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Chocolate in the morning ;)

Hey everyone!  Sunday is here and another full day of relaxing and enjoying the day :) Excited girl, yes that’s right!

Here’s a recap of dinner last night — this is a meal I used to make in my ‘single days’ ;) before I started cookin’ so much for myself & The Man and I tell you what — I love it!

diningred

Saute the frozen veggies and chicken sausage (season w/ black pepepr) until they brown up a bit (this is key, it gives awesome flavor)

saute

Make the Annie’s mac n’ cheese according to the directions, add 1/2 tblsp butter, black pepper and the key secret ingredent NUTMEG! (trust me, soooo good in mac n’ cheese!

Combine the mac n’ cheese with the sauteed veggie mixture

mac

…and VOILA!

macbowl

I may or may not have eaten some bites dipped in ketchup ;)

I also made a quick salad to go alongside

saladbowl

salad

Yummy, easy, delicious dinner on the table in mere minutes! :)

The Man & I spent the majority of the night being lazy old folks ;) and lounged around watching the Yankees/Angels game – don’t get me started – oooops too late, here goes rant for the day haha

Grrrr rivalry in this house, not an Angels fan per se however do not like the Yankees and The Man loves them – which the man knows he must tread carefully considering the first time I met my best friend’s dad in college I asked him to either take off his Yankees hat in my apartment or leave :(  Who do I think I am?

So anywho, for all you Yankees fans out there, I’ve decided that we can still be friends as long as you do not rub the fact that they won last night after 13 innings…. or that shall be reconsidered haha :P

So after a great night’s sleep I woke up craving some warm pumpkin oats since it’s so brrrrr chilly outside! 

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup syrup
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • pumpkin pie spice

I also decided to top them with a leftover, toasted pumpkin pancake & to stir in some of this guy to make for a lil’ weekend treat!  Do you think that I may have a slight obsession/problem with World Market? I am starting to think so haha ;)

choc

These. Were. So. Good.

oats

Alongside some hot pumpkin spice coffee let’s just say I am one happy camper :)

Gotta get some things done around the house & then meet up with a fellow food blogger for some lunch (whoop whoop!)

White chicken chili in the slow cooker is on this afternoon’s agenda along with some football watching with The Man, possible workout (Cindy Whitmarsh is callin’ my name haha!) and perhaps some more brew samplin’ ;)  Hey, you only live once right?!

UPDATE!  Just realized there is a Beer, Wine & Food Festival goin’ on right down the street featuring some local restaurants!! I think this festival may need to be added to today’s agenda if the rain holds out (sorry Cindy)!  (1) Mom if you’re reading, any interest? (2) Jordan I know you are not reading bc you are still asleep  haha but you may be bribed into goin’ ;)

Enjoy your day bloggin’ friends & see ya back soon! :)

Pumpkin + Cream Cheese Oats!

Today calls for a celebration — 1st pumpkin oats of the fall season that is!!!

I woke up so excited for this this morning (yea, I’m wack like that) and even though it is STILL raining and gross out (what’s up with this weather Richmond?) I knew that I had a fantastic brekkie to start my day and all was well! :)

But not only did I decide that it would be pumpkin kinda day, but that cream cheese was going to have to be added to the mix… bc I am obsessed. Period.

Here’s how it went down:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk + 1 cup water
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp LF cream cheese
  • 1 tsp pumpkin butter
  • cinnamon
  • pumpkin pie spice

Stove-top style whoop whoop!  Just cook the oats in milk/water for a few minutes, then add half the banana, pumpkin, spices and pumpkin butter to finish cooking.  Swirl in cream cheese at the end.  Top with rest of banana, some pumpkin butter and pumpkin pie spice :)

Fall surprise

Fall surprise

They turned out wonderfully!! I loved the swirl of cream cheese throughout the oats – uber deelish :)

I also made some pumpkin spiced iced coffee to go with (coffee + vanilla soy milk + pumpkin spice) — easy peasy.

Lucy Dog was BEGGING me to let her model her favorite doggie shirt for you guys this morning (she can be so persistent!!!) hahaha.  So she posed, like a statue?

Statue Dog

Statue Dog

Here’s a close up of the shirt

Not normal.

Not normal.

At the end of the photo shoot Lucy was pooped and just wanted to be left alone! What a diva ;)

Give me some space lady!

Give me some space lady!

Hi.  My name is Stephanie.  And I buy clothing for my dog.

Phewwwww it feels so good to get that one off my chest hahahaha.  But for real, I got a few of these around the house for fun, and she actually gets excited when I go to put one on her… not sure why? 

Well, The Man is still sleeping and probably will be for a while considering it’s his only day off all week :/  I think I’m gonna use this morning to do some baking in le kitchen.  I have been dying to make OhSheGlows banana doughnuts and also to try making my pumpkin ‘cookies’ again with some modifications! 

Plus we are headed over to his parents later for chili and football and I’d love to have some treats to bring along!

 I’ll be back later to share how everything turns out :)  Happy Sunday peeps!