My Autumn Bucket List



Autumn Bucket List
Go apple picking
Make apple sauce
Go to a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin
Go hiking once a week
Continue to downsize my wardrobe
Read the Vampire Academy series
Do a Halloween maze
Sip a glass at a local winery
Shopping a street fair
See family in Ohio
See family in New Jersey
Have a spooky/horror movie marathon weekend
Make a bat box
Work on an autumn themed 1000 piece puzzle while the fireplace is lit
Roast marshmallows in our fireplace
Volunteer at the Food Bank
Learn to knit or crochet
Run at least one Halloween themed race


Autumn Social Media Bucket List
300 Instagram followers (yeah I’m not on there much)
700 Pinterest followers
1500 Twitter followers
1000 WordPress followers
700 WordPress followers

Autumn Business Bucket List
Add 2-4 people to my Arbonne team
Help at least 2 people a week get started on a healthier eating/living path
Get my business cards made
Get all the supplies I need together to start having Sip, Sample & Shop parties

Goodbye November


Oh my gosh, it’s already December! November flew by like a flash. This time of year is so special. Everyone is just a little kinder & everything just has a bit more sparkle & shine.

Living in a warm weather climate has some major advantages, but not in December. I mean seriously we hardly ever get snow. And when we do, it melts within a day. And there’s a lot less holiday ⛄️ festivity around the town. Fewer people decorate for the season and those who do usually just throw a strand of white lights around the roof, or the porch/patio. I like heading back home(s) in December. We don’t get to do it as often as we’d like but both my husband and I come from states where blizzard is in the weather forecast vocabulary ❄️But back home(s) they decorate, and some go all out with the lights and silly inflatables. Sometimes it’s even tacky looking, but even that is something special and something I miss.


December is also a time when everyone starts reflecting on the past year. How can next year be improved. Our hopes and dreams get wrapped into resolutions and marks on a calendar as we prepare to be better humans. Self improvements to home improvements. Flights of fancy off the bucket list. And looking within to see how we can “be the change” in our small way to better our world around us. And those thoughts have a way of manifesting outward and in December we become that better person we hope to be. Ok, ok, maybe not with our diets 🍪🍾 or improving our finances 🎁✈️🎄🔯


BUT, we do open our hearts just a little more. We donate to charities, give more at church, reach out to homeless and shelters. We give blankets to wildlife rescues and add our favorite animal shelter to our amazon smiles account. We become better versions of ourselves and are more prone to giving and being charitable. It really is a wonderful time of the year. The key is to keep that momentum going into the New Year! THIS, this is my focus for the upcoming year! That and run training more and turning down the offer of donuts more 😊 When January rolls around I’ll post my resolutions. It’s good to have accountability that way!


So, DECEMBER! It’s really here with all the trimmings and celebrations! I’m the kind of person who tries in vain to keep a running to do list in my head. So this December I decided to make a list. 


  • Finish shopping, EARLY (already almost done!). This is seriously a first for me!
  • Get Holiday Cards actually in the mail…making out the cards, stuffing the envelopes, addressed & stamped aaaaaaand they never make it to the post office. Yep, I’m that girl, more than once. Or they get sent out late, not so festive to get your card after New Years.
  • I plan on doing some baking, mmmm cookies. And maybe making some food gifts!
  • Donations already done ✔️ Which means I can do more ❤️
  • Decorations are going up late late late because I need them to stay looking pretty through the end of December. Celebrations have been extended this year!
  • Making appointments for January so I actually get them in January lol.


I know I’m leaving things off my list, but now that I started one, I’ll add to, quickly! Have to started decorating? Baking? Shopping? Any great deals you’ve come across? 




Baked Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

For someone who loves and uses sweet potatoes as much as I do, I have been seriously neglecting some of the other delicious fall/winter root vegetables. For example- the acorn squash. (Where is the…

Recipe @ A Rented Kitchen

Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes


This recipe reminds me of days gone by and Thanksgiving mornings with a chill in the air where can almost just feel frost coming in. This recipe will be a regular in our home!



Gingerbread pancakes made with pumpkin puree, whole grain oats, and molasses. Gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free! Well, hello there! Long time, no talk. I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. Mine turned out better than I could’ve hoped for. We took a couple of days to go sightseeing with our family that was …

Recipe: Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes

Raw & Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

From: Fully Raw



Pumpkin Pot Pie


Earthy Feast







Beth’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast From: Kin Community


For Written Ingredients & Instructions Click Here 


Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto  


Cookie + Kate









Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings 


Rikki Snyder







A Thanksgiving feast for vegetarians and omnivores alike


This coming week….

Look at those trees, autumn is in full swing here in Virginia and it’s beautiful! The weather is just warm enough for short sleeves on a run, but with a chill in the air that reminds you Thanksgiving is around the corner.

I’m not big on celebrating the holiday for it’s historical reasoning. Somehow celebrating the day we massacred the indigenous peoples of this land just isn’t right. So instead, in my heart I celebrate the people who’s land this was. I honor their memory.

I won’t be around much this next week so I’m not sure how much blog reading I’ll get to. I have some posts set up to post when I’m busy with family and seasonal festivities 🍂 Hoping we catch a showing of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“!! I’ve heard some great reviews and a few who just didn’t get the same vibe as the Harry Potter movies past. But I wouldn’t expect it to. It’s a different day and time and all new people.

Nice little run/walk/run this afternoon. I love Galloway Training!! It allows you to train at your pace without pressure. You run when you want, walk when you want. There are recommended ratio’s but you can alter them to fit your needs. Gotta remember to get the miles in, even with all the holiday happenings!


Is in my very near future!!

Apple Cider Slushies
3 c. apple cider
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Pour cider, lemon juice and cinnamon in a loaf pan, whisking to combine. Freeze for 45 minutes.
Remove the cider mixture from the freezer and use a fork to scrape the slush-like mixture, so it doesn’t turn into a giant ice cube. Once fully scraped and stirred, return it to the freezer for another 45 minutes.
Remove the cider mixture from the freezer once again, using a fork to scrape and stir it into a slush-like consistency. The consistency should be like shaved ice. If it’s not frozen enough for your tastes, pop it back in the freezer for another 45 minutes. Otherwise, spoon into glasses and serve.

Recipe Source: Delish  Video Source: Country Living Magazine

Parsnips & A Recipe





1 pound small red-skinned potatoes, quartered
2 cups peeled butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 large carrots (purple or orange), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices
2 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices
1 rutabega, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 to 3 cups packed kale, rinsed and chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 cloves garlic, minced
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Lightly oil two large, rimmed baking sheets.
Combine the vegetables, olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper, to taste, in a large bowl and toss by hand to coat. Spread the mixture evenly onto the baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes on separate oven racks. After 15 minutes, stir the vegetables with a spatula and return to the oven, switching the rack position of the sheets. Bake for 15 minutes more, or until the vegetables are tender and browned.
YIELD: Makes 6 servings.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Pops

Aren’t these the cutest things, EVER?? Debbie @ One Little Project shows how to make these darling, and easy Pie Pops!! Her site is all about food, crafting & home projects and ideas. I spent some time roaming through her pages and will be sure to have her bookmarked for holiday food and fun!

Get The Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Pie Pops

Creamy Cauliflower Soup | Gimme Some Oven

HAVE to make this and so I HAD to share it 🍵

Found @ Gimme Some Oven

This Creamy Cauliflower Soup recipe is made with healthier ingredients, it’s quick and easy to make, and it is so comforting and tasty!

Source: Creamy Cauliflower Soup | Gimme Some Oven

Butternut Squash “Meatloaf” By: Jerry James Stone

This recipe just appeared in the latest Cotsco Magazine and it sounds delicious!!!!!

You can find more of his fabulous recipes here & here!!