October Goals

Happy October all! I’m still wondering where in the world this year has gone! Yesterday was JUST the start of summer, right?

This month brings my sister’s wedding, finally. ;) Last weekend was her bachelorette party, which meant lots of shenanigans and fun! Thankfully we all survived the college bars and jello shots.

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In just a few short weeks, she will be a Mrs! I’m super excited to see it all come together and to wear my gorgeous dress! Guess I better start working on that MOH speech soon!

October also brings a new set of goals to accomplish! September was by far a better month than I have been having, so I’m pretty happy with that. I didn’t cross off everything I wanted to accomplish, but I’d say I hit about 75% of them. So, go me!

This month I’m going to do even better! Because that’s all we can really do in life, right?

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Daily

- Walk 6,000 Steps: I work at home during the day, so getting up and moving is a challenge. Going to be wearing my Weight Watchers Pedometer to keep track

10mins of Yoga: I enjoy yoga and never get enough in! 10 minutes a day shouldn’t be a challenge if I set myself a reminder

Write To Do List: I always have 1,000,000,000,000 things to do, but accomplish about 2 of them. Writing out what needs to happen will help me remember and who doesn’t love crossing things off a list?

- Squat & Push-Up Challenge: Just another way to get some different activity in! Here’s the one I’m following:

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Weekly

- Earn 20 Activity PointsPlus: Just bumping it up this month!

2 Green Smoothies: I seem to lose more weight when I consume them.

Comment on 7 Blog Posts: I love reading blogs, needing to do it more

- 3 Workout DVDs: I tried daily last month, but it was too much. This will be much more attainable!

Monthly

Bake Something: I love baking and fall baking is great! Mr. B’s co-workers love it when I bake as well!

Read 2 Books: Again, I love reading, just need to do it more!

Reward:

Haircut! I’m in dire need of a new ‘do! Just been putting it off to make sure I have hair to put up for the wedding!

 

What are you wanting to accomplish this month?

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Today is International Coffee Day, but in most people’s worlds, that is every day.

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I only started drinking coffee about a year ago, but I now do not know how I ever survived without it! The drink that hooked me….

The infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte

I haven’t had one at all this year because a) they’re stupid expensive and b) they’re filled with not such good for you things. But, I won’t lie to you and say that I haven’t craved one. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it the entire Fall without ordering one, so I came up with a solution to that problem.

I searched around on Pinterest (seriously, how did I waste my time before that existed?) and came about TONS of recipes. Some had too many ingredients others weren’t quite what I was looking for. So, I found a few components I liked of a couple of recipes and created this one!

Pumpkin Spice Syrup by Brooke: Not On a Diet

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 TB canned pumpkin
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer, stirring to prevent burning. Continue to simmer until sugar is dissolved and pumpkin is combined. Remove from heat, let cool before transferring to a container. Keep in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

This Pumpkin Spice Syrup is perfect for coffee and even tea! I add a tablespoon with a splash of almond milk and enjoy a cup or two (or five) in the morning. The syrup does settle a bit, so you will need to give it a stir before adding it to your cup.

How are you celebrating International Coffee Day?

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White Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts

I am not a chocolate person. I know, I’m crazy! When plagued with the choice of a candy bar, I usually opt for the one with no chocolate, or one that has minimal chocolate (Twix is my main choice). If there is one that has white chocolate though, 10 out of 10 times, I’ll pick that.

Now I don’t want to get into the argument that white chocolate technically isn’t a chocolate, because in the end it is delicious. Which, is obviously the MOST important thing! Personally, I don’t think there is enough white chocolate things in this world. Although, that’s probably a really good thing for me. ;)

Last week I was recipe creating and discovered a bag of white chocolate chips in my baking supplies along with a can of pumpkin. I thought the combo would be great, but didn’t feel like a traditional cookie or bar. Then my donut pan was staring at me and I thought, how great would a pumpkin donut be?

Oh guys, let me tell you….they are pretty great!

In true not on a diet fashion, I wanted to make them a bit healthier. This is where my FlapJacked love entered as well! I’ve talked about FlapJacked here before, but a quick rundown is they are pancake mixes filled with all natural ingredients and packed with protein. The mixes (buttermilk, cinnamon apple, & banana hazelnut) are low in PointsPlus values as well.

Great thing about this mix, it can be used in baking as well! They have a whole slew of recipes over on their website, which is where I found inspiration for these donuts.

White Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts by Brooke: Not On a Diet

White Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts

Makes: 6 donuts
 

Ingredients:
1-1/4 cup FlapJacked Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix
1/2 cup unsweetened original almond milk (skim milk would work as well)
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup white chocolate chips, chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray your donut pan with non-stick spray, set aside. In a bowl, mix your pancake mix, milk, sour cream, and pumpkin together. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the white chocolate chips into small chunks. Fold in the chips into your batter. Evenly distribute the batter in the donut pan. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan before removing. Enjoy!

These donuts are perfect paired with a cup of coffee and some fruit for breakfast. Or even as a snack in the afternoon! Oh and if you’re a fan of chocolate, you could easily swap out the white chocolate chips with milk chocolate ones. That’s just crazy in my world though!

Are you a chocolate or a white chocolate fan?

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