pumpkin & peanut butter's virtual bridal shower! <3
We are celebrating Liz's bridal shower! Every recipe (or virtual party snack as I like to call them) features either pumpkin or peanut butter, two of Liz's favourite foods. Over the past year, I've followed along with Liz's blog and all of her beautiful creations - seriously, if you've never been to her blog you have to check it out, I find so much inspiration from her recipes and photography! I love reading her anecdotes about being a teacher, the awesome food adventures she has, her PUPPY, anddddd her upcoming wedding! I feel so lucky to call Liz a friend, and love that we all get to celebrate with her in this online space. The amazing ladies Alexa of Fooduzzi and Lucia of The Food Wright put this whole thing together, and I couldn't be more excited to join in the party!
Community and food have always gone hand in hand for me. I have such fond memories of the times I've spent with family and friends in the kitchen - chatting over glasses of wine, sneaking spoonfuls of soup from the pot on the stove, laughing about life, and sharing stories. In a way, this food blogging community can feel like the biggest and most eclectic potluck/ kitchen party I've been to, with people sharing every dish imaginable and telling the kind of stories that make you feel close to someone you've never met. This virtual party is such a good example of the friendships that are made, even through the computer screen. It is pretty cool that we come together as a community to support our friends from such distances. I feel so lucky to be a part of it all.
So, lets all raise a glass (or really a mug of this pumpkin spiced whiskey hot chocolate) to Liz! Congratulations to you and Nate, I can't wait to follow along on the adventures <3
virtual bridal shower // virtual snacks!
Fooduzzi - Homemade Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter
The Food Wright - Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Granola
Fork in the Kitchen - Pumpkin Spice Baked Brie
Nourished The Blog - Gluten-Free Baked Pumpkin Donuts
Nommable - Honey Apple Peanut Butter Tart
Joy Food Sunshine - Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies (No-Bake)
While trying to brainstorm ideas for Liz's shower, I knew that I wanted to focus on the cozy aspect of the coming months. I think there are some people who try to hold on to the tail end of summer - stretch out those gleaming days as long as possible before submitting themselves to the bundled layers and crisp autumn air.
I fully embrace it. Fall is one of my favourite times in the year. It is the perfect balance between bright golden sunshine and the crisp, cool breeze on skin. There is something about feeling warm in cold places that just can't be compared. I love to leave the windows open at night and cuddle deep into my blankets while I breathe in the cold, fresh air. A feeling I readily await all summer long to experience.
Following along with the cozy indulgence of fall, I thought I would make some kind of pumpkin peanut butter truffle. Maybe balls of honey sweetened peanut butter, rolled in spiced pumpkin, and dipped into a smooth velvety dark chocolate? Or possibly some kind of maple roasted pumpkin with sage leaves, caramelized onions, and toasted walnuts. Mmmmm. See? I think autumn is going to be pretty great.
Finally though, I settled on a drink because what is more comforting than a warm, frothy, spiced (and spiked) mug of hot chocolate? The whiskey was a last minute addition, but let me tell you, it totally makes the drink! Of course, if you are making this for children, or if you prefer not to consume alcohol, the pumpkin spiced hot chocolate on its own is still amazing. Butttt, for that extra little high vibey goodness, I'd definitely recommend boozing it up ;)
Big cyber hugs out to everyone who made this happen, and lots of love over to Liz! Congrats, girl <3
pumpkin spiced whiskey hot chocolate
Make one mug full - can easily be doubled <3
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or other plant milk)
- 1/2 cup water (or more plant milk)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp pure pumpkin purée
- 2 tbsp whiskey
- 1/2 - 1 tbsp honey (maple syrup or agave if vegan)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- pinch of salt
Heat the coconut milk and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Let it come to a simmer but not boil, then remove from heat and pour into an upright blender. Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until smooth and combined. Serve hot!