This is not a real post…

Happy weekend, everyone!

If you’ve been following me on twitter, you know that I’ve been in the midst of what can only be described as hell week. If you haven’t been following me on twitter… well, that’s about all you need to know. The week was hellish and now its over!

Anyway, I was planning to celebrate this glorious Saturday by doing a pumpkin spice creamer recipe post (because, apparently, I love all things pumpkin these days). BUT when I got home last night (after a four hour long road trip in the rain and 5 hours of meetings), I found this:

Let me explain. We got a new-to-us fridge yesterday (Thanks, Mom!) and my husband decided to go ahead and run a water line to said new fridge so the ice maker would work. Apparently to do that he had to empty every single cabinet in the kitchen. And then he left to go to a bachelor party without putting it away.

Now. I’m not trying to be ungrateful here because the new fridge and ice-maker and the cold filtered water is awesome. BUT. C’mon, man. Seriously?

So, instead of writing a super-awesome-amazing blog post, I’ll be embarking on Kitchen Reorganization 2012 today. Yay.

Anyway. The point of all of that explanation is this: Since I now have plans other than making and blogging my new pumpkin spice creamer recipe, check out this pumpkin spice latte recipe I made about this time last year. It’s fantastic!

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love baking in the fall. Especially cookies. Especially cookies that taste like fall. That’s why when I saw a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies on pinterest, I knew I had to try it.

 

I made these on Saturday night and I have to say they taste absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe from skinnytaste.com exactly, so just pop over there and give it a try. Oops. Just kidding. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I don’t own a silicone baking liner thingy, so I used parchment paper instead. But other than that, I completely followed it.

Now that I have made the recipe as written once, I think I’ll make it again soon and make some alterations. I’m not sure what alterations yet; maybe more pumpkin and less butter? See, the cookies came out a bit too chewy for my taste. I mean, that didn’t stop me from eating a TON of them, but I prefer my cookies as bit less… cake-y.

 

Any suggestions?

Baby Knitting!

Remember how I just started my first baby project? Yeah. I already finished it!

And, I’m so excited! It’s so cute and little.

This pattern was very easy, didn’t use up all of that particular yarn, and was, obviously, quick. In fact, this was so easy I’ll probably make a duplicate hat with the extra yarn. Check out my ravelry project page for more details.

After this, I’m really getting starting on some Christmas knitting. More on that later…

Got Brunch? A restaurant review

Ah, brunch. The best meal of the day. I’ve often talked about how I love breakfast and how its my favorite meal of the day. So, it should come as no surprise that on the beautiful first day of fall we had yesterday, I wanted to go out for brunch. Especially when I remembered that a new breakfast/brunch/restaurant had opened up down the street from my house.I’ve been excited about this new place for months now (pretty much as soon as I saw the sign announcing it was coming). While my side of town has a ton of mediocre chain restaurants for dinner there are actually zero places, local or otherwise, that serve breakfast and/or brunch.  Of course, I was excited to go to brunch without driving across town.

I was disappointed.

The new place, a chain called First Watch, wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t awesome either. It was just… meh.

The menu looks really delicious, but our food could have been better. S. ordered a hash with poached eggs, that were waaaaay overdone, and pesto hollandaise. which was very tasty.

Overdone eggs + delicious pesto hollandaise = disappointing dish

My meal wasn’t bad. The omelet was fluffy and the side of potatoes I got was fabulous. But overall it just wasn’t great.

It was very pretty…

Despite, this very lackluster first experience I’ll give it another chance. I really wanted to try the pancakes, but talked myself out of it at the last minute. This is really a very odd review for me. I don’t feel like I can really recommend you guys go to this place. But. It wasn’t so terrible that I feel like I should tell you not to go.

So… basically, I guess if you really want some brunch that’s not super expensive and is pretty okay, try this place? Maybe?

Knitting season is upon us!

I love fall. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but it can’t be said enough. Fall is my favorite season (with winter being a close second). I mean, I don’t hate spring and summer. I just prefer being cozy and a bit chilly to feeling damp and/or unbearably hot at all times.  As an added bonus, fall is when I really get into my knitting groove.

This year I’m knitting most, if not all, of my Christmas presents. (Sorry for ruining the surprise, friends and family…) I know. I’ve been saying this for years. But this year is different. Yes, I know I’ve said that before too. But really. This year I’m organized. Maybe this is some misplaced nesting instinct, but last night I sat down planned out all my Christmas knitting projects AND organized and indexed my yarn.

Yeah. I feel accomplished. That’s what you were thinking when you read that, right? That I’m super accomplished at organizing and not that I probably having some weird manifestation of OCD relating to yarn?

What did I learn from this exercise? I have a ton of yarn. And that I need to start knitting Christmas projects immediately. And that when I finish those knitting projects, I’ll probably love them so much that I won’t want to actually give them to anyone. Oh well. We’ll tackle that problem when it comes up.

As for the start knitting right away issue, I did. After I finished all my planning, organizing, and cataloging, I picked up my needles, turned on Clueless (best.movie.ever), and started knitting. But it wasn’t a Christmas project.

It’s a baby hat!

This is my first baby project. And, yes, I made a baby knitting project list too… So, it will not be the last baby project. But I’m super excited about it. Making baby things is so fun because they knit up so quickly. So quickly, that I should be able to finish it today and post an updated photo tomorrow!

Enjoy your Saturday!

 

It’s National Yoga Month!

I know. It’s the end of September and I’m a little behind the times on this, but apparently September is National Yoga Month. Oh. Just checked my archives. Apparently, I knew that September was National Yoga month, but forgot. I blame the baby.

National Yoga Month means some studios offer free classes. I attempted to find some here in Lexington, but wasn’t able to. If you know of any free class offering in Lexington (or elsewhere) please let us all know in the Comments section. Otherwise, get your free yoga on with some online classes. I know yogaglo.com offers a free 15 day-trial, Yoga Today offers a free class every week, and yogadownload.com offers free yoga class podcasts.*

*For the record, none of those sites asked me to mention them. They’re just places I’ve used before. If you have a different favorite online yoga destination, let me know in the Comments section.

Here’s hoping you enjoy your free yoga class!

Workin’ on my fitness: Prenatal Yoga

Last week, I regaled you with tales of my triumphant(?) return to running and I’ve previously promised to tell you all about how pregnancy changed my yoga practice. And then I dropped off the face of the planet. But now I’m back and ready to talk yoga.

Please Note: This is not me. It’s just a super cute tank you can get here.

A little background about me and yoga before we get started (read more here). I started doing yoga when I was in high school. Now, in southeastern Kentucky, I’m pretty sure people thought this was a little weird, but I didn’t care. I kept up the yoga (with my trusty Denise Austin video) through college and law school (albeit sporadically) and, by the time I graduated from law school and was preparing to take the bar, I had a pretty much daily practice. With some work, I’ve managed to keep that up after I started practicing law, so it’s no surprise that when I learned the happy baby news (see what I did there? It’s punny because it’s a yoga pose too.) I was concerned about how it would affect my yoga practice. Prenatal yoga has tons of benefits from promoting easier labor (I assume that’s relative) to reducing depression.  There was never any real question as to whether I would keep practicing yoga, I just wanted to be sure I was doing it safely.

Obviously, my first concern was when I needed to switch from my regular vinyasa yoga to prenatal. As it turns out, you can basically keep doing what you did before for most of the first trimester. Of course, I’m not a doctor, so if your doctor says something different listen to them. Personally, I kept up my regular practice and was extra careful to listen to what my body was telling me. If a backbend didn’t feel awesome, I didn’t do it. If a vinyasa made me lightheaded, I took a break. And, on the days I was really tired (and, trust me, there were a lot of them), I did an actual prenatal flow class with yogaglo.com.

Sometime toward the end of the first trimester, I started taking actual in-person prenatal classes with a studio in my town. I did this for a couple of reasons. First, I had pretty much exhausted the yogaglo prenatal library. More importantly, I didn’t want to be dependent on a video. I wanted to learn what I could and couldn’t do while pregnant, so I could make up my own sequences. The classes have been fabulous. I’m meeting lots of other expectant mothers, learning what they’re going through, and just generally learning new things about yoga and about myself.

So, how has my practice changed? Well, it’s actually physically changed. The yoga I do isn’t as athletic as it was before. You won’t see me in deep twists or crazy binds for awhile.

The biggest change to my practice isn’t in the type of yoga I practice or the asanas I practice. It’s in  me. I’m paying more attention to the cues my body is giving me. I’m taking breaks when I need to. I’m actively trying not to overstretch. To put it simply, I’m not pushing myself, I’m enjoying myself.

What’s your yoga story?