Think beyond the pumpkin pie—these easy-to-make pumpkin bars are the ultimate treat for fall.

Pumpkin Bars
Pumpkin Bars
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Pumpkin Bars
Pumpkin Bars
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Ingredients
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
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Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350° F
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin until well blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture.
  3. Pour mixture into an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from tasteofhome.com

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Make your home smell like you’ve been brewing some delicious hot cider with this homemade diffuser blend!

Diffuser
Spiced Cider Diffuser Blend
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Diffuser
Spiced Cider Diffuser Blend
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Ingredients
  • 4 drops wild orange
  • 3 drops cinnamon
  • 3 drops ginger
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to diffuser and enjoy the comforting smell of this diffuser blend.
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Strawberries and strawberry shake
Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake
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Strawberries and strawberry shake
Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh strawberry puree
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 3 packets natural sweetener (stevia, Truvia, etc.)
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a blender, add strawberries to make the strawberry puree. Measure 1 cup and put back in the blender, along with the yogurt, milk, oat flour, and sweetener. Blend until completely smooth. Pour into a chilled glass (or blend in some ice cubes) and serve with fresh strawberries and/or healthy whipped cream.
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The back-to-school morning rush can be a bit chaotic, even if rushing out the door is not part of this year’s routine. Whether breakfast is at home or on the go, these quick, delicious, and healthy banana pancakes are the perfect way to start the day! Bonus? The health benefits of bananas are plentiful, and they contain vitamin C, which will provide just the immunity boost your family needs to stay well!

3-INGREDIENT Banana Pancakes
3-INGREDIENT Banana Pancakes
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3-INGREDIENT Banana Pancakes
3-INGREDIENT Banana Pancakes
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Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
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Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, use a fork to mash the banana until all lumps have been removed.
  2. Mix in eggs and cinnamon, stirring until well combined.
  3. Cook pancakes on each side in a well-greased pan over medium heat until just golden brown.
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Fermented Hot Sauce
Fermented Hot Sauce
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Fermented Hot Sauce
Fermented Hot Sauce
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Ingredients
Brine Ingredients
  • 5 cups warm, filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground sea salt
Jar Filling Ingredients
  • 6 cups fresh chili peppers, sliced in half
  • 1 unpeeled carrot, thinly sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, cut in quarters
  • 2 shallots, sliced
Servings: jar
Instructions
  1. Stir the salt into the warm water until dissolved; let cool until it reaches room temperature.
  2. Layer the chili peppers, carrot, garlic, and shallots into a two-quart jar.
  3. Pour the brine into the jar over the vegetables, pressing them down under the liquid.
  4. Ensure the vegetables are completely submerged in the brine.
  5. Cover lightly with a lid and place the jar in a pan or bowl to collect any liquid that may spill over. Store in a cool, dark place for 5-7 days, or until brine appears slightly cloudy.
  6. Strain the brine, setting it aside. Place the fermented vegetables into a blender, add one cup of the brine, and blend until smooth.
  7. Place mixture into a squeeze bottle and store in the fridge, without a cap.
Recipe Notes

Get Creative! Add vinegar and/or seasoning(s) to the finished product to adjust heat and flavor.

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Give clothes, bedding, and upholstery a freshening spritz with just a few simple ingredients.

Lavender Linen Spray
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Lavender Linen Spray
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Ingredients
  • 15-20 drop lavender
  • 2 ounce dark glass spray bottle
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • 2 ounce distilled water
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Instructions
  1. Add lavender to glass bottle, then add witch hazel.
  2. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water, about two ounces.
  3. Put on spray cap and shake bottle well.
  4. Spray clothes, pillows, linens, etc. for a fresh scent and to promote relaxation.
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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
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Ingredients
Crust and Crumble
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups regular oats
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
Strawberry Filling
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon flour
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all crust and crumble ingredients in a large bowl, mixing until just combined. Set aside one cup for topping the bars.
  3. Add the remaining mixture to the pan, and press down gently to form an even crust.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the filling ingredients. Spread evenly over the crust.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture over the top of the bars and bake for 50 minutes.
  6. Remove the bars from the pan and let sit for 10 minutes. Cut and serve.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from joyfulhealthyeats.com.

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Keep those pesky bugs away from your evening out on the deck with this all-natural, essential oil bug deterrent.

Bugs Be Gone Diffuser Blend
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Bugs Be Gone Diffuser Blend
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Ingredients
  • 2 drops lemongrass
  • 1 drop thyme
  • 1 drop basil
  • 1 drop peppermint
  • 1 drop lavender
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Instructions
  1. Add specified amounts of essential oils to diffuser, relax, and enjoy your bug-free evening!
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from sarahhittus.com.

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Summer is here and it’s getting warmer by the day. Keep cool—while staying healthy—with this peach-flavored delight. This smoothie will steal a peach of your heart—and make your taste buds go crazy!

Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie
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Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peaches
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup ice
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Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more or less ice for desired consistency. Substitute Greek yogurt for protein powder if desired.
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Create your own natural, exfoliating scrub to use for a spa day at home, or give it away as the perfect homemade gift.

Citrus Mint Salt Scrub
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Citrus Mint Salt Scrub
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond or shea oil
  • 15 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Zest of one grapefruit
  • glass jar
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Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a large stainless steel or glass bowl. Mix until well combined. Rub zest between fingertips to release some of the color, giving the scrub a beautiful orange hue. Add the scrub to a jar and enjoy, or give as a gift!
Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Carla Cohen.

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