Get your party hat on – someone’s got a birthday today!
Last night the whole fam (minus my little brother who we channeled in from Denver) gathered to celebrate my Mom’s birthday – complete with candles and Pepperidge Farms birthday cake, natch.
Finn got a kick out of Grammy blowing out her candles!
There were gifts, a plethora of Iowa college apparel,
uncle/nephew bonding time (seriously, don’t they look like two pals having a conversation?!)
and hangin’ out as a fam.
Happy birthday to my fellow fashionista,
my theater partner,
my shopping buddy,
my partner in crime,
and, most importantly, my best friend. Love you MOM!
I didn’t have to say goodbye for too long, because this morning we bundled up and went on our daily walk in the freezing. cold. temps. Seriously – where’d this weather come from? I kinda like it.
I used the chilly morning as an excuse to make something warm & comforting for breakfast – Pumpkin Pancakes!
No Trader Joe’s here yet (the “coming soon” sign says Fall!) but luckily I still have a box of Pumpkin Pancake mix leftover from a previous trip.
You’re supposed to add butter, eggs, the whole 9 yards, to this mix, but I just add a 1/2 scoop of chia seeds and water, and cook like normal.
Drizzled with a little agave nectar – this was 5 star, people. 5 star!
While it’s not the most nutritious breakfast in the world, it’s certainly one of the most delish. Moist, sweet and full of autumn spice. Yum!
I’m taking a Raspberry Chobani Greek Yogurt to work for a mid-morning snack, since I know this won’t hold me over like my normal breakfasts do.
Hopefully that will tide me over ’til it’s time to break into this bad boy – a Kitchen Sink Salad!
In the mix:
- Mixed greens
- Chopped peanuts
- Dried cranberries
You eat with your eyes first, and mine popped when this was assembled. I can’t wait to dig in! I’ve got some Raspberry Vinaigrette at work to dress it up.
Larabars are on sale at my grocery store this week, so I stocked up. This Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is my absolute favorite of the new flavors LB’s got out now.
Nutritious and delicious!
In case you missed Friday evening’s post – your votes landed me the Reader’s Choice position for Challenge #1!!!! I still can’t believe it. Seriously!!!!!
At any rate, voting is open today – September 30th. All you have to do is click on this link and click on the heart. I would “heart” it if you’d vote, if you feel strongly, for dish I made for the challenge.
Oh, also – Ben and I both agreed that making homemade pasta, then cooking it, would make for an excellent date night. The couple that cooks together, stays together!
Time to get hopping – have a great Monday!
Do you prefer to cook alone in the kitchen, or do you like cooking with others?