pumpkin protein donuts

pumpkin protein donuts || Journey for JessiI know the “pumpkin season” has come to a close (Happy December!), but I could not not share these Pumpkin Protein Donuts.  They are healthier than normal donuts, think baked not fried and packed with protein and real pumpkin puree.  Yum!  So go ahead and indulge in another pumpkin treat before the ‘nog flavors take over (I will take eggnog over pumpkin any day to be honest…but the ‘nog can wait a bit more).   Continue reading

dear jessi

dear Jessi,

Some days, it just hits me. It hit me again this morning as I was sipping coffee out of the mug I got you one Christmas.

It is an overcast morning. I am checking the weather to learn that snow is forecasted for next Thursday. Late I know.

I can’t help but be reminiscent today. It’s been a while since tears fell from these eyes of mine. I’ve been doing really well as of late. I wish you were here so I could tell you all about it. No matter how busy you were you always found time to lend an ear.

This morning, I’m thinking back to the time we carved pumpkins together in your dorm room and made more of a mess than we should have. We carved and talked for hours, then despite have a calculus exam later that week, we went down to the community kitchens to roast our pumpkin seeds. I miss that. I miss you.

xoxo,

Em
dear jessi || Journey for Jessi

skinny mini pumpkin muffins

skinny mini pumpkin muffins || Journey for JessiI have recently moved and although packing has never been a favorite of mine, this move was much easier than expected.  The packing, the transporting, the carrying, the unpacking, all were not quite as gruesome as I recall.  Maybe it is because I am use to moving every year and I have learned to make things easier (maybe I’ll do a moving tips post later).  I am not quite settled in yet…well, that’s an understatement.  If I am gauging this off of the level of groceries in my pantry and refrigerator, then I am dogging it.  One of the things I have learned from moving is this: it is a pain to transport food (in my opinion)–having to keep it all cold/frozen, worrying about spills and glass breaking etc.  That is why this time, I hadn’t been grocery shopping the two weeks prior to moving–and confession…I still have yet to go.  Needless to say, my food intake has been all over the place and it’s killing me and my workouts, but it has given me plenty of opportunities to use what I have and get creative.  Exhibit A: Skinny Mini Pumpkin Muffins.   Continue reading

behind

behind--journeyforjessiLet me just apologize for being a bad blogger lately.  My October has been filled with all sorts of (vegan) food, festivities, fall, and lots of studying.  I know it is no excuse because blogging does not take that long, especially if I just pop a few recipes online (I have so many to post from Vegan Month). For now, I will do a recap/summary of my October, then I will begin posting recipes again.  I wish I had more workouts to post lately, but unfortunately, I have to admit I have fallen behind on my health and fitness since the summer.  I do not see this as a failure, though, just another opportunity to overcome a challenge. Continue reading