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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Healthy & Delicious Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

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I've been working for weeks and weeks and WEEKS on my recipe for a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte that is healthy and delicious.  After many attempts, I've GOT it!!  I'm so excited to share my recipe with those of you who have also been searching for an alternative to the unhealthy coffee shop Pumpkin Spice Latte that doesn't even contain any actual pumpkin. 

My recipe is simple, healthy, contains organic pumpkin, non-hormone treated milk, and non-GMO zero calorie Pure Via Stevia to sweeten it.  

First, I brewed a pot of coffee.  Mine happens to be Pumpkin Spice coffee because that's all I'm drinking these days, but you could use regular coffee as well.  Then I mixed together:

1 tablespoon organic pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 packet Pure Via Stevia 
2 tablespoons non-hormone treated milk (more or less depending on how creamy you like your coffee)

Stir those 4 ingredients well in a small bowl, then microwave for 30 seconds.  

Pour the pumpkin mixture into your coffee mug and slowly stir in your freshly brewed coffee.  Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice if desired. 

That's it!  It is so easy, plus delicious and healthy... such a great and affordable alternative when compared to the big-time coffee shop where the Pumpkin Spice Latte doesn't actually contain any pumpkin.  I've tried MANY at home versions of my favorite drink because I've been on a quest for a healthier, homemade version for awhile now so I was seriously SO excited when I came up with this version recently.  

Some homemade versions are pretty chunky... I know, right?!  I do NOT want to chew my coffee.  By mixing and microwaving the pumpkin puree with Pure Via Stevia, the milk, and the pumpkin pie spice before adding the coffee it makes this the least chunky version of a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte out there.

The addition of Pure Via Stevia really made this recipe awesome because I don't like to "drink my calories" so Pure Via Stevia is a great way to sweeten up my recipes without adding additional calories.  It tastes great and is a healthy alternative for people looking for healthy options.  Pure Via Stevia is an all-natural product, derived from the stevia plant.  This non-GMO product that can be found at Walmart and here's a coupon for you to use to Save $.55 on ONE (1) Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural, Zero Calorie 40 Ct. And if you're a fan of Jewel like I am, you also get a Free Jewel song download and a cookbook download from Jewel for free. This offer is available while supplies last.

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Cheers! Let's hang out and sip our healthy, delicious, homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes together soon, k? xoxo

Monday, October 27, 2014

DIY Minecraft Figures!

Do you have kids that are crazy for Minecraft?  I know I sure do, and my boys went crazy for these DIY Minecraft Figures that I made last week! 

They looked pretty impressive, but they were honestly one of the easiest things ever to make because they're just wrapped empty boxes connected together with clear packing tape, and store-bought Minecraft box heads.  I just grabbed boxes from bigger items I have bought recently and stored the boxes in case I needed to make any returns.  One of our boys helped hold up different boxes until we were happy with the shapes together.  Ignore our garage floor... unless you're a company looking for a blogger to do a garage floor makeover.   Geeeeeez! 

I bought the wrapping paper at Walmart and the Minecraft heads are from Target.  The brown skin color for Minecraft Steve's arms are Trader Joe's paper grocery bags, cut and turned inside out.

Except for the pig... I just cut squares of white paper and colored part of the eyes black.

My friend Sarah told me about these after going to a Minecraft Birthday Party recently.  I was kicking myself that I didn't think of these a few months back when I hosted a Minecraft Party for one of our boys.  His party was still pretty Minecraft-cool, but these guys would've been awesome to have there!  

Make your little Minecrafters wildest dreams come true by making a set of these guys for them too! 

A photo posted by Laurie Gallamore (@gallamorewest) on

Drink Up with Fruity Drink Mixes!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlatinumPoints #CollectiveBias 

Have a great Monday, friends!  It's a super busy week at Gallamore West with a birthday boy, more fun blog posts, and Halloween... fun, fun, fun!  Who needs sleep, right?! ;) But something I really need is to drink enough water to keep me healthy and keep me energized throughout the day to get everything done that needs to get done.  Do you meet your daily water intake?  Chances are, many of you would answer no, right?  It's HARD to get in all of those ounces of water!  Sometimes it takes a little creativity and some fun flavors to guzzle it all down.  My daily goal is to drink 1/2 of my body weight in ounces of water... that's a lot of water and sometimes that's a struggle, so that's where Crystal Light drink mixes helps me out.

With such an amazing variety of flavors and options to choose from, Crystal Light makes it easy to meet my daily water intake requirement.  You can make an entire pitcher of Crystal Light to keep in the refrigerator, you can add liquid drops to your water bottle, or you can pour a single serving packet of Crystal Light into your water bottle.  

All of them taste great, but my favorite is the single serving packets because they are easy to bring along in my purse for an instant "treat" in my water whenever I feel like I'm struggling to get my daily water intake in.

Not only am I a fan of Crystal Light, I'm also a big fan of country music and Miranda Lambert who has teamed up with Crystal Light for a fun promotion.  Buy Crystal Light products and be rewarded with Miranda Lambert rewards through the Platinum Points Loyalty Program!   At select Walmart locations, you can find a Miranda Lambert/Crystal Light display in the electronics section.  

If your local Walmart doesn't have the display, you can find a huge selection of Crystal Light drink mixes in the drink mix aisle near the water bottle aisle. 

So, grab your Crystal Light fruity drink mixes from Walmart, meet your daily water intake requirements, and start earning Miranda Lambert rewards! 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Snacks: 2 Ingredient Orange Fanta Cake & Mummy Water Bottles

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I love everything about Halloween, especially all of the fun things that I get to do with our boys.  They are totally into Halloween too... I'm sure our neighbors could tell that since they decorated our front yard while it was still September!  One of my very favorite things about Halloween is coming up with fun Halloween Snacks.  This weekend we played Halloween Bingo, watched a Halloween movie, and enjoyed some fun Halloween Snacks made with Fanta and Dasani.

While shopping for Halloween things at Walmart to BOO our neighbors last week {so fun!} I decided to get into Halloween at home too, so I picked up a 2-liter bottle of Orange Fanta {a very rare treat here!} and 12 oz Dasani water bottles. 

Have you ever made a soda cake?  It's so easy and fun because you only need two ingredients- a cake mix, and a cup and a half of any flavor soda.  No eggs, no oil... just mix together the cake mix and the cup and a half of soda, then pour into your greased pan and bake like normal.  Our cake tasted like an Orange Creamsicle with the combination of vanilla from the cake and orange from the Fanta. 

After you bake the cake, let it cool completely then slice into 1-inch cubes.  I did 3 layers of cake alternated with 3 layers of freshly whipped cream, ending with the whipped cream on top.  I just printed out a little Jack O'Lantern face and taped it to the outside of the trifle bowl to make it into an instant Jack O' Lantern that our little guys loved!

The cake is a little crumblier than making it the regular way, but still amazingly delicious.  It worked out perfectly to cut it up and layer it in a trifle bowl.

After layering cake with whipped cream for a total of six layers {3 layers of cake alternated with 3 layers of whipped cream} I covered the top with sprinkles.  

While I waited for the cake to cool, I made some cute little mummies out of our Dasani water bottles.  To make these I bought the least expensive off-white fabric I could find from my Walmart {I LOVE that my Walmart has fabric!} and some goggly eyes.  

I just tore strips of the fabric and used a little hot glue to attach it as I wrapped it around in haphazard patterns.

They came out so cute!  The smaller water bottles are perfect for little hands, and would also be the perfect size to slip into a Trick Or Treat bag for some hydration while out Trick Or Treating.  I don't know about you, but we get pretty serious with our Trick Or Treating... our boys like to go until their feet are hurting and they can't walk another step!

So easy and so fun!

Our little guys loved them so much that this one crawled up while I was taking pictures and started sipping away.  What a great way to get your kids to drink their water, right?

Hope you're having fun gearing up for Halloween at your house too!  If you want to learn more about Fanta and Dasani, visit them online:

Fanta on Facebook/Twitter
Dasani on Facebook/Twitter

And for a special in-store Demo with Fanta, along with Wheat Thins and Oreos, check out this link to see if your local Walmart is on the list!  In-store demos are coming up October 24th- October 26th.

Happy Halloween!! xoxo 

Chicken Tortilla Soup: Blog Hop with 50 Different Easy Dinner Recipe!

Need some easy dinner ideas?  You've come to the right place today, because I've partnered with about 50 amazing bloggers to bring you some easy, delicious dinner ideas! Check out the bottom of this post for links to all of the recipes.

You guys, it's soup season and I'm SO excited!  I have absolutely fallen in love with making big pots of soup for dinner lately.  Chicken Tortilla Soup is probably my very favorite soup of all, so I love when that's what I get to make for dinner.  

But we all know that weeknights can get crazy between homework, sports, and just life in general so I love that my Chicken Tortilla Soup is easy and comes together in about 20 minutes!

Here's all you need:

2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken 
1 cup corn (I use Trader Joe's Frozen Fire Roasted corn)
1 can black beans, drained
1 small can diced green chilies
1 box of chicken broth
1 can of diced tomatoes
6-8 cups water
1 tablespoon cumin, more or less to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper, more or less to taste
1 teaspoon paprika, more or less to taste
Dash of cayenne pepper, more or less to taste
Salt- I use a just a dash because we eat low sodium here

To Garnish: Shredded cheese, diced avocados, jalapeƱos, and tortilla chips

To make this recipe super easy, I usually cook a whole chicken in the crockpot one night and save the leftover chicken.  So this soup is always made the night after "crockpot chicken" night :)  You could use Rotisserie chicken too.  

Add all ingredients, except the garnishes, into a large stock pot.  Stir occasionally on low heat for about 20 minutes so it gently simmers and the flavors blend together well.  Garnish with shredded cheese, avocados, jalapeƱos and tortilla chips (we just crush them a little over our bowls).  

This soup is so delicious, easy, and perfect for busy weeknights!  Every time we have it, my husband and I are brought back to our honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta where we had the best Chicken Tortilla Soup ever.  This recipe is my recreation of that recipe, and it's always a hit here. 

What's your favorite easy Weeknight Dinner?  

This is a blog hop, so be sure to check out some other amazing easy Weeknight Dinners from some of my favorite blogger friends! xoxo 


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