Because today is my birthday, I wanted to share something extra-special. Yes, that’s right, it’s my birthday! Today I join the ‘Dirty Thirty’ club. I won’t lie, I was downright dreading my thirtieth birthday up until today. When I was younger, 30 just seemed so mature, so grown up, so responsible.
So I’m pretty sure it’s obvious by now that I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin……and all things dessert. Now that Halloween has passed and we’re officially into the holiday season, I’m convinced that my brain has become hardwired for fall-flavored desserts. I somehow can’t seem to get enough! I’ll make my typical salads and quinoa for lunch and dinner–nothing out of the ordinary or really “blog-worthy”–but then I have to finish the day off strong with something decadent and, preferably, full of fall spices.
My, how I’ve missed you guys!
The past couple of weeks (the last couple of months, really) have been hectic with parent-teacher conferences, my brother coming in town, and weddings. As much as I’ve loved working with my kinder class and spending time with friends and family, I’ve also really missed y’all! In fact, I’m positive that this recent lengthy absence is the longest I’ve ever been away from A&A. Never again, I say!
With Halloween merely a few days away, I thought it would be the perfect time to break my silence and share some of my favorite ideas for healthier alternatives to the typical overly-processed and sugar-laden holiday treats–especially since I LOVE Halloween. It’s not exactly Halloween that I love per se, but the fact that it kicks off the entire holiday season! I’ve already begun craving warming foods and lots of sweets. Click on the links below to check out some of the treats I’ll be indulging in (guilt-free) on or around Halloween….and every other day over the next couple of months for that matter.
I had such an amazing long weekend, especially since it was rainy and cooler outside! The weather forced me to stay indoors, do some much-needed laundry, clean my filthy house, and relax a bit. I also tried to get some work done, but I’ve noticed something: the more work I have to do, the more I cook. Basically, I get distracted easily and start procrastinating, so all of a sudden I just have to make the recipes I’ve been wanting to try for weeks–anything to get me away from the work I should be doing.
The funny thing is, it’s while I’m avoiding work that I come up with my favorite recipes! These Pumpkin Spice Pancakes are the most recent result of my procrastination. I’ve been wanting to try pumpkin pancakes for a while, and now that I have I’m head-over-heels in love! And because it’s starting to feel more like fall, these are the perfect pancakes to work into my Sunday morning pancake rotation. In fact, I may just have to start making pancakes every day now…..
So if you haven’t already noticed, I’m a lover of all things quinoa. And chocolate (but honestly, aside from my stepson, who isn’t a chocolate-lover?). It may be hard to believe, but I love them both equally. Quinoa is so versatile and is an amazingly healthy alternative to wheat products. Chocolate is, well, chocolate. Basically, it’s inherently perfect. Anytime I can come up with an excuse to combine these two loves, I’m always game to try. No, the recipes aren’t always winners–in which case, I don’t deem them “blog-worthy”–but sometimes the combo is so wonderful that I can hardly stand it….