A Follow Up on Fall Goals and Pumpkin Spice Syrup {Recipe}

A few months ago (whoa time is flying), I posted my Fall goals. I’m proud to say that I’ve ticked most items off the list! Huzzah!

We finally made it to the pumpkin farm this past weekend. Thank goodness for by-weeks because college football has been dictating our Saturdays. Boo!

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The main person who grumbled about going to “take pictures in foliage” had a great time. I’m happy to report that he did not break the hobby horse.
While these aren’t the professional photos I had in mind, they’re still frame-able so I’m counting these as family photos too. Score! Besides, we just sank $1500 into the car so the hubby doesn’t see professional photos as a necessary expense at the moment. Even though I understand and agree with his logic, there was still a small part of me that was butthurt about the decision until this weekend. I’ll remove the little guy to right of us before printing. Or maybe I’ll leave the kid in the picture. He was hellbent on photobombing us. I have three to four pictures that show him getting closer and closer. Kids.
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This is one of Harper’s new headbands that she thinks is “pwetty” but refuses to wear. She has some pretty stylish teddy bears now. My crafting slowed down last month because I was running out of space for my completed projects. Someone gave me the idea to just start decorating as I complete the items. Genius! I usually start putting up Christmas decor the day after Thanksgiving anyway.
Pumpkin Spice Syrup via Earl-Leigh Designs
This may not be the healthiest but we’re going to count this as one of my easy, healthy recipes. 😉
1 c pumpkin puree
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (I used a little more…obvisiously)
1/2 c water
Pure maple syrup or liquid sweetener of choice to taste
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat.
Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.
Store in a mason jar or a container that has a good seal.
Refrigerate for about 30 days.
As far the skirt thing goes…yeah…we’ll get back to that at a later date. Ha!

How are you doing with your goal list?

This post was fueled coffee, a dark chocolate, nuts & sea salt KIND bar and Two Door Cinema Club (they’re one of my faves).

Linked up at Melt in Your Mouth Mondays , Made by you Monday and Mama Moments.

Pumpkin DIYs & My Hips Don’t Lie

It’s Friday and I’m tired. We took Harper to go “Trick or Treat with The Greeks” last night and her elephant Halloween costume was a hit. Frat guys and sorority girls love children who are dressed up as animals. Who knew?!

Because we went out last night and Harper’s daycare is having a costume party today, Halloween festivities are officially over for me.

In the spirit of Fall and because I haven’t finished decorating for the season, here are some DIY projects I found floating across the interwebs.
Fabric Covered Pumpkins– simple and straightforward.
Fabric Pumpkin DIY
5 Minute Fall Felt Leaf Garland– Do you know how to tie a knot/bow? You can do this.
DIY Glitter Pumpkin– A very simple way to glam your place up for Fall or Thanksgiving.
Autumn Leaf, Mason Jar Candle Holder– If you already have mason jars laying around, this project will cost less than a pumpkin spice latte. The Dollar Tree has leaves that look just like the ones used in the tutorial. Trust me, I’m the proud owner of two packs.
Fall Leaf Mason Jar Tutorial
Are you celebrating Halloween? Post your Instagram or Twitter deets if you have a public profile. We want to see those costumes!
This post was fueled by coffee, a mushroom and ham omelette and the Halloween Metal Radio station on Pandora.


Blogging, Detoxing & Flexing

The Blog Well Summit took place this past weekend. Here’s my report back…I wasn’t able to give it my full attention.

If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I was home sick on Wednesday of last week. I haven’t been sleeping well lately and last week I had a massive migraine with nausea that struck almost at random. I ended up leaving my office around noon. After a self assessment (and a negative pregnancy test), I realized that the culprit is work-related stress. I keep harping on the importance of following up on goals because one of my MAJOR goals is to get the hell out of my current 9 to 5 before it gives me gray hairs. I pretty much used this weekend as an unplanned but needed mini mental detox.

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I was so looking forward to connecting with other bloggers and learning from the guest speakers at Blog Well. Because I wasn’t able to give my full attention, I’m going to purchase what was covered over the weekend.

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Bulking/Frisky Fall Update:
This was one of my “non-flex” pictures from Flex Friday! I think that my guns are digging the fact that I’m bulking now. Woo! I’m going to start logging my meals on My Fitness Pal again because I find it difficult to hit my macros (carbs, proteins and fats) if I don’t. Around 6PM I’m usually scrambling because I’m nowhere close to hitting my numbers. Well…I dont really scramble…I’ve been eating pumpkin spice Oreo cookies to fill in my carbs and fats. Ha! They’re so good! I searched all over my part of town with no luck but Michelle was able to get her hands on a pack for me. Yum!

I went to Whole Foods this weekend in search of Call Me Pumpkin, one of Suja’s Holiday Editions, and every flavor but that one was in store. Every flavor. Mike was embarrassed when I asked one of the store associates about “the Suja situation”. When you go out of your way to try something and it isn’t available…it kind of seems like a situation. No?! Anyway, I ended up grabbing a couple bottles of pressed juice from Arden Farms instead. So good! If you are a juice drinker, I would suggest trying their flavor “Oops”. Its tropical, not too sweet and would probably make a killer cocktail. If you don’t like pineapples, you will hate this drink. You’ve been warned. 😉

What is your favorite way to detox? 

This post was fueled by water, Band of Horses and my delicious but smelly broccoli.


Tis the Seasonals {Beer Review}

My fridge and pantry are filled with pumpkin. From pumpkin butter to pumpkin yogurt, we have it. Some people call it basic, I call it a small piece of Heaven. Whatev’s. My husband isn’t the pumpkin lover that I am but he’s really into craft beers and football. This is where our two worlds meet.

Mike looks for Pumking every year around August because the bottles are usually sold out before November. You can still find it on tap but that doesn’t help if you want to have it with turkey dinner. Pumking is an ale with notes of pumpkin pie spice. Because it doesn’t have a lot of hops (I hate hops), the “drinkability” of this beer is high. Mike and I both like it and he’s into stouts…or what I describe as bitter beers.

I mentioned having the Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter from Redhook in the post about Mike’s birthday. What I didn’t realize during dinner, was that we had a pack of these guys at home chilling in the fridge. I kept going on and on about how it had such a familiar taste. Uh…duh! In my defense, the OYGP (my acronym for it) at the restaurant came from the tap. Beer tastes so much better the tap. Anywho. OYGP reminds me of pumpkin pie and molasses. Delicious. I already have visuals of this guy at Thanksgiving.

In my area, you can get a 6 pack of OYGP for the price of about 1 1/2 bottles of Pumking. Oh, did I forget to mention that Pumking comes in 22oz bottles? Dont worry, we split them around here. I thought about researching the nutritional information on the two brews but then said “eff it”. It’s beer. We all know that beer is not a recommended part of anyone’s diet. It’s about moderation, not deprivation. Cheers!

Who do you think has cuter packaging? Mike said I shouldn’t list cuteness as a factor. 
What are you enjoying most about Fall?

This post was fueled by spinach, pasta and pumpkin coffee from Trader Joe’s.