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Happy Friday my peeps! I hope you had a great week. I can’t really believe it’s Friday already…and that it’s mid-September. Um, wasn’t it just August?

1. I’ve been trying to come up with a Fall Bucket List for the family. Why? I don’t know. I’ll surely not complete all the tasks and then feel like a failure as a parent.

So instead, I made a Fall Bucket List for Food Bloggers. Because that was way more fun, and I’ll probably accomplish most of the items…

Food Blogger Fall Bucket List

The hair thing? Done.

2. I have been in pumpkin overload lately! This is my newest favorite Fall treat: Spiced Pumpkin Apple Dump Cake.

Well, besides this one: Apple Cheesecake Bars

3. I hit a setback in my whole “think positively about myself” pledge. Last Saturday my back my back went out while doing a squat, and I couldn’t go to the gym (or walk) for a few days. It was nothing serious; I injured my lower back a few years ago and every once in awhile  – usually when I’m stressed and forget to stretch – it twinges and knots up. It’s back to semi-normal now (although I’m still babying my workouts) but the damage to my pledge was instant. The first thing I thought was “well, I’m going to get fat since I can’t workout” and the second thought was “I’ll need to stop eating.” (That second one lasted until lunch.) The “fat” one is ongoing, but I’m trying to remind myself it’s not forever, just a few days, and it doesn’t make a difference.

How do you handle setbacks like this one?

4. One of my favorite pins from last week: This Apple Pie Pull-Apart Bread from Heather’s French Press. Doesn’t it look to die for?

5. This post, my Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge, continues to go insane whenever I share it. I’m taking that to mean y’all love fudge. I’ll be happy to feed that addiction in the coming months!

{Also, the comments have spawned a whole debate on whether or not a 2 year old can have a root canal. I mean, really??}

6. Books I’ve read lately:

Some Kind of Wonderful by Barbara Freethy

Murder in Plain Sight (Hqn) by Marta Perry

I’m also considering re-reading Twilight. Again.

7. How excited are you for the next Hunger Games movie? Only a few months left to wait!

A movie I’m wondering about? 50 Shades. How exactly are they going to bring that to the big screen?

8. The new TV season is starting soon! I can’t wait for Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife, and Big Bang Theory. What are you excited about?

9. Thursday was Blogger Spouse Appreciation Day, a totally needed but made up holiday. Go check out the post about my husband and all the other posts too!

10. I’m missing my birthday next weekend because I’ll be at the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen (squeal!) so in order to placate Jordan, I’m having a fake birthday this weekend. So, uh, don’t get confused by all the instagrams, okay? 🙂

11. A few weeks ago we got some news that reminded me that life is precious. A dad in a family we know broke his neck in a horrible freak accident and is a quadriplegic. I cannot even imagine what the family is going through right now, emotionally and physically. Our community has turned out in huge support of the family and the whole situation reminds you to hug your loved ones. Live life fully – today. Don’t waste any moments, don’t take anything for granted. So…go hug your husband, your kids. Call your mom, pet your dog. Life is short, and it can change in an instant.


Last Updated on September 9, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge? Talking about taking lemon love to another level! Your list rocks by the way.
    Visiting from SITS

  2. That bucket list is hilarious! Love fall TV too (even if I don’t love fall) and Grey’s is one of my faves. It’s really tough to stay positive. Exercise and body image is really important to me (probably a little too important), and I’ve had a few injuries so I know what you’re going through. I sprained my ankle almost 2 years ago and still think about it all the time, and I have on going issues with runners’ knee. When I sprained my ankle I actually lost weight because I ate less and played tons of Wii boxing and tennis. Now I use the elliptical a lot because it’s so much easier on my joints. If you are going to be super stressed about what’s going to happen when you’re dealing with an injury (like me), try to watch what you eat and find some form of exercise that you can do. I’m not sure what would be okay to do with an injured back, but there’s probably something. And know you are not alone 🙂

  3. Love your list! Especially the hair idea. However, I’m finding that there are already waaaay too many Christmas candies, and while that’s nothing to complain about, what happened to Thanksgiving? Or Halloween for that matter… Sorry to hear about your family friend. 🙁 In my prayers!

    1. I know, Thanksgiving is totally the forgotten stepchild. I’m totally devoting so many pies to it in the next few months!

  4. We all have so much to be thankful for… what a reminder. Love this list! Got a good kick out of it. 🙂