I’m not one to gloat – but, how ‘bout those Hawkeyes?! They totally knocked it out of the park stadium in the second half of the Penn State game last night – whoop! I also loved how when they showed the players celebrating, you could just tell they were from Iowa. They just had that Iowa look. I love that :)

Mumsie’s birthday celebration was a big success too! We got her a mini food processor, so she can make her own banana custard, and a new digital camera! Basically, it’s the upgraded version of mine (Canon SD1100 Digital Elph) and I am wicked jealous. Of course we also had our traditional Pepperidge Farms birthday cake…can’t get anything better from the freezer isle than this cake, people!


Finn wished his Grandma a very happy birthday as well. It was sweet :)


Oh FYI – that Creamy Pickle Dip was a HIT. I would recommend eating it with Triscuits, as you couldn’t really taste it through the flavor of carrots & celery. Try it out though, it is SO good!

Well today has been one of those absolute perfect Sundays. I woke up naturally around 7:30 to the cool air drifting through my open window. I put on a sweatshirt and embarked on a 3.5 mile walk through the trail where the leaves are already changing colors and tumbling to the ground.

When I got home I knew exactly what I wanted to make: Pumpkin Pie Pancakes. Ever since my brush with Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal earlier this week, I haven’t been able to get the flavors out of my head!


  • 1/3 cup pancake mix
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp butter/margarine
  • 1 egg white
  • dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of vanilla
  • Water



Mix all ingredients through the vanilla together, then add splashes of water until you come to a pancake batter consistency. Cook, top with syrup and enjoy!


These were so thick and fluffy – and the aroma of pumpkin pie filled the entire kitchen when they were cooking up.


I’m so glad I’m bringing pumpkin into my life. A loooong time, PB (pre-blog), I put a dallop of pumpkin into my oatmeal and I hated it. I think it’s because I didn’t add any additional seasonings such as butter or sugar to it. You only need a tiny bit, but it really does make all the difference!


Look at how fluffy these babies are!


This recipe makes 3 good sized pancakes, all for 225 calories!


Love, love, love these pancakes – if you have pumpkin hanging around, I definitely recommend it. Stamped!

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Well this afternoon my Mom and I are headed to Wicked for her birthday!! I just couldn’t be more excited – I have heard AMAZING things about the show and I know this will be a perfect way to spend my Mom’s birthday with her. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!