Goblins, ghosts, and ghouls–oh my! Halloween is near! I am so excited! Have any of you bought Fall decorations yet? I just bought a few things for the apartment: pumpkins and a tres chic decorative lantern I bought at Target for $2.50, woooo!
The cutest part of decorating though was when Ron asked, “So when are we going to get our Christmas stockings?!” I hadn’t even thought about getting stockings for our little apartment, but why not? How fun.
And things are good on the health front! I’ve made some small changes to my overall lifestyle. I bought Lavender-scented Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant that doesn’t contain all the metals that are bad for the thyroid (love it, by the way!), and I now have hypoallergenic makeup and organic shampoo. I also bought a Brita to filter all the water I drink, I try to not eat as much grains and sugar, and I stick to one cup of coffee a day. I’ve tried to workout a couple times this week, and I plan on working out more in future weeks. We are even thinking about purchasing a bike trainer, so we can cycle in the house during the winter. (You can find them relatively cheap, actually!) Anyway, this is all to say that I’ve lost a little weight, rather than gaining (I swear I’d wake up and be a pound heavier for no reason!) and I overall feel better.
Speaking of feeling better, I decided to make one of my favorite fall foods this week: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Applesauce. Of course, I have a deep love affair with my slow cooker. Who doesn’t like a one pot tool? And Pumpkin Applesauce is a major comfort food for me. There’s something about this healthy, smooth & spicy sweet treat that I just love. You can spoon Pumpkin Applesauce on yogurt or ice cream, put it into a smoothie, or even add a bit to a squash soup. And it is much better than the store bought– it has a more tart, silky smooth consistency. What’s not to love? I make this applesauce with almost no added sugar (just a touch of maple syrup and dried cranberries), a squeeze of orange juice, and a healthy amount of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice (who doesn’t love cinnamon and pumpkin pie?). Say hello to your new favorite fall food!
- 3 lb bag of apples, washed and roughly quartered (I prefer organic Gala apples)
- 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tbsp dried cranberries
- 1 tsp orange juice (or lemon juice)
Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 2 hours (lid on), stirring frequently. When the apples are soft and becoming sauce-like, take off the heat and let cool. Remove the cinnamon stick, and use an immersion blender or standing blender to blend and pulverize the apples and pumpkin into a smooth sauce. Store in a jar for up to 2 weeks.