Pumpkin Butter Granola {Blind Spot Nutbutters September Recipe}

Pumpkin Butter Granola {Blind Spot Nutbutters September Recipe}

It’s September, and you know what that means.


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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal


I was a little late to the pumpkin spice party last year.  So late, in fact, that I decided to wait until this year to post the recipe that I made.


Maybe now I am a little early, but this post has been scheduled for 261 days.  I think that it has incubated long enough.


And trust me, this recipe was worth the wait.


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. all spice
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger


  • In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  • Add oats and reduce heat to medium.  Cook for three minutes.
  • Stir in all remaining ingredients.
  • Transfer to a bowl and top with nuts or more cinnamon, if desired.
  • Eat and enjoy!


Christmas Checklist in Review

Christmas Checklist in Review


On the first day of December, I made a list of ten things that I wanted to do before Christmas Day.  Here’s how I did:

Ten Things I Plan To Do Before Christmas Day

1. Read Luke 2. – DONE

Re-reading Luke 2 inspired a Top Ten Tuesday post.

2. Wrap presents. – DONE

3. Make Christmas cookies. – DONE
Check out these yummy gingerbread men trees I made!


4. Watch a Charlie Brown Christmas. – DONE
So… it is virtually impossible to find a full-length version of a Charlie Brown Christmas online.  Thankfully, ABC had it available in their app.  I downloaded the app, watched the movie, and deleted the app.

5. Cut snowflakes. – DONE
I snipped these lovely flakes while watching a Charlie Brown Christmas.


6. Attend a Christmas concert or play. – DONE
I attended my school’s annual concert known as Candlelight Carols.  I have been 4-5 times now, and I think this year was the best yet.

7. Eat something gingerbread-flavored. – DONE
Here are the tasty gingerbread men ducks that I made.


8. Give (or at least prepare to give) a homemade present. – DONE
My brother is receiving a handmade gift from me this year, but since he hasn’t opened it yet, I can’t tell you anything about it 🙂

I also gave gingerbread men trees, angels, and stars to my bosses at work.


(I really need to buy a gingerbread man cookie cutter.  This is the closest thing we have.)



9. Decorate the Christmas tree. – DONE

10. Listen to all of my favorite Christmas CDs. – DONE

As promised, I started with Let it Snow Baby, Let it Reindeer.  From there, I listened to Christmas CDs by Matthew West, Point of Grace, Steven Curtis Chapman, and many others!


Did you finish everything that you set out to do before Christmas?



You should produce much fruit and show that you are my followers, which brings glory to my Father.

-John 15:8


Turning Seasons

Turning Seasons


The seasons have suddenly changed here in Winston-Salem.  Earlier this week, I was wearing sandals, but I have since donned my heaviest winter coats and faced frigid winds.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Spring Fever

Cherry BlossomI love spring! Maybe it’s the fact that I was born on the first day of spring, but I have always spent the dreary, cold winter months longing for the Spring Equinox.  Now that spring is here, I am reminded even more why I love this season so much.  Here are my top ten reasons (in no particular order) that spring is the greatest season there is.

  1. Peep Toe Heels
  2. Wildflowers
  3. Rain Boots
  4. Sunshine
  5. Chirping Birds
  6. Easter
  7. Longer Days
  8. White Dresses
  9. Grilling and Eating Outside
  10. Sleeping with the Windows Open