Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall @ Greenbluff

We took our yearly fall trip to Greenbluff this past weekend. The weather was a bit cold and windy, but it was still worth the trip for the beautiful scenery and photo-ops! 

Walters' Fruit Ranch

One of our favorite places is Watlers’ Fruit Farm. We stopped here to get some apple cider and take some pictures in their orchard. 

Greenbluff Hailey and Liam
Greenbluff Liam
Flying Liam

I can’t wait for next year when Liam will be able to pick out his own pumpkin and go on the tractor ride. 
 
Greenbluff is such a magical place! 

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Do you have a fall tradition?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

Fall is one of my all-time favorite times of the year, specifically the few weeks in October when the air turns crisp and the leaves start changing colors. 

One for the BEST parts of fall is the abundance of Pumpkin infused foods! Growing up I only remember eating pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. Now, you can get Pumpkin ANYTHING!  

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

A few years back I came across this recipe and have loved using it ever since.

It is so simple, yet so delicious. 

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Combine one box of spice cake with one 15 oz can of pureed pumpkin (not pie mix). 

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I added ½ a cup of chocolate chips, but you can omit these if you like. 

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Fill the muffin cups with BIG spoonful of dough.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 min.

The result is a moist mini-cake, full of pumpkin goodness! 

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What is your favorite pumpkin food?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dreams

When I was growing up, I always had BIG dreams. I wanted to go to college (first in my family), travel the world and make lots of money (not living paycheck to paycheck). I knew that my path towards reaching my dreams was hard work and dedication. I did well in school and was accepted into my top choice university. 
 

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In college I took courses in history, social science, arts and culture, business and German. I loved college and learning.  
 

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I spent my junior year of college in Salzburg, Austria. I had the opportunity to visit and explore so many counties and cultures. 
 


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I graduated with two degrees and started my first “real” job.
During this time I had also meet my husband and we began planning our lives together. My dreams were all coming true! 



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Then the fall of 2008 happened. But we were just fine. We had been living in a tinny tiny apartment and were living within our means (or so we thought). We both still had jobs and were getting by just fine. Some of our dreams would just have to wait, but we, and the rest of the country, would be just fine, right? 

In the past 4 years we have bought a house, lost a job, went back to school, got a new job, and had a baby. The whole time, getting by just fine, right? 
 

Yes, we were getting by, but during the last 4 years we lost the dream. We stopped focusing on the dream and just focused on getting by…like most Americans. But what other options did we have? We couldn’t just wait for the economy to recover before we started living our lives, and I am glad we didn’t . But it is now time to start dreaming again! 
 

What could we do if money wasn’t an issue?
What could we do if we weren’t held back by debt?
What kind of lives could we have it we were both healthy? 
 

These are my new dreams and I am excited to share with you HOW we are going to make these dreams become a reality. 



What are your dreams? What are you doing to make them happen?
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