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After a rainy Friday, I stepped outside Saturday morning to this beautiful view.


The morning was cool and crisp, Simply Marvelous weather for running, I was so happy, I was kinda gitty during my run. The temperature change made it feel more like fall, good thing, Sunday was the first day of fall, sometimes called autumn.  Why is it fall the only season with two titles?  Oh well that doesn’t matter, what matters is that I had a Simply Marvelous weekend enjoying fall things.


After seeing all these pumpkins, I was in the mood to bake something with pumpkin, so I whipped up some Pumpkin Blondies. These things are yummy. You can get the recipe over at The Whole Serving.

Pumpkin Blondies

Around this time of the year one of the favorites at Starbucks is Pumpkin Spice Latte, but I’ve found a money-saving copycat recipe over at Averie Cooks. This recipe uses all-natural ingredients, no fake syrups, and taste great too.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

I hope that you have a Super, Wonderful, Simply Marvelous Monday and week!

Check out more  Marvelousness at Healthy Diva Eats with Katie and the rest of her friends.



wiaw love your veggies month button 2This was no ordinary Monday, because it was Presidents Day, for some it was a holiday from work, but for me I had staff development training and I was one of the trainers. When I’m a presenter in front of large groups, I get just a little bit anxious until I’m in front of the group speaking.

To get my day going I started with two waffles layered with a mixture of MaraNatha No Stir Almond Butter and TJ’s Speculoos Cookie Butter, sliced bananas and sprinkled black chia seeds.  Give this a try and you will be hooked!  My drink was freshly steeped JavaVans Mate tea from Teavana.  If you are a tea lover, you have to try this place if there’s one in your area.

Breakfast 7:00



8:30  I grabbed a cup of coffee in my recyclable Starbucks cup after arriving at the training site. I purchased the cup for $1, and every time I use my cup at Starbucks, I get .10 cents off my coffee purchase.    I’m sticking to my goal of being less wasteful.

10:30 I downed a Protein Berry Smoothie from my Starbucks double-walled insulated acrylic tumbler, I received as a gift on Valentine’s Day.


I didn’t do my grocery shopping over the weekend, so I didn’t have a lot to put together for lunch.  I made a veggie and apples plate for lunch, honey mustard for dipping veggies and TJ’s Cookie Butter for my apple slices.

Lunch 12:35


Do you ever feel like having breakfast for dinner? Well, I did on Monday and it was a tasty one.

Scrambled soy chorizo eggs with mozzarella cheese, flat bread & fig butter and orange slices.

Dinner 6:15


For something sweet later I had two pieces of my Valentine candy.

7:30 After Dinner sweet Snack


Question of the day. 

Do you like public speaking? How are you when speaking to large groups?