Powered by pumpkin!

Gorgeous day today! It was cold when we got up, 38 degrees. At least we weren’t going riding right away, so it had time to warm up into the 40s LOL!

Breakfast was pumpkin oats with the fresh made pumpkin. I love it! I like canned pumpkin, but the fresh is so different tasting.

I also added 1/2 a scoop of protein powder for a little extra something.  This bowl was really creamy and yummy.  Topped with some cranberry preserves.

Temps in the mid 40s and we headed out for the ride.  Packed wraps full of this mixture (plus some lettuce)


My curry chicken salad.    Plus brought the last 2 of the chewy granola bars I made the other day.  First part of the ride was brisk and flat.  It was really nice.  I was starting to get hungry since we had eaten 2 hours earlier, so we stopped around mile 8 for one of the bars.  It is a nice little parking area right by the canal.


I’m all decked out in riding gear.  This jacket was one of my consignment store finds for $3!  I love this jacket.  I am wearing thin gloves under my biking gloves.  Doesn’t look cold, but it was.    I am so glad we stopped and ate, because about 2 miles later the hills came.  It was really rough!  My legs were kind of tired and sore today.  I really should not have ridden last night.  I was so glad to get to Greenwich after 16 miles.  We averaged 11.8 miles per hour on the way there, which was really good with the hills.

Ate our wraps and then started walking around the fall festival. Lots of store sales, hay rides (which we couldn’t find where they originated from), animals, music:



Found a christmas ornament store that was overwhelmingly christmasy!  It actually was very peaceful inside.


I bought a gift there for someone whose birthday is coming up soon 😀

Stopped for a latte here:



Then to go with the fall theme, bought a pumpkin cookie.  The biggest pumpkin cookie ever!


I think the band probably thought I was taking their picture.  Little do they know I am always more interested in the food LOL!   This was a good cookie.  It was kind of cake-like, yet chewy.  And it did not taste super fatty, if that makes sense.  It actually was very pumpkiny and good.  Enough so that John bought a couple to bring home.  They were only $1 each – now that is a bargain!

Greenwich is a cute little town. I loved all the little shops. It makes me miss when we had our own shop in Illinois. Sometimes I get that strong pull to open another.

Then it was time to get going home.  At least the majority of the ride was downhill.  Yay!  We got up to 30 miles an hour at one point, which was pretty exhilarating.  On the flats were were going 14-16 miles per hour.  Nice pace.  John said I was powered by pumpkin!  I need to get a t-shirt that says that. That cookie did me good.  The worst part was the last long climb to get to our house.  It’s a long hill that starts steep, then it just keeps going.  I had to really talk myself through the last 1/4 mile.  Anyone on the sidewalk probably thought I was completely insane.  So glad to get home.  My thighs need a day off tomorrow.

Had a quick stirfry for dinner of chicken, broccoli, Country Bob’s sauce topped with sesame seeds.


We were going to go to the balloon fest, but after being around people today, we just didn’t want to fight the crowds.  Plus, it is windy again, so the balloons might not even have gone off.  About 20 went off last night after we left, and there was a launch this morning.

We are going to go to the mall tonight to get my niece a birthday present.  Lots of birthdays and anniversaries in September!

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12 thoughts on “Powered by pumpkin!

  1. debby

    You have such fun adventures! I like the simple stir-frys, and usually when I see your chicken-brocolli combo I want to have that. But I am out of brocolli and I am too tired to leave the house again, so that will have to be for another day!
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Busy, busy =-.

  2. Lynn Haraldson-Bering

    I wish I lived where you live. Cold or not, it’s much more fun than where I live. I want to visit you with my bike next year. I need to see these places 🙂 And eat pumpkin. And curry (sans chicken).

  3. m i c h e l l e

    We have lots of September b-days and anniversaries too! They are all in my dh’s family so at the end of every August, I pack a huge UK-bound box w/ all the goodies.

    Love pumpkin and that huge cookie looked delicious. I am so jealous of your weather. It’s been in the upper 90s – 100 for over a week now and I am starting to think it’s partly to blame for my lack of energy … Definitely ready for fall and temps in the 60s.

  4. Susan

    Ha, I KNOW people think I’m crazy when I’m fighting up hills on my bike. Sometimes I channel my inner tennis player and start grunting 😛

    I love fresh roasted pumpkin, so maybe I should give pumpkin oats another chance using that stuff. I dunno, the canned stuff just gives me the heebee jeebees! That cookie looks diviiiine though. There’s a reason they fuel with pastries on the Tour de France! 🙂
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Running For The Fun Of It =-.

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