The Pumpkin Patch

On Sunday, our family drove out to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins for the annual pumpkin carving contest. This was the first year that Danny and I were able to participate in the Halloween festivities. I’m very happy I get to spend this holiday season close to my family.

Since it was so late in the season, the pumpkins were pretty picked over, and those that were still there were essentially rotted out. Most of the family managed to find a workable pumpkin, and the kids had fun playing on the swings, riding behind the tractor, and watching the farm animals.

After the pumpkin patch, we headed over to my brother and his wife’s house for steak soup, salad and homemade bread. I’m so lucky that my family is so supportive of my new diet and willing to make dishes that I could eat. My mom even made me some homemade grain free bread from Against All Grain.

Danny ended up winning the pumpkin carving contest with his ‘cannibal’ pumpkin, but all the pumpkins turned out great. I was very impressed with the level of carving being shown this year. :)








This guy wasn’t into this activity. That face! :)




What do you think? One foot and 10 inches? :)








Mine was the owl! We have a “no patterns” rule so these were all done by hand. We’re pretty talented. :)

I’m so excited to see the kids in the Halloween costumes this Friday. Halloween is my favorite holiday!

Lazy Days

So I’m really trying to enjoy these days of unemployment between school and getting a job. I’m currently filling my time with running, working out, yoga, play time with my niece and nephews, and watching tons of baseball.


This morning started with another smoothie. This one had almond milk, frozen strawberries, frozen banana, walnuts, and vanilla whey protein powder. I’d have to say strawberry banana is my favorite smoothie combo ever. Classic.


After breakfast, I headed to a deep stretch class at Darling Yoga. I bought a Groupon when I moved here for five classes. Over the weekend, when I went to Gary Gribble’s Running Store to buy a knee brace, one of the employees thought the pain in my knee might be partially caused by tight hamstrings. I was hoping a good yoga stretch would help with that.

We used tons of props in this class which was awesome and allowed me to stretch pretty deep in the poses. During shavasana, they pass out scented eye pillows. Aww, so relaxing.


Back at home, I hung out with my buddy, Charlie.


And hard-boiled some eggs for lunch.


Lunch plate – 2 hard-boiled eggs, simple salad with greens and a honey mustard vinaigrette with a side of apple and PB. The vinaigrette was made with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon, and S&P.



This afternoon, I did a quick workout at home – this Blast and Burn Circuit from It was a good one!


For the cardio, I stuck to the elliptical for low impact.


Dinner included these local chickens that my dad cooked in the smoker on Monday. We had the leftovers tonight with asparagus and sweet potatoes.


Now I’m sipping some cinnamon spice tea before bed. Lovely fall evening. :)

Party Like It’s 1985


The Royals win the pennant and advance to the World Series! The Royals swept the Orioles with four straight wins just after sweeping the Angels. This MLB postseason race has been unbelievable, and I’ve probably watched more baseball in the last three weeks than I have in my entire life. Just. Wow. I just want […]

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Weekend: Fall Sleepover


This past weekend, my mom and I planned a Halloween-themed sleepover with my nephews and niece (the babies stayed home). We made homemade pizzas, decorated pumpkins, crafted bats and pumpkins out of toilet paper rolls and construction paper, played Halloween bingo, roasted marshmallows for smores, and watched Monsters, Inc. We threw one heck of a […]

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Weekend: Football and Family


Here’s some pics from the weekend. Saturday morning breakfast of eggs, spinach and avocado. Trip to the Overland Park Farmer’s Market. It was quite chilly and windy. Hello, Fall. Our purchases – lettuce, sweet potatoes, apples, chicken, and breakfast sausage. Salad for lunch – chicken, avocado, blue cheese and greens. Saturday night, I stayed in […]

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Warehouse Weekends


As I’ve gotten older, my taste in home decor has changed quite a bit. I find myself drawn to old and eclectic furniture and decorations. If I had the budget and the ability to decorate how I pleased (dang, rentals), I would outfit our home in  mid-century modern style with eclectic used art and nick […]

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Its with mutual sadness and excitement that I’m sharing this news. With some trepidation, Danny and I have decided to end our Oregon adventure and start the next phase of our lives back home in Kansas City. Although, we absolutely adore Portland for all its weird, eclectic, hippieness, we’ve decided that being close to family […]

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Fall Bucket List


It’s that time of year again. The time when the weather turns colder, the leaves change color, and the Halloween decorations come out of storage. I love everything about the fall season – bundling up in scarves and boots, lighting pumpkin spice candles and drinking hot tea in the evenings, watching football, cooking stews and […]

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Five Years


Prepare for gooshy corny photo dump… I did not expect to be spending our five year anniversary thousands of miles apart, but they say distance makes the heart grow fonder, right? I’m currently living with my parents in Kansas City where I’ve been for the last 3 weeks looking for a nursing job while Danny […]

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More Adventures in Oregon


It’s been awhile since my parents visited, but I wanted to share the last few pictures from their trip. We spent the last few days shopping, visiting wineries and eating out. My mom and I made the grain-free bread recipe from Against All Grain. First I had to whip up some homemade almond milk and […]

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