Decadent Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This decadent chocolate chip pumpkin bread is the perfect blend of spiced pumpkin and rich chocolate with a generous drizzle of sweet chocolate glaze.

This chocolate chip pumpkin bread is one of my absolute favorite autumn recipes to make. Every year I look forward to the “pumpkin spice season” so I can make another batch of this bread.

The pumpkin and coconut oil in this recipe give the bread a really soft and moist texture, and you really can’t go wrong with the pumpkin spice and chocolate chip flavor combination.  Continue Reading

Rustic Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Cider Maple Buttercream

These rustic apple cider cupcakes have warm spices and pieces of apple and they are topped with an apple cider buttercream frosting made with maple syrup

Nothing says fall quite like the combination of apples and spices. These rustic spiced apple cupcakes are a blend of sweet apples and warm spices, and the maple and apple cider buttercream frosting is the perfect complement for them.

Are these cupcakes healthy ones? The answer to that is yes and no. It really depends on how you define healthy. These are homemade cupcakes made with all-natural real food ingredients like butter and eggs and fresh apples, so in that sense they are definitely a much healthier option than a store bought cupcake or something made from a packaged cake mix.  Continue Reading

Old-Fashioned Maple-Sweetened Spiced Applesauce

This maple sweetened spiced applesauce recipe is a simple way to enjoy the flavor of fresh apples, and it's really easy to make!

One of my favorite things to make each fall is a big batch of old-fashioned applesauce. This spiced applesauce recipe is one I love to make because it uses several traditional autumn spices and because it’s sweetened with just enough maple syrup to give a hint of maple flavor.

You can use any type of apples for making this applesauce, but in my opinion, it tastes even better when you use fresh-picked apples from an orchard or a local farm stand. There’s nothing quite like the flavor of apples picked right off the tree!

I used a couple of different apple varietites when I made this recipe, including traditional favorites like Mackintosh and Cortland as well as a few lesser-known heirloom varieties like Golden Russet, Cox’s Orange Pippin, and Wolf River. Continue Reading

4 Ways Your Procrastination Habit Affects Your Health

If you procrastinate a lot, it might be having more of an effect on your health than you realize!

If you’ve ever had the experience of putting something off until later, then you know what it feels like to have that unfinished project hanging over your head. We all know that the results of procrastination are no fun at all, but the thing that we don’t usually think about is the effect that that procrastination might be having on our health.

The effects of procrastination might not seem like such a big deal if you only procrastinate once in a while, but the problem is that, for many of us, procrastination isn’t a once in a while thing – it’s a habit that can affect us on a weekly or even on a daily basis.  Continue Reading

The Real Reason Why You Can’t Stop Procrastinating

If you can't seem to stop procrastinating, you need to figure out the root cause of why you procrastinate in the first place.

Being stuck in a cycle of procrastination is a very frustrating and stressful experience. And, for most of us, it’s not that we’re lazy or that we don’t want to get things done. As much as we really want to be more productive, we just can’t stop procrastinating and we don’t know why.

To try to break out of this cycle, we try strategies that are supposed to “cure” us of our procrastination habit, but when those strategies don’t work, we just end up feeling even more frustrated with ourselves.  Continue Reading

Old-Fashioned Raspberry Shrub Drink Recipe

This 19th century raspberry shrub drink using a mix of fresh raspberries, apple cider vinegar, and sugar to create a drink that's both tangy and sweet.

Before modern sodas and bottled juices became so commonplace, shrub drinks were popular beverages because they were a way to enjoy a flavored drink and also to preserve the summer harvest of fruits like raspberries and currants.

This raspberry shrub drink recipe comes from a 19th century cookbook written during a time when shrub drinks were especially popular because of the temperance movement. While some shrub recipes contain rum, many 19th century shrub recipes use apple cider vinegar as a non-alcoholic substitute.

To make this drink, you start by making a syrup with fresh raspberries, vinegar, and sugar, and then you add as much or as little of the syrup as you like to a glass of water, so you can customize how strong you want it to be. The flavor is a blend of tangy and sweet, and it tastes like summertime. Continue Reading

Growing Herbs Indoors from Seeds

How to grow your own herbs indoors starting from seeds

Today I’m happy to share with you a guest post from Darcy Brandt of medicinalherbals.net. Darcy is going to be sharing with us today some tips for growing herbs indoors from seeds. This is a topic that I was excited to learn more about because I’ve only ever planted herbs from seedlings and I’ve never tried growing herbs from seeds, and I also love the idea of being able to grow herbs inside during the times of the year when you can’t grow them outside. If you want to learn more about herbs, you can check out Darcy’s website!

Growing Herbs Indoors from Seeds

Starting from seeds can be a little tedious, but I love giving my annuals a jump on the growing season by starting them from either the seeds I collected the previous summer or from seeds I order online.

Not all herb plants do well from seeds, so read up on your herb plants before you invest in seeds, containers, dirt and the like. Continue Reading