Friday Faves: 3 Pumpkin Treats to Eat & Wear


Halloween is tomorrow! Break out that pumpkin puree and whip up these treats for your face and belly!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Hair Mask via @poorandpretty

1. DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask.

homemade pumpkin juice via @poorandpretty

2. Wizarding World Copycat Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice.


3. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes.

I hope you have a fantastic Halloween weekend!


22 Summery Salads That Will Actually Fill You Up


It’s getting warmer, so my cooking is getting lazier. There’s just no sense standing over a hot stove for 30-60 minutes when it’s 80 degrees outside! Stan and I love salads, but if we’re having them as our main course for dinner, they’ve got to be filling. So I hunted around the Interwebs and found 22 of the most delicious filling summery salads out there. I can’t wait to start buying locally-grown fruits & veggies to put in them!

1. Salad Sicilia via Delicious Days. In the mix: Radicchio, chicory, arugula, fennel, apple, radishes, carrots, oranges, almonds, and pistachios.

2. Kale Salad with Avocado Tahini Sauce via Love & Lemons. In the mix: kale, tahini, avocado, brussels sprouts, radishes, carrots, white bans, almonds, basil.

3. Seven-Layer Avocado Salad in a Mason Jar via California Avocado. Mason jar salads – what a cool idea! In the mix: avocados, cucumbers, red cabbage, edamame, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and basil.

4. Honey Walnut Power Salad via Pinch of Yum. In the mix: walnuts, baby spinach, onion, red grapes, edamame, bulgur, honey, bleu cheese.

5. Grilled Peach, Chicken & Arugula Salad via BS in the Kitchen. In the mix: chicken, peaches, arugula, prosciutto, goat cheese, walnuts.

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DIY Herbal Infused Oils for Beauty & Cooking

Infused Vanilla and Lavender Oils feature via @poorandpretty

Infused Coffee Vanilla and Lavender Oils via @poorandpretty

When I began creating products for my 100% natural Apothecary line, I realized quickly that my fragrance options were pretty limited. Because I only use essential oils, I can’t easily achieve apple pie, cucumber melon, or vanilla frosting scents. I was not willing to give up on vanilla, but Vanilla Absolute (the closest thing you get to vanilla essential oil) is CRAZY expensive — sometimes around $100/oz! I knew there had to be a less expensive alternative. That’s when I discovered I could make my own oil infusions. You can do this with all kinds of herbs and flowers, and it’s cheaper than buying essential oils. 

DIY Infused Lavender Oil supplies via @poorandpretty

Depending on the types of oil and herb, flower, or bean you use, your infused oils can be used in beauty products or cooking. Next week, I’m going to share how I used mine to make body sprays! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s get infusing!

Basic Infused Oil Recipe

  • ¼ – ½ cup herb, flower, or bean
  • 1 cup of oil

These are approximations. For some oils, you’ll want to use more of the herb you’re working with, and some you’ll use less. See my “herbs to infuse” section below for details.

Infusing Lavender Almond Oil via @poorandpretty

Double-Boiler Infusion Method  — the fastest method!

  1. Fill the bottom pan of a double boiler with water. If you don’t have a double boiler, fill a medium saucepan with 1 ½ cups of water.
  2. Add your oil and herbs, flowers, or beans to the top pan of your double-boiler. If using a saucepan, put the oil and herbs into a heat-safe bowl or Pyrex measuring cup and place gently into the saucepan.
  3. Warm on low heat for 2-4 hours, checking every so often to make sure your water hasn’t evaporated. If it starts getting low, add more in.
  4. Strain the oil/herb mixture through cheesecloth, a fine mesh strainer, or a coffee filter into a jar and close the lid tightly.

Infused Vanilla and Lavender Oils via @poorandpretty

Tips & Tricks for Infusing Oils

  • Use oils that have a long shelf life — Jojoba, Olive, Sweet Almond, and Avocado oils are best. You can buy them here.
  • For the most part, you’ll want to use dried herbs and flowers to prevent bacterial growth and mold.
  • Straining through a coffee filter took a long time. If you’ve got cheesecloth or a fine mesh filter, use that instead!

DIY Infused Oils via @poorandpretty

Herbs to Infuse + Where to Buy Them

  • Calendula (Marigold) – One of the best, most versatile infusions. Calendula soothes dry & damaged skin and irritations. Use it alone or in a salve or lotion to heal sunburn and rashes. It makes a great baby oil, too. Use up to 1:1 calendula to oil ratio. You can buy calendula here.
  • Chamomile – If you want something relaxing, but you’re not a fan of lavender, chamomile is a close second. It’s not as strongly scented as lavender. Use ½ cup chamomile per cup of oil. You can buy chamomile here.
  • Coffee Grounds – This oil will tighten skin, fight free radicals, stimulate blood flow, and reduce cellulite. Ever notice that eye creams tend to have coffee in them? That’s because coffee reduces puffiness and gets rid of under-eye circles. Use ¼ – ½ cup of coffee grounds to 1 cup of oil. You can buy coffee grounds at your local supermarket.
  • Lavender  – You know the drill. Lavender is great at reducing stress and inducing relaxation and sleep. (Learn more about why I love lavender here.) Use ¼ cup of lavender buds per cup of oil. You can buy lavender buds here.
  • Orange Peel – A lovely brightening, cheering scent, I love using powdered orange peel in my Orange Sugar Scrubs. Dried orange peel can also be used to make an infused oil. You can make dried orange peel yourself by peeling oranges and letting the peels cook in the oven on very low heat for a few hours or you can skip that (it’s kind of a pain) and buy dried orange peel here.
  • Peppermint – Awakens the senses and soothes sore muscles. A peppermint-infused oil would be great on its own as a sore muscle massage oil. Use fresh peppermint, which you can buy in your local supermarket. I love combining rosemary + peppermint for cold season remedies, like in this DIY Mint + Rosemary Vapor Rub or my Mint + Rosemary Bathing Salts.
  • Rosemary – This can make a great culinary or beauty oil. Use it as a rub for muscle pain or as a treatment for dry, itchy, flaky scalp. It’s also great in recipes for roasting potatoes, pasta sauce, etc. I used about 2 tbs of dried rosemary in 1 ½ cups of olive oil. Because I will primarily use this for cooking, I left the rosemary in the oil. You can buy rosemary in the spice aisle of your local supermarket.
  • Vanilla Beans – This smells incredible! I use vanilla-infused jojoba oil in my Vanilla Sugar Scrubs. Slice up 3-4 vanilla beans per cup of oil. I like the tiny seeds mixing in with my sugar scrubs, so I don’t strain this oil. You can buy vanilla beans in most supermarkets or natural food stores.

These are just a few of the oil infusions you can make! I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. On Monday, I’ll share how to use these infusions to make body sprays.

Disclosure: I was provided some of the supplies shown in this post by Bramble Berry, because I totally love them and they love me too! This post also contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.


Thai-Inspired Coconut Mango Chicken with Sticky Coconut Rice

Coconut Mango Chicken feature via @poorandpretty

Coconut Mango Chicken with Coconut Sticky Rice via @poorandpretty

I’m not an adventurous eater or cook, so it’s actually very surprising that I had Thai food a few weeks ago with my Dad and brother and loved it. Mind you, it was pretty tame for Thai — I don’t like spicy stuff, peanut sauce, or seafood, which rules out most Thai. But I did eat the most delicious coconut mango chicken at Somewhere in Bangkok and I knew I had to recreate it at home. I pretty much nailed it. Stan thinks it might be my best dinner ever.

Thai-Inspired Coconut Mango Chicken with Sticky Coconut Rice
Serves 4
Lightly pan-fried chicken and peppers are soaked in a sauce of coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and curry powder, then topped with chunks of mango.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
For the Coconut Mango Chicken
  1. 1.5 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 green pepper
  3. 1 red pepper
  4. 1 mango
  5. 1 cup coconut milk
  6. 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  7. 2-3 tsp coconut oil, divided
  8. 1 tsp fresh, crushed ginger, divided
  9. 1 clove minced garlic
  10. 1/4 tsp curry powder
  11. salt and pepper for seasoning
For Sticky Coconut Rice
  1. 2 cups jasmine rice
  2. 3 cups coconut milk
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 1 tbs coconut oil
For the Coconut Mango Chicken
  1. Pound the chicken breasts until reasonably thin, then lightly season with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt 2 tsp of coconut oil in a wok or large frying pan.
  3. Add 1/2 tsp of ginger and your garlic to the pan and let sizzle until browning and fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add as much of your chicken as you can fit and cook on medium-high heat for 3 minutes on each side.
  5. While the chicken is cooking, cut the peppers into strips and dice the mango.
  6. Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and set aside. If you have more chicken to cook, add another teaspoon of coconut oil and repeat step four. Remove all chicken from pan.
  7. Turn the heat down to low and add the mango to the pan. Let cook for 30 seconds, then remove and set aside.
  8. Turn the heat back up to medium-high heat and add the chicken or vegetable broth, coconut milk, 1/2 tsp ginger, and curry powder to the pan. Stir with a whisk until well-blended and smooth.
  9. Cook the sliced peppers in this mixture for about 8 minutes, or until tender.
  10. Add the chicken back into the pan and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  11. When you are ready to serve, toss the mango in the sauce and enjoy!
For the Sticky Coconut Rice
  1. The rice is pretty easy! Prepare as you normally would, you're just substituting most of the water for coconut milk. I put all of the ingredients into my rice cooker and let it do it's thing.
  1. Start your rice before you make the chicken because it will likely take between 20-30 minutes to cook. You won't want to be stuck making it after the chicken is done!
  2. I served this with jasmine tea and for dessert? More mango!
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17 St. Paddy’s Drinks & Desserts

17 St Paddys Drinks and Desserts

How is St. Patrick’s Day only 4 days away?! What is happening with TIME?!?! (I know, this is a running theme with me. Calm down, Sami.) Shall we get liquored up and pretend we’re 21 again? Yes, let’s. But first, dessert — because you can’t drink on an empty stomach:

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes Recipe via poorandpretty

1. Chocolate Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Guinness & Bailey’s via Poor & Pretty. I’ve updated this recipe so the cupcakes are even more moist and delicious!

2. Drunken Grasshopper Fudge via Culinary Concoctions by Peabody.

3. Surprise-Inside St. Paddy’s Day Cupcakes via Betty Crocker — these are safe for kids!

4. Guinness Whoopie Pies with Irish Cream Filling via Poet in the Pantry.

5. Goldschläger Candy Gems via Brit + Co.

6. Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream via Brown Eyed Baker.

7. Green Velvet Cheesecake via Recipe Girl.

8. St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Slice and Bake Cookie via Good Life Eats — safe for kids!

9. Mini Key Lime Pies via Say Yes — safe for kids!

And now for the drinks!

10. Hot Chocolate Stout Float via BHG.

11. Midori Limonata Cocktail via Brit + Co.

12. Pixie Stix Martini Cocktail via Tablespoon.

13. Pot of Gold Cocktail via Glitter Guide.

14. Honey Dew Cucumber Mint Mojito via Thyme.

15. Lucky-tini via Coastal Companion.

16. Paleo Irish Cream Mocha Pudding via Plaid & Paleo — this drink is vegan & paleo!

17. Lucky-tini Jelly Shot via Tablespoon.