Every Saturday morning until the end of the semester Billy has practice mid-terms. I try to convince him to stay party with us because they are just ‘practice’ tests but he seems to really be taking this stuff seriously for some reason. Pancakes with crumbled up pieces of chocolate chip cookies & old episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond > (by a lot) sitting in a desk answering questions about cases. He gets home at about one so we will just have to party extra hard when he gets home.
In the last post you couldn’t really see our bibs that we were wearing for our costume so here it is:
We tried our hardest to find lobster bibs but settled on the crab ones.
It is really weird to not exercise (even with past injuries I was still able to bike, swim or use the elliptical) in the mornings but I am wanting to give my back as much rest as possible because I become slightly more and more crazy every day I go without running so I must heal ASAP. This also means I get to tell you all about Billy’s running (heaven forbid we are ever both injury-free at the same time). He went on a 5 mile trail run yesterday with some crazy inclines and this is a picture he took while out exploring the mountains.
Before I forget, I have to ask you if you have ever had TJ’s pumpkin butter? What do you eat it with?
I might have to make Billy stop at the store on his way home from school…
I feel like I am about to enter into a famine because stores will stop selling candy corn and so I need to go buy as many as I can to get me through the year.
HOPE YOU ARE HAVING AN AMAZING SATURDAY AND THAT YOU GET SOME DELICIOUS HALLOWEEN CANDY AT SOME POINT TODAY!!
Megan @ Run Like a Grl
Just got myself a ton of candy corn. In case the hurricane is a bad one I’ll have plenty of candy corn to hold me over!
haha nice! toilet paper and candy corn and I’m set!
Hayley @ Running Down the Runway
pumpkin butter + cottage cheese + cinnamon is amazing!
I used TJ’s box mix for pumpkin bread and then used the pumpkin butter on that bread. it’s good!
Wait until Thursday and stock up on discounted candy corn- I do this EVERY year and it lasts me a long time :) Those bibs are so adorable- so glad you chose the lobster costume- she is just so darling Janae, and you and Billy look so happy with her!
I love TJ’S pumpkin butter- I usually eat it on bagels, toast etc.. but I need to branch out but not sure what else to do with it?
Just pretend that Hurricane Sandy is hitting CA and you HAVE to stock up!
The Kidless Kronicles
Jessica @ Busy Living Healthy
My dad will wait until the day after Halloween to stock up on candy corn, and he too loves to eat it with peanuts. He got me hooked on that combo a long time ago :)
I LOVE TJ’s pumpkin butter! I put it on breads, sandwiches, pancakes. I also started putting it in plain Greek yogurt and oatmeal. Sooooo good!
Yes! It is also delicious with cream cheese on a bagel (especially a cinnamon type one).
We had our trunk or treat last night and I have SO MUCH leftover chocolate pudding (I made 10 boxes of chocolate pudding for the pie eating contest that ended up NOT happening). Looks like I’ll be making A LOT of chocolate cream pies tomorrow.
I saw this recipe using pumpkin butter that I thought looked pretty tasty (although healthy-ish) http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/no-bake-pumpkin-butter-oat-bars/
I can’t wait until November 1st. I plan on buying all the discount Halloween candy I can get my hands on!
Pumpkin butter on graham crackers is a little bit of heaven. Just so you know. :)
I eat that pumpkin butter on toast, it is amazing =) You can also pour it over ice cream!
I love the bibs that you guys wore with Brooke’s costume — she was the cutest lobster ever!
My Saturday is going great, I just did my longest run ever, and my last long run of training for my upcoming marathon — 23 miles!
I don’t think I could handle trail runs – even ground for me :) haha
I’m glad you’re being smart, resting and taking it easy.
I can not WAIT for the halloween chocolates to go on sale. It’s a big event my mom and I take advantage of every year ;)
Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale
But just think, soon enough the Christmas flavours of candy corn will be released!! And until then there will be TONNES of Thanksgiving themed food to tide everyone over. During the fall season, we’re never lacking in treats!! :)
Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)
Pumpkin butter from TJ’s is good with everything!! But you should try it either over vanilla ice cream OR spread over pancakes. Both are amazing!
OMG TJ’s Pumpkin butter is so freakin delicious that i ate the whole thing right from the jar with a spoon! I think you could also eat it as an ice cream topper, spread it on pumpkin break or add a scoop in oatmeal for some fall deliciousness! Enjoy :)
I love TJ’s pumpkin butter mixed into plain Greek yogurt. Yum!
I read a blog recently (I think it was “our fifth house”) that made pumpkin soup with the TJ’s pumpkin butter. It was that + heavy cream + something else. Looked yummy!
I’ve had pumpkin butter!!!! I put it on bread and waffles. It’s really good! I prefer cookie butter though. If you’ve never tried cookie butter from TJ’s I promise you…try it and your life will never be the same.
Why are our comments always so similar??!! Twin life…..
Karen @ Runner Girl Eats
We just cracked open our bag of Halloween candy and hoping that we have some left for the trick or treaters. I lloooovvveee the day after Halloween for stocking up on candy
JANAE! If you wait until after Halloween, Walgreen’s ALWAYS sells leftover candy corn for 25 cents a bag!!!…at least where I live… I bought 4 last year! :)
Run Jilly Bean
We dip apple slices in pumpkin butter or slather it on waffles. Yes, I said slather because my son always says “More Mommy!”
I have been unable to do any exercise for the last 3 weeks. Can’t bike, swim, elliptical, or anything. It is so LAME. I did a tiny walk/run today that hurt but I don’t know if it was good hurt or bad hurt yet! Hope you get better super fast!!
I’ve had pumpkin butter!! It’s very pumpkiny….I’ve had it on banana bread. and i feel like it might taste good with like peanut butter for some reason. Have u ever tried trader joes COOKIE BUTTER??!!! It is the best thing ever invented!!
Oh I have tried it with peanut butter on toast and it is good. It is probably good with any type of nut butter. Of course it is wonderful with cream cheese too.
Nicole @ Curly Mommy
Honeycrisp apple + TJ’s Pumpkin Butter + Crunchy PB
TJ’s pumpkin butter. +. Peanut butter on toasted pumpkin spice Eggo waffles! Heavenly………the PBS gets all melts! Oh so delish!
I need chocolate chip cookie pancakes! That is seriously the best idea ever!! I’m personally feeling an ice cream sundae today… But that’s just me. Maybe with Halloween candy on top? :)
Cait the Arty Runnerchick
i had been curious wat u were wearing on ur costume…and now that i see it it makes brooke’s costume even MORE cute/hilarious!! :) so funny!
oh, that billster just needs to really get with the program and go for Raymond and food, i mean tests schmests!
i’m still sending tons of positive healing vibes ur way, ugh, injuries really stink, but u’re doing the right thing in giving it full TLC rest and u’ll be right back to full running power soon!
PS- and at least u have an awesome distraction in the way of Brooke until then :)
Natalie @ Free Range Human
I’ve never had TJ’s pumpkin butter, but I do have some from our local grocery store. I mixed it into pancakes this morning and then topped them with some more. So good!
I just saw a commercial with a baby in a lobster costume and they were carrying her in a huge pot. It was super cute! I’m dreaming of the day Trader Joe’s opens up – it’s currently under construction. Woohoo! I’ll try to be as happy as you as I run my 9 tomorrow. I <3 fall running!
CANDY CORN EMPTY?! NOOOOOO!! ;) Have you tried the pumpkins? They’re my favorite! And there are pumpkin-only bags!!! (Just found that out this year!)
I LOVE TJ’s pumpkin butter!! I like it on pb toast instead of jelly. It is also good as an oatmeal topper or part of a granola/yogurt parfait !
I LOVE TJs pumpkin butter and I buy two at a time, worrying that they will run out. Try it on toast with your crunchy peanut butter. Or in yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, bowl of cereal…anything!
I just bought some of the TJ’s Pumpkin Butter and have been putting it on my toast and mixing it in with plain greek yogurt. It is so yummy that way!
Pancakes WITH cookies in them?! You are GENIUS! I need to try that. Mmmmm how good would Snickerdoodles be crumbled in cinnamon pancakes with a powdered sugar glaze. HOLY yum. I think you may have just made my breakfast tomorrow ;)
The pumpkin bitter is really yummy on pumpkin waffles with maple syrup…delicious!!!
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
Practice midterms?!? Billy’s school sounds much scarier than mine!
I love that pumpkin butter! You can put it on toast, pancakes, and even eggs!
Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries
LOVE Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter! I put it on everything and anything I can think of… toast, oatmeal, bagels, pancakes, waffles, bananas, apples, you name it! My favorite is the combo of peanut butter + pumpkin butter. The sweet and salty combo is amazing. Enjoy!
You know those TJ’s Honey Wheat Pretzel sticks that are downright delicious…they may or may not be even more incredible dunked into that jar of Pumpkin Butter (just saying)…also TJ’s Animal Crackers are pretty good dipped in there too :-)
I just did the stocking up on Reese’s pumpkins, candy corns, and pumpkins!! Glad to know someone else is as crazy abt them as me haha
Mmmmmm…pumpkin butter…sounds delicious! I do love apple butter A LOT!!! I used to eat it mixed with cottage cheese. I can’t believe how big how big your girl is!!!
I really need to give TJs another try (long story) because everything you post from there looks/sounds so tasty! Plus a friend of my was raving about her TJs the other day so…
I found an older post of yours with a dessert you threw together of brownies, vanilla pudding, graham cracker crumbles and chocolate sprinkles. I’ve made a large batch for our friends’ Halloween party tonight (and yes we taste tested beforehand :). Thanks for another great, and delicious, idea!
Brittany @Berries and Barbells
You must share the recipe for the chocolate chip cookie pancakes. They sound heavenly!
Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More
What did Billy think of trailing running?
Never had pumpkin butter but what what about using it as a French toast topping?
Hey Girl! So sad to hear about your injury :( I too have been toting around my son in his carseat and just praying I don’t trip over something and he gets hurt- so at least little Brooke is okay! Hope you recover in the next few days so you can get out and RUN like a wild woman again- I know I need to run everyday to kinda keep my sanity ;) And chocolate chip pancakes and candy corn are two of my most favorite things in the world!!I once ate choc chip pancakes everyday after university for about a year! Have a great weekend with your cute little fam!
yes, i agree with the others, janae! make it your #1 priority on thursday to get out for discounted candy!
Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)
TJ’s pumpkin butter is the best. Put it on toast, oatmeal, muffins, anything really! Oh it’s great on waffles with some peanut butter too.
I have pumpkin butter at all times for this reason: Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Oatmeal. I threw these ingredients together last fall and it changed my life. First cook a serving of old fashioned oats (best with unsweet vanilla almond milk but water is just fine too) and while that’s cooking, sautée two apple slices with nonstick cooking spray and cinnamon. Top your oats with cinnamon chips, a T of pumpkin butter, and 2 T cool whip. Then, add your soft cinnamon apples to the top. It honestly tastes more like a dessert than a breakfast.
Homemade biscuits are the best with that pumpkin butter!!!! I always add real butter too so it gets all melty and gooey….
I am feeling your pain with your injury…every since last Sunday I have been having some shin pain in my left leg and I am afraid now that I might have a stress fracture. The pain has gotten worse and more constant. I ran on Wednesday and it hurt almost the entire run, so I haven’t run since then. I did Jillian’s Shred on Friday and I only felt the pain during the jumping jacks and high knees.
I plan to go the ortho dr tomorrow to hopefully find out what is going on. I am sad because I want to run so badly but I am afraid at the same time.
I know you had a stress fracture in the past so I am trying to channel your motivation to do other things (elliptical, bike, weights) but it’s really hard! lol
Apple A Day
Guurrrll… THIS is what you do with TJ’s Pumpkin Butter:
I put it on… everything. I would bathe in it if i could.
Happy early Halloween! I’m currently stocked on candy and other non perishables as hurricane Sandy is headed our way, fingers crossed it’s not too bad!
TJ’s pumpkin butter + a spoon= all you need!!
TJ Pumpkin butter on PANCAKES!!!
I love TJ’s pumpkin butter. It’s really good if you mix it in greek yogurt or oatmeal!
top your pancakes or waffles with pumpkin butter!
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My fiance LOVES Trader Joes, I think I’ve gone 2 times in my entire life and there is one close by. But I always ask for him to pick up the essentials for me, like Cookie Butter and Pumpkin Butter. I put pumpkin butter on bread or toast or crackers. Pretty sure my Fiance eats it with a spoon straight from the jar.
I love to make these bars with pumpkin butter – http://www.adozenyearslater.blogspot.com/2010/11/recipe-pecan-pumpkin-butter-bars.html
The recipe calls for the Williams Sonoma pumpkin butter, but I just made them again last week with the Trader Joes pumpkin butter.
Pumpkin butter + cream cheese +bagel/toast =breakfast of champions. Especially when combined with hot cider/hot chocolate.