Pumpkin Party

I am home for the first time in three months for Thanksgiving break! I am very thankful my school gave us the whole week off and today I celebrated by using a whole can of pumpkin to make three pumpkin recipes. Gosh, I miss having a kitchen.

{The good news is, two out of the three recipes turned out.}

After eating our families traditional Sunday brunch of eggs, bacon, and toast; I rolled up my sleeves, cracked open the pumpkin puree, and got to work.

To start off the party, I whipped up a pumpkin spice latte from a recipe I got from a friend. Sadly, the recipe did not turn out like Tish made them. I will share the recipe with you tomorrow and maybe you will have some advice because I would love for it to taste as good as before.

Next up was a loaf of Gina’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread which is my absolute favorite. Pumpkin and dark chocolate is a genius invention.

While the pumpkin bread was cooking I decided to use of the last of the pumpkin puree and make Pumpkin Butter.

And when the hot pumpkin bread came out of the oven, I couldn’t resist a hefty slice with some fresh pumpkin butter on top.

Clearly I am making up for the fact that as a child I was determined to detest pumpkin. Thank goodness for food bloggers who made it look so appealing.

Tomorrow I am spending the day with my mom and am super excited to spend time together and catch up with my best friend. :)

But for now, I’m off to watch White Christmas and eat some more pumpkin.

Happy Fall Y’all.

Gone with the Week

1. I never got around to posting about it, but for our July 4th party, I made S’mores on a Stick. Super easy and fun to make/eat.

2. When we were in Colorado, we came across this house covered in licence plates. It was pretty awesome.

3. A childhood favorite. On our way home from Colorado, we stopped at Sonic and I got the kid’s meal grilled cheese.

4. Best gluten-free bread, hands down.

5. I got my first very own sleeping bag (to use for college and beyond). But to make it even sweeter, I got a mummy bag!! I am totally excited to use it.

6. Another childhood favorite: Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I dragged my friend there a couple of weeks ago because I always pass it on the way to her house and then crave doughnuts for a couple of days.

7. You know whats even more fun than watching the Olympics? Reading about the nutrition behind the athletes. {You are what you eat}

8. I made kale chips to go with our BLT’s tonight. I loved them but my goal is to improve them so my dad likes them also. :)

9. Guess what else I got for college? CHACOS! Pretty much everyone at the college I am going to wears them so I’m so happy I will fit in now. ;)

10. I never got around to blogging about it, but my friend and I made hope chests a couple of weeks ago! We turned ugly yellow boxes into beautiful boxes with just some paper and modge podge. It was so much fun and I love how they turned out- much better than either of us thought they would!

What were some highlights of your week?

I’m off to go grab some frozen yogurt with a friend! Have a splendid night.

Tiny Towns: Colorado Part 2

After we left my sister and headed to another little town, we spent the next couple days in a quaint little cabin.

The first two days we went on two beautiful hikes. The first trail was called “Mill Creek Castle” and the second trail was “Oh Be Joyful.” “Oh Be Joyful” was our personal favorite.

{Finding the worlds largest dandelion guaranties your wish to come true.}

We also visited the Blue Mesa reservoir in Gunnison, Colorado that was breathtaking. Pictures can not do it justice.

How did we fuel for these activities? For breakfast most mornings we made eggs with toast and drank some 2% milk {a yummy treat and good for some extra fuel}. Lunch we packed which consisted of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, apples, carrots, and trail mix. Then for dinner each night we went out to eat.

{These were the only meals I remembered to take a picture of.}

Yes, fries or chips were present at every dinner but hey, I’m not complaining.  From top left to bottom right~ Chicken Gyro, Fried Fish Sandwich, Spicy Chicken and avocado Pita, and Powerhouse Hamburgers.

{That was my first Gyro ever and I LOVED it.}

Dinner tasted amazing {and every bit was eaten} every night because of all we did throughout the day.

One of the last days there was also went mountain biking. It was fun but physically challenging…going uphill those mountains was tough! But we rented the bikes for a day so after we were done biking through the mountains we drove through the town and explored. {And got ice cream, our bones needed some calcium.}

Lastly that day, we rode the ski lift up to Crested Butte Mountain because it was free lifts that night.

It was the longest ski lift I have been on {which I liked!} and the view at the top was awesome.

See you tomorrow with the last part of the trip!

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hope everyone enjoyed a day with their moms/grandmothers and reminisced on all their favorite memories.

The Cowgirl Sister and I got up early to make our mom some traditional “Breakfast in Bed.”

Crispy french toast with a Green smoothie (strawberries, banana, spinach, yogurt, and milk). Plus some roses from our bush. :)

After breakfast we headed off to church for a Mother’s Day special.

After church, we loaded up the bikes, stopped at Chicken Express, got 12 pieces of fried chicken + 6 biscuits + french fries + mashed potatoes and gravy, and headed off to the lake.

We enjoyed a picnic lunch just like old times (we used to always pick up KFC chicken and play at the lake when we were little) and then went on a bike ride on a bunch of new trails!

{Word for the wise…do not eat a months worth of fried food in one sitting then go on a bike ride. I am reminded why I like eating healthy foods more than fried.}

Once we got home, I gave my mom her gift which was an altered, antique book I made in art class that was kind of a scrap-book of my parent’s wedding. I worked really hard on it all year and was very exited to give it to her.

We are currently eating chocolate and fiesta salad and watching Tangled.

What did you do for Mother’s Day?  

P.S. I was just notified that this was the 100th post I have written. Yay!

Egg Sandwich Recipe

Hey there! It has been a long time since you have seen one of these! Yes, I am finally posting a recipe. Save your hallelujah’s cause it could be a while till the next one. ;)

This has by far been one of my favorite sandwiches to make. Plus, it is so simple and healthy and filling, and ok, just plain awesome.

Ingredients:

2 eggs

2 pieces of bread (I use Udi’s gluten-free)

cup of spinach

tomato slice

pepper + garlic powder

slice of cheese (I use Colby Jack, however Pepper Jack is great also, or just cheddar!)

1. Start by cooking your eggs (I use two egg whites + 1 egg yolk whisked together)

2. While your egg is cooking, saute your spinach with some garlic and pepper. {And cut a slice of tomato}

3. Place your slice of cheese on your bread and toast till lightly brown and crunchy

4. Once your egg is cooked, spinach is sautéed, and cheese is melted…assemble your sandwich!

Now tell me, could that get any simpler? I love that it is a good source of protein (eggs + cheese), carbs for energy (bread), and veggies!

I enjoyed this sandwich with an Asian Pear that my sister and I had to pick up at our Whole Foods adventure.

The verdict? It was good, but not great haha. The texture of the skin was kind of rough, not like an apple, but the inside was good! I would call it a grandfather apple :)

What is your favorite sandwich? Feel free to link up- as a student who packs a sandwich for lunch almost everyday, I need ideas!

Reality and Banana Bread

Since reality starts back tomorrow, I decided to spend the day as distracted from my depression as possible. :)

I slept in, went for a glorious walk (its like fall here!), made a yummy breakfast and some humus for my sister, got organized for school tomorrow, and baked my first Babycakes recipe!!

Banana Bread (but not just any Banana Bread, Babycakes Banana Bread.)

While making the bread, I tried to imagine that I was working at Babycakes, getting ready  for the morning rush. As I was mixing the dough and folding in the bananas, I was reminded of how much of a comfort baking is.

I was a little nervous because I substituted canola oil for coconut oil (cheaper) and used regular milk instead of rice milk.

However, it turned out great! You cannot even tell that there is no sugar :) The only thing is the middle seems to be a little un-done, which has been happening to breads I have been cooking lately so it may be our oven or maybe its me!

And as I was reaching for my third slice and refilling my chai tea latte, I felt peace. Peace of all God’s brought me through and has in store for me. Peace with my workouts. And most importantly [right now] peace about getting through 136 more days of high school.

Win-Win.

Happy beautiful fall morning! I’m loving this October weather. :)

So yesterday, I made a compromise and since I’m a horrible decision maker, I think I did a pretty darn good job deciding.

I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread

Holy YUM. My sister used to work at a bakery and would sometimes be able to snatch a loaf of pumpkin chocolate chip bread for me and this bread brought back a flood of yummy memories.  I will be making this again this season. :)

Also, I made Chewy Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

These turned out okay…I think they didn’t turn out quite like I though they would because I substituted dried bing cherries for dried cranberries and they are quite over-powering. Sad day. I will not be wasting it though, so I most likely will add it to my yogurt or cereal.

Overall, it was fun to make and eat. :) It has been so long since I have baked and I’m glad I had to the chance to awake my love for it yesterday.

As for my compromise, I [obviously] did make my pumpkin treats but instead of going to the movies, I had a friend come over to eat my pumpkin treats with me and watch a movie at home. That’s what I call a win-win  situation.

Breakfast this morning was lovely

(One egg, grapes, and a lovely slice of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread)

I love fall food.

Off to get the day going, see you later!