fostering a grateful spirit

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely." -Roald Dahl

{day 50}

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today I am grateful for a God who sees fit to paint our surroundings with such beautiful colors. I don’t know if I haven’t been paying attention or if these colors are just coming out, but holy cow, the trees are freaking amazing. this picture doesn’t even begin to do these colors justice. reason #671 that fall is my favorite season.

today was not one of those days that I feel pretty normal. I did not feel well at all. but sick days mean snuggly nights, which are my fave.







slightly less chaos {day 48}

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one of the things that has been hardest for me about having fibro is that I feel like I never am well enough or awake enough to get stuff done at home. I work a lot, which takes pretty much all the energy I can muster, so when I get home I usually can’t be very productive. it sucks. I sometimes feel very discouraged and have tearfully apologized to my hubby for being a horrible wife (which he assures me I am not). he’s a trooper and helps a ton. but still, it’s tough.
all that to say, even though I hate housework with every fiber of my being, I have started to be grateful for productive days around the house. they are few and far between, and despite my strong dislike of cleaning, I do actually prefer a clean kitchen and folded laundry. so today I am grateful for clean, folded and put away laundry. I wish you knew how big of an accomplishment this is in our house.
I am also super grateful for my sweet husband who never ever complains about the things I don’t do, and who is always very thankful for the things I do do. I am blessed beyond belief.


healthy pumpkin dark chocolate muffins

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okay, I found this recipe on pinterest (where else!?!), which led me to this blog.
I adapted it a little to match my tastes/what I had in my kitchen/making it even a little bit healthier. According to myfitnesspal, these muffins have 154.2 calories and only 3.9 grams of fat (I did 12 large muffins), so eat to your pumpkin-loving-heart’s content.

1.5 c whole wheat flour (I used King Arthur’s unbleached white whole wheat flour. I am not advocating for them, just sharing info)
1/8 c chia seeds
2 t baking powder
1/2 t cinnamon (I probably actually used a little more. I really like cinnamon.)
1/4 t salt
dash (shake or two) of nutmeg
dash of ground clove
1 c canned pumpkin puree
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c skim milk
1/3 c unsweetened applesauce
1 t vanilla
1/2 c dark chocolate (the stuff I had was in chunks, so I took the food processor to it)

Preheat your oven to 350.

Mix all dry items in a large bowl (flour, chia seeds, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, clove).
In a medium bowl, mix eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin, milk, applesauce, and vanilla.
When well mixed, add the wet ingredient mix in with the dry ingredients. Mix together until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.

I used silicone baking cups, and probably could have ended up with closer to 14 or 15 muffins, but I had already figured out the nutrition information and I didn’t feel like re-doing it. If you’re not using liners, I’d recommend lightly spraying your muffin pan. You can do 24-ish mini muffins, and bake 15-18 minutes (I haven’t tried that size yet), or make 12-15 regular sized muffins for 20-22 minutes. 20 was about perfect in our oven.

I love baking with applesauce, and it helps keep the calories very low, but, in my experience, things do spoil a little bit quicker than when I bake with oil. These aren’t going to last long enough for that to be a concern for me (the hubs is a big fan too), but I did want to caution you if you won’t go through them quickly. The oil/applesauce conversion is 1 for 1, so if you prefer oil, it’d be 1/3 cup canola oil instead of the applesauce.


{day 46}

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today I am grateful for music that made my hour+ commute each way the most enjoyable in awhile. in case you’ve missed it, I’m seriously loving the new Mumford album.

for friends eating sardines (you were a great sport!)



and for cheese balls, shaving cream, and sweet high school friend’s faces.

and last, but not least, for coming home to a super silly husband who always makes me laugh.

bonus post

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I know I just posted like 2 hours ago, but it’s been a great night. 🙂 after a rough fibro day, I’ve been feeling pretty good tonight, and even got to make some delicious and healthy pumpkin dark chocolate muffins. I’ll try to post the recipe tomorrow.

also, my sweet hubs fell asleep on the couch waiting for them to bake. perhaps I should start earlier next time.
oh, also grateful for the hubs cleaning the kitchen up after dinner, and for the energy to put those dishes away and wash the new ones while the muffins baked. there is something relaxing about having a clean kitchen.
I swear, those are not words I ever thought I’d say.
Also, Mumford serenaded my baking experience–LOVING the new album.

{day 45}

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for the new Mumford album that I’ve been waiting all day to download, and for finally having enough motivation to figure out why my stupid phone wouldn’t connect to wifi after the ios6 update.
I have hours of listening pleasure ahead of me. goodness.

for a super delicious, pretty healthy dinner that my hubs prepared. I didn’t have to do any work, it was delicious and he made sure it stayed in the right calorie range, and I still have a clean kitchen. he was also super grateful for the very clean kitchen, which is sweet.

I am also grateful for a super snuggly dog tonight. makes it that much nicer to come home. love my sweet little family.

what’s the best thing about coming home?
besides my favorites, sweatpants are my next favorite. 🙂

{day 44}


I am grateful for a hubby who enjoys (or at least tolerates) my love of all things fall. pumpkin waffles, really yummy chicken breakfast sausage and bacon for dinner.

also for a snuggly dog, a good doctor’s visit today, and a super productive day off.
what’s your favorite fall flavor?

{day 43}

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for this guy, who was only tired because I decided to start this

at midnight and he stayed up with me. why bake your first cheesecake at midnight? good question, but I say, why not?

it went over pretty well so I’d call it a success. my first pumpkin flavored thing of the year. sooo good.

also for another hundred photos on my phone courtesy of this guy:

and for a really great day watching the bears and hanging out with family. feeling blessed.