Sabrina Soto

Low Carb, Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

Sabrina Soto shared this recipe for low carb/Paleo pumpkin muffins on her blog, and we had to try them. Test them out for yourselves, and check out more from Sabrina here!

Ingredients:

  • 3lb. Pie Pumpkin
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 tablespoons of honey … (I used less)
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia
  • 6 large eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees

Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out all of the seeds. Place each half face down in a large baking dish with about 1/4″ of water and bake for about 60 minutes Keep checking on it after 40 minutes to see if it’s tender. Remove from the oven and let the pumpkin cool. Then scrape the inner pumpkin into a container.

In either a blender or food processor, combine the almond flour, baking soda, spices and salt. After those are mixed together, add in 1 cup of pumpkin (you’ll have pumpkin left over), stevia, eggs and honey. Pulse for a few minutes. Then scoop that mixture into a loaf pan and place back in the oven for about 40-50 minutes. Cool, serve and enjoy!!

Fall Design Trends

Sabrina Soto shared her top five Fall design trends on her website. We've got two of our favorites for you. Head over to her post to see more!

Old Havana

My favorite, as a Cubanita myself, this trend’s rich and vivid colors can be adapted to any space… muted for sophistication and vibrant for the kids. Textiles in tropical prints like banana leaves and large palms bring life to the look. Other major elements include fabulous metals and fun tiles (painted, cement, or tile stickers pictured). Inspired by art deco shapes, this look is both timeless and fresh! I’m loving it all!

1. Cuba Print / 2. Velvet Deco Sofa / 3. Overdyed Rug  / 4. Round Coffee Table / 5. Stripe Throw / 6. Tile Sticker / 7. Palm Leaf Pillow / 8. Scallop Print Pillow / 9. Geometric Pendant Light

Pop Future Pink

Bright and muted tones of pink set the backdrop for this retro modern trend! As you know, I love pink so naturally this trend is one of my favs! The look is all about warm tones contrasted with black accents. Both playful and bright, this trend is great for kids spaces and boasts a 70’s flare. Here are some of my top picks from the trend…

Pumpkin Succulent Centerpiece

Sabrina Soto shares an easy craft to get your house ready for Fall! Check out more of her great ideas on her website!

  • White pumpkins (any size)
  • Various Small Succulents
  • Hot glue or Floral Glue

Start by wiping down the top of your pumpkin with a damp cloth to remove any excess dirt from the surface. Next, choose your succulents and take them out of their containers, making sure to shake out any soil left in the roots.

Then, all you need to do is attach your succulents with a dollop of hot glue–Yes, hot glue! I know it sounds crazy but the glue holds the succulents in place all season long without doing any damage to the plants themselves (I confirmed this with a florist friend). If you really can’t wrap your head around using hot glue, swap with floral glue.  Regardless, they will continue to stay fresh for up to three months!

The trick to achieving this look is to vary the size, texture and color of each succulent! It’s so fun to build the arrangements as you go and watch your pumpkins come to life.

I used both large and small pumpkins to add depth to my fresh fall centerpiece!

DIY Chocolate Acorns

Sabrina Soto has the cutest fall craft idea for you! Make them for a party, or get the kids involved. Check out more of her great ideas on her website

Directions:

  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Nutter Butter Bites (or Nilla Wafers)
  • Hershey Kisses

First, melt your mini chocolate chips in the microwave or over the stovetop (I just popped mine in the microwave for 20-30 seconds).

Next, using your melted chocolate as glue, attach one Hershey kiss to one side of your peanut butter cookie.

Then all you need to do is add a mini chocolate chip in the center of the peanut butter cookie. This will create the stem and complete your adorable and festive treat!

DIY Picture Push Pins

Sabrina shared an easy DIY to dress up your cork board! It's the perfect project for a dorm room or classroom, and can be easily personalized based on Washi Tape choices! Check out her directions below and make sure to visit sabrinasoto.com for more!

What you need:

  • Clothes pins
  • Metal thumbtack
  • Washi Tape
  • Glue gun or other strong glue

Step 1. 
Cut the Washi Tape to the size of your clothes pin. Adhere to the clothes pin.

Step 2.
Glue the thumbtack to the back of the clothes pin.

Step 3. 
Pin your pictures to your cork board and enjoy!

Sangria Slushy

Sabrina Soto shared the perfect recipe for your next party: Sangria Slushy. With Rose, brandy, and fruit, what's not to love! Try the simple recipe this weekend and let us know how it goes!

What you need:
– your favorite bottle of rose
– 3oz. of brandy
– an ice tray
– frozen berries (I used organic frozen blueberries but you can use whatever kind you prefer!)
– fresh strawberries

Step 1. 
Pour your bottle of rose into as many ice trays as needed and freeze overnight.

Step 2. 
Blend frozen rose, frozen berries and brandy in a blender until it is all mixed together. Should be an icy, slushy consistency.

Step 3.
Pour into glasses and serve with fresh strawberries. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the last days of summer with your sangria slushy in hand!

Check out Sabrina's website for more great ideas! 

Make Your Own Vanilla Coffee Scrub

Sabrina Soto shared this easy and effective DIY on her website recently. After a hectic summer and the chaos of back to school, find a moment to yourself to make and use this scrub. Sabrina swears it helps her look more awake!

What you need:
  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or almond oil)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Step 1. 
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Spoon into a container and store in a safe place for your mommy pamper time!
Step 2. 
When you do get a quiet evening to yourself use the scrub by dampening your skin then scrubbing gently in circular motions. Afterwards rinse with warm water. Even though this scrub is all natural, it’s best to try it on a small patch of skin before using it all over your body to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients!

Terrarium DIY

Sabrina Soto shared a terrarium DIY on her website. Check out her directions below, and find more inspiration on sabrinasoto.com

What you need:

• Brass Geo Terrarium
• Moss
• Succulents
• Sand (I used 2 bags)
• Pebbles (enough to cover the surface area of the sand)
• Shells

Step 1. 

Pour the sand into your terrarium and make sure the top is even. Make little holes in the sand to bury your succulents. Don’t worry if the succulent pots show above the sand, this will be covered by moss.

Step 2. 

Cover the sand with a layer of pebbles then bunch the moss around the succulents so it covers the rest of the pot. Add some shells and voila! You have yourself a gorgeous terrarium!