‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin, am I right? Pumpkin colored hues, pumpkin picking, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin errythang. Truthfully, I love this time of year so much that I don’t really mind being inundated with various pumpkin flavored things – in fact, I kind of like it! To get into the spirit of fall, we whipped up the most delicious pumpkin pie recipe I have ever made. If you have a favorite pie crust recipe you like to use, now is the time. If not, add a pie crust to your shopping list & no one will ever be the wiser. The secret to this pie is using International Delight Pumpkin Spice creamer. Kind of genius, right? It was my moms idea – so thanks, Jane!
Now pour yourself a cup of coffee, scroll down, and let’s get to baking!
15-oz can canned solid-pack pumpkin (about 2 cups)
1 cup International Delight Pumpkin Spice Creamer
½ cup whole milk
2 large eggs
¾ cup light brown sugar
Pinch of ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
If you have a pastry dough recipe you like, us that. If not, follow the directions of your store bought crust.
Whisk together pumpkin, International Delight Pumpkin Spice creamer, milk, eggs, brown sugar, spices, and salt, then pour into shell.
Bake pie in middle of oven 45 to 50 minutes, or until filling is set but center still trembles slightly.
Serve cooled with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or ginger!
So, what do you think? Crazy easy, right? The Pumpkin Pie creamer has a lot of great spices and flavors to it, but feel free to add in some cinnamon, ginger, or maybe even a dash of nutmeg. Go crazy – it’s your recipe! To check if your local store has the creamer, check here& for more great recipes check out ID’s Instagram!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.
Try and tell me you didn’t love that fabulous girls retreat that Claiborne & Lime shared with us yesterday?! Who doesn’t want to get the gals together and drink a bunch of wine, catch up, eat yummy food, and just unplug from life a bit – uhhh, I am all in!
Throw a fun getaway (even if it’s just to your backyard) this weekend with the ladies and whip up a delicious Quiche Lorraine or two. The perfect brunch food, as you can serve it hot or cold, they are highly customizable, and really easy to make. Grab the recipe below & get to hosting! You’ve got no excuses now 🙂
Some morning you have your shit together & you got that workout class in, ate breakfast, got ready, and still managed to get to work early. Some mornings, you wear one blue shoe, one black shoe because you got dressed in the dark & still haven’t noticed halfway through the day. Girl, I get it. I have been there more than I care to admit. Plus, if we don’t eat breakfast, we get hangry. But who has time to make a well balanced meal that you can eat while walking or on the train or in the car? Not me. (Real life, I still don’t know how to scramble eggs).
I had been hearing about these amazzzzing grab & go smoothies all over the internet, and, like a good sucker for anything easy and delicious, I ordered some. A few days later this adorable box was delivered to my door & inside it….magic.
Let’s just start with the packaging – HOW GOOD, right?
Secondly, they are annoyingly delicious. The Daily Harvestsmoothies save you maybe 3 trips to the grocery store, 20 minutes of your life back, and about a million nasty protein shakes you tried to make taste better but they are so gross you just have to throw them out (again, been there).
Pop off the top & behold literally exactly what it says on the ingredients list. Chopped up manga, pineapples, papayas, the whole she-bang. Right there, in real life. No powder, not a thing you can’t recognize. How amazing is that?
Best part? All you have to do is add in coconut water or almond milk (they recommend what to use on the back), toss the contents of the cup into the blender, and VOILA! The best smoothie in 30-seconds & the top even has a little spot for the straw so you can pour it back in & get out the door.
Because I am so in love with them & am telling everyone I know to get them, we are doing a fun gift code! Enter ‘laurenkelp’ at checkout & get 3 FREE SMOOTHIES when you place your first order!
GO HERE: DAILY-HARVEST.COM
ENTER THIS: LAURENKELP
GET THIS: 3 FREE SMOOTHIES WITH FIRST ORDER
Now, go get yourself something delicious! Can’t wait to hear what you think! Happy smoothie-ing, xoxo LK
Well, hello my budding foodies! If you’ve been following along, you might have noticed a slight change in recipe content. We are trying to focus more on healthy recipes that are still quick and easy, adding in gluten free options, more vegan and vegetarian content, and, if we feel like getting really crazy, a sugar-free treat here and there. This transition to more holistic, thoughtful recipes is in large part due to my dietary restrictions. Having a husband who loves a protein and two sides for every meal & trying to find recipes that fit my health needs is not always the easiest & it has lead to many a failed recipe.
For all of you who are looking for healthy recipes that don’t sacrifice the flavor, or if you’ve got picky eaters or a dietary needs, we are excited to start sharing some of our favorite finds & creations with you! First up, the delicious gluten-free flax bread! Perfect for sandwiches, as toast, or just as is!
Okay, I know that doesn’t sound wildly exciting, but it’s really good! Sprinkle a little salt on top, maybe toss in some chopped rosemary (that is what I did with the second loaf, and let me just say….amaziiing) and you’ve got yourself one heck of a homemade bread.
This is the perfect bread to bake over the weekend to use during the week. It takes a little bit of time, but most of that is waiting for the dough to rise. Plus, good homemade bread is always worth it. Can’t wait to hear what you think!
Preheat oven to 375°F & while your oven is pre-heating, put the warm water in a large bowl & add in the yeast. Let stand until the yeast dissolves and foams (about 10-15 min)
Stir in the Silk Almond milk, oil, honey, molasses and salt. Add 5½ cups flour, mixing well.
Mix on low speed (to knead the bread), adding a bit more flour (if needed) until the dough is smooth and elastic. Slowly mix in the flax seeds.
Gently form the dough into a ball & place inside a lightly oiled bowl. Sprinkle a little extra oil on top and rub around to coast. Place a clean dish towel over the bowl and let sit on the counter until it's doubled in size (1.5 - 2 hours).
Once ready, punch the dough down and separate into two loaf shaped pieces. Place each piece into a greased 8" loaf pan and cover with a clean towel, letting it double in size again (about an hour).
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Turn out of the pans and let cool on racks.
Happy Fall, my fabulous entertainers! Are you ready for cozy sweaters, reading by the fireplaces, and lots of other deliciously autumnal things? I know I am! See ya later humidity, hello scarf weather! Here is the best part about fall – entertaining! Call me crazy, but it’s my favorite time to gather a bunch of friends, drink good wine, eat great food, and hang out all night. Gone are the hectic days of summer and the mania of holiday season hasn’t hit yet, it’s a sweet spot where schedules are free, the weather is great, and the stars align!
Today we are talking all about why you should host a fall picnic (yes, outside) and what to serve at it! I mean, come on, just look at that spread above – who wouldn’t want to spend the evening with friends noshing on that? Guess what – it’s totally attainable, easier than you think, and won’t take up your whole Saturday prepping. Interested? Of course you are! Well pour yourself a glass of wine, scroll down, and let’s get this party started! We are talking all about my love for outdoor entertaining in the fall over here, but it deserves to be re-enforced. Having a bunch of friends over and dining outside with the crisp fall air in the trees, drinking wine, and catching up is just about as magical as the Midwest can get. So, now that we’ve convinced you that a) you need to host a dinner party this weekend and b) it has to be outside, it’s time to talk about the menu!
Here is the best part about a fall picnic – the spread! The small plate spread is totally undervalued and is a total show stopper. Pick a theme (for this we did mediterranean mezze) and if your guests ask what to bring, you can tell them something on theme.
When our guests asked, we had them bring olives, a few cucumbers, a bunch of carrots, or a packet of pitas. We put the olives into a cute little dish, sliced the carrots & cucumbers up (for dipping in the spreads), and voila! A fun spread that your guests helped curate!
Now, it’s important to pair the menu with the perfect accompanying wine & let me tell you, nothing is more delicious than a cold glass of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon-Blancon a fall day with a delicious spread. Typically, a Sauvignon-Blanc is thought of as a summer wine, but with the rich flavors of the Mediterranean seasonings, the crispness of the white wines cools everything down a bit and makes for a really delicious pairing. I love pairing foods with complex flavors or unique spices with K-J’s Sauvignon-Blanc because it doesn’t wash out the spices but almost enhances them. Warm up those pitas, put out some spreads & accouterments, pour those glasses of wine & hop to it!
Looking for some good spreads to whip up? How about a batch of homemade hummus! Super easy, delicious, and everyone loves a good homemade spread. Five minutes in the kitchen and a small stockpile of hummus later & you’ve got yourself a party!
Hello, hello summertime warriors! While back to school sales are around every corner, August isn’t over yet and we’ve still got some summer baking to do! Head to your farmer’s market, or local grocer and grab all the berries you can find for this delicious Mary Ann cake. Blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, heck, even cherries – bring ’em all to the party. In my opinion, you can never have too many berries for this cake.
For you Williams-Sonoma junkies out there (hey, I will gladly raise a hand), you might recognize this recipe from one of their catalogues many, many moons ago with the name sake after their Mary Ann cake pan. If you have no idea what I am talking about, this is a bitching cake that isn’t wildly difficult to make, tastes like a dream, and looks like you casually took a year off life to become a pastry chef.
Don’t get caught up if you don’t have the right pan, a spring pan works great. Besides that, put on some kitchen jams, pour yourself a glass of wine or some iced tea, and get to baking, baby! If you are looking for an excuse to try this puppy out, first day of school celebration cake, birthday cake, or even a “hooray you made it to Wednesday” cake. See, it really is a cake for all occasions! Happy baking, babes xoxo LK
16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
2 cups mixed berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries
4 Tbs. granulated sugar
6 oz. mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
⅓ cup sour cream, at room temperature
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup chilled heavy cream, beaten to soft peaks
Confectioners' sugar for dusting (optional)
Preheat an oven to 350°F & grease and flour a Mary Ann cake pan (if you don't have this kind of pan, a spring pan is perfect too).
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
In another bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy (about 1 to 2 minutes). Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the granulated sugar, beating until blended. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy (about 3 to 5 minutes).
Scrape down the sides of the bowl & add the eggs in one at a time. Make sure to beat thoroughly after each egg is added. Beat in the vanilla.
Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour, beating just until blended and no lumps of flour remain. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Carefully turn the cake out onto the rack and let cool completely, at least 1 hour.
Just before serving, prepare the topping: In a nonreactive bowl, combine the berries and 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar and stir until well blended. Set aside. In a small bowl, using a rubber spatula, gently combine the mascarpone, sour cream, vanilla and the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Fold in the whipped cream. Spoon the mascarpone mixture into the well of the cake, spreading it to the edges. Arrange the berries on top of the mascarpone mixture and dust the cake with confectioners’ sugar.
Well, howdy friends! I have searched high and low in this city for Mexican food that will make my pains for Austin’s breakfast tacos and migas subside. It’s taken me almost two years, but I think I’ve found Chicago’s best Mexican restaurant – Más. Tucked in the West Loop on Halsted & Washington, this gem is described as having “inventive Mexican dishes with European flair & craft cocktails in a lofty, modern-chic space,” and holy eff, does it ever.
Living in Texas & Arizona for almost 10 years gives you a little street cred when it comes to talking about what makes or breaks good Mexican food and between the made-to-order corn tortillas, mezcal cocktails, and taco happy hours – it was love at first bite.
Courtney & I popped in because we had read the reviews, we had heard about their amazing happy hours, and as former Austin-ites, we couldn’t resist the call of a good taco menu. Now, to say they have a good menu is a wild understatement!
Each tortilla is fresh & made to order & if you care about tacos as much as we do, you know that that makes all the difference in the world. All the ingredients are consciously composed and put together beautifully – presentation has always been key for us & they absolutely nailed it.
Mexican food is not normally heralded for its creativity, but as you watch the plates come out at Más, you can’t help but get inspired. And the creativity and attention to detail spreads to the mixologists at the bar. They have been highly recognized for their thoughtfully-crafted cocktails in the past and with the addition of their M, and only expanding their Mezcales de Leyenda, the cocktails are only getting better.
Side note, if you like Mezcal, give Mezcales de Leyenda a try. Each variety is named after the city in Mexico where the agave is harvested and has a spirit animal to embody the spirit of the drink. Not to mention, Más works their magic and makes a wide variety of delicious mezcal concoctions. Two that deserve individual praise, the Margarita de Sandia and the Margarita de Fuego.
You can see from our little tour-de-Más images that the presentation is impeccable and such care is given in crafting each dish. Between the cocktails, the shareable plates, and the insane desserts (the Mexican donuts killed me, they were out of control) this better be your next date night spot, happy hour with the girls (two tacos for $5 + $5 margs – like, hellllo), or new favorite neighborhood spot. Either way, you’ve got to go! You won’t be disappointed!
Hello, hello, my little party-throwers! How has your week been so far? Fabulous, I hope! So, we are always trying to work healthy substitutes into our meals in the Kelp house and recently, we’ve really been trying to become as plant-based as possible. Now, when you share your house with a meat-eater (I’ve been a vegetarian for about 10 years now), that can be a little difficult at times. But, that all changed once I started making these dairy-free pastry puffs!
Delicious and not wildly difficult to make, these little guys are perfect if you want to move away from dairy, or are looking for a lighter version of the original.
We’ve worked in some pro tips in the recipe, but the main thing to remember is to have fun. It sounds so cheesy, but it’s true! We aren’t solving the world’s problems with our pastry puffs, so don’t get stressed. It’s okay if the cream is a little lumpy (just whisk it!) or if there is some oil that separates from the dough (that’s normal). Enjoy!
Preheat oven to 425 & line a baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a liquid measuring cup, crack the eggs and set aside.
In a medium sauce pan, combine the oil, almond milk and salt and bring just to a boil. While mixture is on the stove top, Once boiling, turn to low heat & stir in the flour all at once, stirring quickly with a wooden spoon. Stir until mixture forms a ball & continue cooking and stirring for 1 or 2 minutes. A little oil might separate from the ball, that is totally fine.
Dump the dough into a bowl and beat for about 1 minute on medium speed. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Continue mixing until the dough is uniformly smooth, thick and shiny, about 3 – 5 minutes.
Break off pieces of dough and roll into silver dollar sized balls & place on prepared baking sheet, spacing them about an inch apart.
Bake for 20 minutes (or until lightly browned) and turn the oven off and leave the pastries in the oven for another 20 minutes to dry out
Remove from oven and pierce the side of each puff with a small, sharp knife to let the steam escape. Let cool completely. Cut in half horizontally and fill with dairy free pastry cream.
Dairy Free Pastry Cream
Combine the almond milk and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar on medium high speed until the mixture is light yellow and thick, about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low and beat in the cornstarch and slowly add the hot almond milk to the egg mixture. Pour the mixture back into the sauce pan and cook over medium heat until thick and it just starts to come back up to a boil, stirring constantly with a spoon or whisk.
Continue cooking for no more than 2 minutes. If your cream looks lumpy, just whisk it until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the extracts.
Strain into a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap (making sure the plastic wrap touches the surface of the cream) and refrigerate until cold, about 2 – 3 hours.
When filling the puffs, make sure to give the cream a good whisking beforehand
Sooo, what do you think? Ready to make your own batch of dairy free pastry puffs? There are tons of benefits of eating clean and working more plant-based recipes into your daily routine & while a dessert may not be the best example, it’s a tasty place to start!
I would love to hear your favorite plant-based meals! Have a favorite or looking to try something new, tell us!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
Have you ever had a stuffed pancake? I just discovered them and I am embarrassed to admit that when G and I were getting married we registered for this funky pan with all these wells in it because we thought it looked cool (sadly, that is still how I pick out most of my kitchen tools). We had every intention of making stuffed pancakes, or ebelskivers, every weekend & making it a little weekend tradition, but we’ve been married for close to four years and I just broke out the pan last week 😐
I would like to think that my future self whispered in my young, newly engaged ear and told my younger self that this pan was indeed a necessity in every grown-ups kitchen and that I haaaaad to register for it. Regardless of why we ended up with this stuffed pancake pan, I am so thankful because (as my future self predicted) I AM OBSESSED WITH IT!
You guys, you can make little adorable pancake balls & stuff them with anything from cinnamon sugar (which we will be learning below) to bacon, sprinkles, chocolate, fruit mixture, probably even booze if you tried hard enough.
While they do have a little bit of a learning curve (the flipping takes some practice), they are well worth the trial & error. Perfect for a fun Saturday morning breakfast in bed, a happy breakfast if you are entertaining guests, or even as a little weekend tradition. Here are the tools you need:
So, before we get started, a little history lesson on the old ebelskivers. They are sassy little pancakes from Denmark that are soft & fluffy on the inside & crispy and browned on the outside (basically heaven). Traditionally, they are served with powdered sugar, topped with jam, and served with coffee for a mid-morning snack. While I would love to be that indulgent, we are going to repurpose these bad boys for a lovely little breakfast treat!
Happy almost weekend, party people! Are you doing anything fun to celebrate? My sweet sister is celebrating her birthday this weekend so it was only appropriate that I, the best big sister, come up with a special recipe to celebrate her with!
I have been trying to replace typically non-healthy foods with a healthier alternative & we are on a massive vegan ice cream kick right now. This ice cream only calls for 3 (THREE!) ingredients, is super easy, and tastes like a rich, double chocolate dream. Best part? It’s totally customizable. Want to add in some peanut butter? Great! How about chopped nuts? Perfect!
Just five minutes in the kitchen, a few hours in the freezer, and you’ve got yourself a healthy treat that you won’t even realize isn’t bad for you…it’s that good!
With only 3 ingredients this healthy ice cream alternative is hard to beat!
1 cup, Silk Almonmilk (I used Original, but Vanilla works too)
2 frozen bananas
⅔ cup of cocoa powder
Optional: ¾ cup of chocolate chips (to make it extra chocolatey)
In a blender (or food processor), add in all your ingredients & blend until smooth.
Scoop out into a freezer-safe container, cover and freeze until solid.
Serve it up & enjoy!
So, what do you think? It’s amazing how a few frozen bananas, some Silk Almondmilk, and a little bit of cocoa powder can quickly turn into the best dessert around. It’s absolutely perfect for weekends, dinner parties, or something to make on Sunday for throughout the week when your will power tends to slip.