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Pumpkin Season is Not Over


Good Morning!

I do not know about you, but I love all things pumpkin!  Pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin oatmeal, and so much more.  Pumpkin season is not over!  Some places have taken pumpkin recipes off of their menu because it is November, but I think we still have many more weeks to enjoy all that pumpkin has to offer.

Usually, I start my day with oats, but I decided to change things up today.  Instead, I made a pancake packed with all of my favorite breakfast ingredients ( inspired by a pumpkin post on Facebook from fitbook by fitlosophy).  I used a 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of pumpkin, 1 egg, 1 egg white, walnuts (loved the crunch), nutmeg, and lots of cinnamon.  I topped it with a dollop of Trader Joe’s Plain Greek Yogurt and more cinnamon.  I also had a heartwarming cup of decaf earl grey tea with a splash of almond milk.  I feel so good!  I am confident that this breakfast will get me through teaching my very first yoga class in Atlanta.  I am nervous and excited all at the same time. 


Last night, I wanted to try a new recipe with pumpkin, so I made pumpkin bars.  I love to bake clean and easy dishes. 

loaded pumpkin bars

(inspired by The Daily Crumb and love veggies + yoga)

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, beat almond butter, pumpkin puree, eggs, brown sugar + vanilla.  In a separate bowl, sift oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon + nutmeg.  Slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients, about 1/2 cup at a time, and mix until just combined.  Pour mixture into 9 x 9 or 9 x 13 baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.


Pumpkin BarsBars with Greek Yogurt










The bars were fantastic!  I added some Trader Joe’s Plain Greek Yogurt (of course).  The best part is that my husband thought they were great. He has never seen me bake until we moved to Atlanta.  He loves my new hobby.

We will see how long these bars last.  I have a feeling they will be gone by the weekend.  I am off to teach yoga!

 What are some of your favorite pumpkin recipes?


ABC’s of Me…Stephanie


Hello!  Below you will find the “ABC’s of Me” (Stephanie).  Check back soon to read Sarah’s “ABC’s of Me.”  We are looking forward to learning more about you!

A. Age: 28

B. Bed size: Queen. We are getting a king size as soon as possible!

C. Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom. Yuck!

D. Dogs: I hate to say it, but I do not like dogs…I am sorry!

E. Essential start to your day: oatmeal (overnight oats or made on the stove)

F. Favorite color: pink and cocoa

G. Gold or silver: Silver.

H. Height: 5’6″

I. Instruments you play: I can play the kiddie version of Pachelbel on the piano.

J. Job title: New Blogger. Personal Trainer. Yoga Instructor.

K. Kids: Not for a few years, but we would like to have two kids (in a perfect world Smile).

L. Live: In Virginia Highlands in Atlanta.

M. Mom’s name: Marty.


N. Nicknames: Steph and Kiddo (my sister calls me this because I am the baby of the family).

O. Overnight hospital stays: Yes when I was ten.

P. Pet peeve: Nail biting.

Q. Quote from a movie: “Love actually is all around us.”

R. Right or left handed: Right.

S. Siblings: One brother and two sisters.


T. Time you wake up: If I am training, I get up at 5:45, but I normally get up around 7:15. We get up around 7:30 or 8:00 on the weekends.

U. Underwear: Anything from Hanky Panky.  My best friend got me hooked on this brand.  Thanks Jessica!

V. Vegetables you dislike: I love them all! I used to hate tomatoes.

W. What makes you run late: It is rare that I am late. I am usually early!

X. X-Rays you’ve had: I broke my left arm when I was seven. I have also had an MRI for my knees.

Y. Yummy food you make: pumpkin chili

Z. Zoo – favorite animal: My dad used to live across from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, and I loved to watch the gorillas!