Good Morning! It’s a cold and dreary one over here, which is exactly how it’s been for the past few days. I guess that’s what I get for bragging about how gorgeous the weather has been lately!
Between a two and a half hour appearance outside in a sleeveless dress last night and a trip to a “haunted” apple orchard, I’m pretty confident in saying I caught a cold last night. I could only sleep for a few hours and woke up feeling achy with a sore throat and runny nose.
I got up a little after 8 a.m. and while I had every intention on getting in a morning run, I knew it wasn’t in the cards. Instead of subjecting myself to the wet and rainy streets, I decided to stay bundled up inside with a warm breakfast.
Using this recipe, I made my first batch of pumpkin oatmeal!
The measurements are slightly altered, but I followed the directions closely.
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups organic skim milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
brown sugar to taste
sprinkle of raisins for topping
1. Bring milk to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in oats and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
2. Add pumpkin and spices and stir until heated through.
3. Sprinkle or stir in raisins and brown sugar right before serving.
It was just what I needed to get my morning started on the right foot. By the way, am I the only one who thinks my outfit (for now) looks very Halloween-esque today?
(I spy a big Cali girl!)
Pulled straight from the folded (okay, unfolded) clean laundry pile in our room, I assembled all of this by chance and couldn’t help but giggle to myself when I looked down. Happy Halloweenie!
Blake’s Haunted Hayride
Have any of you ever been on a nighttime spooky hayride? Last night was the first time I actually got talked into experiencing one.
Since visiting a new haunted house (or in this case, barn) was on this year’s Fall Bucket List, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill. Sounds innocent enough, right? Amateur move on my part.
Every Halloween season, Blake’s puts on a haunted spectacle including a nighttime hayride, a zombie paintball safari, a 3-story haunted barn.
A group of us arrived in Armada, MI around 10 p.m. ready to go… or run.
While I would have liked to check out the hayride equipped with paintball guns and have an excuse to shoot zombies, we only had time for the hayride and haunted barn this go around.
After a quick wait in line, our group of eight boarded the tractor and I knew I was in for it as soon as soon as we got photobombed by Hannibal Lecter.
I started to get a little freaked out and upset I let myself get into this type of situation until the girl sitting next to me did enough of that for the both of us. Or enough for the entire group of riders. Even before our departure, she was balled up, close to crying in fear. Obviously, she would be the target for all of the zombies, monsters, and scary clowns we were about to encounter.
I became startled and confused at the half-way mark when we stopped for cider and donuts at the “Witch’s Cauldron”. I thought it was for sure some kind of trick to lure us into a deeper trail of danger.
Shockingly, we all enjoyed our surpise snack unharmed and finished up the rest of the ride.
With twenty scare zones, I thought this hayride was a good one! The best part had to be the finale of evil clowns chasing us while screaming that poor terrified girl’s name over and over. I’m just grateful it wasn’t focused on me!
Soon after, we headed over to the haunted barn and navigated our way through the three stories. It was scary in the sense of it being dark and changing levels where we had to duck and crawl through areas, but other than that it wasn’t bad at all. I am used to people jumping right in my face and scaring the you know what out of me.
There was, however, yet another evil clown that followed me and stood right in front of me for a good thirty seconds without budging or blinking. We were in a room that looked like it was revolving, and all I could do was stare right back at him with nervous laughter.
Over the years, I have learned that if you pretend they don’t scare you, they move on to other victims. Laughing and smiling usually wards the majority of them off! 😉
All in all, it was a great way to spend a dark fall night and I’m glad I got to experience it.
Now I’m looking forward to a low-key Saturday with Scott!
Hope you enjoy yours.
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever been to a haunted house or on a spooky hayride?
• What is one of your favorite Halloween activities to do? (besides dress up!)
I still have yet to visit and navigate my way through a corn maze. I act all big and tough when I talk about going with friends, but when it comes down to it, I am terrified even at the thought. First off, I hate being lost. Whenever I can’t get my barrings and feel like I am aimlessly circling, I get really upset and anxious. Doing this at night with monsters running around in a corn maze doesn’t sound one bit pleasant.
But, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do… so we’ll see if it happens!
You should check out the Niles, MI haunted house and corn maze. It is one of the best ones in the Midwest. Have you picked your pumpkin yet? Can’t decide what to carve on mine this year. Feel better! 🙂
Thanks for the insight! I just might have to go there.
No, we haven’t! We wanted to go today, but it’s so gross out. I have a feeling I will be doing more painting than carving this year, lol.
I’m such a baby I usually avoid haunted houses/hayrides. Last night we did do a corn maze though, took us an hour and 15 minutes to get out!
-Elise @ 9toFit.com
Oh, I really do want to do a corn maze! Maybe just in the day time. (No scary clowns allowed!) 😉
Erica @ For the Sake of Cake
I try to avoid stuff like this at all costs! LOL I hate being scared!
Smart lady. lol. 😉
Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life
I’m such a wimp! No way I can ever do that. Jurassic Park freaks me out, and lets be honest, the graphics aren’t the best. PS that oatmeal looks delish!
Haha, I am actually the same way. I get scared of things like that even in the movies, but somehow get talked into experiencing them in person anyways!
Runner Girl Eats
I hate being scared!! I have been to Halloween Horror Nights a few times and usually spend the whole night tense and counting down the minutes until we can leave lol
Haha, admittedly I am the same way. I usually have to get talked into going in the first place!
Oh my goodness looks like so much fun! I love haunted houses..there’s one here in Tucson I’m going to this Thursday and it’s supposed to be just horrifying!! I’m very excited 🙂
Ohhhh, have fun! (And remember my tip about the nervous laughter.) lol.
This looks fun! I used to LOVE going to haunted houses, but I find that as I get older, I get a little more scared than I used to. The last time I went through a haunted house was a few years ago, and I was definitely freaked out. There’s a pumpkin patch/corn maze near our house that I’ve never been to so I want to finally make it out there this year!
Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
mmmm, i’ve really gotta make some pumpkin oats… with apples & golden raisins.
Fate would have it that I just happen to read this post… I was planning to search for an easy pumpkin oats recipe – and you nailed it! I’m trying it right now (thank you!).
So glad you stumbled upon it! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂