Some of you might be thinking it’s still way too soon for pumpkin. My stats over the past few weeks, however, have showed me that most of you are ready for pumpkin recipes. In my opinion September is totally an acceptable time to start the pumpkin goodies! I think a lot of those who say it’s too early are those that live in colder temperatures and aren’t looking forward to fall and winter, but those of us in the desert are very much looking forward to some cooler temperatures. I am totally ready for pumpkin so let’s do this!
College football starts this weekend! I can’t wait to watch my ‘Noles go for another championship this year! This means it’s time to breakout the football food! And it’s Labor Day weekend, which for me, means it’s the start of fall even though I know it doesn’t technically start until later in September. Whatever!
And what’s better for a day of football than a big crockpot of carnitas?! This is a great recipe for a crowd and it doesn’t require much prep work at all which means you can spend more time with you friends and family and watch the game!
Today’s recipe is not for eating, but for pampering! It’s been a while since I have done a crafty post, but I have really been feeling the need to do a little pampering. Perhaps it’s because the third trimester is already draining me of all energy! I’ve been feeling so dry lately too so a homemade sugar scrub was just what I have been needing.
I’ve been enjoying teaching myself how to make homemade beauty products, like lip balm. It’s actually pretty simple and not very expensive to make and they always make such great little gifts or favors!
So this sugar scrub has four main ingredients: sugar, grapefruit juice (plus zest), coconut oil, and sweet almond oil. I contemplated also adding a pinch of grapefruit essential oil, but then decided against it as I just wasn’t sure if I could use it being pregnant. I did some research online and grapefruit essential oil is listed as being safe for pregnant women, but it is advised against during the first trimester and it also recommended not to use it too excessively. It probably would have been fine since I mostly just use it on my hands and feet, but I would rather play it safe so if you are making this scrub for an expectant mom, you might consider using very little or just leaving it out, otherwise, I totally recommend adding it!
I am about to get really excited talking about this cake and you guys are going to think I am totally weird because it doesn’t look all that exciting, but oh my gahhhhh, it’s so good!
This cake is one of my most favorite things I have baked in a while I think. And that is saying a lot considering it’s just a simple banana cake. I call it a snack cake because while I wouldn’t say it’s the most healthy thing on the planet, it’s also not quite a full blown dessert cake with loads of fat and sugar so I am calling it a snack cake. We all good with that?
Summer and corn are basically BFFs. And while I am ready for the a new and cooler season, I still want to soak up all the corn while I still can. Give me all the corn please. We have been buying so much of it and have it twice or week or so with grilled chicken or steak, usually just eating it on the cob, but I felt compelled to throw some into a nice salad. I finished all of my greens though, but had plenty of grape tomatoes and avocados on hand so why not mix up summer in a bowl?
Who says salad has to contain a bunch of lettuce? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love a nice green and leafy salad, but sometimes you just gotta change things up and this salad is now one of my most favorite summer salads ever!
This salad is ridiculously delicious. I ate the entire bowl of it in about 2.5 seconds. The creamy avocado paired with the sweet fresh corn, the crunch of the crispy bacon, and the tangy and warm bacon vinaigrette…are you drooling yet? Because I am and it’s totally gross, but it cannot be helped.
This is only my second summer living in Arizona, but I have to say this summer has been much more tolerable compared to last year…and that is even with me currently being almost 7 months pregnant! I heard about a monsoon season last year and don’t remember seeing really any rain. This summer though we have actually gotten some rain and with more rain, it’s mostly been in the low 100s! I mean, don’t get me wrong, 105 is still way too hot for my liking, but it’s better than a lot of the 118 days we saw last year!
Being pregnant does make it more difficult to be out and about on the hotter days though. I find after running just a couple of errands, I am usually ready to get back home, get a big glass of ice water, and put my feet up! Oh, and get a snack. Let’s not forget about the importance of snacking! I made these strawberry coconut popsicles a few weeks ago and they were my favorite afternoon treat! These are a great sub for a smoothie if you are looking to change things up a bit. The strawberries are sweetened with a touch of honey and pair so wonderfully with the creamy coconut milk! They do not contain any added sugars, dyes, or artificial flavors which make them the perfect treat for the whole family!
My name is Stephanie. I started this blog because I like to cook and I wanted a place where I could share my recipes with family and friends and improve my cooking skills. Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!