Break out The Pumpkins!

by DanicasDaily on September 29, 2012

Happy Saturday all!  Even though our weather is still a million degrees of hot, I decided to break out into Fall-Ness today.  I woke up craving something baked so I decided to satisfy that sweet craving with a delicious Simply Filling Oatmeal Protein Pancake topped with whipped butter, coconut and pure maple syrup.

Served up with Macadamia Nut Cookie Coffee that I mixed with Island Coconut ~ totally my new fave.

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I didn’t have any fat free cottage cheese so I improvised using 0% plain Greek Yogurt.  The only thing I’d change is to add a little more salt since the yogurt does not have any saltiness to bring out the sweetness.  The batter is a bit thinner, but, it is still just as tasty. (SF + 2 WPA for 1 Tbsp syrup and 1/2 Tbsp whipped butter) – 10 points+

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After straightening up the house and picking more tomatoes from our garden we headed over to the Farmer’s Market.

I was so excited to see a new organic squash I haven’t tried called Delicata Winter Squash.  I love that it takes half the time to cook as butternut squash and the skin is so thin you can eat it too.  The farmer girl shared all the ways she loves to cook it and I can’t wait to try it!

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We also stocked up on CORN!, nectarines, pluots, squashes and tortillas.  Before breaking for lunch at Mary’s Pizza Shack, we went shopping for my nieces birthday and spent way too much time checking out all the Halloween stuff at Target.

I couldn’t resist having a slice of the warm sour dough bread when they put it on our table. (SF + 2 WPA) – 2 points+.

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I got my usual Large Mary’s House Salad with Ranch on the side.  (SF+ 4 WPA) – 10 points+

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Did I mention I also stopped at Michael’s just so I could roll out the Welcome Mat……

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For the newest addition in our Pumpkin Family! Isn’t she freakin’ cute?!

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Yup, we totally bought pumpkins already too ~ I decided you can Break Out The Pumpkins beginning October 1st…..well, it’s Monday so today counts Open-mouthed smile

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I bought a Yankee Fuji Apple Candle so our house will smell like fall…

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Along with filling my Harvest Basket with cinnamon pinecones & pumpkins.

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The Husband picked this out because he “isn’t afraid of no ghosts!” Winking smile

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I picked out this skeleton guy because he is holding a Pumpkin! Oh and he is cute too Open-mouthed smile

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It’s the little things ~ seriously!  I smile every time I see our front porch or our big kitchen window.

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I received a fun package in the mail from my favorite healthy cheese friends, Cabot Cheese Coop.  As you all know, I absolutely LOVE their mini cheese squares and I think it’s awesome that they now sell all 4 of their flavored cheeses in block form.

Did I mention that they are the only company I’ve found that makes spicy cheese in two flavors, Jalapeno & Pepper Jack Light?!

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Sharp Cheddar is my goto cheese because it brings out the richest cheesy flavor in every dish.

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100% REAL ingredients you can recognize, 2 points+ per oz.

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This totally prompted me to make up a big batch of Slow Cooker Turkey Chili just so I could top it with spicy cheesy, goodness.  I will be posting the recipe this week.

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The Husband requested Brown Sugar Banana Nut Muffins so I made up a batch just for him.

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Dinner tonight was incredibly simply and centered around all the peppers/onions we got at the Farmer’s Market.

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I sautéed a red, yellow & green bell pepper with a red onion, 3 garlic cloves and 2 cups of sliced mushrooms in 1 Tbsp canola oil until softened. 

Then, I sprinkled the fajita mix with a little Homemade Taco Seasoning.

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While the veggies cooked, The Husband grilled up this Honey Chipotle Chicken Breast we picked up at Costco.  It is in the fresh section and made by Foster Farms.

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I put the finishing touches on by “frying” a few green chili corn tortillas.

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I started off by topping my tortilla with the caramelized fajita veggie mix…

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Then topped it with a few slices of grilled chicken and sprinkle of cheese. (SF+ 2 WPA for the tortilla) – 4 points+

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Can you believe I didn’t add hot sauce or salsa?!  Don’t worry, I made sure I did on my second Chicken Fajita Taco Winking smile

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STATS (12 am – 9 pm)

  • 2,798 calories burned
  • 9,063 steps taken
  • 12 WPA used, 0 WPA remaining (30 daily points+) ~ I can’t wait for a new week tomorrow!
  • AL results: 100%, 4 Activity Points

Tomorrow we are heading out to ROLLER SKATE for my nieces party.  I used to be a really good roller skater when I was little…I totally hope it’s like riding a bike – once you learn it, you always know it?!

Night all!

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