I love me some Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Muffins, but they contain a day's worth of fat and calories, so I made some from scratch instead. They were very yummy, everyone in my family gobbled them up and we were even able to bring some to a friend who is battling cancer right now. The recipe is here, I made 24 muffins instead of the bread, omitted the nuts (I do not like nuts in my baked goods) and added a simple glaze (of confectionery sugar and milk and vanilla) once the muffins were completely cooled.
|Because nothing says "You're gonna beat cancer's behind!" than pumpkin muffins.|
We were gifted some apples from the baby's nanny's cousin's garden (did you catch all that?) and so when life hands me apples, I make Swedish Apple Pie. Because even more than I do not like nuts in my muffins, I do not like pie crust. Swedish Apple Pie is the easiest thing to make, and you just pour the "crust" over the apples and it becomes this delicious combination of apple crisp and apple pie. We have this at every Thanksgiving dinner in our family, but it's easy enough to whip up an a weekday too. The recipe I use is like this one, I just add cinnamon to the apple slices, and make sure to pile the apple slices high in the pan because they always cook down a lot.
|Tasted even better than it smelled, which is really saying something.|
Speaking of beating cancer, have you read Nella's blog? She is a mom of six who was diagnosed with cancer right after finding out she was pregnant with her 6th baby. Go give her some love and prayers.
My kids are like totally obsessed with making these weave bracelets right now. All of them, from my 10 year old boy to my 5 year old girl are having fun with these. I really wish we had bought them a kit over the summer, since it would have given us zero moments of the I'm-Bored-Whinies. Go get your kids some if you want some peace and quiet. Kit here (just one per family is enough), and extra supplies here (maybe one per kid?).
The other day, I realized my thighs were getting a lot bigger.
I excitedly told this to Phil, who looked at me like "Why are you so happy that your legs are getting fatter when every other day of your life you would cry about this same discovery?"
Seeing his confusion, I said "My thighs are getting bigger and my behind is getting bigger and that means I must be having a girl!"
Then added, "Or it means all those Reese's peanut butter cup cravings are finally catching up to me."
And I got sad again.
My poor husband tore his rotator cuff. He did it while playing frisbee and throwing himself all over the field like he's still 19 and the best player at FUS (oh yes he was!). At first he just said he hurt his shoulder and I had no sympathy for him because I always tell him he needs to play differently now that he's older, and take it easy so he doesn't get hurt. But does he listen to me? Of course not. Unfortunately the competitive streak runs on both sides of our family. Anyway, by a couple of days after the injury, he couldn't even move his arm and he made an appointment to see the doctor. I started to feel really sorry for him. Phil is not the typical guy who gets a man-cold and is useless for days. That's more my gig.
So if he's making an appointment, he's pretty much in terrible pain and/or dying. The doctor thinks it's a partial tear and gave him some anti-inflammatory drugs, and Phil felt like a new man the first day on those bad boys. Medicine and good doctors are such a blessing.
So much Pope Francis hoopla, eh? Some clips from the interview (source):
On the vow of chastity
On women in the church
On the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)
On being a Jesuit
On his style of authority
On the church as a healer
On the Second Vatican Council reforms
On uncertainty and God
Part of me is all "You need to clearly state the Church's teachings and call on Catholics to follow them faithfully." And then the other part of me is like "The way to win followers is through a loving example." I don't think he's saying anything wrong, and I'm glad that so many non-Catholics are paying attention to what he's saying, but I don't like the way some people are taking his remarks to another level and saying that the Church is changing her position. Like them, for example:
All in all, I'm just glad I'm not the Pope.
Have a great Fall Weekend everybody!!