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Happy All Saints Day

Let me do some housekeeping first before I recap my super fun weekend.

Last month I didn’t set any healthy goals for myself and therefore did NOTHING. I didn’t work out, I eat a lotta junk food left and right, and was in a mad funk bc of that dern class. So for November I’m going to turn it up a notch from September do the following: I want to get in three sessions of hard pumpin’ cardio in a week in addition to making TWO vegetarian dinners a week. And, while it may not seem like a lot, it’d be awesome if I could drop 2lbs at the end of the month. It’s not much, but seeing as I’m 5’2, two pounds can pretty much, make my day and make my pants fit better, haha.  Oh, and since last month I was obsessed with pumpkin recipes, this month’s featured ingredient will be cranberries! So look out for those, ’cause you know I’m a baking fiend!

Back to the fun: So Friday night, I went on a date night with Ale to Bertucci’s, which was DELICIOUS!! We had an artichoke dip to start with green salad and chorizo soup (what? we were hungry!) For dinner, Ale had chicken parm which was HUGE and I had salmon fillet on a bed of sautéed spinach.  Yum, yum, YUM!

Oh and we also stopped by Borders to pick up Ina Garten’s new book, How Easy Is That?. We drooled over the beautiful pictures and scrumptious sounding recipes while waiting for our table.  As I would flip through the pages, Ale was would say, “Ooh! Make me that! Ooh! Make me that too! Holy balls! Everything sounds AMAZING!”

Needless to say, we’re BOTH excited about this book.  In fact, we have a Barefoot Contessa potluck evening planned for later this month with two of Ale’s college roomies and their wives. We’re all going to make a BC recipe to share. How fun does that sound?

On Saturday we went to a wedding in Baltimore which was wicked fun, haha. There were cute touches of Halloween without being too kitschy.

Lovely Gothic church

Jack-o-lantern centerpieces!

Getting down with our bad selves

Photobooth!

Ice freakin' sculptures! The groom's dad made 'em!

The wedding reception was most certainly good times; the dj was great! I was on the dance floor with my girls the whole night, working off those Sam Adams Octoberfests I had, 😛 All I can say is, thank goodness for spanx!

How’d you spend your Halloween weekend?

Eureka! My Pumpkin Breakthru

I finally tried Pumking! My friend found it in some hole in the wall beer & wine shop and grabbed the last two bottles.  He had heard about it recently and was even more obsessed about trying it than me! He researched the brand and even contacted them to find out where they distributed locally. But thanks to his due diligence, he scored! And was kind enough of to share! He gave one of his bottles to our mutual friend who is also a beer fan and me and her split it. It is pretty good, but what takes it over the top is drinking it while enjoying these puppies:

On Saturday I tweeted that I was ready to bake with can of pumpkin but didn’t know what to make. Shelikesruffles came to my rescue and offered a solution: pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! Armed with the idea, I took to Google to find my recipe.  These cookies were beyond great! They’re giant (1/4c. per cookie), delightful pillowy bites of pumpkiny bliss!  And when drinking it with Pumpking, the two really complimented one another and brought out a new depth in flavor in both…sounds cheesy but SO TRUE.

But yeah. That’s probably the most exciting part of my weekend, haha. Did you do anything that revolved around pumpkins?

More Pumpkin Please!

How many ways can you enjoy the flavor of fall? Let me count the ways:

What better way to celebrate the autumn solstice than by trying every single pumpkin ale available at the store?  However, what I REALLY want to try is the Southern Tier Pumking ale Kath keeps raving about! I’m insanely jealous that I haven’t been able to track it down yet! Just listen to her description! She says:

“It is:…Buttercream frosting…Luscious butterscotch sauce…Liquid toffee…A sweet vanilla-pumpkin cupcake…A beer with the most delicious buttery nose you can ever imagine!”

Gosh! Can you imagine??!! Blast you delicious sounding Pumking ale! I WILL FIND YOU!! (shaking fist angrily) Until then, I’ll enjoy consuming copious amounts of other pumpkin brews, as demonstrated above.

Do you have a favorite pumpkin ale?