libby’s pumpkin pie

libby's pumpkin pie libby knows best
When I decided to make a pumpkin pie I didn’t even bother looking up different recipes and making it my own; I basically went straight to the expert. I followed the recipe almost exactly as it was written with the only exception was that I used Ideal brown sugar sweetener instead of granulated sugar. This was one of my contributions to my family’s thanksgiving dinner. I think it came out pretty good but I also got many praises from my cousin Alexandra and the bestie Kenne so if anyone wants to question it I’ll let them do the talking!

Feel free to go directly to the source for the exact recipe: Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie!

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pumpkin spiced butter

pumpkin spiced butterwhy buy it when you can make it
A couple years ago I bought a maple pumpkin butter from Stonewall Kitchen (which is really good and definitely recommend it) and was considering getting it again. But my inner foodie said “why buy it when you can make it?”. So I did {always listen to your inner foodie}. The ingredient list looks extensive but it’s really meant to give the pumpkin purée a nice flavor.

You can use the pumpkin butter on crackers, in oatmeal, on a bagel or even to give basic recipes a fall twist (like meatloaf)!
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you can do anything in 12 weeks

“your hobby list is exploding”
Apparently I have too many hobbies (according to Dave) but this time I’ll blame it on my friend Arlenis. She recently posted about having registered for Nike Women’s Half Marathon in D.C. The idea to run it with her got implanted in my head and grew uncontrollably {am I really contemplating this?}. The ironic thing is that I don’t like running, I’m not a runner and I’ll never claim to be one. However! there’s something about it that intrigued me; I like the challenge of having (and completing) fitness related goals. I looked into a typical training schedule and found out it basically consist of 4 short runs and one long run every week for 12 weeks. Twelve weeks huh? what a familiar number… apparently you can do anything in 12 weeks (that’s also the “cookie cutter” training schedule for a bikini competition prep). This starts with about 10-15 miles a week and slowly increases. I was running about 21 miles for the bikini comp and although the approach was different (intervals on a treadmill) it seemed doable.

So that was the reasoning behind the decision. Decision?… yes, I officially registered to run a half-marathon…gulp [#damnyouarlenis #lordhelpme #howmanymilesisthatagain]. Kenne (the bestie and the runner) heeeelp!
nike womens half marathon

pumpkin pb&j
I was craving a PB&J earlier this week so I decided to use one of my pumpkin doughnuts and since I’m pumpkin obsessed, I decided to use a my pumpkin spiced peanut butter (from Nuts N More) with sugar-free strawberry preserves (from Polaner) to make this little bundle of deliciousness.
pumpkin pb and jelly

oatmeal suicide
My container of oatmeal fell from the counter top and this is how it landed… {ugh!}. But oatmeal, I love youuu!

oh my quad!
I want to build up my leg muscles so I’ll be switching things up a little bit on leg days. I usually put on enough weights to do about 10-15 reps (to reach failure) but I’m going to start increasing the weights to lower the reps to stay within the 6-8 rep range. I’ll be tracking my progress….let’s see where I end up in a couple of months. Here we go!

pumpkin doughnut with pecan cranberry glaze

pumpkin doughnut pumpkin fever
I absolutely LOVE pumpkin… seriously if anything has pumpkin (or squash or sweet potato) it’s like my mouth immediately starts to salivate. And since it’s that time of year there’s an abundance of pumpkin flavored everything and I love it!

With this recipe I would normally use a 9×13 pan and cut them into squares but I recently bought a doughnut pan and decided I wanted to break it in. The recipe came out absolutely amazing and the doughnut came out nice and moist. I added walnuts to the batter, it gave it a nice crunch… this with the extra nuttiness of the pecan butter and the sweet/tartness of the dried cranberries it was like I had a little bit of heaven in my mouth!

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