Pumpkin: a craving you just can’t kick!

Here I am with summer around the corner (birds chirping, puppy potty training, girls in ‘festival clothing’) and yet I have had the strongest craving for something pumpkin. I sat and home and thought to myself what should I make? A pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin squares? That night I found myself at the grocery store gleaming over the wonderful surprise that stores keep pumpkin puree on the shelves all year round. Time to tackle this craving. I got my puree and was out the door, it was time for me to get home and make my pumpkin loaf. 
 
I have said it before and I will say it again – remember – pumpkin puree does not have your ‘PSL’ taste. This taste is going to come from your pumpkin pie spice, so if you do not have that seasoning stop reading and go to the store to buy some. 
 
Pumpkin Loaf 
1 ½ cups flour
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
2 eggs 
1 ¼ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup vegetable oil 
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ – 1 cup roasted and salted pumpkin seeds
 
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Bowl #1: add all of the dry ingredients to this bowl; flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice spices. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. 
 
Bowl #2 (make sure this bowl is larger as you will be adding the dry ingredients to it*) mix together the 2 eggs, the oil, pumpkin puree and vanilla. Once the liquid ingredients are mixed slowly add in the dry ingredients about ¼ cup at time. Do not over-mix this! Give it a 5 second mix each time you add a in your dry mixture. 
*Very helpful if you have a mixer to do this, but hand mixing is just fine (just fold ingredients together gently) 
 
Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray and pour your batter in. Place the pumpkin seeds on top of bread (I covered the top of mine), gently pressing down so that the seeds are touching the batter. Bake for 45- 50 minutes or until your knife comes out clean.
 
I let my loaf cool in the pan for about 20 minutes. Once slightly cooled, I placed it on a cutting board and sliced away! 
 
Left over pumpkin? No problem! Whenever I have leftover pumpkin puree I add it to my oatmeal (EXTRA, EXTRA! RECIPE BELOW). 
1 bowl of plain quick cook oats
Pinch of salt 
Pinch of pumpkin pie spice 
Pinch of cinnamon
2 spoonful’s of pumpkin
1 spoonful of maple syrup (if you are feeling naughty)
Place your oats, salt, pumpkin pie space and cinnamon into a bowl and cook according to package directions. Once your oats have cooked add pumpkin (and maple) into your bowl. Once this is complete, you have the perfect little breakfast or snack!
 
This pumpkin loaf recipe is so simple, honestly the hardest part is not over mixing the batter (and even that is an easy task!). I hope you take some time a test out this loaf and share it with friends / family / co-workers. It will make you a rockstar in their eyes! xx
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15 Things that People Associate with Basics Explained/Justified

Being called basic I would consider a judgmental thing. You do not know a person, what they are going through, or what they have seen in life. So in order to defend me and all my ‘basic’ features I wrote a little something to help you better understand the syndrome people are calling basic.

15 Things that People Associate with Basics Explained/Justified
1. Basics don’t wear black leggings to fit in- we wear them because they are comfortable and can hide the fact I ate a whole cheese pizza last night, alone.
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2. Basics don’t carry a Vera Bradley Backpack to fit it- it just happens to be the cutest one possible in a world of ugly backpacks.
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3. Basics don’t pose in weird contorted ways with their friends when we are in groups to fit in- we stand next to our friends and try to look presentable for the photo while slightly popping the knee.

see, it has been around since women were taking photos. so sit down and shut up.

see, it has been around since women were taking photos. so sit down and shut up.

4. Basics don’t wear Lilly Pulitzer to fit it- we wear Lilly Pultizer because we are obsessed with colors, prints, and everything the brand represents.
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5. Basics don’t wear 8 year old grimy UGGS to fit in- we wear them because it is freezing and they double as a security blanket.
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6. Basic don’t show off their ‘homemade food’ to fit in…we are just showing other people in the world they need to step their domestic game up. (Pinning something on Pintrest does not count, sorry.)
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7. Basics don’t order a Pumpkin Spice Latte to fit in- we order it because it is amazing, makes us do a little happy dance and reminds me why I was willing to spend $4 on the drink to begin with.
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8. Basics don’t wear knee high ‘riding’ boots to fit in…they are just a lot cuter with my leggings and skinny jeans that a pair of tennis shoes could ever be.
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9. Basics don’t take photos of nature to fit in…we do it to show off that we can handle being in nature long enough to take a photo then filter it.
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10. Basics don’t wear puffer vest to fit in…we do it because there is no other alternative to con conquer weather’s dramatic changes. (Example: early morning brisk, afternoon heat)

this outfit is perfect. Hashtag Monogram, Hashtag Preppy Hashtag Burr

this outfit is perfect. Hashtag Monogram, Hashtag Preppy Hashtag Burr

11. Basics don’t drink wine to fit in…we do it because it is cheap and you can do it at home and not be considered an alcoholic.
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12. Basics don’t filter the hell out of photos to fit in…we just want to look tan.
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13. Basics don’t wear rain boots to fit in…What the hell do you expect us to wear when it is pouring rain.
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14. Basics don’t take photos of macaroons to fit it…have you ever tried one? You would understand.
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15. Basics don’t sit on their laptops writing blogs while drinking coffee to fit in…it is just what bloggers do! (Did I just give myself away?).
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I hope the next time you go to call somebody basic remember… Its adaptation and improvising. Give us a little more credit.

PS: loving fall is not basic. It is just the best season of the year.

PPS: loving Target is not basic. It is just thee MOST AMAZING STORE WHERE SHOPPING A.D.D ALWAYS KICKS IN.

Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING, FINALLY!

Everybody waits around for summer to be here, from laying out by the pool to grilling with friends and family it is the perfect season in most peoples eyes. I agree that there are wonderful things about summer, but it is September-December that I look forward to because that means pumpkin flavoring takes over EVERYTHING.

I have always had a great love with pumpkin flavored things. We all start out loving pumpkin pie, but as we and our taste buds grow older we stumble upon new discovers mine happened while in college. Thee Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.

My first run-in with this warm, rich pumpkin flavored drink happened one crisp fall day and I have never looked back. I thought to myself after the first sip ‘This could not be true that somebody was able to produce fall in a cup’ but it happened. I felt like I had discovered a secret world of obsessions that would be hard to escape…this thing had MEMEs and Tumbler pages for crying out loud. l was a fast moving ball of exploration, from there I had discovered coffee creamers, wine, and chapstick. All great. But this year I have noticed the pumpkin game has stepped up a few notches.

Bath and Body: They came out swinging- They have an ENTIRE collection of candles dedicated to the sweet smell of pumpkin. On top of that, the candles were released in August…AUGUST!

buy me all of these, please and thanks.

buy me all of these, please and thanks.

Dunkin Donuts and Tim Hortons: Giving the world one more thing to wake up for from pumpkin iced coffee to pumpkin cream cheese spread.

good morning, noon, or night.

good morning, noon, or night.

M&M, Oreos, Gum, Beer, Butter, Ice Cream I mean…it is as if all of my dreams are coming into full fruition. BUT is it all urban/social media legend? I hope that some sick person out there with killer photoshop skills is not putting false hope in this head of mine.

I'm just a girl...loving the pumpkin spice world.

I’m just a girl…loving the pumpkin spice world.

Some may say this is a white girl problem, but I say it is an every girl problem, and its not even a problem really…more like a way of life that not every agrees with. Guys will never understand the obsession nor do they have to- they just have to go with it, or die.

The mayhem grows every year and I am right there to support it in my black leggings, knee high ‘riding boots’, a flannel, and puffer vest on.