The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of looking at life through lab glasses:
In attempts to stay healthy during my hectic life, I have been drinking a lot of this:
and consuming far too much of this (which has nothing to do with healthy, but everything to do with the hectic life):
When I get a chance, I let out stress in a run. Fall morning runs are the best. Especially when run with a good friend who has an awesome sense of style:
Don’t judge, please. Instead, make one of these recipes and you’ll understand. I hope.
Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Honey Buttercream (Heather’s Dish). If the name alone doesn’t have you clicking over, let me tell you that this is one of the most phenomenal recipes I’ve made all autumn. The buttercream alone is out of this world. I had to hold myself back from sitting down to a bowl of it and calling it lunch.
Pumpkin Molasses Cookie Dough Balls (Peas and Thank You). Soft and flavorful, these cookies didn’t last long!
Pumpkin Smoothie (Edible Perspective). Pumpkin makes such a creamy smoothie! I only wish I didn’t slurp through this deliciousness so fast.
Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip:
- 3/4 c. canned pumpkin
- 1/2 c. cottage cheese
- 3 T. almond butter
- 1 T. cinnamon
- 1 t. nutmeg
- 1 T. maple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a blender or in a medium size bowl until blended smooth. Drizzle maple syrup on top and top with chopped nuts or coconut before serving. Scoop up with graham crackers, pretzels, apple and pear slices, or pita chips.
In just over a week, it will be Thanksgiving. I can choose to be stressed out by the way time is whizzing by, or I can choose to embrace this season of gratitude. I have so much to be thankful for. I have a strong and loving family, I’ve been blessed with good health, I have the opportunity to be in college, taking classes (difficult as they may be) on the way to the career of my dreams. Most of all, my life is marked by the love and grace of God. Every day, His mercies are new. Great is His faithfulness.
In this hectic life, filled with both joys and stresses, moments of peace and moments of frustration, I choose to give thanks.