A Fun Filled Weekend

Hi Everyone!  I’m back!

Just a quick note – this post may be a little scattered….that’s how my brain is right now!  Also, it’s a pretty long one!

I know I’ve been MIA for the past several weeks.  If you follow me on Instagram then you know why I’ve been so quiet.  I’m trying to get back to normal, or at least the “new” normal as everyone keeps saying.  more “A Fun Filled Weekend”

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

Hey guys!  Today I want to share a recipe with you that I was recently introduced to.  Someone brought the most amazing pumpkin muffins to work a couple of weeks ago and I just had to have the recipe!  I was actually shocked to find out that they were gluten free.  These were seriously the best pumpkin muffins I have ever had!  The recipe can be changed to make them where they’re not gluten free, but I promise you won’t know the difference.  I made these last night, so I could share them with you.  I’m warning you it’s hard not to eat more than one!  more “Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins”

Easy Pumpkin Pancakes


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I have been craving pumpkin so bad!  I usually eat a ton of it during this time of year, but Friday was the first pumpkin anything that I have had.  I opened a can of pumpkin on Thursday night to make pumpkin overnight oats.  (You can see that scrumptious recipe here.)  Since I had so much pumpkin left over, I decided that I would make pumpkin pancakes for dinner Friday night.  I took the basic pancake recipe that I use, and added pumpkin to it.  I added the rest of the can of pumpkin that I had, it was about a cup and a half.  I was a little nervous at first because the batter was super thick.  But, the pancakes turned out delicious.  I even added chocolate chips to some of them. 

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For the batter, I used 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (you could use more depending on how much spice you like), 1 and ½ cup canned pumpkin, 1/3 cup light brown sugar, 1 large egg, 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 and ½ cups milk.  (I used vitamin D milk).

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Turn on your griddle on to medium heat so it can be getting hot. 

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.  Set aside.

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In another large bowl, mix together pumpkin, brown sugar, egg, oil, and milk.  I used a whisk to really incorporate all of this.  Make sure you break up the pumpkin and you have a smooth mixture. 

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Then, make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients.  Pour the wet ingredients into it.  Whisk this together until it is completely combined.  The batter is very thick, and it gets hard to stir.  You can taste it now and see if you need to add any more spices.  I added more cinnamon to mine. 

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Next, spread butter on your griddle so your pancakes don’t stick.  I used a 1/2 cup measuring cup to dip the batter out onto the griddle.  It doesn’t spread the way that normal batter does, so I would have to spread it out with the measuring cup. 

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Cook until the edges look brown, and it starts to bubble, then flip.  I made sure to use my spatula to flatten the pancake a little so it would cook all the way through.  If you’re going to add chocolate chips, right before you flip your pancake, sprinkle some on.  The entire batch took me about 20 minutes to cook. 

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These pancakes were thick and fluffy and had a strong pumpkin flavor.  They were incredible!   I topped them with butter and syrup, but they were good enough to eat plain!   I think next time I will put some pecans on top.  I ate one plain and one with chocolate chips, and then I stored the rest in a Ziploc bag.  I have snacked on them the last few days.  I just warm one in the microwave and then eat it without butter or syrup.  You could also make a big batch and freeze them. 

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These pumpkin pancakes were absolutely amazing!  I will definitely be making these again soon.  I think they would be a great addition to Christmas breakfast! 

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If you like pumpkin, you should try them!  You will love them! 

Hello Fall!

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Wednesday was the first official day of fall!  I celebrated by looking at all of the pumpkin goodies that I don’t need!  I am all about everything pumpkin!!  I wait all year for pumpkin season!  Pumpkin Goodies runandlivehappy.com

(I didn’t actually all of these – just the yogurt!)

I don’t know about you, but once the weather starts changing and summer is over, I go into full on FALL MODE.  I really enjoy everything fall – leaves, pumpkins, decorations, holidays, and the World Series!

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I can’t wait for Halloween and Thanksgiving to get here.  I’m even getting excited for Christmas already.  I’m telling you today that I plan on getting my Christmas shopping done early this year.  I say that every year, but it always seems like I’m shopping the week before!  So, we’ll see how it goes this year.  I’ll talk more about these holidays as they get closer, but I’m so excited that I can’t wait any longer to talk about them.

I have always loved Halloween.  I love dressing up!  I don’t go all out and spend a ton of money on costumes though.  I am pretty low key and usually try to put something together.  Depending on where we are going, sometimes I will just wear some kind of headband (halo, bunny ears, cat ears).  But, I love seeing everyone else dressed up.  I do dress up some years though, and it’s always a lot of fun.  Last year I was a pirate.  This year, I am planning on being a Rockford Peach from A League of Their Own.  Fall Post runandlvehappy.com

Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays because we host it at our house.  I love all the preparation leading up to the big day.  The shopping, baking, and getting everything organized is so fun.  I love hosting and having my house full of people.  I enjoy everyone coming over and watching the parade and football all day.  I also love having my entire family gather around our table.  This is a tradition that we started a few years ago, and it makes me feel all grown up.  Lol  What’s really ironic is that I am not a huge fan of Thanksgiving foods.  I like turkey, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin and pecan pie, but I can do without everything else.runandlivehappy.com

My grandma gave me that centerpiece last year at Thanksgiving!

One memory I have about Thanksgiving is that for several years in a row when I was a teenager, I had the flu or pneumonia.   So I didn’t get to eat with everyone, and I didn’t even feel like visiting with them.  Plus, they didn’t want my germs.  Not fun!

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday.  I feel so nostalgic during this time of year.  There really is something magical about it.  I love decorating my house and decorating a tree.  I love buying gifts for everyone.  I love how cheerful most people are, and there is a sense of good will in the air.  I love seeing light displays and houses lit up.  One of my favorite things is white Christmas lights.  For our wedding, I wanted them everywhere!!  Everything about Christmas makes me happy.  I love when it snows on Christmas Day, and I love hot chocolate, warm blankets, Christmas music, and Christmas movies.  I also love the Christmas service at church.  We sing Christmas songs and the church is decorated in poinsettias.  I know I’m getting way ahead of myself because I have a while until Christmas, but I’m already excited!

The trees are already out!
The trees are already out!


What is your favorite thing about fall?