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Author: christenrgowan

Celebrating 34 years

I’m really not a huge birthday person, but yesterday I celebrated 34 years! I feel like that sounds way older than 33 for some reason, but Trevor swears we aren’t middle-aged yet so I’m just going to roll with it. It was a weird kind of day. I worked a half-day then Trevor and I went to the beginning-of-the-school-year Parent-Teacher conference for Hadley. She loves to read and does well in school so nothing crazy there. But yes, she’s like her mama and likes to talk. Ha. Sometimes I wonder how Trevor gets to talk at all with the...

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Pumpkin Bread

This is my last pumpkin recipe of the fall season, I swear! This Pumpkin Bread is easily the best kind I’ve ever made. Sometimes it can end up super dry, but this bread from Smitten Kitchen is very moist and with a hint of sweetness from the topping.  This recipe makes a lot of batter so I ended up with a loaf of pumpkin bread and one jumbo muffin. If you have a smaller loaf pan, prepare to have extras for a few muffins.  Click here to get the recipe!  A note moving forward: In the past, I’ve never...

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Pumpkin Spice Truffles

Who’s had their fill of pumpkin spice everything yet? Can we do just one more thing? These Pumpkin Spice Truffles are awesome and super easy to make. I always just assumed that truffles were really annoying to make, but they really aren’t. What I love about these Pumpkin Spice Truffles was that they have that traditional chocolate flavoring, but a great hint of cinnamon spiciness as well. Bryn took a bite and said, “Oooh spicy!” Exactly what I was going for.  These are really easy to make and pop in the freezer for another time (and also easy to...

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Exploring Shelburne Farms

One of my biggest goals is always to take advantage of where we live. There are a some great destinations just a few hours from Saratoga Springs and Shelburne Farms is one of them.  Trevor has been out of town for work for a while now so it was great to hit the road for a change of scenery. When you spend each day kind of doing the same things (getting ready for work, dropping kids off places, working a full day then the full night routine), it’s great to just see something new. We packed up Sunday morning...

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Spotlight: Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee

First, let me say, this isn’t a sponsored post. I just love Chameleon Cold Brew this much and I had to share it.  We were on vacation in North Carolina earlier this month, and my friend Claire had Chameleon Cold Brew at her house. Its a perfect base for iced coffees and super smooth. It doesn’t have the bitter after taste that coffee can have and there are zero calories. Many ice coffee/cold brew products are pre-sweetened, meaning they are already loaded with sugar. This is just coffee and it is oh-so-smooth.  It’s a perfect summer drink. I fill my...

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