I came across a microwave pumpkin pie-in-a-mug recipe a few weeks ago, and of course had to try it. I wasn’t at all happy with how it turned out, though, so I came up with my own recipe instead. After a few tweaks, it’s finally ready to share. Best of all, it’s gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly! (Pictured with whipped cream, but of course sub whipped coconut cream or your other favorite option if you need to avoid dairy.)

And, just like the Microwave Pumpkin Pudding recipe I shared a couple of years ago, this is a great way to avoid attacking the big pie as soon as it comes out of the oven!

Microwave Pumpkin Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 1-2
Gluten-free and vegan crustless microwave pumpkin pie.
  • ½ T flax seed
  • 1½ T warm water
  • ½ c pumpkin puree
  • 3 T sugar
  • ¼ t cinnamon
  • ⅛ t ginger
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch salt
  1. Combine flax seed and water in a microwave-safe ramekin or mug. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Microwave on high until a knife or toothpick comes out clean. Mine took about 4 minutes, but cooking times will vary depending on your microwave, so check it every minute or so. The top will look a bit drier than when you started, but it won't look as set as a regular pie coming out of the oven, and it won't be dry to the touch.
  4. Let it sit for a few minutes at room temperature, then refrigerate for a few hours, or put in the freezer for 30 minutes or so, until it's chilled through.
  5. Serve with whipped cream or whipped coconut cream.


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I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this, but I recently found thumb tacks and a wreath form at the Dollar Tree and decided to put them together! Here’s what I got:

I wasn’t sure how many boxes of tacks I would need, so I started out with 2. I ended up needing 7 to cover the whole thing. I started out placing the tacks in clusters, but later decided that I liked the look of it better more in rows. I don’t have an in-progress photo, so hopefully I can explain it well enough. I started by placing tacks in a row going around the center of the wreath form, until I had a full circle. I kept working in circles, overlapping the tacks slightly to cover the form, and hold the earlier rows in place. The rows did get uneven, but I just kept working in the same direction until the whole form was covered. When I got to the last row, I stuck the tacks through glue dots before placing them on the form to keep everything secure.


I tied a string around the wreath to clip the flower onto, and added a wide ribbon for hanging. (It’s pretty heavy with all that metal, so a sturdy ribbon is a necessity!) I wanted to keep the colors neutral so it wouldn’t be overly holiday-ish, but both can be easily changed. This definitely isn’t a fast project – it took several evenings of TV-watching to place all the tacks, but I really like how it turned out!

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The kitchen in my apartment is tiny, and obviously hasn’t been updated since the seventies. There’s no natural light, and it was just kind of depressing and dingy. I had seen this idea on pinterest awhile ago to use contact paper to transform a counter-top with contact paper, so when I saw this granite contact paper at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago, I decided to try it out.

Here you can see the old yellow countertop, and some of the spots where the finish has worn off, with a roll of the contact paper I used:


I used 5 rolls to cover my countertops, and have some large pieces left over. It’s certainly not perfect, as I did get some wrinkles in a few spots, but since I have a tiny kitchen, the countertops are mostly covered with all the things I can’t fit in drawers and cabinets anyway. Most of the counterspace you see below is normally occupied with a dish rack.


I decided to hang up my measuring cups and spoons on this rack (also from the Dollar Tree, in the closet organizing aisle) so they’re easier to find and grab (though only the ones with pretty big holes fit – my other set of measuring spoons doesn’t work on this). It’s not the cutest solution, but it works and was quick and easy!


I also added some Dollar Tree chalk labels to my canisters and used a circle punch to get the small round one for my cinnamon simple syrup (I love this stuff in tea lattes!). I was super excited to find a chalk pen in the Target Dollar Spot (They tend to be kind of expensive and hard to find). In case you’re interested, the canisters are from Bed, Bath and Beyond, and the oil/vinegar bottle I use for the simple syrup is from Walmart.

So, $8 later, my kitchen is a much brighter, happier place to be! It’s really amazing how much of a difference the cool-toned contact paper made! So far, it’s holding up great, and it is removable, so I’ll be able to take it off when I move out.

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It’s been awhile. Here’s what I’ve been working on lately: setting up a new etsy shop with printable designs. Here are a few:

take me to the mountains

it's a beautiful day

hello sweetie

let it snow

You can see the rest of the listings at zoviedesign.etsy.com. I’m working on getting some more designs up soon, so check back if you’re interested. I’ve been enjoying doing some fun graphic design for this, as well as using calligraphy (a new hobby) in some of the designs.

I also have a couple of blog posts in the works, so hopefully it won’t be too long before you see me here again!

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