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All Things Pumpkin - The Best Pumpkin Recipe Roundup

From the looks of the stores and my Facebook feed, fall is almost here.  Fall is actually my favorite season, but I hate winter.  Fall means that winter is coming, and did I mention that I hate winter?  I do.  Snow is pretty for about an hour.  After that, I am done with the slippery roads and bitter cold. One of the best things about fall is all of that pumpkin!  Pumpkin desserts, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin!  I make pumpkin puree from my garden, so I was looking for some new recipes.  If you love pumpkin, check these out! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies - Pumpkin and chocolate, do I need to say more?  This recipes uses applesauce for the oil, so it is very moist with less fat. No Coffee Pumpkin Latte  - A pumpkin latte even the kids can drink! Pumpkin Spice Scones - Eat these for dessert or breakfast!  If I made these, I'm not sure many would make it until the next morning. Pumpkin Pie Martini - Yes, please! Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book was on everyone's list for the summer.  Without really know what it was about, I jumped on the bandwagon and put it on hold.  Weeks later, I got it and dove right in. I lost a lot of sleep over this novel.  I literally read until I fell asleep and woke up with my light on and a book beside me. Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales. Gone Girl is about a couple who, to the outside world, seem like the perfect couple.  Nick and Amy move from New York to Missouri five years after their wedding.  Shortly after their move, Amy disappears in the middle of the day. Is Amy alive?  Dead?  Was she kidnapped?  By whom? Nick doesn't have an alibi. The book alternates between Nick in the present day and Amy's diary of the events leading up to her disappearance.  Both tell about their relationship from the time they met until the day she disappeared. Amy's diary gives you the background and the reas

Book Review: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

This is the summer of reading for me.  I love to read, but I don't always set aside time.  This year, the kids joined the summer reading program at the local library, and I joined the program for adults.  I've read a lot of books this summer, and the kids have seen me read.  Now they are reading more, and I've seen a big improvement in my daughter.  She was reading beginning chapter books at the start of summer and just finished The Secret Garden !  She's highly motivated by the little prizes the library offers, so she's been working very hard to meet her goals. Links may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales. Last month, I chose the book The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline because it was recommended by many other bloggers.  It's a best seller right now, so I figured it must be good.  I had read some deep, dark books right before reading it, so I was looking forward to a lighter read. Orphan Train follows Mo