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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Goodbye September, Hello October.

Goodbye, September. 

Goodbye to anxious nights looking over residency applications a fifth or sixth "one final time."

Goodbye to putting off my ever-growing to-do list...this baby is coming soon!

Goodbye to spending days in the park, finalizing our list of places we want to live and drinking the best sweet tea (thanks, Birmingham!).

Goodbye to saying, "I can't wait until we turn applications in!" 

Goodbye to tanktops and shorts.

Goodbye to the beginning of fall.

Hello, October. 

Hello to one of the most magical months of the year.

Hello to full blown, all out fall, every day.

Hello to a season that makes it easy to fall in love with life.

Hello to interview offers.

Hello to exploring cities that may be our new home!

Hello to slipping a pumpkin in my grocery cart every time before check-out.

Hello to fall dates, candy parties, pumpkin parties, and more time spent outside.

Hello to weather that is hopefully cool enough to sit outside with a blanket and a cup of coffee.

Hello to the time of the year that just makes me feel alive.

What are you saying hello and goodbye to in October?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What Marriage Means to Me.

I think you can tell a lot about someone by what their view of marriage is.

Some people hate the idea of marriage and think that it would squash their goals and dreams. Some people think marriage is the best, and can't wait until they meet the right person to become their spouse. Some people are married and treat their marriage like a burden that they just had to settle for. The list goes on and on, and I love hearing people talk about their opinions and thoughts on such a big thing.

With the crazy last couple of months and how full of transition this next year is going to be, I've been thinking about what marriage really means to me.

To me, marriage is being on a team. It's having a teammate in life, and having someone to cheer on.

It's having someone who is always on your side, no matter what. It's loving someone so much that you are always on their side. Chris and I disagree so often, but at the end of the day, I know he's always on my side. I may think he's being a complete idiot about something and just know I'm right, but I will forever be on his side. It's just how this works, and it's beautiful.

It's building a life with your best friend. From the big moments, like moving somewhere new, to the small moments, like sorting the's all with your best friend.

It's the security of knowing that no matter how badly you mess up or how many people turn their backs on you, there is someone who is still going to love you and be on your team.

Through the twists and turns, it's having someone right beside you. To roll with the punches with you, to nod when you look over and say, "I did not see this one coming." To walk through the good and bad with you, through the mundane and the unexpected with you, through the good decisions you make and the terrible choices you make.

It's never being alone, even when you are.

I was having lunch with an engaged friend not too long ago and she was talking about some relationship issues she was having, and she said, "I mean, if it works out, great. If not, I'll be fine." When I said I couldn't imagine feeling so flippant over something as big as a marriage, she said, "Yeah, but it's different. You love Chris. Like, you're really, really in love with him still."

You should marry someone that you love. That you're really, really in love with.

I would not be fine without Chris. And that's okay. I think it's kind of taboo to say that, because we're supposed to be strong and independent and not need anyone.

It doesn't make me weak, it makes me in love. I'm in love with Chris. I'm in love with the life that we have together. I'm in love with my marriage, because of what it means to me. I'm in love with having a partner in life. It is the greatest gift I've ever been given.

So to me, my marriage is my favorite. It's the best. I couldn't imagine life without it.

What does marriage mean to you?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Why I'm Starting NaNoWriMo in October & I Think You Should, Too.

As if fall wasn't amazing enough, November brings the gift of NaNoWriMo. 

"National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel." 

If you've never participated before, that paragraph alone should make you want to. 

Writing 50,000 words in 30 days is fun, exhaustingexhilarating, and totally possible. When aspiring writers all over the world are chasing the same goal you are for thirty days, it makes you feel like anything is possible. And anything is possible. 

I've done NaNoWriMo twice now, and I've loved it both times. It forces you to write, forces you to think quickly, and forces you to abandon the idea of editing until December. It's magical. It's also a month filled with lots of coffee, wine, late nights, and stress, as you can probably imagine. 

This year is a little bit different for me. November will bring me two months away from having a baby--not exactly conducive to staying up all night in an over-caffinated frenzy of writing.

While the obvious solution would be to sit this year out and try to jump back in next year, NaNoWriMo has brought me some of my very favorite ideas and words and stories. So I don't want to sit this one out.

So I'm starting NaNoWriMo in October. Here's why I think you should consider doing the same. 

To write 50,000 words in the month of November, you have to write roughly 1,667 words each day. Again, totally doable! But it is a lot. To write 50,000 words in the months of October and November, you have to write roughly 820 words each day. 

See where I'm going with this? 

My thinking is that 820 words a day for two months is going to be a lot easier for me to do in this season of life. And, when I reach the halfway point and start running out of steam, it'll be just in time for the inspiration of NaNoWriMo!

Of course, it won't technically be NaNoWriMo, because for that, you have to start November 1st with a word count of zero. But, it is a way to participate. Especially since I know that otherwise, it's just not going to happen this year. 

So I'm going to do it. In a few days, much like the past two Novembers, I'm going to curl up with a blank page and a cup of coffee and start to write my little heart out. 

You may not be in a similar situation to me, but if you've already decided your reasons for why you're not going to participate this year, why not jump in and get your feet wet in October?

Because you never know what type of magic might come from simply deciding to start. 

Are you planning on participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Apple Recipes You Need in Your Life.

A few weeks ago, I shared some of my favorite pumpkin recipes, because it's nice to see things from Pinterest that other people have actually tried. 

While pumpkin is my favorite part of fall, I think that apple-flavored foods--specifically, apple-flavored fall desserts--are absolutely delicious. These recipes often get overlooked due to pumpkin spice everything, but trust me, they're just as delicious. 

These were so easy and so delicious! And actually relatively "healthier" than most fall desserts. 

Side note: I made this with pre-made crust instead of making up the dough, and it was still delicious!

SO easy and so delicious! And your house smells incredible while it's cooking!

This is a recipe adapted from a Rachel Ray magazine, and hands down, these are the best cupcakes I've ever made. 

Do you lean more towards apple or pumpkin desserts during the fall?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

24 Weeks: Things I Want to Remember.

Remember that one time when somehow I was 6 months pregnant? 

I would just like to take a minute to ask WHY everyone says 9 months of pregnancy when it's 10?! Anyone? That's just a mean trick. 

  • I can watch him move from one side of my stomach to the other. Yes, it's amazing, it's a miracle, but it's also the weirdest thing in the entire world. 
  • This week was the first time I've seen a ton of people I know since it's been very obvious I'm pregnant, so it was also the first time I've had a ton of people just walk up and grab my stomach. NOPE. Not a fan, friends. Not a fan. 
  • I couldn't go to sleep last night, so I got up and cleaned. This is very unlike me, so we're gonna pin it on the baby. I get it kid, you want to come out and live in a clean environment. Messaged received.
24 weeks down, 16(ish) to go. 6 months down, 4 to go. 

Happy first official week of fall! I hope you're celebrating with a fancy fall drink and entirely too much pumpkin. Baby and me certainly are!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

just write: here + now.

don’t worry about tomorrow,
for it may never come.
we can raise our cups to yesterday,
but it’s already gone.
let’s just focus on today,
no matter how hard it may be.
I kind of like the here and now,
because here and now has you and me.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Remember: You are Spending Your Life.

At the start of every month, I share a monthly to-do list called Spending Your Month. It's my way of remembering that we get to spend our lives.

One thing I keep hearing about having a baby is that "The days are long, but the years fly by." I can't help but think this is true in most areas of life. We all of seasons that feel never-ending, weeks where we wish the universe would just cut us a break already, months where no matter how hard we try, we just can't seem to make ourselves believe that life is good. But then once those seasons are over, we comment on how time is flying by, how we've grown so old out of nowhere. 

This summer seemed to last forever. I was so sick for most of it, Chris was working all the time, and it just wasn't full of the things I love about summer. It seemed like the never-ending season of meh, and I was pretty sure that I was going to be stuck at 3 months pregnant, throwing up everything I ate, while home alone forever. But at the same time, where did the summer even go? Because now we're in the last week of September, and this baby will be here in just a little over three months. 

Time passes at the rate it passes. No matter how badly we may want to reach out and freeze some moments forever, or use a fast-forward pass and skip over some moments, we can't change the rate at which time moves. What we can do, though, is choose how to spend it. 

We really have to remember that we are spending our lives. Whether it feels like it or not. No matter how much free time you have or how much of a choice it feels like you have about your life, you're still spending it. From what you do on your commute to work, to your lunch break, to before bed, to your day off...whatever you do, you're spending your life. And you're choosing how to spend it. Whether you're making good choices or not, they're still your choices about how to spend however much of life you may have left. 

So with that in mind, let's spend our lives for good things this week. Let's spend it on the things that make us happy. On things that are productive and will make our future-selves thank us. Let's spend it on the things that matter and on the silly things that don't matter at all. Let's spend it working on what's important, and relaxing with people who are even more important. Let's spend it on the things that make us feel alive. 

Most importantly, let's just remember that we are spending it. So stop and get a milkshake on your way home from work. Wake up a little early so you can watch the sunrise. Write a letter. Binge-watch your favorite show. Buy some flowers. 

It's your life. So spend it, and spend it well. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

TV Shows & Movies to Get You in the Mood for Fall.

Fall is the time to get outside and enjoy the weather, of course, but it's also the time to cozy up with some coffee and watch some good movies. These are my favorite shows and movies that remind me of fall, and they're almost all on Netflix. 

You're welcome. 

Friday Night Lights. The quintessential fall show. If you've never seen FNL, fall is the perfect time to watch it. A small town and fall and the football's perfection, even if you don't like football. Trust me. I've seen every episode, and I'm watching it again, because fall. 

PS: Part of me wants to move to Texas next year so I can get a tattoo that says texas forever. Reserve your judgement.

Gilmore Girls. I'm not sure why this one always makes me think of fall (the intro, maybe?) since it covers all the seasons, but it's a small town that makes a big deal about every season. Nothing makes me excited about fall quite like watching the town of Stars Hollow throw their annual fall festival. It's just adorable.

Parenthood. Again, not exactly sure why I think of this when I think of fall shows. I'm pretty sure that I just equate cozy, feel-good shows with my favorite season. If you've never seen Parenthood (do not be misled by the name, it's for everyone), then get yourself a cup of pumpkin coffee and watch the pilot. That's all you'll need to be hooked.

Pretty Little Liars. Because every October needs just a little bit of spooky. Fair warning: I absolutely HATED the way this show ended (even though there's another season in the works, but still. Hated it!) But it's still worth watching for everything up until that point.

Remember the Titans. If Friday Night Lights is the quintessential fall show, this is the quintessential fall movie. It's one of my favorites!

Elizabethtown. Full disclosure, this one has nothing to do with fall. BUT it does have the perfect fall soundtrack...seriously so good. And it's my favorite movie ever. And it's on Netflix. You're welcome.

You've Got Mail. Fall either makes me think of cozy small towns or New York City, nothing in between. This one is the latter, and I love it.

Rudy. So basically any movie about football goes on the fall list.

The Great Gatsby. "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." Is there anything better than combining fall + the '20s? No. No there is not.

What shows or movies remind you of fall?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

23 Weeks: Things I Want to Remember.

We've now reached the point where there's just no hiding this baby bump. Gone are the days of my entire closet being an option--a snug option, sure, but still an option. This baby is bumped out and he is staying. 

  • He loves pumpkin. So obviously, he takes after me. I've been drinking pumpkin coffee every morning, and he just moves all around. I thought it was just because of the coffee, but when I had normal coffee this weekend, he wasn't moving much at all. But once I got a pumpkin spice latte, the dancing began. He's got good taste. 
  • It was our first family trip! Sure, baby J didn't really get to do any of the fun stuff, but he was along for the ride!
  • When I got home, Gatsby hugged my stomach and just laid there for like an hour. He was so excited I was home, but he was especially excited to be reunited with his little brother. He had a lot to tell him. 
  • Today is 99 days until Christmas! The most 99 wonderful days of the year! It's so crazy to me that it will be the last holiday season I have without a little human. I'm just soaking it all up...every morning, it's just me and the baby (and Gatsby, obviously--see above) listening to the Autumn in New York radio, drinking pumpkin is good. 
23 weeks down, 17(ish) to go! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Reading is My Love Language.

I love reading more than most things in life. An afternoon with a good book and a cup of coffee is my happy place. It's one of the little things in life that is really one of the big things. People read for a variety of reasons: To learn things, to escape reality, to become better at something, to get lost in a story. It is truly amazing that the same hobby can be used for so many different things. 

It blows my mind when I meet people who say they don't like to read. I can't imagine living in a world that didn't include very earliest memories include stories of some kind, and books have been a part of my life ever since. I could write forever about all of the reasons I love to read (and think everyone else should, too), but I think my love for books boils down to three main reasons. 

1. An entire assortment of worlds exist, just waiting for you to discover them. When you read, you visit more worlds than just your own. You travel to places you may never get the chance to go. You meet people you would have never known existed. You experience magical things without ever having to leave your hometown. 

Life can sometimes become so mundane, and we're quick to complain about how we feel stuck and need an adventure. Sure, it'd be nice to peace out of work on a Tuesday afternoon and catch a flight somewhere exotic, but chances are, your boss thinks that's frowned upon. 

While you may not be able to shake things up with an adventure across the globe, you can dive into an adventurous book when you get home. And still make it to work the next day. It's a win-win.   

2. Whether you have 10 minutes or an entire afternoon, you can lose yourself in a good book. I love that reading is a hobby that you don't have to dedicate a whole day to--but you totally can. I love making crafts, but if I have a ten minute break, I can't really jump in on the middle of a craft project, spend ten minutes, leave it, and then be able to pick back up that night right where I left off. Too messy. But with reading, you can jump in and out whenever you have time. 

3. It's impossible to read a book without learning something. Even if it was a terrible book, chances are, you learned something, no matter how small. It doesn't have to be a non-fiction biography to be educational--sometimes fiction books are the best teachers of all. 

Why do you love reading?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Today is Big.

This weekend was magical. I spent it with Christopher in Birmingham, Alabama, and had the best time ever. Now, Alabama isn't really somewhere that comes to mind when I think about what the best weekend ever looks like, but because of who I got to spend it with, it really was the best.

Today is a big day. It's the day that all of the applications for residency programs are due. As of 9:00 this morning, all of our choices will be in. All of our research and trying to decide where to apply and where we might want to live is over. All of Chris' hard work over the past 4 years has been for this. And once he submits his applications, he's done all he can do. It now moves into hands off and pray like crazy that you get some interviews.

The trip to Birmingham was because it's a potential place to live next year. Again, not really at the top of my list, but at this point, I'm trying to have an open mind. Since, apparently, I am not in charge of how everything turns out for everyone. If only.

When I got to Alabama, I had the best time. The weather was perfect, the parks were perfect, the food was perfect, hanging out with Christopher and dreaming/freaking out/discussing our future was perfect. 

And most of all, the timing was perfect. Because on a day like today--one that holds so much significance and finality--it would be easy to freak out (of course I will) and worry that we didn't apply to the right places and start making a list of the only places I will be happy living. 

But instead, I'm just going to think of Alabama. And how no, I don't really want to live there. But if I had to, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. It wouldn't even be close. It would be the best, because of who I get to live there with. 

So today is big. It kicks off the biggest, scariest, most adventurous season yet. But after this weekend, I just have a feeling that no matter what schools call about interviews, or how many interviews he goes on, or where we actually match, life is going to be really, really beautiful. 

"Home, let me go home. Home is wherever I'm with you."

Monday, September 14, 2015

just write: all I'd want to see.

I'll wait outside your window
for as long as it may take
we've already wasted too much time
and made plenty of mistakes
if my life were to flash before my eyes
you're all I'd want to see
so I'll wait outside until you come down
to spend forever with me

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Little Things.

So much of day-to-day happiness is caused by little things. Catching an unexpected green light, dinner turning out to be delicious, the smell of coffee in the morning, getting a good night's sleep. Things we don't really think of as noteworthy, but they make us happy all the same. 

I say cheers to those ordinary things that make life beautiful. Cheers to the things that, when added up, make us so much happier. Cheers to the mundane, boring, and blissful. 

Ordinary, little things making me happy this week:

Fall colors. I just can't get enough. It may be 1,000 degrees outside, but every store I go in is covered in reds and golds and mustards and I'm loving it.

Well-done fries at Chick-Fil-A. If you've never tried this, you need to cancel your lunch plans and hit up a drive-thru. Order your fries well-done and 1) You're guaranteed to get steaming hot fries, and 2) they're crunchy and just perfect. 

Friday Night Lights. Rewatching an old favorite while doing mundane things like laundry just makes me happy. 

Pumpkin everything. It's the most delicious time of the year.

Fall decorations. Nothing says happiness like waking up to get your coffee and being greeted by a cute little scarecrow sitting on the counter.

Pumpkin scented candles. They make me all sorts of happy. 

The Autumn in New York music station. Full of old songs that make me swoon and remember why this is my favorite season of all. 

What little things are making you happy lately?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

22 Weeks: Things I Want to Remember.

Lately, I've just been overwhelmed with thankfulness. No matter how tough things get (and they get tough!) or how sick I feel or how overwhelming all the questions I have are, I just have so much to be thankful for.

So yes, this week brought me a $900 bill for blood work (HOW), a lot of questions about the future, and a lot of anxiety about everything I need to do. But it also brought me overwhelming peace and thankfulness. I've been taken care of until now, and that's not going to stop. And at the end of the day (or really, the end of 18 weeks), no matter how many surprise bills or confusing questions or anxious feelings there are, I'm going to have a perfect little family. And when you compare that to everything else, the only option is to just be thankful. Life is good!

  • I've reached a point where I'm constantly thinking of him, no matter what I'm doing...mostly because he's never not moving. I know that he's been hanging out with me for 22 weeks, but now I'm constantly aware of him. It makes me think that I'm already going to be so bonded with him when he gets here, because we'll have just been chilling for 9+ months. 
  • I'm just really uncomfortable already. Sometimes I tell people this, and they laugh at me and tell me it's just going to get worse from here, so I throw my coffee at their face smile politely and then never speak to them again. Side note: As I was typing this, I got my weekly update email that informed me that baby is the SIZE OF A SPAGHETTI SQUASH TODAY. Hello, no wonder I'm uncomfortable. 
  • I keep going back and forth between being ready for him to be here already and needing another solid six years to prepare everything. This baby currently has a fox outfit (obviously), a Gator's jersey, a pair of overalls, and some books. One cannot live on those things alone. So. Much. To. Do. So naturally I'm going to have another cup of coffee and pretend I have six years to take care of everything. 
22 weeks down, 18(ish) more to go. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

You Can't Do Everything, But You Can be Really Fantastic at What You Do.

If you're anything like me, you often start your day with a well-meaning, incredibly detailed to-do list that, in reality, has entirely too much on it.

If you're anything like me, there comes a point in your day where you just let yourself succumb to the fact that there is no way you are getting all of this done today. Sometimes that point is early, and sometimes it's not until bedtime. But it's there, nonetheless, almost every day.

As we go into fall and the holiday season and, you know, having a baby, my to-do list is just going to keep getting longer. The amount of things still on the list when it's time to call it a day are just going to keep growing. But here's what I've learned: I would rather do a few things really well than do a bunch of things terribly.

Most of us are always going to have more things we feel like we need to do than we have the time to do them. But, we are also always going to have the things we have to do, no matter what.

Every single month, I tell myself, "I'm going to say yes to more this month, and I'm also going to say no to more this month." I know, it's weird. But over the past year I'm really learning the value and importance in saying no sometimes. What I've learned lately, though, is that sometimes you have to say no to yourself, for the sake of yourself.

There's a lot of freedom in realizing your priorities--the things that have to get done no matter what--and focusing on being excellent at those before you add in seventy-five other things you would like to do.

So that's where I'm at this month. Realizing priorities and making my many to-do lists reflect those. If I can't be fantastic at everything, I might as well be fantastic at the things I have to do, right?

Because I can't do everything. And when I try, I end up looking like I can't do anything.

So cheers to a fall full of prioritizing, becoming excellent at the important things in life, and, of course, many pumpkin spice lattes.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

just write: refuse to be defined.

I do not think that words exist
for what you are to me
I’ve read many books front to back
and I have yet to see

a word that fully captures
the way I feel when I’m with you
or the comfort that’s in knowing 
that you feel the same thing, too

just like there’s no word for what you feel
when you’re surrounded by the stars
or for how peaceful it is to fall asleep
to the sounds of passing cars

it’s like the stillness before the thunder
or the way summer slows down time
sometimes the greatest things in life
refuse to be defined.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Books I Can't Wait to Add to Little's Library.

It's no secret that I love books. Maybe more than the average person. I think reading is just the most wonderful thing in the world, and while this little bundle won't be able to read for quite some time, I am so excited to read to him. 

We've already started building his library (from vintage bookstores--swoon) and these are some of the books that I just can't wait to read to him.

Goodnight Moon. I feel like everyone had this book growing up. It's so sweet and soothing. I kid you not, sometimes I'll be going through the house turning lights off before bed and will catch myself thinking, "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." Can't wait to read this to our little guy before bed.

Little Bear. My little brother loved Little Bear. We read the books and watched him every Saturday morning. I love the idea that my babe will know some of the same stories me and my brother used to read.

Where the Wild Things are. This is just a given. I love this book and all the imagination involved. 

The Berenstain Bears. A family of bears that teaches little kids life-lessons. What's not to love?

The Poky Little Puppy. My little brother went through a baby phase where The Poky Little Puppy (Specifically, the Christmas version) was the only thing that would calm him down when he was upset. Because of this, I feel like me and Poky are tight. 

The Little Critter Books. When I was trying to explain to Chris what books I was talking about, I couldn't think of anything because what exactly is the little critter? I thought it was hilarious when i googled them only to find out that they're actually called Little Critter books. Chris and I both read these growing up, so that makes them a must for the little guy's library.

The Giving Tree. I feel like I grew up to be a pretty generous person, and it may sound dumb, but I think a lot of that had to do with these types of stories that I read as a kid!

Make Way for Ducklings. I have the best memories of reading this book to my little brother whenever we spent the night at my grandparents' house. 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. At least once a week, Chris says "If you give a mouse a cookie!" About something random. The thought of him and our little guy reading this together just warms my heart.

Corduroy. I truly believed that my stuffed animals came to life at night because of this book. Fostering a child's imagination is a wonderful thing. 

Pippi Longstocking. Because everyone needs a rebellious and adventurous role model to look up to, even if she is only 9 years old. 

The Lorax. I love Dr. Seuss books because they're colorful and playful and singsongy enough to read to a baby, but they have the best messages! "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." 

The Rainbow Fish. Just like the giving tree, this taught me about sharing and selflessness. 

Daisy-Head Mayzie. My most favorite book of all. There was a time where every single night, my dad would do a magic trick, multiplying my daisy hair clips, and then read me this book. 

Oh, the Places You'll Go! Basically, baby needs all of the Dr. Seuss books. 

The Wizard of Oz. Because it's just magical.

Do you have any book suggestions for his library?

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pumpkin Recipes You Need in Your Life.

A little tid-bit about my marriage: Somehow, I ended up marrying someone who doesn't like pumpkin. I know, I don't understand it either.

Wait, I take that back. He hates everything pumpkin flavored except pumpkin pie...the one pumpkin thing I cannot stand. It's cold and mushy and ew.

So every fall, I keep my pumpkin flavored things to a minimum. HA. Kidding. I'm not that good of a wife. But I do know that if I don't want Chris to be perpetually hungry until Thanksgiving, we need to have pumpkin things and something else.

Lately, he hasn't been home for dinner much. So for the past two weeks, I've pretty much been surviving off of baked pumpkin goods for every meal. Hello, fall, I love you.

Anyway, we all have Pinterest boards full of things we want to try, and it's such a bummer to waste a night on a recipe that just doesn't turn out good. I've learned that just because something has been pinned 10,000 times doesn't mean that 10,000 people have tried it--sometimes it just means it has a pretty picture.

So I wanted to share some pumpkin goodness that I have actually tried and can attest to its deliciousness. You're welcome.

P.S. If you're not following me on Pinterest, you really should. Now-December is my time to shine on there. 

P.S.S. These pictures are all from the credited blogs. If you think I'm patient enough to take a picture of something delicious before I dig in, you don't know me. 

Happy pumpkining! 

What's your favorite pumpkin thing to bake?