults to make.  It has a free printable to hand cut the leaves or die cut them with the free SVG file for Silhouette or Cricut.    My taste has changed from orange pumpkins to more neutral colors.  When I decorate in the fall, I like to decorate for the entire fall season and not just Halloween and Thanksgiving. This DIY fabric pumpkin tutorial is no sew.  It's a great way to use up extra fabric that was left over from another project.  You could even use an old shirt, a stained table runner, or other piece of scrap fabric to make it. I used felt to make the leaves, but you can use a green patterned fabric.  I hand cut mine, but I also have an SVG file to make your own with a die cutter.