Category Archives: Autumn

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

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Okay, I hope you guys are ready to INDULGE on this gorgeous fall Friday, because we have some chocolatey goodness about to happen up in here. 

Brace yourself for a pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe that is going to knock your socks off! You guys know about my love for all things pumpkin (evident in this pecan pumpkin butter squares post), so it is only fitting that we add a pumpkin drink to our recipe repertoire.

Starbucks Frappucino Bottles

We even crafted some cute “milk jug” bottles to go along with this yummy drink. We took some Starbucks Frappucino bottles, colorful ribbon, hot glue and in no time at all we had an adorable vessel for our pumpkin-y cocoa.

Fall Ribbons
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
This should make about 2 drinks. Also note that this is by no means a healthy drink. But it’s always nice to indulge every now and then. Everything in moderation, right?
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Ingredients:
-1/2 cup milk
-1/3 cup whipping cream
-1/4 milk chocolate chips
-1 t. cocoa powder
-1.5 t. pumpkin puree
-1/4 t. pumpkin pie spice
-whipped cream
Salted Caramels and Hot Chocolate
Directions:
Whisk milk, cream, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder together in a saucepan over medium heat until the chocolate is melted and everything is smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Stir in pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice. Pour into “milk jugs”, top with whipped cream and sprinkle on more pumpkin spice.
sea salt caramels
If you’re feeling extra indulgent (hey, we don’t judge), you can pair this hot cocoa with our favorite sea salt caramels. These are little bites of heaven. Seriously.so.good. (We buy them at Costco.)
Chocolate and pumpkin spice hot chocolate
We hope you enjoy this fall treat and satisfy any chocolate cravings this weekend.
Bridget and Casey DIY Playbook
Tune in next week for our Fall Fantasy Draft…. think fantasy football draft turned DIY.  
 
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Giving Thanks!

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. To me, it’s the official “kick-off” of the holiday season filled with a few of my favorite things: family, friends, food and endless appreciation.

With so much to be thankful for, I am especially thankful for my DIY teammate and fabulous best friend, Casey.

Cheers to a wonderful best friend and partner-in-crime! I don’t know where I would be without your love and support. You continually push me to be better, in my DIY adventures and far, far beyond.

I hope this Thanksgiving brings you lots of family, friends, food and appreciation; the key ingredients in the recipe for a memorable Thanksgiving. Let’s raise our glasses to the start of a glamorous holiday season… bring on the holiday cheer!

Who are you thankful for this year? How do you plan on kicking off the holiday season?     

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Give Thanks Jar

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It’s been getting chillier here in Saint Louis, and the cool weather has me in the mood for Fall.
Bring on the comfy sweaters, boots, and hot cocoa!
I’ve been busy preparing our place for the new season, and I brought up a box of Autumn decor from the storage unit. In it was this jar from last year.
As a couple, we try to be very vocal about how grateful we are for the things in our lives. From the food we have in our fridge, to the loving families that support us no matter what…we are thankful for everything God blesses us with! This attitude not only improves our relationship, but it also makes us better, happier people!
So last year, I made this jar and throughout October and November we filled it on up!
We made a point to fill out a few sheets each week and include what we are most thankful to have in our lives. Big stuff and small stuff…we wrote it all down!
I kept cute paper and a pen nearby, for whenever inspiration hit.
We then read all of our notes out loud on the long drive home to see our families for Thanksgiving. It got us in the holiday mood, and it definitely passed the time on our long car trip.
This year, the project is back on.
We are going to spend some time reading our 2011 notes, and then I’ll toss those to make room for the new ones.
This is a quick and easy project and you can make it unique to your house.
I hope everyone makes their own THANKFUL JAR and enjoys Fall!
I’m gonna go write a new note for the jar right now…”I’m thankful for all of YOU out there reading this silly blog!’
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