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On Friday I experienced my first bonfire of the season, and all it did was leave me wanting more. Nothing says 'Fall' like a bonfire, some s'mores and a sweatshirt!

Last night I made 2 kinds of cornbread: L.A. Cornbread and Pumpkin Cornbread. Unfortunately, only the L.A. type turned out. I am going to try to post that recipe today or tomorrow. It's absolutely perfect for this time of year.

We are having our small group over for dinner tonight. Can't wait to see our table full of friends!


Girls just wanna have fun.

This evening we had a planning meeting for our girls trip to New Buffalo. I've never been so excited to plan something. It was so fun to be in a room of girls looking so forward to being away for a weekend.

Sometimes you just really need to get away. I don't think this trip could have come at a better time. I am looking forward to: wine tours, bike rides, apple orchards, outlet malls, dinners, games, great conversations, and LOTS of girl time.

Tomorrow I am making L.A. cornbread. I will take pictures and share the recipe. It is one to keep in a file.


weekend. over.

News first:
Went to the dentist and have NO cavities for the first time, in about 4 years. I have been flossing everyday, and I think this really helped me.I have been attending yoga, spinning, and yogalaties classes and feel much more centered, much less stressed, and overall much better about myself.I am reading the Psychology of Eating. 2nd Edition. It is very interesting and reminds me of textbooks Dr. Hjelm had us read in College.I am leaving on Friday for New Buffalo, MI for a girls weekend, and I couldn't be more excited. Weekend update.
Had my first bonfire of the season, equipped with s'mores, wine, sweatshirts, and smart wool socks.Laid outside in the sun on Saturday and took a nap!Went to bed at 9pm, and woke up at 7:30a. That is 10.5 hours! I feel rested and rejuvenated.Attended church where I got to hear Sten lead worship, and it was so great. Enjoyed making healthy pumpkin spice cookies with my mother in law.Had a great workout at the gym.Watched Survivor (from Wed…


Phew! It sure has been awhile!

Does life get busy for everyone else like it does for me? The kind of busy where you have to force yourself to sit down and take a breather to watch the first Vikings game of the season?... the kind of busy where when your head hits the pillow at night you don't remember falling asleep?... the kind of busy where washing the dishes seems like a dream because you will be standing in one place for 16 minutes?.... 

My month started out perfectly with Jessica and Mike coming for a Chicago visit. We love these 2 so much. Some highlights of our time together include: games (especially Scattegories), chats at Starbucks, Jazz Fest, dinner out at Adobo Grill, pumpkin pie pancakes, and shopping in Lincoln Square.  

Well, to remind myself I would like to see where I am at on my September list:
Paint my nails 2 times.Drink our Michigan wine on a special night.Love EVERY second of Mike and Jessica in the city this weekend. Eat a new cuisine?Enjoy a weekend get-a…

Happy September.

Goodbye August and Summer. Hello September and Fall. I had pretty lofty ambitions in August and since I failed to reach all my goals I am going to set my sights a little lower for September. Although I love this time of year, I am sad to see my Chicago summer chapter come to an end. Here are my goals, plans, hopes, dreams and ambitions for this month:
Paint my nails 2 times.Drink our Michigan wine on a special night.Love EVERY second of Mike and Jessica in the city this weekend. Eat a new cuisine?Enjoy a weekend get-a-way with college girl friends.Remove Diet Pop from my diet.Dive into our new small group starting Wednesdays. Sing loud at church and maybe clap (?)Win most BUNCO's at Bunco!Bake something with apples and pumpkin... YES!Eek out as much Vitamin D before the winter monster comes and takes away the sunshine for 150 days.Call my mom and ask her every detail of her trip to Scotland. Enjoy some downtime as the hotel is slower and I will have some weekdays off.Make new dinne…