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Nutty granola bowl + a cup o'tea.

Coconut Pistachio Granola (Oil-free)

2 cups GF oats
¼ cup maple syrup
½ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. all spice
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped raw pistachios
¼ cup desiccated coconut

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, maple syrup, vanilla and spices then transfer to baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes. Next, remove granola form oven and add pistachios and coconut and bake for another 10-12 minutes or until the coconut is lightly toasted.

Granola keeps for about 2 weeks stored in an airtight container.


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Pumpkin Pie Dip

Yields 6 cups

The things you’ll need

  • 12 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Graham crackers
  • Sliced apples
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Sifter
  • Rubber spatula
  • Electric mixer
  • 2 sets of whisk attachments

Let’s get Started!

  1. Combine cream cheese and sifted powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, whip until light and fluffy. Mix in pumpkin, vanilla extract and spices until well combined.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to whip heavy cream until stiff peaks.Gently fold in whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture until no streaks show.
  3. Serve with graham crackers and sliced apples. Ta-da! A pumpkin pie you can dip into!
Yuuri on Ice Characters as Starbucks Drinks
  • Yuuri Katsuki: Cherry Blossom Frappuccino
  • Viktor Nikiforov: Cappuccino
  • Yuri Plisetsky: White Chocolate Mocha
  • Phichit Chulanont: Iced Caramel
  • Macchiato
  • Christophe Giacometti: Blackberry Mojito Tea Iced
  • Jean Jacques Leroy: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • Mila Babicheva: Chai Tea Latte
  • Michele Crispino: Expresso
  • Seung Gil Lee: Very Berry Hibiscus Tea
  • Leo de la Iglesia: Americano
  • Guang Hong Ji: Strawberries and Crème Frappé
  • Sala Crispino: Vanilla Latte
  • Emil Nekola: Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Kenjiro Minami: Peppermint Mocha
  • Makkachin: Sugar Cookie

It’s almost Christmas 🎄 so you can bake these Festive brownies 🎅🤶🎄🎁🎉 ¾ cup flour
¼ cacao powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons dark chocolate chips
¾ cup sugar
½ cup non dairy milk
2 drops of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon mixed spices (clove, ginger, cardamon)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 vegan candy cane, crushed

1.Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
2.Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl
3.Add the wet ingredients (except the chocolate chips) to the mixture
4.Stir well until the batter is smooth
5.Fold in the chocolate chips and pieces of the crushed candy cane
6.Pour the batter into a  pan, bake for 20 minutes without forgetting to rotate the pan halfway and add the remaining candy cane pieces last minute
7.Cool before serving

Sweet Potato Casserole

Yields one 2 quart casserole

The things you’ll need


Sweet Potato Mash
  • 3 to 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Large pot
  • Electric mixer
  • Whisk attachments
  • Colander
  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • Baking dish

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into cubes.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and then carefully place potato cubes into the pot. Bring heat down to medium and cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Drain potatoes and then transfer to a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to blend potatoes until smooth.
  5. In another large bowl combine the mashed sweet potatoes with sugars, eggs, vanilla, coconut milk, spices, salt and melted butter. Blend thoroughly then spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  6. For the topping, in a medium bowl combine brown sugar, flour, melted butter, and the chopped pecans until thoroughly combined. Sprinkle the pecan mixture over the top of the sweet potato mixture.
  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the filling is heated through and the topping has slightly browned.

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Vocabulaire français — des épices

clou de girofle (nm) - clove

gingembre (nm) - ginger

basilic (nm) - basil

laurier (nm) - bay

cannelle (nf) - cinnamon

muscade (nf) - nutmeg

origan (nm) - oregano

romarin (nm) - rosemary

thym (nm) - thyme

vanille (nf) - vanilla

safran (nm) - saffron

curcuma (nm) - turmeric

sauge (nf) - sage

fenouil (nm) - fennel

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  • Slytherin: Sea brine, iron, damp stone, roses, pine trees, mildew, mint, plum, bananas foster, the salty smell of play-doh, gasoline
  • Gryffindor: Burning fireplaces, cinnamon, cigarette smoke, vanilla, B.O., pumpkin spice, beer, sawdust, patchouli, leather, old crayon boxes
  • Ravenclaw: Petrichor, old paper, rosemary, musty attics, lavender, coffee, snickerdoodles, blueberries and raspberries, smoke after blown-out candles
  • Hufflepuff: Fresh compost, flowers, paint, sandalwood, lemon zest, honey, bacon, peppermint bark, fresh laundry, burning food, leather
Ostara French Toast & Tea Infused Syrup

Hi lovelies! I hope you’re having a wonderful day/night! I have decided to make another Ostara recipe. This is based off of my mother’s French Toast recipe. Remember to have fun with cooking! You don’t have to follow this recipe exact, experiment and have a good time! Please let me know what you all think! I’d love to hear your feedback! On to the recipe!

🌸Ingredients for French Toast:

🍞1 pan that can fit at least two pieces of bread. A griddle works well too
🍞1-2 sticks of butter
🍞A half a loaf of bread. I use Texas Toast. Any bread will do.
🍞2 eggs
🍞4 cups milk
🍞A LARGE splash of vanilla extract
🍞A little bit of almond extract

🌸Ingredients for Syrup:

🍞3-4 cups of your favorite syrup
🍞3 lavender tea bags (you can use dried lavender or other herbs and spices, about 3 Tbs total)
🍞Pot to hold everything
🍞Cheese cloth or tea infuser of using loose herbs

🌸Instructions for French Toast:

🍞Turn pan onto low- medium low heat
🍞Whisk eggs, milk and extracts together.
🍞Soak 1-2 pieces of bread at a time
🍞Add butter to the pan 1-2 tbs and let melt
🍞Add bread to the pan, brown on one side, flip, and brown on the other
🍞Soak your next batch while browning the first
🍞 in-between batches, of your butter turns brown, wipe it off and add more.
🍞Continue reading this until they are all browned. Then serve

🌸Instructions for Syrup:

🍞Add herbs and syrup to pot over medium-low heat
🍞Let come to a simmer then remove
🍞 Let steep for 20 min or more
🍞Serve with French Toast

Okay guys I hope you enjoyed this! Remember to have fun! If you make this, I’d love to see and hear about it!

Love and light
Cait ✌

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Nothin’ like a nice Brunello to welcome fall! Black and red cherries, blackberries, toasted oak, leather, and even a hint of vanilla on the nose. Cherries, plums, vanilla, leather, spice, and toasted wood on the palate. Cheers to fall!

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Bought vanilla grass (pandan) with roots today in the Asian supermarket. The leaves of this plant are used to give a vanilla aroma to rice, cake, curries and what not and it is easier to grow indoors than vanilla orchids (and easier to come by). I will wait until the cutting is growing healthily before i pull of leaves to make vanilla grass essence, because i don’t want to kill it right away. Until then i’ll have to make do with the dried black pods.