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Everyday Adventures {Week 20}

This summer my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. Anyone else feel old when they realize they have been married longer than they haven’t? Yeah that reality hit me recently and now I feel old. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our anniversary was in July and since we spent about three weeks visiting my family in Oregon this summer, we were not able to do anything for our anniversary. We knew this ahead of time, so we planned a short trip to Missouri for the end of September, which was last weekend.

We rented a cabin in SW Missouri near the Arkansas border. It was on a lake in the Ozarks and was beautiful. We had a great time and a relaxing few days. The weather was perfect and we did quite a bit of hiking, reading, and watching the sunsets over the lake.

bass pro shop

A trip to Missouri is not complete without a visit to the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield. At least in my husband’s mind it is not a complete trip unless we stop there. If you ever visit that area be sure to go. It is worth it.

And does anyone else all the sudden want a lodge themed house when they visit a place like that. I took picture after picture of all the woodwork etc. it is beautiful. I would love that stairway in my house.

bass pro cast iron

My favorite section though at Bass Pro Shops is always the cast iron section. Can you believe that I did not buy one new piece of cast iron. I was so tempted to buy the biscuit pan, but was good and left without it. Seriously I would love one of everything in that aisle.

Jiff WhipsThe cabin we rented had a kitchen, which was so nice. I took a bunch of stuff with us, but the theme for food was definitely peanut butter and nuts. Since it was just my husband and I we could eat all the foods we normally can’t eat because of my daughter’s nut allergy. We had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches several times. We also enjoyed peanut butter ice cream and nut filled candy.

But I think our favorite find for the weekend was Jiff Whips. Since we normally don’t buy anything with peanuts or nuts neither of us had ever had the Jiff Whips. Oh. So. Good. Seriously we loved the Jiff Whips. Not exactly healthy, but delicious. We spread it on apples, bananas, and graham crackers. And I might just have eaten it by the spoonful as well. Delicious!

Have you tried Jiff Whips?

pumpkin baked oatmeal

After eating horrible on vacation we needed something healthier to start the week so I made two pans of pumpkin baked oatmeal for breakfasts this week. I love how easy it is to make a large batch of baked oatmeal for reheating for quick breakfasts during the week.

breakfast for dinner

Some days are just breakfast for dinner kind of days and one day this week I had one of those days.

pumpkin cake

And because I like to keep it real…….this cake might look delicious, but looks can be deceiving sometimes. I tried adapting a regular cake into a gluten free one and it did not turn out so well. At least it looked nice. ๐Ÿ™‚


I shared this picture on Instagram earlier this week, but wanted to be sure to share it here as well. This was the view out my kitchen window one morning this week. I love fall sunrises. So pretty.

Now that I have shared a look at my week I would love to know how your week was? Have you been cooking or baking anything good?



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  1. Shirlene Weber says:

    Happy Anniversary! We live just about 40 mins from Bass Pro so we know it well. My favorite is the camping level and I always have to look as well as touch the cast iron as well!

    We are adjusting to a new schedule for husband work week so it has been a little bit of a challenge around here. Now we have the cold weather all of a sudden this morning! Makes my body ache so I dislike this cold. I do love the colors that come with the changing season. Just beautiful.
    Have an awesome day/week/month!!!

    • You live in a beautiful area! I love that part of SW MO and NW AR. Last week we could tell the fall colors were just starting and it is going to be so pretty in another week or so. It has been awhile since we have been to that Bass Pro Shop and they have done a lot to it since last time we were there. I think they are always adding on to and changing that one.

  2. Yes, I know how you feel I have been married for 23 years! We live in Vancouver,WA and my husband works in emergency medical so it is often hard to take long trips and to add to that my daughter is in college so we don’t have money to take long trips. We started going on weekend trips to the Washington and Oregon Coast which is a nice break and doesn’t break the bank…I just started gluten free cooking as well and I have found several recipes that work I have to still take on bread and cakes. I have since last night found a really good crust recipe that doesn’t require chilling but I found that I need to add just a little almond flour to the all purpose flour mix from Bob’s Red Mill to get the taste the way I like. And I found a good cookie mix, and a brownie recipe as well. Will you be sharing your gluten free successful recipes?

    • I love WA and OR. I grew up west of Portland between Portland and Seaside. The Oregon coast is so pretty and I miss it! It was always fun to take a quick trip to the coast. I hope you find my gluten free recipes helpful. It can be challenging at first to go gluten free, but once you can tell it works it is so worth it. And they more you figure it out the easier it gets.

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