Happy Monday! I hope you guys have the day off and get to enjoy an extra day of relaxation and fun.

I have to tell you though, I totally hate post office holidays. On a normal day, I know that even if my day is horrible, I still have hope that maybe there will be a fabulous pyrex dish or a bottle of nailpolish or a magazine in the mailbox. Today, I just have to hope that the day doesn’t suck.

Deployment. It does weird things to your brain.

To update you, I only cried at one of the school conferences. And to be fair, it had absolutely nothing to do with school. I was just a mess.

We did go to the grand opening of Trader Joe’s afterwards. WHICH WAS AWESOME. The checkout line wrapped around the store twice but really, we weren’t there more than an hour and a half. And then I ate nothing but pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin cornbread croutons, and pumpkin salted caramels the rest of the weekend.

Hmm, what else?

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been really annoyed with our internet service provider. I cannot deal with slow internet but I’m stuck with this provider since we live on an army post and it’s our only option.

Anyway, I literally called them 7 times last week to have them reset my modem and a guy even came out once to look at it. So Saturday night the entire network on Fort Carson went down. And stayed down for 12 hours.

Do you know how badly I wanted to call and sit on hold for an hour just to say “I TOLD YOU SOMETHING WAS WRONG!” and then hang up?

No internet issues since they got it back up and running.

Next time, maybe Baja Broadband will listen to the resident internet addict when she says that something is terribly wrong.

Ugh, I love being right.

I also continued my butterscotch obsession by making a butterscotch glaze. And since I needed something to put the glaze on, I made pumpkin cinnamon rolls! They turned out so yummy and I may or may not have had a couple for dinner one night. Oops.

I have a pumpkin cinnamon roll recipe that I’ve used for years and years (it’s our usual Christmas morning breakfast!) and it actually uses a butterscotch pudding mix so check that one out if you’re crazy about butterscotch like I am!

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Let me tell you about how productive I was yesterday.

I got so much done yesterday morning and then both kids that were home fell asleep around 11. Clearly, I couldn’t waste such a peaceful time on things like laundry or scrubbing the toilets. Especially when my DVR was calling my name. So I turned on Madam Secretary (obsessed) and starting searching for a neon geometric cardigan.

WHICH NO ONE HAS RIGHT NOW!

So my children finally wake up and I realize I’ve spent 4 hours searching for a cardigan. I also managed to somehow watch 4 episodes of Revenge.

And then since I’d spent most the day sitting around watching Netflix, I figured I might as well sit around some more and swatch all my nail polish onto fake nails. Because that’s what normal adults do on Mondays.

I did cry on the phone with my internet provider for about an hour. That’s something, right? You guys, I can’t handle the slow internet. I called them Sunday night and the guy reset a bunch of things and then concluded that it was my Macbook causing the issue. WHICH IT ISN’T. So I cried. Because I was so frustrated.

They’re sending a guy out today. I’m going to try not to cry.

Anyway, more pumpkin. Pumpkin all day, every day.

I posted this recipe originally back in 2008. I think that was probably the first year I was really into pumpkin. Probably because that’s the first year I was really into cooking. But we absolutely loved it then. My husband is kind of a pumpkin hater but he still talks about this pasta. And he was totally jealous when I said I was making it a few days ago.

It’s so, so, so good. The pumpkin and the sausage and the sage just work so well together. I’ve got leftovers in my fridge that are currently calling my name!

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More pumpkin. I’m sorry, I can’t help it.

Speaking of things stereotypical 20-something girls like, I was at Target the other day and saw a shirt that said, “Don’t be basic”.

And I was all, “Is that your way of being ironic, Target?”

Because Target is kind of the motherland for us basic ones.

But anyway, today I bring you muffins. Muffins with pumpkin and blueberry. So they’re kind of fall-ish and still kind of summer-ish. The blueberries I used were taaaaaart, though, so you may wanna make these sooner rather than later. Or just use frozen ones – which just came to me and I totally wish I would’ve done that instead.

Dang.

According the magazine I got these from, they’re biscuit muffins. Which I didn’t know was a thing but Better Homes & Gardens probably knows better than me. They’re more airy and fluffier than a typical muffin. Kind of like a cupcake. And they totally melt in your mouth!

Ask my husky. She had 4 when I made a taco run last night.

Yep.

I hope you guys are having a relaxing and wonderful weekend. I’m gonna spend my day watching my Broncos and all the other teams I don’t really care about. But first, I’m gotta track down my fave food truck because they’re doing pumpkin arepas this weekend. Yeah, you heard me right. Pumpkin. Arepas.

#basic

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It snowed on Friday!

Yes, snow!

I know!

This is our 4th winter in Colorado and we’ve never had snow before November. I didn’t believe the weather people when they started saying we’d get snow. Mostly because we never get snow when they say we will. I think they just like to play with my emotions. And then it’s when they say that we’re gonna have an unseasonably warm day with absolutely no precipitation that we get half a foot of snow.

That’s just how it works here.

But yeah, I was so disappointed when I woke up and couldn’t see anything coming down because it was so dark. And then I let Penelope (the husky) in and she was covered in the white stuff! It was pretty exciting.

It didn’t stick and never really got heavy so both my kids in school had recess in it which always sounds really cool to me because I’m from Mobile, Alabama and the 2 times in my life it snowed, we just got sent home early.

It also made me incredibly aware of the fact that my kids have basically no pants. So at 6:30 on Friday morning I was ordering all the boys pants that H&M has and possibly a poncho for me. What am I going to do with a poncho? I mean, really?

I think I’m even more excited for fall and winter now. The kids and I went to an apple farm yesterday and bought 10 pounds of apples and 3 big pumpkins. The pumpkins are definitely not going to last until Halloween but, ugh, I couldn’t help myself!

I also made Pumpkin Swirl Bread because once again, I couldn’t help myself. This version is so yummy. It’s a typical pumpkin bread but has a layer of sweetened cream cheese in the middle. It also has raisins which I considered leaving out but I’m really glad I didn’t. I really enjoyed them in this!

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I swear this isn’t like all those times I Instagrammed a rice cake with M&Ms on top or Doritos and wine and hashtagged it paleo.

This is really paleo. And really delicious.

This recipe comes from Paleo Ice Cream: 75 Recipes for Rich and Creamy Homemade Scoops and Treats which is the newest addition to my cookbook collection. The book has basically every ice cream variety you could ever want, but Paleo-ized.

I mean, Maple Bacon Chocolate Ice Cream.

Yeah.

I, of course, am obsessed with all things fall right now (BECAUSE OMG SNOW IS COMING) so I had to give the Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream a try.

And I’m totally breaking my October 1st = Pumpkin Day rule but whatever. I had to share this with you.

I’m not gonna lie to you, I had serious doubts about the whole paleo ice cream thing. Paleo treats are really nice to have when you’re strict paleo but let’s be real, a paleo muffin tastes nothing like an actual muffin.

If I read your blog and you tell me a paleo biscuit tastes like a Cracker Barrel biscuit, I’m giving you major side eye.

So I worried that paleo ice cream would be nothing like real ice cream.

But basically, this ice cream is coconut milk (the canned stuff, not the refrigerated stuff), xanthan gum is optional but I definitely recommend it for the texture, honey as the sweetener, and some pumpkin.

(I totally saw xanthan gum at Walmart yesterday so you should be able to find it anywhere.)

It tastes like ice cream. Like pumpkin ice cream!

I did have to let it defrost for a few minutes before scooping but after that, it had nearly the exact texture of regular ol’ ice cream!

I’ve made paleo cookies, pizza, muffins, bread, etc, etc, etc and this paleo ice cream is the only thing that’s actually been super close to it’s non-paleo counterpart.

You should definitely check out Paleo Ice Cream if you’re looking for recipes like Oregano Ice Cream, Double Chocolate Candy Bar Ice Cream, or Toasted Almond Frozen Custard!

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