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Vacation is so difficult, just to leave our house for one weeks time. All of the things that need to be
set up and taken care of are overwhelming for me. We have to ask one of our friends to watch our dog for the week. Luckily, she is well behaved and well liked. We still have to deliver her and pick her up though, and in Central Florida almost every one of our friends lives at least thirty minutes away. We have to arrange for a neighbor to feed the fish a few times, and check the mail and look for packages.

When leaving for a week, you want for everything to be really clean so that nothing rots in your house while you are away. All of the garbage emptied, and toilets scrubbed so that you aren't greeted by terrible smells when you get home. Pool treated, lawn mowed, air-fresheners unplugged. I try to make sure that all of the laundry is done so that I don't have it to add to what I come home with. It seems like it goes on and on.

In addition to all of that, I really love my house, and I worry for it when I know that we are going to be away. I am a homebody anyways. I spend most of my time there, so I guess I can say that I have attachment issues. Then there is that fact that when you go on vacation with kids, you are never really on are still working full time, but doing it in a different environment which is usually not as cohesive to your lifestyle as your environment at home.

It's a little sad, because not only do I love to explore new places, I also love to revisit well known ones, and reunite with old friends and family. It's simply that the whole thing takes a lot of effort, and I usually return home feeling more overwhelmed and exhausted than I did before I left. I am sure that by the time that the kids are older it will start to seem easier again. I remember how I felt about travel before I had my kids. It was so easy, I miss that. Then again, I need to remind myself that despite the exhaustion, we are making memories today that I am sure I will remember forever. My children will never be this age again. The work is worth it. The journey may be exhausting, but it's equally amazing.


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Crustless Pumpkin Pie

This sophisticated version of pumpkin pie is amazingly smooth & rich. It is also Gluten-Free & free of Refined Sugar. 


29oz pumpkin puree - 1 lg. can
1 stick unsalted butter - softened
8oz cream cheese - softened
5 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. honey
1 c. GF flour 

Whipped cream:

1 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Honey to drizzle on top.

Making it Happen:

Combine all of the ingredients for the pie in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until well combined. When the batter is smooth, pour it into a greased 9x13 baking pan and bake in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for one hour.

Allow the pie to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

To make the whipped cream, blend the chilled heavy cream in a chilled bowl on high speed until it begins to thicken, add the vanilla and continue blending until the cream is thick. 

Plate pie with whipped cream & drizzle with honey. Enjoy!