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I hope everyone is safe and sound!! We were very lucky and didn’t lose power at all, though people in the surrounding towns are still in the dark. I woke up this morning to the sun shining! It was a welcome sight.

Lunch and dinner yesterday weren’t anything special but they were good!

A honey mustard crispy chicken salad…


And four cheese ravioli with marinara. Both were premade for a quick and easy dinner. I didn’t really want to start making something and then lose power. Or that’s just the excuse I used to be lazy. 😉


Mint chocolate chip ice cream and a chocolate for dessert. The green kind, since the white kind just doesn’t taste as good.


I was kind of hoping to lose power so I had an excuse to eat the entire carton of ice cream for dinner…though we have a generator, so there’s that.

Matilda slept for almost 13 hours last night (a record) and we both woke up around 9…I think she likes sleep as much as I do! It’ll come back to bite us when we have to get her up for school. I think it’s also a guarantee that any future children will be up every hour for at least two years.

I made a sweet and salty breakfast of an english muffin with butter and greek yogurt with chocolate chips. Yeah, I could probably find a healthier topping but this is just so delicious!


If you’re in the area, do you have power? Any home damage?


It’s no secret that I love all things pumpkin. Baked goods, oatmeal, pancakes, coffee…I definitely get my fill while it’s in season! I had an open can of pumpkin that needed to be used up so I decided to make a pumpkin roll.

It was definitely easier that I thought it would be and came together quickly (though I made the cake one day and frosted it the next). I think I over baked it a little but it was still good. It’s a little more spongy than a regular cake as it needs to be rolled without cracking. I decided to make a cinnamon cream cheese filling to spice it up a little.

Give it a whirl for an easy, yet impressive, seasonal dessert! Or breakfast…we don’t judge!

Pumpkin Roll




  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin

Whipped Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (Filling)

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cool whip or homemade whipped cream

Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar.

For the cake, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan.  Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

For the filling, beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and cinnamon and combine. Slowly add the powdered sugar, mixing well after each addition until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.

Carefully unroll cooled cake. Spread evenly with prepared frosting. Reroll cake. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar, slice, and serve.

Source: Adapted from Very Best Baking


Last night Reid and I had reservations for an anniversary dinner at Buckley’s Great Steaks in Merrimack, NH. We had never been before but my parents recommended it.

A photo shoot before we left…the dress was courtesy of my sister’s closet. Thanks Olivia! Smile


He would.



I really need a tripod! The blurry edge is from propping it up. Real nice.

I didn’t get any pictures from the restaurant because Reid was too embarrassed for me to pull out my camera but the food was really good!

We started with fresh multigrain and ciabatta bread (amazing) and a small Caesar salad for me. I don’t generally enjoy steak so I ordered the only chicken item on the menu.

Buttermilk  Chicken
Breaded and pan-fried chicken breast served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green bean amandine and pan gravy.

It was delicious! The chicken was perfectly crispy and the gravy was very flavorful. Reid ordered a steak but wasn’t too impressed. He still ate it but has had better.

Cowboy Steak
A bone in rib eye steak, marinated 24 hours in our signature house marinade.

We were pretty full but decided to get dessert, since we were celebrating and all. Winking smile We couldn’t agree on one so we each ordered our own. Reid went with the special, a turtle cheesecake, and I ordered the carrot cake, which was a layer cake filled with cream cheese ice cream. It blew me away. So good!! It was drizzled with an orange vanilla bean coulis that really complemented the dish well. I could only eat about half of it but wish I had saved more room!

It was a fun night!

Unfortunately, we overslept this morning and didn’t make it to church…ugh! Thankfully the church that Reid attended in Minnesota streams their services live so we were able to catch that at noon.

We made some breakfast and Reid picked up coffee…



And we tuned in for the service.


One of my favorite verses was read…

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. in the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; i have overcome the world.                       John 16:33

So powerful and comforting!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Hi guys! Happy weekend!

We are heading down to Cape Cod today to do a little camping with my family. I can’t wait to run by the canal! I’m hoping to get at least a few miles in this weekend. I’m sure we will do lots of biking and walking too, as well as plenty of eating and sitting (by a campfire, hopefully).

This morning has been spent cleaning and packing. Nothing sounded appealing for breakfast so I poured a bowl of cereal and called it good. Fat free milk was added post picture.



The other day I had printed out a recipe for homemade marshmallows and decided to make some for roasting and s’mores. I randomly had some leftover unflavored gelatin from something so it worked out great.

They were really easy to make, though a little difficult to work with. The mixture is obviously very sticky (think fluff, but worse) so it took a little bit to get it out of the mixing bowl. There was still plenty left behind but I didn’t feel like fighting it at 9:30 in the morning.

Waiting to be cut…


Sliced and packaged! Can’t wait to try them out! I’ll share the recipe next week.




Time to shower and hit the road! See you on Monday! Enjoy your weekend!

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a good week so far!


Mine has been a little busy and unfortunately, blogging isn’t my top priority. I’m finding it a little hard to fit everything in lately and am trying to get back on track with my workouts, which have been lacking. I think the main thing for me would be to get back into early a.m. workouts but it’s been hard.

I’m also struggling with maintaining my blood sugar levels. I don’t talk about it much on here but I’m a Type 1 Diabetic. For some reason my blood glucose levels have been dropping really low quite frequently and it is not fun! I get really shaky and my energy levels drop until I can raise my sugar levels (by eating or drinking some carbohydrates). It seems to be happening in the afternoon, which is when I would be working out lately. I even had to leave the gym early yesterday because of low blood sugar levels.

When I experience a “low” it’s really hard to make healthy choices. I want to just grab the first thing I see so I’m really making an effort to eat some fruit or something healthy, and then sit and wait for it to bring my levels back up…rather than shoveling junk food into my mouth until I feel better. I really just need to figure out why I’m having these low spells, though. But that takes time that I don’t have. Smile

Enough of that, let’s move on to greener pastures. Or purple lilac bushes anyway.


I love the smell of lilacs and can’t wait until these open! It’s one of my favorite things about spring.

I changed into my running clothes after work but I was too shaky to go anywhere. So I ate a banana instead and started on dinner. A few handfuls of grapes and some chips were also consumed. I’m working on it.


Once I was done putting dinner together I felt a little better. Reid was running a little late so I laced up my running shoes and headed out for a quick 2.25 mile loop. It was pretty warm but it felt great to move my legs. I still need new shoes, though. I didn’t use my Garmin so I’m not sure of my time. I just enjoyed the smell of lilacs and the fact that I’m even able to run…diabetes is nothing compared to other things people go through!

Random weird lighting on my face…I was too sweaty to take any more!


For dinner I used this recipe for Orange Roasted Chicken from Recipeaholic and it was delicious! Super easy to make and very moist. I think I would add some red pepper flakes if I make it again, just for a little kick. I think I say that about a lot of recipes! Smile


Served with steamed broccoli and rice pilaf (from a box).


I’ll most likely have one of these Yasso frozen greek yogurt bars for dessert…I picked them up last week and they are awesome! And only 70 calories each! Perfection in a box.


American Idol finale tonight!

Scotty or Lauren?

I haven’t been following it closely this year but I’m going to go with Lauren!

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