Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Hi there! It’s been awhile. So long that my husband grew a beard! (Check out that picture on the right side of the screen!)

These past few weeks have been busy! Mostly because I’ve been in the kitchen a lot. J and I have decided that we need to start eating better, so we are trying to do another Whole 30. If you have never heard of Whole 30, I suggest you check it out, maybe even give it a try. It’s 30 days of no added sugar, grains, beans, dairy. It sounds horrible and it takes a lot of discipline, but it has made us feel a lot better, and even more inspired when making meals (who knew beets were so good??). We started out great the first 2 weeks into it. It takes a lot of prep in the kitchen, and I found myself making food late at night so I would have something for lunch the next day. But with Halloween, and football season, it became really hard to stick to the very strict rules. So we decided to modify it a little bit to our lifestyle. Two and half weeks of eating better, and I’m down 4 lbs. Not that I was trying to loose weight (it’s definitely an added benefit), but we were just looking to feed our bodies they types of food that will give us energy and make us feel better. This was incredibly difficult when it came to Tuesday Treat days for the players. Not being able to taste what I made, and then having to get up close and personal while taking pictures was torture!!

And we are now 80% done with the regular football season, with an amazing 8-0 record thus far. I am incredibly proud of how hard my husband has worked, and the energy he gives daily to these young men when I know he is tired and hasn’t had a day off all season. I love seeing how proud he is every week at how hard his guys played. And I don’t mind a bit rewarding them on Tuesdays with lots of sugar!

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

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Halloween Bark

What a busy couple of weekends! I feel like I have constantly been on the go, yet there has been so much to celebrate! Last weekend I was able to go back to my hometown to witness one of my best friends from high school marry her high school sweetheart and one of my oldest childhood buddies. I am so happy for them and wish them a lifetime of adventure and love! I also tried to spend as much time as I could with my parents, and it was great that they could be my dates to the wedding since J had to stay home for football. I was a little bummed that he wasn’t able to meet all my friends who were in town but I was also missing all of his former teammates who were back for the homecoming football game. Wish I could have been in two places at once!

This weekend my in laws came to visit. I absolutely loved having them! Since they live so far away, we take advantage of the time when they are here and try to pack in as much as we can. They were able to help celebrate another football win to continue this at 5 – 0, and I got to share great news when I woke up to a 5:47 am text (what was my brother thinking??) to find out that I am getting a sister!! I am so excited for my oldest brother and his engagement, and couldn’t be happier about his choice of future bride. Our family absolutely adores her and she makes my brother incredibly happy! Congrats Joe and Caitlin!

HalloweenBark

I’ve been feeling very fall festive as of late. I don’t know what it is, but I am enjoying the cooler weather, the fall theme decorations, and all of the seasonal flavors. I came up with a great treat for the guys this week, with all the best flavors. Peanut Butter & Chocolate.

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