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  • Food & Drinks

    DIY Pumpkin Spiced Lattes!



    It’s that time of year! Fall is here and so are PSL’s! We say “yummy in my tummy” but at over $4 a piece that’s a little scary for your bank account! So in the Grace Girl kitchen we opted to create our own!

    Here’s the recipe, and if you want to follow along with me while you make it, check out the video below!


    1 1/4 cups milk warmed in microwave or on stovetop

    2 shots of espresso

    2 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar

    4 tablespoons pumpkin

    Place all ingredients into a measuring up and use an immersion blender (or regular blender, but immersion is easier to clean!) and blend together until smooth.

    Pour into 2 cups, top with pumpkin pie spice and serve!





  • Food & Drinks,  Wellness

    Pumpkin (Kurbis) Soup for Fall

    I love the way the changing of the seasons opens up a whole new arena of styles, activities, and of course, tastes! I love fall with its leaves changing color as the air gets crisp and cool. But the way this particular season informs my table gets me particularly excited!

    With the onset of the slightly colder weather I have been longing for cozy soups, flavorful stews and scrumptious baked treats! That’s why I’m bringing you this delicious and slightly addicting recipe for pumpkin soup. This soup is incredibly delicious and well, also happens to be featured in my new cookbook “Culinary Adventures in Germany” on iBooks, but that’s a story for a different day! Cooking should always involve enjoying the process, so grab the wine key, uncork your favorite Cabernet and get cooking, and remember—-the wine you drink while cooking doesn’t count! Ha!

    Recipe for Kurbis Suppe (German Pumpkin Soup)


    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 onion, peeled and chopped
    1/2 teaspoon fresh minced ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
    pinch of cinnamon
    3 cloves garlic
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
    1 cup apple cider
    1/3 cup dark rum
    1/4 cup maple syrup
    29 oz. can pumpkin
    1 1/2 cups chicken broth


    Sauté onions in olive oil until golden brown. Add ginger, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, garlic, salt and thyme. Saute 5 minutes, stir in cider, rum, maple syrup, pumpkin and broth.
    Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, keeping an eye on it so it does not burn on the bottom.

    Turn off heat and puree with an immersion blender. If you feel the soup is too thick, add more broth to make it the desired consistency. Whisk milk and flour until smooth, then whisk into soup to give it that velvety, smooth texture. Add more salt if desired.

    Serve soup with some roasted pumpkin seeds and thyme leaves, if desired.

    Note: This soup tends to “bubble up” a lot, make sure you wear an apron, control the heat and keep an eye on it…we don’t want pumpkin soup all over your kitchen!! Makes 4 servings

    Bon Appetit!



  • Food & Drinks

    Why we love appetizer parties

    We love having friends over, and have been known to go a little over the top. But, you know, you can end up overwhelmed and recovery takes a while before you’re ready to do it again. Recently we’ve discovered you can have just as much (if not more) fun if you have friends over for a casual appetizer party. Here’s how it works;  call up some girlfriends, pick three or four different and easy appies, pop some bubbly and let the fun begin!
    When choosing our appies we typically choose 1 thing that ‘s healthy, such as a fruit or veggie platter with hummus or honey yogurt dip. But don’t do all the peeling and chopping, pick up bags of peeled carrots, grape tomatoes, and cut broccoli. That way you account for various dietary needs and won’t stress that the vegans aren’t getting fed!
    Then we ALWAYS have some sort of cheese, cheese is great because most people like it. Lately we’ve been getting cheese curds from Beechers, so tasty and they require no cutting, only toothpicks which means easy clean up, plop them in a nice bowl and serve! Simple right?
    Next we opt for something hearty! Typically our “hearty” fare comes from the frozen section at Trader Joes. We love thinking outside the box (well, I guess in this case, it’s inside the box!) by choosing some sort of “international” flavor such as chicken shu mai, potstickers, perogies or chicken tika masala! Warming these tasty morsels usually takes all of 3 minutes (and they come with dipping sauce!)
    Lastly, how about a nice dish of almonds or cashews to nibble on. Your party can be set up in less than 20 minutes, no dishes, only toothpicks and a stack of napkins. Then your job is to just chill out, have some awesome drinks and chat away! Low stress, High Fun Factor! Hopefully some good laughs too!
    Let us know what your fave appies are!
    Thanks to @brookelark for the awesome photo
    Happy Eating!

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