It’s fall!

Phew- we were tired today.  Not used to doing so much bending and stooping to put in the floor.  Thank goodness I lift and do a lot of squats and deadlifts or I think my legs would be screaming instead of just tired.

I decided to take it easy with exercise and just walk instead.  It was cold this morning in the 40s! Brrrr…. It sure is fall now.  I celebrated with the return of the candy corn bowl!

I had some Wheatena with pumpkin mixed in for breakfast.  Not getting too close to the bowl for the picture  😉

I’m loving the floors so far.  We figure probably 3 more weekends worth of work.  Not that it will be 3 weekends in a row because there is biking to be done and all that, but I was pleased with how fast the first part went down.

When we moved stuff out of the dining room, we found a lot of Pixie’s little paper balls.  It’s embarrassing, really.  Shows how often we move stuff to clean behind it.  Like never.

Here she is with part of her horde:

She’s liking the new floor as much as we do.  Her toys skitter across it better.

Lunch today?  Baker with BBQ turkey.  Hello staple.

Grapes were on sale again.  I love that.  That is a fruit that I began liking much better as an adult.  Same with strawberries.  I never realized how much I liked them until I got older.  Go figure.

Another fruit I found that I love?  Banana chips!

I bet I could make my own.  We have coconut oil…

My latte is topped with a pumpkin spice syrup that John made.  I will have to get him to link me the recipe.  It’s nice to drizzle on lattes or oats and such.  Take *that* Starbucks!

I got my first shipment of bulbs planted today since I ran out of work in the afternoon.  I’m going to be working extra hours the next few days to make up for that, but at least the shortage happened with nice weather so I could get outside.  I was even really smart and wrote down which bulbs I planted where so I will remember in the spring.  Maybe I am not developing CRS syndrome after all!

John cooked up dinner today.  Monday is salmon day (when we buy it).  It was nice enough to grill out, so that is what he did.  He brushed maple syrup on the salmon, then coated it with almond meal.  He then cooked it in a foil packet on the grill.

This was really good.  The salmon was so moist that the almond meal didn’t get crunchy, which we were hoping it would.  Maybe baking it without covering in foil would do the trick.  Very tasty and I am liking salmon more and more.  I wish it was as cheap as tuna.

Football tonight!  I’ve got my fruit ready for snacking. I lost the picks this week, though.  Booo…

– and speaking of Boo, he is adapting to life in the shop really well.  He saw a lot of people today.  John was working in the shop, some customers came by, the UPS man and then my mom came to visit him.  He is willingly coming up to people and very, very friendly.  Guess he has decided people are okay after all.  What a sweetie.  He is going to be a great cat for someone!  He is slated for  going to foster care this weekend.

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22 thoughts on “It’s fall!

    1. Lori Post author

      Sort of like breading. The almond meal is like coarsely ground bread crumbs, but they don’t get super crispy, if that makes sense.

  1. Taryl

    As an Alaskan who eats a whole lot of fatty salmon (yay dip netting!) I have to say the only way to get a crispy crust on salmon is pan frying it with a courser breading, like panko crumbs/corn flakes/chopped nuts. And even then, it doesn’t really get that crispy because of the seeping from the fish. It’s a fish more suited for marinades and sauces than breading, unlike halibut.

    I would LOVE that recipe for pumpkin syrup… That looks amazin and I hate paying Starbucks prices for drinks I can make at home 🙂

  2. debby

    Ah, interesting information about the salmon from an Alaskan!

    I just like it coated with Mrs. Dash and cooked in a hot pan sprayed with a little Pam. And then doused with lemon juice.

    It is not fall here. But it is not unbearably hot anymore either.
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  3. Fran

    Fall has arrived here too, yesterday we even had a storm and the first time that we closed the curtains in the living room at night (we always do that during winter, we love cocooning 🙂 ).

    I just don’t like salmon, tried it a couple of times but no luck. Too bad because you can cook great things with it and it’s healthy.
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  4. Lori F.

    Hi Lori!

    Floors are looking great! I had to laugh at Pixie and her paper balls. I used to have a cat that went nuts over any piece of crumpled paper. She would come running from wherever she was in the house if she heard paper being crumpled! My husband had a pair of boots he didn’t often wear and when he decided to wear them, they were full of paper balls! ROFL! Gotta love cats, I have 2 of them. My old girl(18) has been getting me up at 4AM lately….sigh….sometimes the “love” is tested! 😉

    Love your blog!

  5. Helen

    I feel like Fall has landed with a vengeance this year – no lingering high temperatures up until October. The foliage looks like it’s going to be pretty too. I am trying to not turn on the heat until October but at the rate we’re going who knows because I refuse to be cold!
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  6. Karla

    I am trying to eat more fish… blech … I think I will try your salmon recipe tonight. I baked a rock fish with olive oil, onions and chili flakes.. maybe it was the rock fish had been in the freezer too long.. I have to find a fish and recipe I like

    1. Lori Post author

      I am super, super picky about my fish. Most of it tastes too ‘fishy’ for me, but I am liking the salmon. I also don’t mind mahi-mahi.

  7. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    Yes – definitely have John give you the pumpkin syrup recipe. I’m all for anything that keeps me away from dropping $5 at starbucks on a coffee!

    I just absolutely cannot do fish. I take fish oil supplements instead. 🙁

    It’s weird, I love bananas but am not a fan of banana chips. Maybe that’s something I’ll like more as I get older? I already love strawberries and grapes!
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  8. Jody - Fit at 54

    Pixie love again! 🙂 LOVE the candy corn bowl! I took an Instagram pic of all the different flavors out these days – HOLY CRAP! Going to be hard to stay away from candy corn! 😉

    I never thought of maple syrup on meat period! Maybe a little on a chicken breast – do you think it would taste OK???

    SO sad Boo has to go now that she is making friends… nobody there will take her???
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    1. Lori Post author

      It’s hard to rehome strays. There are a lot of them and shelters are full. Boo will get a home, though, he is one of the lucky ones.

  9. Tami @Nutmeg Notebook

    Pixie’s little paper balls are too funny! Really good eats and a day of meals that I would love to eat.

    Since you are the coffee expert – I have been enjoying the light mocha frapps at Starbucks and would love to make a mock cheaper version at home – have any thoughts on how to do that?
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  10. Roz@weightingfor50

    Love the candy corn bowl Lori. I was just reading this month’s Food Network magazine, and Alton Brown has a recipe for home made candy corn, and I thought of of. I also thought “why bother”…but hey. So glad the floor is going well, hilarious that Pixie is “helping” and you are finding toys, and BIG yay for Casper Boo fitting in at foster care. AWWW. He’s a lucky kitty!

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