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Marvelous in My Thanksgiving Monday

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I’m writing this post from the Windows desktop in my family’s computer room, so my apologies if this post takes a while to show up. Who knew that a slightly different keyboard could present such a huge difficulty?

I’ve been seeing post after “Marvelous In My Monday” posts and so I decided to see what the fuss was about. Not only did it lead me to Katie, of The Healthy Diva but her weekly roundups are a shot of positivity across the internet that are greatly appreciated.

So here we go!

Marvelous is coming home Friday night after an easy bus ride with arguably the sweetest bus driver I have ever met. After catching up with mum and dad, I was finally reunited with my person, Erin when she and Mark picked me up for some much needed catch up.

We celebrated with drinks at the usual place and made full use of the new ping pong table. While there we invented “Extreme Ping Pong – Where The Bar is Your Table and The Ball is Always in Play”. This made up for the fact that Mark was skilled at the game, whereas Erin and I could best be described as “enthusiastic”

Still in play!

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Being sick is not marvelous. However, sick days and rainy days often evoke the same feeling – how grateful I am to have a place to lie down, a place to be sick and doctors to visit. Marvelous is also snuggling with my pup, I love Wheatley to bits but this doesn’t make me miss Paddy any less!

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Marvelous is waking up Sunday feeling slightly more energetic, but taking it easy till around four when I was sure that I could make it through the evening.

Because of my illness I didn’t have time to prepare a proper centerpiece, so I improvised with an old decorative pumpkin, a gold sharpie and some fresh “not so” greenery. Crafting/arranging on the fly, and coming up with lists of things to be thankful for (we wrote them on the pumpkin) was absolutely marvelous.

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Marvelous is also an adorable dress in a bright pattern which lifted my spirits up from the cold and gloomy day outside.

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We shared Thanksgiving Dinner with family friends, which included their two boys Scott and Brian. Sadly the boys are of that age where they seem to move too quickly to take their picture, and my hands were full keeping them entertained, so pictures are minimal. Mario Kart, giggles and the sheer amount of infectious energy they put out are marvelous.

Thanksgiving Dinner is simply fantastic, especially the Torfurkey. I find we get a little better at cooking it each time, and its a “three times a year” treat that I always look forward to. I also appreciate how easy it is to make Thanksgiving vegan or vegetarian. Once turkey is out of the way, there are plenty of delicious options.

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Marvelous is being done with dishes by 8:30, sharing a cup of coffee and then heading out for a post Thanksgiving celebration with friends. I attempted to learn how to play Magic : The Gathering and am determined to actually “get it” one of these days.

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Marvelous is starting the day without my customary coffee is turn for a decaf tea, I’m trying to learn how to take things slow.IMG_1174

I’m feeling almost “good” today so I’ll be off to spend time with Erin and Kenzie before heading home to continue with classes and films.

This weekend has been filled with family – both blood and chosen, love and gratitude. I’m not sure I could ask for anything more.

How has your Thanksgiving Monday been marvelous?

All Pumpkin Everything

This passing Sunday marked the first day of fall.

Autumn is by far my favourite season; the changing weather makes everything especially beautiful and crisp, and it’s just cold enough to still enjoy getting cosy.

For me, cosiness means a good story, something to nibble on and a warm drink. It being fall of course, means that everything should be pumpkin flavoured.

Today I’m going to share a Vegan Pumpkin Bread and a Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. Hope you enjoy!

First … The Pumpkin Bread!

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Unfortunately, I was missing a proper loaf pan, so this does look more like a cake. But I assure you that this is much more savoury and spicy than it is sweet.

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp  ground cloves
  • 1 cup pumpkin pie filling
  • ½ cup oil – ( I used Sunflower Oil)
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chopped pumpkin seeds

LET’S BAKE BREAD

Preheat your over to 350, then grease and flour your loaf pan.

Mix together your dry ingredients – flour, sugar, salt, spices, baking powder & soda.

In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients – pumpkin, syrup, oil and water.

Pour the wet ingredients into the larger bowl and mix well. Fold in your nuts and seeds.

Add the batter to your loaf pan, and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. Bake for around 45 minutes.

Once cooled you can add the optional spicy sugar dusting. Simply combine a pinch of all the spices used in the cake with icing sugar and dust overtop.

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LET’S MAKE A LATTE

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As this petition on change.org shows, people are really passionate about their pumpkin spice lattes, and getting them veganized.

Now I don’t want to brag, but I really do prefer the taste of this latte, made with natural ingredients and a “true” pumpkin taste.

YOU WILL NEED

  • 2oz Strong Coffee or Espresso
  • 14oz Milk of Your Choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 2 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Filling
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Sugar
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice and (optional) Cayenne Pepper to taste.

In the bottom of your cup add the pumpkin puree, sugar and spices.

Mix in your piping hot coffee and warm milk and “blend” well. I use my handheld milk foamer from IKEA but you could also use a small whisk or even a fork.

Top with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice or anything else you fancy and enjoy!

How are you enjoying the new season? Are you making pumpkin treats or sick to death of “All Pumpkin Everything All The Time”?

September Favourites

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Reading Monthly “Favourites” posts are one of my many guilty pleasures when it comes to blogging. So after spending the entire day battling “bloggers block” I’ve decided to make my own. Here are the things I’ve been loving, wanting and using this September.

 

1.  Hershel “Little America” Backpack – I bought this the summer before first year, and I’m still loving it! It looks brand new, carries a metric tonne of textbooks, notepads and other bits and bobs and compliments whatever I feel like wearing.

2.  Lilly Pulitzer Jumbo Agenda –  As a child I never used my school-provided agenda, or any agenda for that matter. These days I keep film schedules, little notes, assignments, my work schedule and other reminders meticulously organized in this adorable  book.

3. My Kobo Touch E-reader –  Though my backpack could carry all my textbooks and then some, I’m happy it doesn’t have to because everything fits on my kobo! Textbooks, PDF copies of additional articles and “just for fun” books with me all the time. It doesn’t get much better!

4. My DIY Monogrammed Notebooks are holding up fantastically, and make me happy every time I pull them out in class.

5. My Phone – This summer I swapped out a half dead Blackberry for an iPhone and I absolutely love it. I’m not much of a phone girl, but it’s synced to my desktop back home and is just really pretty.

6. My Sony Headphones – They’re durable, comfortable, and provide fantastic sound for the price point. I’ve been using these since 10th grade, and I don’t think I’ll switch anytime soon.

7. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy and Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend – These are my go to albums- oldies but goodies. Really I could do an entire post about each, so I’ll just link to where you can take a liste

8. My Keurig – I won this through a little competition at my workplace this summer, but kept the thing in storage till I moved into the new place. Though I’ve been a “French Press or Death” girl since I started drinking coffee, there’s nothing like the convenience it provides in the morning. I’ll let you in on a little secret too – I can’t taste the difference.

PS. I’m currently brewing Starbucks Anniversary Blend. It’s a little different each year, and I can say without a doubt that the 2013 blend is the best I’ve ever tasted. It’s a limited time offer so don’t miss out!

9. I had to do a Wheatley pick! – She’s loving Willow Balls  for playing and chewing. They help keep her mouth busy and her brain sharp! 10/10 bunnies agree.

10. Lilly Pulitzer Murfee Scarf – Oh My Goodness, this is the softest thing that has ever touched my neck. 51% Silk 49% Cashmere it makes a great outfit finisher, and although it’s light as air it keeps me bundled up. It’s possible I’m in love with this scarf.

11. G.H Bass & Co. Loafers – I inherited a pair from my mum, and although the shoes are older than I am, it’s only now they’re starting to show their wear. The key word here is quality. Seeing as they are my go-to-for-everything shoe I’m planning a replacement and I’m loving this pair.

12. Apples – I lived on peaches this summer. I was on a 5 peach a day habit. Now though if you gave me a peach I would throw it at you and go searching for an apple. I’m super excited to bake with them, go apple picking and drink lots and lots of cider (alcoholic and not). Also, Molly of The Happiness Recipe had a lovely post on apples which is worth a read!

 

What are you loving this September?