Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Hello again all!

There is nothing too exciting to share from yesterday or today, just
the usuals....  work, chores, errands.

I do have one bit of exciting news however.

Miss S is coming home tomorrow and my parents are coming to visit
and spend Friday afternoon with us. Her sorority has a formal at the end 
of the month, so we dropped off her new dress to be altered last weekend,
and she will need to be here to try it on and pick it up this weekend. She
also has an appointment on Saturday to get her highlights touched up so
she will be looking extra amazing for this formal. Her sorority has this big
formal once every four years, so she wants to look her absolute best!

In other news....  

Are you ready for this??? 2017 is flying by!

There are only...

12 days until Halloween

35 days until Thanksgiving

67 days until Christmas

and only

73 days left in 2017!

Can you even believe it? Where did the year go?

Which holiday are you most excited about?

What things do you need to accomplish in the next 73 days?

I would like to get serious about de-cluttering and not approach the
holiday season feeling frazzled and overwhelmed by our "stuff" and our
lack of storage space.  

I would also like to commit to a regular exercise routine so that will be 
one less thing I will have to put on my list of New Year's resolutions.

I won't see you tomorrow because I will be busy getting everything 
cleaned and ready for Miss S to be home.

Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you Monday!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tasty Tuesday - Pumpkin Butter Glaze

This morning's breakfast kind of came together as a "hmmm, wonder what would 
happen if" type thing.

I woke up in a little bit of a funk this morning, and funks for me usually come 
with a "give me something sweet" mindset.

I was craving something sweet and of course pumpkin spice flavored. I couldn't 
get cinnamon rolls or doughnuts off my mind. Fortunately I have enough wits 
about me to know better than to have either of those things for breakfast on a 
Tuesday. As an occasional Saturday or Sunday morning treat maybe, 
but I try to eat a little bit healthier during the week.

So, I put my thinking cap on and came up with a pretty darn good close
substitute for cinnamon rolls or doughnuts.

I created Pumpkin Spice toast with a Pumpkin Butter glaze and it was

Here is what my breakfast looked like...

Y'all it turned out SO YUMMY!

Completely took care of the cinnamon roll and doughnut craving. 

Let me tell you how I made it.

I used this bread...

and these ingredients...

This is what I did...

I sprayed my bread with nonfat butter spray, and placed it in a 350 degree oven 
on a baking sheet.

While the bread was in the oven, I poured powdered sugar into the measuring cup
to about the 1/4 cup line. I then added a splash or two of creamer, a little butter,
and a tablespoon of pumpkin butter.

I then stirred all the ingredients together to create a magically delicious
Pumpkin Butter Glaze.

I know, I know. It is possible that I need a pumpkin intervention, but I'm
okay with it.

What do you think? Yay, or nay on the pumpkin butter glaze? Have I gone
too far? ha!

Let me know if you try it!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Let's Do It Again

Fall Break came and went way too fast. Was my girl really here for four nights?
Has it already come and gone? I think I must have blinked and now it is 
Monday and she is back in school. Sometimes I wish we could rewind to
the really great parts of life and do them all over again!

I told you in this post that Miss S came home last Wednesday afternoon for her
Fall Break. She had "the crud" that seems to be affecting most everyone right
now. She sounded stuffy, but wasn't overly miserable.

We were able to get out on Thursday and run some errands and also do a little
bit of fun shopping, but by Thursday night she started to feel worse.

On Friday morning we headed to the doctor to see about getting her feeling 
better. She was officially diagnosed with "the crud" and got and antibiotic
shot, and some allergy medicine.

After the doctor, Miss S needed a smoothie from Tropical Smoothie. She loves 
the Kiwi Quencher so that is what she got, and I tried the Orange
Glow smoothie. Smoothies were a nice treat after visiting the doctor.

For the rest of the weekend Miss S got lots of rest and lots of attention from
the puppies.

On Sunday, we went grocery shopping so she would have the things she needed
once she got back to campus. Miss S loves peanut butter and joked that she 
needed one at least this big...

Before she left to drive back to school, Hubby gave her car a quick wash.

And then, way before we were ready, Fall Break was coming to a close.

It was so great catching up with Miss S. Conversations are so much better in person
than over texts or phone calls. And I slept better than I have in weeks knowing
she was safe and sound at home in her bed.

Having your heart live outside your body is such a difficult and painful thing.
If that statement sounds foreign to you, just wait. One day when your child
moves away, you will remember it, and it will all suddenly make sense.

But here we are today, and I have a flat tire on my car. I mean flat, flat! Hubby 
put air in it this morning, so hopefully it will hold long enough for me to drive 
over to the tire place and see what is going on and hopefully get it fixed without 
having to buy a new tire! The tires on my car are only three weeks old!!!

To quote Forrest Gump, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know
what you're going to get!"

I hope you have a great day with no flat tires, ha!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Treats All Day!

Happy Friday everyone!

You may remember from this post how much we absolutely loved the bartaco
restaurant in Nashville. I mean, the food is just so good!

We finally got a bartaco in the Birmingham area. It is located in Homewood, and
since Miss S and I had to be in Homewood for her dermatologist appointment,
we thought it would be the perfect time to have lunch here! What a treat!

We decided to go with a lunch special option. I chose the 3 portobello mushroom
taco on Bibb lettuce with chicken soup option, and Miss S chose 1 chicken, 
1 portobello, and 1 spicy chorito on Bibb lettuce with the chopped salad.

We ordered a small guacamole for an appetizer.

Oh y'all! Our lunch was so delicious!

If only I could figure out how to recreate these portobello tacos at home, I
would be thrilled.

After our delicious lunch, we had to pop in Miss S's favorite store in all the world,

She added two more pair of lululemon shorts to her collection and is now a
happy camper.

We also made a quick stop in Trader Joe's. When Miss S spotted this she immediately
requested pancakes for dinner.

Let me just say... When your one and only child and favorite girl in the world
(who is home from college on Fall Break) requests pumpkin pancakes for dinner, 
then pumpkin pancakes is exactly what you have for dinner!

I must say it was not a bad decision at all! Yum!

What a fun day we had. I love spending time with my girl!

Happy weekend everyone! I will see you on Monday!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Happy Hearts and Tacos!

All is right in my world today!

When I drove in from work yesterday afternoon, this is what I saw!

Having this little white car in my driveway means my girl is HOME SWEET HOME,
and my mama heart is happy and full.

I am not the only one that is over the moon happy that she is home for Fall Break.

Hubby was here when she got home, so he had put the pups outside on the deck so they
could carry all of her "stuff" inside without being knocked down.

Miss S was in her room getting settled when Hubby let the puppies inside. He said
Hunter's nose immediately shot in the air sniffing, and he took off running like a bolt
of lightning to her room to find her.

We are all filled with joy that our girl is home with us for 4 days. So far, I would say
Fall Break is the best thing Auburn has done, ha ha.

We have lots of errands and activities to do over the next few days. Today we are
going to bartaco for lunch, then to a dermatologist appointment for Miss S, and
then on to do a little shopping.

I better take my vitamins now because I think it's going to be a full day!

I hope y'all have an awesome Thursday and I will see you again tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tasty Tuesday - Pumpkin Spice French Toast

This recipe is more of a tasty breakfast idea than an actual recipe. Most of you
are probably familiar with how to make french toast, but I want to share with
you today how to put a fun fall spin on a regular simple breakfast idea.

First I gathered my ingredients of choice, then added 1 egg and about a 1/4 cup of 
milk to the rectangular tupperware shown below.  I mixed together the egg/milk
mixture then added cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and allspice. You can
add as much or as little as you like, and even omit a spice if you are not a fan.

Next, I added two slices of Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice bread into the 
egg/milk/spice mixture.

Let bread soak for about a minute to absorb the liquids and spices, Then carefully
flip bread slices over so they can soak on both sides.

Once bread is nicely coated and has softened a bit, you are ready to add the bread 
slices to your warm pan on the stove. I sprayed my cooking pan with a cooking spray 
first so that my break would not stick. I also added another sprinkling of cinnamon 
and pumpkin pie spice to my bread as it was cooking.

Be sure to flip your bread over so that both sides get nice and golden brown.

Once you are done toasting the bread on both sides, add your favorite syrup 
(or topping of your choosing) and enjoy!

Your kitchen will smell delicious afterwards too!

I hope you enjoyed this fun fall spin on a breakfast classic.

You know my motto...

Happy Pumpkin Spice Everything!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Big Boys and Giving In

Last week both of our boys had birthdays. Hubby says they aren't actual
birthdays, but I say, life needs more reasons to celebrate.

So, I am calling these days birthdays despite what Hubby says.

Hunter, our sweet lab turned 18 months old on Oct. 3, and our precious mini 
dachshund turned 9 months on Oct. 7.

They can be a handful at times, but I sure love them and think they are worth

Roo is embracing being 9 months old!

He has gained enough confidence to go down the stairs from our deck to our
backyard all by himself! Take a look at my "big" brave boy...

That's 6 1/2 pounds of awesome right there if you ask me. Even Hunter is impressed
with Roo's new trick.

Roo is also doing other big boy things like lifting his back leg to go tinkle. I have to
say, seeing such a teeny, tiny, leg hiked in the air is an adorable sight.

Ha! You might be a fur mama if you think your dog hiking his leg is adorable! 
Am I right?!

In other weekend news, we made it through Hurricane Nate. We had a tornado
warning for our area Saturday night, and lots and lots of heavy winds and rain
on Sunday, but we are okay. 

I was not happy at all this morning to get the notification that Tropical Depression 
#17 is developing.


Thankfully, all we've had is wind and rain, and I am over it, so I can't even imagine 
what others that have been so directly impacted must be feeling.

Let's just have some nice fall weather and be done with all this tropical nastiness,
shall we? 80 degrees with 100% humidity just does not feel like fall.

Also, I am officially sick. I felt better on Saturday (after being sick for 9 days)
but this morning I woke up feeling worse. Fine, I surrender. I am giving up
on treating myself and going to the doctor.


Miss S comes home on Wednesday, and me being sick just will not do!


That is what is going on in my world lately.

I hope to feel better S O O N ! 

How was your weekend?

Are you tired of the wind/rain/storms?

Does it feel like fall where you live?

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