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Monday, October 31, 2011

This is Grownup Halloween - A hallow's eve escape

Tonight, delightful company, a bottle of wine, and a chilling, midnight picnic in a secluded spot beneath a cloudy, shapeshifting, haunted sky.

a sleeping bag, a flashlight
no tricks, just treats

I know just the spot

Happy Halloween thirsty nightcreatures, I do hope it’s a spooktacular evening. Enjoy the candied confections and the spooky spirits

Make certain to have a safe and wonderfully wicked devil's night


This is Kiddo Halloween

After many years of failed attempts and various explanations as to why candy corn does not constitute a serving of vegetables, I finally figured out how to get the kids to eat their vegetables on Halloween.

Make snacks disgusting, or make them fun.

cheese pumpkin bites

Veggies with hummus cleverly disguised as pumpkin puke

carrot broccoli and dip pumpkin platter

Fruits and veggies down the hatch, then onto the gruesome cupcakes.

The kids are as happy as prowling, black-sparkled cats upon the witching hour.

The Elvis costume turned out to be a rocktastical piece of work, and it quite lived up to its fast-paced rock and roll namesake. Well worth the late nights of sparkle-fastening to the said jumpsuit.

Now onto costume numero dos.

Hope those pumpkins are ready for night flickering.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Purple velvety acai goodness

Ever since Oprah Winfrey announced that she too is consuming the amazing Brazilian fruit that's packed with antioxidants, the frozen pulpy goodness of acai has proliferated.

I eat the superfruit and crunchy granola goodness far more often than not, and I firmly believe they're slipping small addictive doses of something to leave me in such a desperate state of constantly yearning for more.

Have a go at the Brazilian superfood, as it's nutritious, delicious, and after you've finished you will feel like you can punch through manhole covers like it's nobody's business.

Perfect for the day after Halloween revelry. I do hope no one needed to check into trick or treatment!

Sunday Happies to you


Saturday, October 29, 2011

There is heat in freezing, be a testament.
- Tanya Davis

A frosty pumpkin for you on this chilly October morning.


Friday, October 28, 2011


It's Friday, dance your bones off
even if they are watching, 
chances are... 
those they folks probably aren't.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Things to do in the belly of a whale - Dan Albergotti

Measure the walls. 
Count the ribs. 
Notch the long days.
Look up for blue sky through the spout. 
Make small fires with the broken hulls of fishing boats. 
Practice smoke signals.
Call old friends and listen for echoes of distant voices.
Organize your calendar. 
Dream of the beach. 
Look each way for the dim glow of light. 
Work on your reports. 
Review each of your life's ten million choices. 
Endure moments of self-loathing. 
Find the evidence of those before you. 
Destroy it. 
Try to be very quiet, and listen for the sound of gears and moving water. 
Listen for the sound of your heart.
Be thankful that you are here, 
swallowed with all hope,
where you can rest and wait. 
Be nostalgic. 
Think of all the things you did and could have done.
 Remember treading water in the center of the still night sea,
 your toes pointing again and again down, 
down into the black depths.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's the Great Pumpkin Ale Charlie Brown!

 The pumpkin beers have harvested!

Tis' the season for spiced, nutmeg, chestnut, cinammon, and the ginger additions to the maltiness of your brew.

 or what I like to call bottled pumpkin pie

A small number of brown-bottled beer options:
in order from my greatest to least favorite

Kuhnhenn All Hallows Ale
copper, pumpkin color pour, on the nose: cinammon, allspice, brown sugar, delicious with a nice, malty finish

Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout
very dark brown in color, non overpowering muted pumpkin aroma, complex flavor sweet, molasses, light chocolate notes, mildly bitter with a sweet finish

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale 
clear, light orange-colored with gold body, subdued aroma with slight butterscotch, wheat beer based, liquid pumpkin pie

Dogfishhead Punkin' Ale 
full-bodied brown ale, with a hint of spiced herb and pumpkin (great for cooking)

South Hampton Pumpkin Ale 
 Amber colored, aromatic, thick malty base, slightly nutmeg and pumpkin spiced

Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale 
Belgian White ale, no pumpkin scent, slightly spiced with touch of pumpkin

Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale 
 clear copper orange pour, Budweiser with a hint of pumpkin

Why not throw a pumpkin ale tasting party, with the big beautiful orange gourd eats in tow?

Pumpkin plays especially well with any of the following:

pork with a pear reduction sauce
roasted butternut (root vegetable) squash 
spiced dishes
roasted rich meats and stews

Don't forget to pour a tall glass of sweet ale such as Pumking and add a scoop of vanilla for a delicious dessert!

Cheese tip:

  For a warm-bellied treat, try a pumpkin ale with with the nutty, sweetness of a cave-aged, mountain Gruyère, or pair with the eggy, richness of a French Comté as a suitable companion.

Whatever ales you, enjoy!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Cheese or Font?

Test Your Cheese Expertise



Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Breakfasting

Alotta frittata with veggies and three cheeses


bel paese


Happy Sunday funday folks!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Sweets and treats for the happiest of days

Today I wish you the joys of a satisfied sweet tooth.

Cream buns and doughnuts and fruitcake with no nuts so good you could go nuts.

baked alaskas, cheesecakes, buttered cream meringues, banana royale, creme brulees, candy buttons, twizzle sticks and pixy sticks, red-velvety cupcakes, and pecan-chocolatey turtles.

whirly-popped love

malted milk ball showers

a pink little macaroon afternoon

caramels and chocolate malted milk goodness

a score of smores

a gooey, caramel treatsicle

stripedy straws of pixie dust 

sweet strawberry-topped cupcakes

and the happiest of fridays with m&m's on top.

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