If you weren’t aware, I’m kind of a crazy dog lady.

And by “kind of”, I mean I’m pretty much the craziest dog lady that ever lived.

I want ALL THE DOGS.

I was actually playing around with starting a dog blog and then I realized that all I really wanted to do was post homemade treat recipes and pictures of our monthly Barkbox and that I really have nothing to say that requires a separate dog blog. 

Don’t worry, I bought the URL just in case. You never know when I’ll get a wild hair. 

So anyway, I’ve been really into making homemade stuff for the dogs recently. I got super inspired when I realized our H-E-B has a bulk bins section of treats. With strawberry biscotti. 

Yeah. For dogs. 

I whipped these Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats up yesterday for the girls and about the time I pulled them out of the oven, my husband was all “What are those? They smell good. Seriously though, what are they? For the dogs? Seriously?”

He came very close to trying one. 

Both dogs gave them rave reviews which is saying something because Clem is weirdly picky about treats. 

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I know, it’s November and I’m still posting pumpkin recipes. I’m sorry. I strongly believe that pumpkin season runs from October 1 until Christmas. 

Yes, I have strong beliefs about pumpkin. Whatever. 

Plus, I haven’t yet transitioned from a PSL to a Gingerbread Latte so… still pumpkin season! 

Anyway, we didn’t talk about Halloween yesterday. How was it?! Did you eat ALL THE CANDY?! 

I did. But it’s not my fault.

We got ONE trick-or-treater. ONE. So I now have 3 bowls of candy staring at me every time I walk into the kitchen. 

I had a game plan that involved spending the first hour (trick-or-treating on post is 2 hours long) walking around the ‘hood and then the next hour sitting on the porch, handing out candy. Apparently everyone else had the same idea because the neighborhood was completely dead by the time we were ready to hand out candy.

Gahhh, so yeah, I have all this candy. And the good stuff! Almond Joys and White Chocolate Kit Kats! They’re just calling out to me every time I walk by.

Back to the pumpkin. I made scones! Because the cool weather just makes me crave scones for some reason. 

These are Pumpkin White Chocolate Scones and since I love both pumpkin and white chocolate more than I probably should, you know I’m obsessed with these. My children were oddly into them, too. I had one (or two, shhhh) as a midnight snack the day I baked them and then the next morning, my children polished them off. 

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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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