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Extra Creamy Vanilla Pumpkin Protein Shake {GF + Hidden Veggies}

First pumpkin recipe of the season!! Last fall I waited until October before I bombarded you with pumpkin recipes. This year I am starting early because, why not? I know some of you may be trying to cling on to summer, but as a teacher once the school year starts I am in fall mode. How have you all been doing? I am staying busy like usual. I made it through my first week with students at my new job. I am working as special education teacher for students with emotional and behavioral needs in a middle school. This is my first time really working with this age group but I am loving it. It also helps that my new coworkers are incredibly friendly and helpful.
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Acorn Squash Breakfast Bowl {GF}

Well I hate to be the one to say it, but fall is in the air! Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE fall. Pumpkin coffee. Well, pumpkin everything. Beautiful leaves. Boots. Sweaters. Crisp air. However, fall signifies the beginning of the school year and the end of my maternity leave. I have already been back to work for training and workshops for the past 2 weeks. Sorry you haven’t been hearing from me. Between a 2 month old baby, starting a new job, and trying to figure out how to balance it all, the blog has been on the back burner. I have tons of ideas for recipes and things I would like to share, but time is just so limited these days!
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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups {GF + DF}

Chocolate and peanut butter. Peanut butter and chocolate. Chocolate peanut butter…yup that’s a thing too these days!¬†Any way you look at it, you really can’t go wrong with this combo. Besides that these flavors go perfectly together, I think it’s something about the combo of salty and sweet. In any case, if you are like me, sometimes you just get a sweet tooth that you can’t shake. When this happens to me I don’t want to go all out and face plant into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. Ok, actually I do want to, but I know better. Usually just a little something takes care of my craving for sweets. Rather than relying on heavily processed candies and treats that are loaded with fat, sugar, and additives I like to make my own treats to have on hand for when a sweet tooth hits.
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5-Ingredient Stuffed Banana Peppers {GF} + Thoughts on Motherhood so Far

Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. Ours was fairly quiet and uneventful which was a welcomed change from the business of the summer. Brandon spent a bunch of time getting ready for a big North Shore camping trip for his brother’s bachelor party. I visited¬†with my mom and got caught up on some cleaning and other stuff around the house. Brandon and I both spent a ton of time snuggling with Rowan…she is already 7 weeks old! Where has the time gone??? I seriously can’t even believe it!
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Roasted Beet Caprese {GF}

Hello! How’s your week going so far? Mine seems to be going fast…like usual. I cannot believe that Brandon and I already have a 6 week old baby. The bad news about that is I will be going back to work soon. I can’t even stand the thought. I know that it’s hard for everyone…I am completely¬†devastated. What keeps me going is that I know Rowan will enjoy being around the other kids. I will be starting a brand new job which means no more commuting and more time at home in the evenings with my family. Although I am so sad to not be able to spend my days with my girl, I am excited for a new challenge.
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