September is upon us and pumpkin is popping up everywhere.

Pumpkin Oats

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Soups

But I refuse, REFUSE I say to make any warm pumpkin in any way until my temperatures are below 100 degrees.

Yes your pumpkin oats looks absolutely delicious. Yes your pumpkin spiced coffee tempts me with its frothy creamy lather. And trust me those pumpkin pancakes topped with warm maple syrup make my mouth water.  But no pumpkin, I will not fall to you just yet. (please ignore my previous post of my pumpkin hummus quesadilla. it was a moment of weakness.)

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Fall is truly the one thing I miss about living in Indiana.  We had beautiful falls there.  The changing of the leaves. The bright colors of the trees. The crunch of the fallen leaves under your feet.  The slight cool breeze that requires only a small hoodie.


But alas I live in hot hot hot Arizona now where the season fall does not exist. So pumpkin you will just have to wait.

While everyone else I’m sure has enjoyed their warm pumpkin oats and gooey pumpkin pancakes for breakfast, I enjoyed something else. Something cool and refreshing and honestly quite fun!

I decided to make Ashley’s at the edible perspective’s Banana Split Oats.

I really apologize for the pictures. I was extremely lazy, I’m not even going to lie. Please check out Ashley’s if you want better ones because hers are of course amazing.

She actually makes hers overnight oats, but I made mine hot oats, either way I’m sure is delicious. In my oat mix was:

1/4 cup steel cut oats

1 scoop Tempt Vanilla Spice Protein

1 tbsp vanilla

dash of cinnamon

After my oats had cooked I started to assemble!

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Step 1: Place banana in bowl. Easy enough. So I thought.

oops. banana fail. he broke.

Step 2: Pour oats over banana.

mmm just look at those oats.

Step 3: Pour banana/cherry mixture over oats.

so i've never attempted the whole make ice cream out of a frozen banana so i was really excited. i used a frozen banana and frozen cherries and it still kind of just turned into a puree? not sure if i did something wrong, but it was still tasty! duh.

Step 4: Add what ever banana split toppings you want!

i added a sprinkle of whole foods granola and an extra cherry on top! divine.

As are all her recipes, this was very tasty. I’m pretty much obsessed with bananas. And oats. So…this as really going to be a win win for me to begin with. I wasn’t that worried. And again. It was from Ashley. She hasn’t let me down yet.

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So while my oats were cooking I was busy doing something else.


If you didn’t read my previous post I had one delivered about 2 weeks ago and it was stolen off my patio! I made sure to stalk the FedEx guy this time around.

And it came just in time. Yesterday I went to make a small pot of coffee in my french press and came back to a huge mess.

a nice big crack 🙁 i haven't even had this for that long but of course i didn't save my receipt. -le sigh-

But look at my beautiful new Keurig in all it’s glory. I spent about 10 minutes just trying to get the thing out of the box! Thankfully I was the only one home and the pup was the only one who got to witness my struggle and fight with the box. The box almost won. But alas.

look at it in all its glory

I feel kind of bad for my coffee pot, the Keurig can be kind of a scary neighbor.

i thought i was suppose to get a sample pack of the cups, but i didn't. i dont know if it was because i had to reorder or what, but i was sad. coffee pot, you got one more day!

So that’s that. I’m on a pumpkin strike. But with all the tasty posts going up, I don’t know how long I will last. I still have half a case of pumpkin laying around after all. And sometimes when I walk past it, I feel it’s stare.

oh case of pumpkin. you waited all summer for me. but i'm just not ready. call it fear of commitment. but don't worry. i will come around soon, i only hope you are still waiting for me. thank you for understanding, but i just can not truly appreciate your warm, filling, savory taste until i am no longer sweating while i prepare meals in the kitchen. thank you for understanding, but it really is me not you.

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Have you started cooking with pumpkin yet?

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?


Gifts From Grandma!

Gifts from Grandma! I love them!

Tightly wrapped in comics!

This was definitely more for Matt. She sends him this 8 grain bread that he LOVES. And he typically will take the nuts to work for a snack. I make sure to fill a baggie for me to keep at home! But I’m starting to think my grandma loves Matt more than me…nah.


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Breakfast today included overnight oats! Last night I mixed in:

-1/2 cup oats, milk, water, yogurt

-1/2 banana

-1/2 tbsp unsweetened organic cocoa powder

-1/2 tbsp stevia

In the morning I added:

-handful  of blueberries, raspberries

-sprinkle of raw oats.


Look at that froth!!

Teeccino Mediterranean Herbal Coffee. YUM! If you haven’t heard of this stuff and want to try and cut back on your caffeine it’s great! It’s basically fake coffee, completely caffeine free and all natural. Love it.  I’ll usually mix half of this and half decaf.


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On to lunch! best.sandwich.ever.

I love just adding whatever veggies I crave, slap on some hummus and call it a day. This sandwich was:




-avocado (it was soooo ripe. Almost too ripe…)

-eggplant bacon – I got my recipe from healthyexposures blog

-baby spinach and what I had left of my alfalfa sprouts

-roasted red pepper hummus

Messy but delish!

Wishing for dropped veggies. It usually happens.

It’s still weird for me not counting calories and instead trying to listen to my body and eat when I’m hungry; even if I had just eaten two hours earlier.  For such a long time, I restricted what I ate, how many calories I allowed myself per meal and how many meals I could have in a day. It is actually refreshing to be able to just listen to my body and give it what it needs.  I’m just ready for it to all balance out.  I don’t think I realized how much of an emotional process this was going to be as well.  I want to be healthy, but looking in the mirror seeing my body change is affecting me more than I thought it would.  But I am determined to ignore my ED thoughts and continue to follow my plan.  My health is the most important thing and thankfully I have a great support system to remind me of that!

I love to get care packages and I also love to send them!

Do you enjoy getting/sending care packages?

What would you put in yours?