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10 Pumpkin Recipes You’ve Gotta Try

I’m convinced that the pumpkin craze sweeping Pinterest and grocery stores each fall is a good thing. No matter the weather, once October hits, I feel justified in tossing a can of pumpkin into my grocery cart during any given week. I have never once regretted having pumpkin in my pantry when that pumpkin craving hits.

There are soooo many good pumpkin recipes out there. Here are 10 no-fail recipes I love featuring this beloved fall ingredient, plus 3 I have my eye on to try out in the coming weeks. Enjoy!

Click on a photo to view that recipe.

1. Maple Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze Well Plated 

 

2. {Healthy + Flourless} Pumpkin Pancakes Chelsea’s Messy Apron

 

3. Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Fox and Briar

 

4. Favorite Pumpkin Granola Pinch of Yum

 

5. Pumpkin Spice Biscuits the view from great island

 

6. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Damn Delicious

 

7. Easy Pumpkin Chili Paleo Running Mama

 

8. Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites Simple As That 

 

 

9. Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip BarsAverie Cooks

 

10. Homemade Pumpkin Butter Oh She Glows

I promise you can’t go wrong with any of these recipes! And here are three I haven’t tried yet but want to make soon:

Let me know what you think if you try any of these out. I’d love to hear!

xoxo,
Sar

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Fall Bucket List

 

Happy first day of fall! Here in Texas, the weather isn’t what one would call “crisp” yet, but I have this hope that East Texas fall will be closer to Arkansas fall than Houston fall. Like, I’m hoping some leaves will change and it won’t be humid and 85 in November. And I hope I get a chance to wear my flannel shirt while the bump still fits inside.

Anyway.

A deep desire of mine is to make the most of every moment in every season of the year and season of life. Don’t we all want that?

One way I make this more manageable is by writing down my hopes and “to-do’s” – a bucket list if you will. I’m ticking items off my 30 by 30 bucket list, and it’s been really fun.

When I finish an item on the list below, I’ll color in the leaf beside that item. I encourage you to make your own list as a way to savor the season. Here’s to a fall 2017 marked by joy and purpose!

  1. Attend a fall festival
  2. Hike at Tyler State Park
  3. Try out 5 new chili/soup recipes
  4. Bake something yummy and deliver to my neighbors
  5. Make an Oktoberfest themed dinner
  6. Get good at the side braid
  7. Bake scones
  8. Attend a football game
  9. Build a gratitude list
  10. DIY Halloween costume
  11. Knit something
  12. Picnic in the park
  13. Host a chili night
  14. Volunteer in my community
  15. DIY fall garland
  16. Visit the farmers market
  17. At-home movie night
  18. Make a fall wreath
  19. Take a family photo
  20. Make something S’mores themed
  21. Write a short story
  22. Make a crock pot air freshener like this

What’s on your fall bucket list??

xoxo,

Sar

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7 Days of {Easy + Scrumptious} Dinners

There are so many awesome food blogs out there containing tons of free recipes. Really we never have to buy cookbooks ever again, but perhaps we will to support Baptist churches or chefs we love or because we love real books with pages to dog ear and splash a bit of lemon juice on. I have a shelf full of cookbooks I love, but when it comes to planning dinner lately, I keep coming back to a few easy dinner recipes I stumbled upon online.

Here are seven of my favorite tried and true online dinners. For recipes, click the photo above each description. Put these on your fall rotation and enjoy!

 

Photo from jennysteffens.blogspot.com

Dinner 1: The Best Tomato Soup + The Best Grilled Cheese – Everyday Occasions

Alex and I have been on a tomato soup + grilled cheese kick for months now. It’s just the best combo. The soup is the best with fresh basil, though I have made it sans basil and with dried basil. And really any grilled cheese will do, but this one has THREE different kinds of cheese. I dare say you could serve this to guests.

 

Photo from wholesomeyum.com

Dinner 2: Healthy Taco Salad – Wholesome Yum

This salad is easy and so satisfying. It hits the spot if you’re craving Mexican food without being too heavy. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a time for tacos and rice.

 

Photo from southernliving.com

3. Eggs Simmered in Tomato Sauce – Southern Living

This dish is basically crushed tomatoes with seasonings, and then you poach eggs right in the sauce and top with cheese and herbs – delicious, simple and budget friendly! Serve with pita or naan.

 

Photo from wellplated.com

4. Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes – Well Plated

First things first. Have you every made potatoes in a Crock Pot? GENIUS. This recipe doesn’t call for that, but what I do is place the sweet potatoes right on top of the meat in the Crock Pot. I made this dinner often in Houston on Tuesday nights last winter and spring when Alex and I ran with our track group. We’d come home late and so hungry to to this no-fuss, tangy, filling meal.

 

 

Photo from cafedelites.com

5. Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Soup – Cafe Delites

I usually shop at Aldi, which consistently carries (very inexpensive!) tortellini. It’s SO good in this soup. I usually use two cans of evaporated milk instead of three and it’s still plenty soup-y. You’ll love this.

 

Photo from therecipecritic.com

6. Baked Parmesan Garlic Herb Salmon in Foil – The Recipe Critic

Don’t you need more salmon in your life? This recipe has loads of flavor and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Roast an assortment of veggies – like cherry tomatoes, carrots, and asparagus tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper – on another pan while the salmon cooks. It’s so good!

 

Photo from gimmesomeoven.com

7. Chicken Pot Pie Soup – Gimme Some Oven

I don’t think this list can have too many soups. I’m convinced Ali of Gimme Some Oven is the smartest person alive. EVERYTHING I make from her blog is incredibly delicious, healthy, and totally doable. When you click on the recipe above, you’ll also find a recipe for Coconut Oil Biscuits. They are perfect with this soup. Her Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas and Baked Chicken Breasts are also favorite recipes of mine.

xoxo,

Sar

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30 by 30

Dear friends and family, thank you for the kind birthday wishes today! I’m feeling incredibly blessed and grateful to be 28!

I am a list lover through and through. Whether it’s a grocery list, to-do list, book reading list or wish list, they all have their place in my life. I use them to remember, to strive, to improve. And one list I’m excited about as I officially move into my “upper 20s” and creep toward 30 is my very own 30 by 30 bucket list.

I started this list on January 1st and have been adding items since. I’ve been thinking lately about how easy it is to get used to doing or seeing certain things every week to the point where I no longer do or see them with wonder or delight or thanksgiving. What if instead of becoming “used to” the everyday things in life – the 9 to 5 job, the drive to church on Sunday mornings, warm showers, my mom’s texts, Alex’s whistling, cooking dinner with fresh ingredients, you name it – we open our eyes a little bit wider each morning and seek to live with open hands and more intention? That’s what I want for this year and every one I have left. My hope is that some of the items on this list help me do that.

In no particular order, here are 30 things I hope to do by the time I turn 30:

1. Participate in a marriage retreat
2. Do the Whole30 again
3. Go back to Mornington, Australia
4. PR in the mile
5. Get good at the side braid
6. Cook through Run Fast. Eat Slow.
7. Learn hand lettering
8. Run an exotic/special/themed 1/2 marathon
9. Leave online reviews for 10 of my most and least favorite places
10. Reread the Harry Potter books
11. Visit New England
12. Visit the Pacific Northwest
13. Build a gallery wall I love using photos & art
14. Interview my parents on their childhood memories
15. Start writing a book
16. Pay for the person behind me in a drive thru
17. Make a T-shirt quilt
18. Host a dinner party
19. Attend a Happy Hour Live
20. Cook through Date Night In with Alex
21. Study Russian again
22. Throw Alex an awesome birthday party
23. Go on a hike in Northwest Arkansas
24. Visit OBU
25. See Cami Jones
26. Mail a friend a package of favorite goodies just because
27. Join a book club
28. Pitch a children’s book
29. Memorize Matthew 5-7
30. Research my genealogy

Now on to being 28!

What’s on your bucket list?? I’d love to hear.