Friday, September 30, 2011

My High Flying Life

As I am sitting in the Pittsburgh airport for the umteenth time this year, it's safe to say that over the past 10 months, I have been on more planes than I had previously over my entire life!

Beautiful clouds outside of my window!

Getting close to Houston in August
I have spent countless hours at the airport pulling out my laptop and Bluetooth. I really never thought I would be one of those people, let alone at the age of 23/24! Sometimes I get funny looks from people, I'm pretty sure it's because they think I couldn't be older than 18. {Oh well, when I'm 40, I'll look 35! Or at least I'm hoping that how this works :)} Needless to say, it has been a busy, fun, high flying year! Here are my flight stats to date:

January
- Fly to Pittsburgh {one way for the move}
- Fly to Houston for Aarmco Half Marathon
February
- Fly to Houston for work Sales Conference
- Fly to Orlando for Disney Princesses Half Marathon
March
- NO FLIGHTS!
April
- Fly to Houston for work
May
- Fly to Houston for Nikki's shower and Emily's ring ceremony
June
- Fly to Houston for Alison's bachelorette party
- Fly to Chicago for cousin Nick's wedding
July
- July to Houston for Alison and Philip's wedding and CRUISE!
August
- Fly to Las Vegas for Kate's birthday
- Fly to Houston for work
September
- Fly to Chicago for Packers game!!!
October
- NO FLIGHTS {Unless you count the fact that I'm flying home from Chicago on October 3rd}
November (Planned)
- Fly to San Antonio for Rock 'n Roll San Antonio Half Marathon
- Fly to Houston for Thanksgiving, house hunting and Travis and Hanna Jo's wedding
December (Planned)
- Fly to Houston for Christmas

Whew, it wears me out just thinking about all of these flights. I've officially become an expert at packing, making it through the security check line and navigating airports everywhere! I will say, being a savvy flier really isn't a bad thing. I'm even looking forward to my lunch time flight today! I'll spend the afternoon working at Chicago Midway waiting for Daddy and Matt to get in about 4 hours after me! Can't wait to see my dad and brother as well as the Sycamore, IL Timmer family! Then we're headed up to Green Bay on Saturday and Packers game on Sunday! It's going to be a busy and fun filled weekend. Recap to come on Monday!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pumpkin Cookie Heaven

Fall brings: Changing leaves, pumpkins, Halloween, pumpkin muffins, rustic colors, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, cooler temps, pumpkin cookies, boots, pumpkin bread, Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie, warm sweaters, pumpkin...noticing a trend? The start of fall is the start of everything PUMPKIN! You know you're on the pumpkin craze! I'm proud to say that I've still only had one pumpkin spice latte {I'm trying to pace myself so I don't get sick of them!}, but I did buy pumpkin spice coffee creamer and it is amazing {and fewer calories}.

I will admit, I have jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon. However, I have always loved everything pumpkin, so I have no shame :) This week I have a new healthy pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe for everyone to enjoy!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients



  • 1 cup canned pumpkin


  • 1/2 cup Splenda sugar blend {Increase to 1 cup if using regular white sugar}


  • 1/2 cup applesauce


  • 1 egg white


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour


  • 2 teaspoons baking powder


  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 teaspoon almond milk


  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips



  • Directions
    1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, apple sauce, milk and egg white.
    2. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
    3. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
    4. Add in vanilla and chocolate chips.
    5. Drop spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes until the bottoms are firm and a light brown color.
    6. Eat and Enjoy! {You should probably let them cool down first so you don't burn your tonge!

    I know there are a million other recipes out there, but I promise this one is completely worth a shot! And come on...they're healthy! They have a fluffier, cake like consistency and taste like fall!

    Take a look below at some other yummy pumpkin flavored goodies to enjoy during this amazing season of change! 
     
    Recipe
    
    Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars: Recipe

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins: Recipe

    Nutella Pumpkin Bread: Recipe
    I'm heading up to Green Bay, WI tomorrow and will be spending a good chunk of time at the airport! Maybe I'll get a post in while I'm hanging out at Chicago Midway :)

    Until next time...
    With love and God bless,

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    What I'm Loving Wednesday: Birthday Edition

    Happy, happy Wednesday! I generally love Wednesdays of every week, but I'm not going to lie, this one is my favorite because, it's my BIRTHDAY!!! In honor of the day of my birthday 24 years ago, I'm going to do a Birthday Edition of What I'm Loving Wednesday! I'll show you some of the awesome gifts and cards I've received from friends and family as well as what I plan to purchase with my birthday cash!!! So, now I'm linking up with Jamie at This Kind of Love for What I'm loving Wednesday!


    I'm loving this awesome birthday card from Mommy and Daddy Gougler!

    Front

    Inside: how funny is that?!?
    I'm loving the most amazing gift from my wonderful husband! I've been wanting this for over a year now!
    Opening my big present from JP!

    Just what I always wanted!!! A pink Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer!!!

    Love, love, LOVE! New recipe posts coming soon!
     I'm loving  this delicious new Coach perfume from Andrea! It smells amazing and it's PINK!
    
      I'm loving the work out gear that Nikki bought me! These are the CUTEST workout pants from Victoria's Secret! Pink lace waist fold over yoga pants and it says PINK on the back in sequins! These also came with a matching bra top and water bottle. Nikki, you know me too well!
    
      I'm loving the fact that I'm going to buy my very 1st pair of real UGGs with my birthday money from Mommy and Daddy Gougler! I live up north and I'm about to endure another winter, so these are perfect!

    
    
    I'm loving these Tory Burch flats. I've been wanting some for a while now. You can dress them up or down. Wear them to work or out. I mean how versatile can you get? These will be joining my closet shortly.

    I have been dying for a pair of these!
    I'm loving this Reese's Blizzard cake! After 5 days, it's over half way gone...ooops. I've had some friends to share it with though :)
    Mmmm...Reese's Blizzard Cake!
     
    I'm loving that I'll be at the Packers vs. Broncos this Sunday in Green Bay! Can't wait to be there with my daddy and brother, Matt!
    
    I'm loving a few things on Pinterest! Okay, more than a few, but here are just some of my DIY obsessions that I intend to recreate as soon as I find some free time!

    Love this frame!

    This is a great idea! I would do mine in red, yellow and brown to match my kitchen. It would help so much with meal planning and grocery shopping!

    Beautiful!
     Most of all, I'm loving ALL of my friends and family that have supported me over the past 24 years of my life! I am so thankful and blessed to have y'all. Thanks for making every year better and better!








    Now that I have officially bombarded you with pictures, I hope that you have a wonderful Wednesday. Remember to focus on the things and ones you love, even when life is getting you down. As silly as it seems, posting about this every week has really helped me to keep a positive outlook even when things are keeping me down! There are always people out there who love you to pieces and hopefully things will make you smile!

    What are you loving this Wednesday?

    Until next time...
    With love and God bless,

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Speechless

    Ever have those days when you just don't know what to say? You have a lot on your mind, but you just feel kind of off? Today is one of those days. Things have been interesting lately. So since I really don't have much to say, I thought I would entertain everyone with some of the latest pictures of Miss Maggie. She always knows how to make me smile when I'm feeling a little funky! I hope she can make you smile too! {Warning: these are mostly iPhone pics! My camera was out of commission for a while!}

    She likes to get really close to the camera

    She wishes that she could sit in my lap when I'm working

    Inside out ears and alien eyes!

    Rub my belly please!!!

    Doesn't look like she wants to take a picture with her momma.

    Okay, I took a picture. Can I have a treat now?

    Baby girl is getting sleepy
    So serious yet so funny

    I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday. I'm hoping a trip to the gym after work and maybe some shopping to follow will shake me out of my funk!

    What makes you smile when you're feeling off?

    Until next time...
    With love and God bless,

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday Things

    Hello friends! Here we are again, another Monday has found us and another weekend has passed. Each weekend truly does get shorter and shorter! It makes you wonder where the time goes. Not to mention...IT'S ALMOST OCTOBER! How did that happen? September has pretty much come and gone and here we are heading quickly into holiday season. Anywho, enough rambling. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This weekend was an interesting one for me. It was full of emotions, fun events, laying around, football and fun with friends!

    Friday evening JP and I went out to a nice dinner. We were hoping to use our free lettuce wrap coupon at P.F.Changs, but when we got there at 6:30 p.m. there was an hour and a half wait! No thank you. We decided to have some yummy Italian food {which is amazing in Pittsburgh} and headed to BRAVO! I enjoyed the grilled salmon and JP had chicken parmigiana. We also both enjoyed a glass of wine to help us wind down from the busy week. After dinner, we went back home where Maria and Matt met up with us for birthday cake and a drink before we headed to Carson Street to celebrate my birthday! We had a great time and met up with a bunch of friends!

    Ready for a night out!

    Maria - My best friend in Pittsburgh!!!

    With Julie and Maria!

    Julie, Kelly, Maria, me and Cara! It was smokey in there from a fog machine! Better than cigarette smoke!

    Cara, Maria, JP and Matt! Love my friends!

    With Matt and Maria once we got home. JP was an awesome DD for my birthday celebration!

    Love my hubs :)
    Saturday was a little rough. I'll admit, I don't go out much anymore. Pretty much never. A drink or two when going out to dinner or a glass of wine in the evening is really about it these days. Needless to say, after my birthday celebration, Saturday was rough. I was determined to face the day and started by making these delicious cinnamon roll pancakes for breakfast!

    Just starting to cook!

    Pretty swirl!

    Taken from Pinterest. Recipe found here!
    Breakfast was followed by watching some college game day on the couch {wishing it had been in College Station}. Since I had a 3 miler on my training schedule, I was determined to get out to the trail and conquer what should have been a quick and easy run. It was not particularly quick and it was far from easy. A solid combination of going out Friday night plus sore, jello legs from Thursday's killer Body Works class made for a challenging workout. My legs didn't want to go and my tummy was doing back handsprings, but I pushed through and felt okay after about 2.5 miles :) Later Saturday afternoon, JP and I ventured out to a new side of town to meet up with the Pittsburgh A&M Club to watch the A&M vs. Oklahoma State game! As most of us know, this did not end so well for the Ags even after a stellar first half. We were bummed about the loss, but JP was well behaved and didn't yell or curse {probably only because of the little kids but I'll take it!} We met a lot of fun people and it looks like we've made some new friends.

    Go Aggies!

    There were about 20 people there at once! Since we're about 1,350 miles away from College Station, I would say that is impressive!
    Once we made it back home it was a little after 8:00 p.m. and by 9:30 p.m., JP and I were in bed. I had been an emotionally and physically exhausting day for many, many reasons and our bodies just needed to rest.

    Going to bed early worked out for me because when my alarm went off Sunday morning at 6:30a.m., I was ready to hit the trail and knock out my 7 miler. You can read more about that here! My morning run was followed by flag football with my friends! We have such a fun and energetic team. JP and I look forward to it now on Sunday mornings! This was our third game of the season and our 2nd win! It was a close game finishing at 19-18. I love winning :) Hopefully I'll be able to get my camera out there and take some action shots sooner or later! After football, JP and I actually had an afternoon tee time to use a Groupon for 18 holes of golf at a Pittsburgh country club. I wasn't feeling mentally prepared to golf this weekend, so we decided to postpone the outing to mid-October. My friend Matt said that I should still be okay {temperature wise} and that October is still golfing season up here. Can you tell that I'm getting worried and trying to prepare myself for dropping temperatures? Since we didn't golf, we spent the rest of the day watching football {GO PACKERS!!!}, baking and heading to Matt's to watch the Steelers game.


    All in all, I would say that it was a good weekend. There was a lot going on to keep me pretty busy which is what I needed! I'm REALLY looking forward to next weekend because Dad, Matt {youngest brother} and I are heading up north to Green Bay to watch the Packers take on the Broncos!!! Coolest birthday present ever :) Do you have any fun trips coming up this fall? What's your favorite football team {college or pro}?

    Until next time..
    With love and God bless,

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