Can you believe Christmas is in a week! I can't. Especially since it's been so warm her in MN. It feels like fall and I'm loving it. It's only once in a while that we have a really warm fall/winter season. I'm hoping this trend continues through winter. Fingers crossed. So that means we have no snow on the ground and it's barely even snowed this season. I have only shoveled once. Which also means my brain thinks it's move like Nov.
I hosted Thanksgiving again this year which means I had access to all the leftovers. Which resulted in me gaining about 3 pounds. Not good when were just starting the holiday season! This might not sound like alot but it was just enough to put me into what I call my weight danger zone. My weight danger zone for me is when I reach my highest weight I've ever been and am in danger of going up a size. I pretty much don't think much about calories unless I am in the danger zone, then I am very careful to eat low calorie and exercise any chance I get. I also try to be really careful about cutting out sugars and grains (unless it's high fiber) and basically trying to recreate that magical time in my life when I lost 15 lbs effortlessly.
A few years ago I created an over night crock pot apple pie oatmeal recipe that was truly life changing for my husband and I. Simply put steel cut oats in a crockpot on warm the night before you go to bed and you will wake up to perfectly cooked healthy oatmeal. This is great if you don't have time to make breakfast in the mourning, or need to cook breakfast for a lot of people (simply double or triple the recipe). My husband has made oatmeal in a crock pot the night before for breakfast since I first wrote this post. This has also been one of our most popular recipes, so when Columbia Empire Farms sent me a sample of their pumpkin butter of course I had to make a pumpkin pie version with it!
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This time a year in MN is all about getting ready for winter. . In this post we will learn how to seal your electric switches and outlets in the most effect way. Years ago we had an energy audit from some local gov program. We paid $30 for it and it was a joke. They didn't even have thermal cameras and basically just told use we need to get insulation in the attic and new windows. We have an old house so that was no surprise, nor was it helpful. They gave us foam electrical outlet switch sealers, child proof electrical outlet plugs (yes they help keep cold air out too) to all of our outlets, and florescent bulbs (which we already had too many off and I'm not fond of the mercury in them.