It’s Friday and boy am I thankful for it because I am ready for a weekend! I have meetings all day at school, we’re headed to my hometown fair, and then a wedding tomorrow! 🙂
One.Our hometown fair is a FAVORITE of mine every year! (Eric and I don’t live in this town but it’s where I grew up and still so fun to go back!) Ah! The fair has been a big part of my life and I have never missed a year. My Mom has been going since she was 10 years old. When my Dad and Mom started dating, he started going and he now hasn’t missed a year since. My Grandma used to be the head of the kitchen committee and then my Mom took over after she passed away 14 years ago.
I have memories of helping out in the kitchen every single night of the fair and loving every second of it. It holds so many memories and I am SO thankful for them. Plus, the funnel cakes, pork barbecue, and milkshakes hold a special place in my heart too. 😉
To be honest, I’m dragging a little this week. One thing that always helps give me more energy though, are clean eating snacks that taste delicious! These bars have cocoa powder (instead of chocolate chips) which has the potential to lower LDL cholesterol, reduce the risk of blood clots, increase blood flow to the arteries, lower high blood pressure, boost cognitive performance and provide essential minerals such as calcium and potassium. Ground flaxseed is great for the heart and chia seeds are a superfood that has omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and antioxidants. The benefits are all wrapped up into one snack to give you energy and so many other healthy benefits. You won’t be sorry you made this! 🙂
1 cup oats
1 banana (mashed)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp chia seed
1 scoop collagen peptides
What to do:
Mash the banana separately. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and add the banana. Stir together until thoroughly mixed and it starts forming together into a sticky mixture. Line an 8 x 8 pan (or really any pan) with wax paper. I used a spatula to flatten the mixture into an even consistency in the pan. Smooth out the top and edges. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Cut to desired width. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator or counter.
This weekend it was 80 degrees and the sun was INTENSE! (Which I loved). 🙂 Although I started everything pumpkin spice and everything nice really early this year, ushering into fall only officially starts this week. Between our hometown fair and picking up pumpkins this weekend, I’m definitely in favor of fall fun and food. Even though the struggle is real with still letting go of summer.
The flavors, scents, and decor are probably the best way to win my heart though if I’m going to accept the change. That being said, I told Eric we needed to make some Pumpkin Pancakes to welcome the season with open hearts and minds. 😉 They have just a hint of pumpkin and spice that gets me in the mood for this time of year and are super easy to make! Win-win!
1 cup organic oats
3/4 cups plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup organic pumpkin puree
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
What to do:
Combine yogurt, pumpkin puree, eggs, oats, and pumpkin pie spice into a blender. Blend (favorite, favorite, favorite blender here!) until smooth. In a greased pan (I used butter), pour batter to desired pancake size (you can find the rings we use here!) at medium heat. Flip the pancake when the edges start to bubble (about one and a half minutes). Cook for about another minute. Top with maple syrup and enjoy! 🙂
Friday is heeeeere! 🙂 I always get so excited on Fridays. I love them. 🙂 Five of my favorites from the week are below! xo
One. I’ve really been trying to add more hands-on activities in the classroom. Students seem to really struggle in 5th grade with understanding what a fraction actually is. They can add them, subtract, multiply, and divide them, but to really understand what a fraction is…is very different. I found these foam circles last year and got so excited to use them right away! I had students compare fractions with the foam pieces so they could visually see the difference, instead of just on paper. They loved it. 🙂
Two.I love our church so much. It does an amazing job of reaching out locally and globally. Two weeks ago, they asked everyone to help, “stuff the truck.” There was a large truck that a volunteer was driving to help with the hurricane. The truck was packed and the church gave so much! I love how giving everyone is. 🙂
Three.I mentioned yesterday on Instagram how I was making Blueberry Crisp (which I ate yesterday morning with my Grandma). So sweet! 🙂 You can also find a twist on Blueberry Crisp with my Blueberry Crumble recipe, here!
Five.There’s nothing quite like putting some fresh soap on the sink and loooooving the scent. I bought these three scents (basil, honeysuckle, lavender) and love each and every one! It’s the little things in life. 😉 Happy Friday friends!
I was just telling Eric how I’m amazed each year at the change of seasons. The summer nights no longer feel warm and produce a burst of chill to prep us for Fall. The high of 70 in our neck of the woods, feels much cooler than a 70 degree spring day. It’s crazy how each year I always seem to forget the feeling but nonetheless it comes around and reminds me. 🙂 That being said, there are some staples that I get to reintroduce to myself each and every change of the seasons. From scarves, to boots and everything in between, I’ve listed some of my favorite pieces that can still have a slight touch of summer but definitely scream Fall and go great with a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand. 😉
A fall scarf. 🙂
A warm sweater.
You can never go wrong with a military vest, jacket, or jean jacket.
Of course switching from sandals to boots is a must for fall.