Saturday, October 31, 2015

Weekly look book

Happy Halloween! 

The week of Halloween has come to a close. I can't believe October is ending already; the year sure does fly. Following are the looks I've been wearing this week.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Two week recap

What a gorgeous Autumn day! Although yesterday was kind of on the rainy side, today has been absolutely beautiful.

I woke up around 8:30 and made a cute little breakfast for the hubs and I
How cute are these miniature egg white omelettes? I made them in a muffin pan with red bell pepper, red onion, and some smoked salmon. Then I proceeded to cut up a banana to present a smiley face. Haha, who said you can't have a fun breakfast in your 20's? 

The rest of the morning was spent weeding the front planter and raking the lawn. Crunching around in the fallen leaves was so much fun, even though I know the grass is going to be covered again tomorrow anyway. :p 

It's nice to be home and catching up on some chores. Last weekend we were out of town helping a relative move. It was nice to be away, but I'm happy to be back in the swing of things. I finished the novel I was reading, Alice in Zombieland, and moved on to the next! I'm currently 60 pages in to this book: 

I'm trying to create better habits and get rid of some bad ones. The day after we got back from our trip I had a dentist appointment. Needless to say, there will many more trips in the near future. :(

I'm putting into effect "No Wine November" starting November first. I always say I'm going to have just one glass with dinner then end up drinking the entire bottle and falling asleep on the couch. Whoops, haha. 

I've been doing quite well with the whole, "cut back on sweets" aspect of things. Not that I went crazy or anything, but I used to never eat sweets, and I lived. Why have them now? It's not like I need them, so I'd rather just get rid of them all together. I'm sure my dentist would be happier with me if that were the case also, and I'm a cold turkey kind of gal. 

Have a wonderful week and carve lots of pumpkins!


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Weekly recap


I'm so happy that the weekend is upon us, as it's supposed to be a gorgeous one: 70's and sunshine. I don't have any big plans except working a bit around the house and (hopefully) making some sushi tonight. Yum!

Here's a recap of what the autumn weather inspired this week.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Baking Season

Last night after work I decided to take the night off from Insanity (I ran 3 miles during lunch anyway) and decided to do the complete opposite: I baked muffins!

And not just 1 kind of muffin... but 3! All in all I made 24 total (that's a lot of muffins) so I figured, why not share the love, and I gave half of them away to my in-laws.

This idea came to me when I realized I had a lot of mashed pumpkin still in my refrigerator from the Maple Pumpkin Chili that I made in the slow cooker over the weekend. So I hopped to it.

The first batch I made have oats, pumpkin, and maple syrup. 
Batch number two was the same as #1, but I substituted honey for maple syrup, and added dried cranberries. 
Both of these would be great for breakfast with your morning coffee. They're very dense and therefore very filling. 

Batch #3 is more your traditional muffin and included oats, pumpkin, dried cranberries, brown sugar, whole wheat flour, etc. These are more of a treat, with them being a bit sweeter, fluffier and higher in calories (137 to be exact)

They turned out so good! I'm glad I had plenty of pumpkin puree left. I hope to try more baking in the near future. I love to cook entrees, but for some reason baking/desserts and breakfast don't really inspire me. 

Also, last year I don't think I did anything with a pumpkin except carve out a smile, so I'm happy to be experimenting a bit more this season. 

I have a pumpkin and apple soup of my sleeve also *squeal*

Enjoy the pumpkin spice season while it lasts and have a good week. :)