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Best Walk Ever

Earlier this week I gave a hint at some exciting news around my house that was making not only me happy but also my dogs. Vickie wondered whether a new cat had moved in next door (she was awarded the prize for the most interesting guess, btw)

My news is absolutely HUGE….. to me.  You probably won’t have any trouble dialing it down a bit when you read about it, because – well, it IS only my ability to take the dogs for a walk…a 2 mile walk; by myself!!

Yes, after over four months of living in a bad scene from the movie Groundhog Day, I can finally say that I am making great strides in my recovery.  Strides. Get it?  (Yes, I know it’s corny, but I’m high on life right now so let’s pretend that was funny). 

It’s been over a month since I tried walking the dogs by myself. The last time I ended up with a terribly swollen abdomen and incision pain for days afterward. What a difference a month can make!

So, to commemorate this next chapter in my life – the one where I begin the slow journey back to that physically strong woman I vaguely remember, I leave you with some photos that I took on what I’m now appropriately referring to as ‘The Best Walk EVER’.



The official Start of our walk together:


The beginning of our walk!

Some beautiful foliage along the way:


We came to one of Brulee and Emmie’s favorite holes.  I don’t know what lives under that uprooted tree, but the dogs always, without fail, pay a visit.



This photo came out a bit fuzzy because Emmie was getting frustrated that we were stopping to take so many photos and she jiggled the camera a bit.  Still, look at those colors!



And finally, on our way back to the car.  Is it any wonder why I’m painting nothing but trees right now? 


Being able to take my dogs for a walk is a goal that I’ve been waiting to achieve since the beginning of summer.  Being able to actually do it and suffer no consequence makes me feel like my body starting to forgive me for allowing this surgery.  

I’ve been so inspired by my progress and the colors of the trees lately, that I’ve begun a series of inspirational quote paintings.  Here is one I finished earlier this week:



It reads: 

“I am still standing.  Through wind, rain or drought.  I am rooted, still.”

And that about sums things up right now. 

Have a great weekend, everyone. 


Pumpkin Butter

October is one of my favorite months of the year.  I am a sucker for baking during this time of year and may have a teeny-tiny obsession with pumpkin.  As soon as the weather cools I go into pumpkin mode: pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin ravioli.  I want pumpkin right now!

So the other day, I’m trolling the web in search of something new that I can do with pumpkin and I ended up at Eating Well Living Thin and found a recipe for Pumpkin Butter.  I decided to try it and share it with you if it turned out well.  *note* I had to make one substitution: Linda’s recipe called for granular Splenda which I did not have; I used Splenda/brown sugar blend instead.  Thus the calories per serving will be slightly off. 

Now, I’m not a bossy person but can I just say: Make this.  Make it now.  There is no more pumpkin shortage so you have no excuse – unless you’re allergic to pumpkin; then you may just want to skip this post all together.  But for the rest of you, I swear you will love LOVE it.  Have I ever steered you wrong? 

Pumpkin Butter

15 oz can of pure pumpkin

1/4 cup brown sugar blend Splenda

1/4 cup Sugar Free maple syrup

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

One dash of nutmeg

One pinch of salt

Heat above ingredients in a saucepan until boiling, stirring frequently. 

Reduce heat to low and cook for one hour, stirring occasionally. 


 When cool put into airtight container.  Keep in refrigerator. 

Serving size is 2 tablespoons.  22 calories per serving.



Use a serving of this gift from the gods and spoon it onto english muffins, bagels, use on pancakes in place of syrup, stir into oatmeal, use as a topping for ice cream.

If you end up making this, I’d greatly appreciate a comment.  Would you like to see more easy recipes on this site or should we just leave this kind of thing for food blogs?  What are your thoughts?

Have a fantastic Friday my dear, sweet, faithful readers. See you back here Sunday morning.