Thursday, December 5, 2019

Recipe: Easy & Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes

Hey earth muffins! After making my own pumpkin puree using the recipe I shared a month ago (read that post here!), I have slowly been using up my frozen purees in different pumpkin recipes. As I already shared my absolute favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe with you all a few years ago, I thought I would share my go-to pumpkin pancake recipe with you all today. 😊 Finals are just around the corner for me, so I love to make recipes that remind me of home... And my dad can whip up the BEST pumpkin pancakes. 😍 Let's jump right into it!

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What You Need:
-2 cups flour
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-1/4 cup sugar
-2 tablespoons brown sugar
-2 teaspoons cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1.5 cups milk (I use almond milk!)
-1 cup pumpkin puree 🎃
-2 eggs
-2 tablespoons of canola oil

What To Do:
1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients with a whisk or spatula until combined. Try not to overmix the batter!

2. Heat your griddle or skillet over medium-high heat until it is hot.

3. Spray the griddle or skillet with cooking spray or add a bit of oil/butter so that the batter doesn't stick.

4. Ladle the batter onto the griddle/skillet into whatever pancake size you prefer.

5. When bubbles appear on the top of the pancakes, use a spatula to flip the pancake over.

6. After about 2 minutes, take the pancakes off the heat.

7. Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!! 😃

A plate with two pancakes and bacon on it, making a happy face

What other pumpkin recipes should I try? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Life Updates + New Posting Schedule 😃

Hey earth muffins! I hope everyone is having an amazing week so far! I thought that I would share some life updates with you all today, as some changes will be occurring to Life of an Earth Muffin....


First, I will now be posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I'm sure a few of you noticed me changing to these days last week, but I wanted to make sure I addressed it. My fall semester in grad school is almost over, and I am now starting to study for my CPA exams. As I will be studying for each of the 4 CPA exams (and taking them) from December until July, I figured I would reduce the amount of posts I publish to ensure I have plenty of time to study and don't feel stressed about creating content. Plus, I think that posting twice a week will allow me to write more in-depth posts. 😊

I also will not be using the Life of an Earth Muffin Instagram as much anymore. I used to try to upload a picture every day that I didn't publish a post on this blog, but I'm just not a huge fan of Instagram. But, if I have some cute photos to share then I will definitely still upload them... Just don't expect as much frequent posting. 👍

Lastly, I am thinking about doing a fun giveaway for when I hit 1,000 followers. 🙃 I have about 935 currently (on Google Friend Connect + Bloglovin'), so I would love some suggestions on what you all would like to see me give away!


What is happening in your life currently? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna 

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Festive, Holiday Gifts to Buy This Black Friday!

Hey earth muffins, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is spending some quality time with family and friends... And, of course, eating a lot of tasty food! 😊 While I don't have any plans to go Black Friday shopping tomorrow, I know that a lot of people love to head out early in the morning to get some awesome deals. The holidays are coming up, so I wanted to share some festive things you can buy to get yourself (and your loved ones) into the holiday spirit.  ❤️🎄 💚 Let's jump right into it!

*Matching Holiday Pajamas - I love that matching holiday pajamas are such a trend these days... I think they are so cute and fun! I would definitely take advantage of some Black Friday deals to update your pajamas with some holiday fun. I got this adorable A Christmas Story inspired leg lamp kimono from Shinesty, and I absolutely love it! The pattern is bold and screams Christmas, and the material is thick and perfect to keep you warm on a cold winter's night. Shinesty has a large matching Christmas selection from "naughty" to "nice", so I definitely suggest checking out their pajama options! 😍

An image of a girl wearing a kimono with a leg lamp pattern on it, inspired by the holiday movie A Christmas Story

*Holiday Candles! - The apartment complex I live in currently does not let you burn candles, so I have a couple that I am waiting to burn when my boyfriend and I move in together this summer. 🙃 I absolutely love holiday scents whether it be cookies, pine trees, or hot cocoa, so I definitely suggest buying some candles (preferably soy to stay as sustainable as possible!) to get your house smelling like the holidays.

*Sweaters @ the thrift store - As Black Friday is quite the big shopping day, I suggest checking what thrift stores in your area will be open and what their deals are. I know my favorite Salvation Army in my hometown has all clothes 50% off, so I would definitely suggest going thrifting to upgrade the sweaters in your closet. Sales like this allow for thrift stores to turn over a lot of the donations they receive, which is a win win for you because you get to score big! Feel free to check out my other thrifting tips if you are interested! 🛍️

A picture of the sweaters of a thrift store

*Advent Calendars - I can remember having an advent calendar every year growing up, so I always look forward to seeing what cute new advent calendars get on the market each year. As I am on a journey towards living zero waste, I have been looking into getting an advent calendar that can be used each year instead of being thrown away on Christmas - there are a ton of cute options, so I definitely suggest scooping one up on Black Friday, as December is almost here!!!


What holiday items are you going to buy this Black Friday? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna 

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*Note: the leg lamp kimono was gifted to me, but the opinions are all my own!* 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

How to Have a "Zero Waste" Thanksgiving 🦃

Hey earth muffins! I am officially home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family - and I am so excited! 🎉 Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays as I get to do two of my fave things: hang with my family and eat all day. 😂 Ever since starting my journey towards living zero waste, I have been writing posts about how to reduce waste on holidays (check out my Halloween, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and Father's Day posts!)... In honor of this Thursday, I thought I would share some tips on how you can reduce waste this Thanksgiving!

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~Avoid unnecessary packaging at the grocery store when you do your holiday shopping. I suggest checking out the bulk bins for some great savings or buying loose produce for your meal! You could even challenge yourself to make everything from scratch like the pumpkin puree for your pumpkin pie! If you have to buy something in packaging, choose glass or metal containers that can be easily recycled. 👍

~Have a vegetarian dinner. Turkey is such a classic for Thanksgiving, but you could always try having a meatless holiday feast! The meat industry is pretty terrible in terms of both sustainability and ethical practices, so avoiding turkey is a great way to share these beliefs. This is obviously not for everyone as I know my own family would never not have a bird, but maybe your family would be okay with it!

~Know how many people you are cooking for! While having some leftovers is a good thing, you don't want to have so many leftovers that you end up throwing a lot away after a few days. 👎 Keeping serving sizes in mind is a great way to reduce food waste this Thanksgiving.

~Set up a designated compost bin and keep it nearby when cooking. When you are cooking this holiday, make sure to put all of the food scraps into a compost bin! This is especially great if you are preparing food for a good amount of people, as you will be shocked to see how much compost you have been throwing away all these years. After dinner you can put the compost into your own compost bin or have someone take it to theirs (or to drop off at a local composting company).

~Use "fancy" table settings. I'm talking the whole nine yards: fancy dishes, cloth tablecloths and napkins, nice silverware, etc. If you are hosting and don't have enough supplies, ask you family and friends to bring some along! While you will then have to wash everything at the end of the night, you will be saving a ton of waste from heading to the landfill. Worth it!

A fancy table setting for Thanksgiving, with a pumpkin on the plate

~Plan what to do with the leftovers! After a couple of days after Thanksgiving my family definitely gets tired of the same leftovers... So make a plan on what you are going to do with the leftovers! You could freeze some turkey to put in soups, turn vegetable dishes into a casserole, etc. etc. By having a plan you will be less likely to just throw away the food after a few days. 🙂


How do you reduce waste on Thanksgiving? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

He Peed Where?! 😱 A Greyhound Bus Storytime

Hey earth muffins! As I mentioned in my post on Monday, I have spent many years with my boyfriend doing long distance. When writing that post, I was thinking about all of the interesting things that have happened through that time... And this story came to mind. The last storytime I wrote was all the way back in August (when I shared how they pronounced my name wrong at graduation), so I figured it was time to share another story with you all! 😊 Let's jump right in!

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Now before I had a car on campus, one of the ways I would go visit my boyfriend was by taking a Greyhound bus. These buses have quite the reputation... And it is honestly for good reason. I have seen some pretty strange things and people on my bus rides. 🙃

On this particular instance, I was headed back to campus on Sunday. There was a bus leaving at around 11:30 in the morning and then another leaving around dinner time, so I figured I would take the early bus to make sure I got home at a reasonable hour.

After saying goodbye to my boyfriend, I walked into the bus station a good 30 minutes early before my bus was scheduled to arrive. As there weren't many buses leaving at this time, the station was quite empty, so I took a seat next to an outlet and started scrolling through Pinterest (a good time waster if you ask me!). Right across from me there was a young man who also was waiting for the same bus as me.

The quiet of the station was abruptly disturbed by the mumbles (more like yelled mumbles) of a man walking haphazardly to the area where I was seated. He was clearly very very drunk.


He stumbled over and (thank goodness!) sat in the chair directly next to the poor young man across from me, which was funny because there were a bunch of empty seats all over the place but he just had to sit as close to that poor guy's bubble as possible. He continued to mumble things to himself, and I did my best to not look his way as it definitely looked like he was homeless.

After a few minutes I looked over at him and noticed a puddle was forming on the floor under the wire seat... He was literally wetting himself in broad daylight with no care in the world. 


As soon as the young man noticed what was going on he jumped up (rightfully so) and came over to where I was sitting. Clearly there was something up with this drunk dude because no sooner had he finished his business a security guard came up to him and escorted him (and his extremely wet pants) out of the station. 😬 What an experience to witness; what a time to be alive.


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Love,
Jenna 

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