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Like Christmas Morning

It was like Christmas morning for me when I woke up!

It’s new roof day!!! You know you’ve really become a full-fledged, responsible, home-owning adult when things like a new roof excite you this much. The roof on the house is over 20-years old and has tons of damage. I was even starting to get a leak in the bathroom. Luckily, my homeowners insurance is covering the new roof but I do have a hefty deductible and I’m upgrading from standard shingles to architectural (resell value!) and also having the roof vented. The crazy thing is that the roof should be done later this afternoon. These guys work so quickly – it’s so impressive.

Get prepared for lots of home talk coming up soon. I have projects galore in the works.

Another thing I’m excited about? Autumnal Mix. I tried really hard to talk myself out of it in the store yesterday but I ended up compromising with, “What’s Halloween without one bag of candy corn?” One and done. Those little sugary pumpkins are just too good to pass up.

Monday was a crazy, crazy day at work (as Mondays in the fitness industry usually are) so I ate lunch at my desk. I made a big leftovers bowl from the previous night’s dinner. I layered spinach, apple, cranberry and walnut quinoa, roasted acorn squash, tofu and feta and then drizzled it all with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Luckily, I had dinner waiting in the slow cooker when I finally arrived home at 7:45. First batch of chili of the season! I used my dad’s basic recipe – ground beef, tomatoes, kidney beans + additional veggies and spices. It was so good and I am so excited about the leftovers.

I was up early today to prep for the roofers so I made a batch of pumpkin molasses muffins with a streusel topping.

And enjoyed one alongside scrambled eggs and sliced banana for breakfast. I have eaten eggs the past two mornings in a row for breakfast. Nice to mix things up sometimes.

Okay, I’m off! I have quite the to do list today. I’ve already taught class and trained a client this morning. I have two more classes to teach later this evening and I also need to knock out payroll and lots of e-mails. Ready, set, go!

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  • Courtney Filipiak October 16, 2012, 12:09 pm

    The muffins look fantastic! Are they a recipe of yours (on your website), or something new? Please post if it is new! YAY for autumn and pumpkin :o)

  • Addy @ Six-Kick Switch October 16, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Ha, I used to love the autumnal mix! Hunting out the sugar pumpkins was my specialty – those are the best part! I’m glad a new roof is on its way for you, it’s great to get those big projects checked off!

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes October 16, 2012, 1:09 pm

    I totally know what you mean. . . we went to the store last night to pick out new countertops for the kitchen and I am soooo excited!

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) October 16, 2012, 1:20 pm

    I’d be excited about a new roof, too! We need one 🙂

  • Sarah October 16, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Oh mannnnn I allowed myself that one bag of autumn mix candy corn for EXACTLY the same reason and I regret it a little. For some reason, it is very difficult for me to stop eating candy corn even when I feel totally ill from it. I think it is because I like the texture of it, maybe? But whenever I buy it, it’s just rough. Can’t. Stop. Must. Stop. Tummy. Ouch.

  • Kerry @ Totes My Oats October 16, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Those muffins look really yummy!

  • Paige October 16, 2012, 2:32 pm

    Even though I’m still in college, I’m starting to have moments like yours when I realize I’m really becoming an adult…Case in point, there are kitchen knives on my 21st birthday list!

    Seeing this post really makes me want to get some candy corn…I’ve resisted it at the grocery store the past couple weeks, but it may be time to finally cave! Growing up, we used to eat it mixed with dry roasted peanuts…I highly recommend this as an unbeatable sweet and salty snack/dessert!

  • Rachel October 16, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Higher deductibles decrease your annual premium and minimize turning in small claims.

    Safeco is one the companies I represent and on monoline home policies they are doing a minimum deductible of $1k (at least in Kentucky). Consumers will start to see more and more of this if the crazy weather patterns we’ve had over the past several years continue.

    Everyone: save your loss history for high severity/low frequency claims! Insurance is not to be used for maintenance.

  • Lauren October 16, 2012, 3:10 pm

    Mmm your salads always look delish! I still haven’t tried tofu because I don’t know how to prepare it!! Any tips??!

  • Lisa October 16, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Yum, those muffins look fantastic! I can’t stop baking with pumpkin these days. I think I’ve made 3 different recipes in the past 2 weeks. Yikes.I’m making my first batch of chili tonight, and am pretty darn excited for that!

  • Clara October 16, 2012, 4:40 pm

    Making pumpkin muffins this week just because of this post! Is the recipe online? xx

  • Caryln @ carylnrambles October 16, 2012, 7:31 pm

    haha that is great about your new roof. I had a similar moment a few weeks ago when i got SUPER excited by HOA was replacing my cracked driveway! I think I need to by myself at least one bag of candy corn also 🙂

  • Runner Dad October 17, 2012, 9:58 am

    The pumpkin molasses muffins sound amazing. And isn’t home ownership so much fun? Ha! Curious, how did you get your home insurance to cover the roof replacement?

  • Kelli Preston October 17, 2012, 11:40 am

    Those muffins look awesome! I just got inspired to create a batch later today.

  • Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily October 17, 2012, 3:20 pm

    Scrambled eggs are so delicious. My kids have been wanting them this week for breakfast, I’ve snuck a few bites from their plates 😉

    Yay for a new roof!!!

  • Shana October 21, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Can you post your slow cooker chili recipe? I need a good basic one!

  • Sara October 25, 2012, 3:26 pm

    The good news is candy corn is made out of honey, granted its nonorganic honey or anything, but it is better than white sugar or corn syrup. The other good news is, usually by the time the bag is gone, you are so nauseous you never want to see candy corn again. Lol

  • siewlingchaw January 15, 2013, 10:55 am

    hi may i know do you have the recipe for pumpkin molasses muffins ?

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