Vegan Pumpkin Pie

October 24, 2016

     The end of October is full of pumpkins; pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks (and everywhere else these days) and carving pumpkins for Halloween. My favorite pumpkin-related food of all time is my sister’s pumpkin pie, but I usually don’t get that until Thanksgiving, which is kind of a shame. This past weekend, I was craving my sister’s pumpkin pie so badly and I was prepared to beg and barter and until she made one, until I realized that her famous recipe is. not. vegan. I scoured Pinterest looking for a vegan pumpkin pie recipe that was as close to my sister’s as possible, and I finally stumbled upon one that I could work with. I changed the recipe a bit to fit the ingredients I had, and I love the way it turned out! It’s still not as good as my sister’s recipe, but it’ll do until I can convince my sister to revamp her pumpkin pie to vegan!






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Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Ingredients
  • 1 whole wheat pie crust
  • 14 oz pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 10 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
1. Preheat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit.2. Combine pumpkin puree, coconut milk, brown sugar, cornstarch, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, salt, cinnamon. Mix well.3. Pour the mixture into an uncooked pie crust and spread evenly.4. Bake for 1 hr, then set in the fridge overnight.5. Enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 pie

Windy Gap: A Young Life Camp

October 17, 2016

{my squirrlie girlie, Lily|
    Something I've never talked about on my blog before is that I consider myself a Christian. I don't worship God in the traditional sense as far as going to church on Sundays, but one way I do pray is through Young Life. If you don't know what Young Life is, it's a Christian organization that has branches in a number of areas for middle school, high school, and college. We meet once a week as a group to jam, play games, and talk about Jesus; and then we meet again in groups of all boys or all girls to further connect with Jesus and each other. I've been a part of the group for about a year now and I absolutely love it.
     This weekend was my first time attending Young Life camp. The camp we went to is called Windy Gap, and it's located in Weaverville, NC. The weather was gorgeous the entire time we were there, it was so refreshing to exist in the mountains with so many people and no internet or phones. I spent most of my free time taking pictures, some of which you will see below, but most of the time at camp was spent in group activities. We ate together, sang together, danced, together, prayed together, laughed together, and cried together. Our group of Chapel Hill girls grew so close in just 2 days. This weekend I bonded with girls and guys that I'd never met before, but I also learned a lot about myself and Jesus and how to live in faith better. I had one of the best times of my life, so I really wanted to share with you all! Thanks for reading. Stay tuned, xoxo Lauren.









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Pumpkin Patch

October 3, 2016
  
   Today is my good friend Lexi's birthday, happy birthday Lexi ♥︎! This past Saturday, Lexi and I, along with 9 of her closest gal pals, celebrated by going to a pumpkin patch. It such a fun fall activity and the weather was gorgeous, so I couldn't help but take a bunch of pictures! When we first arrived we took a hayride to a corn maze. It was super fun running (but mostly walking) through the corn. From there we rode to part of the pumpkin patch and began our searches for the perfect pumpkin. I wanted a dusty/pale orange pumpkin, and luckily it didn't take me long to find it. At first, I was considering getting a white pumpkin and decorating it with gold paint as seasonal room decor. But, as we all know, DIYs are not my thing so I settled for a classic orange pumpkin. On the hayride back, I realized that I didn't have my phone. So, after setting our pumpkins in the car, my friend Lundy went back to the pumpkin field with me to help me find my phone. Honestly, only I would lose my phone in a pumpkin patch, so shoutout to Lundy for helping me out. Lundy and I returned to the group to find them playing in a pit of corn. We were both skeptical about joining them, to be honest, it reminded me of the sandbox from elementary school and those things are notoriously germy. But, after all, you only live once, and what is life if you can't enjoy jumping in a corn pit with your gals? Then, it was time to go, so we all gathered in a field to take a bunch pictures, as girls do. Thank you Lexi, for such a fun and memorable fall day, and I hope you have an amazing 17th birthday! Xo Lauren.







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shoes: Steve Madden
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watch: Kate Spade
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