5 for Friday

Wow!  I can hardly believe today is really November 1st.  I’ve seen lots of Starbucks red holiday cups popping up on Instagram as well Facebook status updates about the Christmas music that’s coming in on local radio stations.  We are in the holiday season all ready people!  It should be appropriate that my 5 for Friday has a definite seasonal theme!


My quest to get H a holiday outfit (that has been approached with the same sense of urgency as other matters of national security) finally concluded with a purchase at Gymboree.  Although I wanted the more traditional “I’m a kid at Christmas!  Look at me!” outfit, I gave in to the Mr. and my store credit at Gymboree.  Holden will be wearing these items which I got for 50% off thanks to a 20% off coupon in the mail and the good luck of me shopping on everything-in-the-store-is-30%-off day.



I bought an inexpensive white turtleneck from Kohl’s since the Mr. had gotten some Kohl’s case from his recent purchases.  All in all I’m pleased.  I’m most pleased to mark that off my list.  I’ve been walking around with that store credit to Gymboree for just about 1 year.  That’s how often I shop at more expensive children’s clothing stores!  HA!


I’ve really not jumped on the pumpkin boat this fall.  This is partly to do with me rejected the societal trend to just go completely nuts over a “punkin,” but it also has to do that I’ve just been plain old dissatisfied with those pumpkin-y things that I have tried.  Trader Joe’s pumpkin cereal bars were lackluster, and he usually hits homeruns!  Then, I had some so-so pumpkin pancakes fixed by mother-in-law.  Sidenote:  She was using a pinterest recipe which can go very well or can really flop.  They look and seem so delicious and simple!  Very tricky, pinterest, very tricky!  Read about my DIY pinterest beauty treatment flop here.  Despite all my pumpkin pickiness, I’m going to try a pumpkin cream cheese bar recipe.  It’s a healthy version, so I know I’m playing with far where the success rate is concerned. I guess I just like to live on the edge.   

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

  • 1/2 cup spelt flour (I’m going to substitute for 1/4 c. white, 1/4 c. wheat)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 “egg” of choice- I’m going to use a small dollop of greek yogurt and a smidge of coconut oil.
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (I’ll be saving my extra for pumpkin oatmeal)
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice  (I’m using almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons oil (Undecided about this – may use coconut or vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine dry ingredients, then add in wet. Spread into an oiled 7×5 pan (or double the recipe for a 14×9) and cook for 14-15 minutes.  Let pan cook for ten minutes at least before frosting.  Here is the link to the original recipe.  I’ll be using this cream cheese frosting recipe.

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened

To prepare frosting, combine powdered sugar and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until combined. Increase speed to medium-high, and beat until smooth. Spread about 1 tablespoon frosting on top of each bar.

See original recipe here.



Thanksgiving countdown is on!  I’m excited to be spending Thanksgiving break on the Shore with our families.  We try to spend time with everyone, and I’m so looking forward to combining our families a bit.  The more the merrier!  Plus, we get to have more people we love in the same place!  With that being said, we are eating the official meal at my parents’ house.  This means I can be more bossy than I would if we were eating at my in-laws.  Ha!  If you know me, you know I like “planning.”  Some people might negatively see this as bossing, but I’m sure 😉 everyone appreciates it!  LOL!  Anywho, I really want to make see if everyone would participate in some fun Thanksgiving games like this trivia worksheet.  I know, I know.  I’m a teacher and just love to handout worksheets!  This one is super cute.


Who wouldn’t want to play a Thanksgiving trivia game?!?!?  *If you are reading this and will be eating with me, don’t cheat and find the answers now!  I’ve got to think of a fun prize for the winner.  Here’s the link to the original.


This weekend starts the T-giving decor time.  I purchased a cornucopia, a Pilgrim couple, and a Native American/Indian couple.  I know these figurines look slightly ridiculous and not at all authentic, but I want Holden to understand the meaning behind the things we do.  I can’t tell you how many kids today do not know the history of holidays or even realize that there are such things as holidays.  I think these silly little decorations can make a difference.  I’ll drag them out and set them up each year.  Eventually, H and I will have the conversations that hopefully give him a background of basic life facts.  So thanks silly Thanksgiving figurines from A.C. Moore craft store!



With all this seasonal fun, we also encounter the season of overindulgence in the form of food and just plain old vegging out.  I’ve recommitted myself to a nice long run once a week as well as at least one yoga session plus my 2 regular weekday gym workouts.  Find what works for you and don’t be discouraged if you miss a workout.  Just get back to it.  Don’t let it snowball into 2 or 3 missed workouts.  Make a date with your self and keep the commitment.  I promise the satisfaction will far outweigh that late night TV show or the second handful of Chex Mix.

Have an awesome weekend!  Remember to be active, cook something! (even a sweet), and have a little fun.  I’m linking up with these lovely ladies…April of A. Liz Adventures, Christina of carolinacharm, Natasha of Hello!  Happiness, and Darci of the good life.  Please check out their fun, encouraging blogs!




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