Good morning!

I’m heading to work a wee bit late today because I’m attending the Iowa Tourism Conference a couple hours away, for the next couple days, and won’t be leaving ’til late morning – whee!

I still got up at 5:15am to walk with my Mom (holy 42 degrees!) but have been enjoying a luxurious, leisurely morning filled with The Today Show and a cup of hot coffee ever since. I could get used to this… ;)

I thought and thought about what to make for breakfast, and finally decided on a warm bowl of Maple Pumpkin Vanilla Oats. MMMM!!


Topped with my new, favorite secret ingredient French Vanilla Coffee Creamer. I usually use 1/2 & 1/2 + a spoonful of sugar in my morning coffee, but this guy was on sale at the store last week and I couldn’t resist.


It’s got a few ingredients that I don’t especially love, but a spoonful in my java is just fine. And tasty!


Plus it’s make an EXCELLENT, sweet drizzle over my irresistible oats. :)


In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • dash of maple extract & cinnamon
  • sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon French Vanilla coffee creamer


Seriously, SERIOUSLY amazing!!


Tip: whenever I have leftover pumpkin, or tomato paste, I put it in a plastic bag and freeze it flat. Whenever I need some, I just break off a hunk and pop it back in the freezer! :D


In other news, I watched the cutest movie this weekend – Letters to Juliet.


Usually I’m not a chick-flick kind of gal, but I HEART Amanda Seyfried, plus the movie was set in Italy, so I gave in and watched. It was soooo adorable! A bit long for the average Jane, but super cute nonetheless and a movie I’d probably watch over and over again if I owned it. ps I kind of think Amanda Seyfried should have played Bella in Twilight. I’m just saying…

Tell me, what movies could you watch over and over again?

Mine include Elf, Little Women (the ultimate chick flick movie, I guess!) and The Hangover.


With that, I’m off! I’ll be gone ’til Friday afternoon, but I’ve got a great guest post from my big bro coming up tonight, some awesome tailgating recipes that you’ve got to whip up this weekend coming Wednesday evening, and a Dummies Guide to Digital Photography on Thursday. I think you’ll really like these!

See you!