Archive for October, 2011

PLEASE DON’T SAY “ALL HALLOWS EVE”

[ 0 ] October 31, 2011 |

It’s Halloween people!  If you think about it, Halloween is a fantastic holiday.  I for one am thrilled that some 16th century dude decided that October 31st would be the time of year to run around the streets of your neighborhood and beg for candy as a child, then grow up and run around the streets begging for sex, drugs and rock n’ roll in your most sluttiest attire  as a grown up (it happened that way right?).  Freaking GENIUS!

Here’s a look at our personal Halloween costumes of yore:

08′:  Here we have the extremely common “pillow fight girl” costume (the PFG, if you will).    I couldn’t believe how many PFG’s were hittin’ up the bars, circa 2008.  Um….it was PFG mayhem..people were absolutely not completely confused as to what I was.  Nobody told me my costume was the dumbest thing they ever saw.  Really, they all loved it.

Thankfully, my escort for the evening literally had the best costume (award-winning even) and homemade to boot.  This costume speaks for itself.  No need to play it up with fancy words.  Sadly, we had to let it go prior to moving to Boston this summer.  I’m sure it’s being worn daily in the hands of “Crazy Paul” (who thought it would be fun to show up at our garage sale at 6 am and shout racial slurs to our Jewish neighbor).  Classic.

09′:  I decided that I had to shoot for something more realistic and appealing for Halloween in 2009, so naturally I opted for the “Slutty Freddy Krueger”.  He (the guy that can’t just buy a costume in a bag from the store) made his Tony Stark light-thingy from scratch..in my kitchen…with a Bunsen Burner and beakers and stuff.  I kid you not, I was receiving packages from China with parts this kid ordered for his costume.  It was hit, as usual.  I got hit on, and that was pretty cool too.  If you want to experience the thrill of being a slutty scary dude, you can find the costume at Spirit Halloween.

10′:  I guess ya really do live and learn.  Last year, I took a stab at making my own costume. I say “making” loosely as 75% of the costume was just stuff from around the house (cue, rubber gloves).  The Halloween hot shot though, he truly made his costume (based upon that Target commercial) – um, he even made special covers for his shoes..out of cardboard…Unbelievable. Whatever, my ski-goggles were totally swooned on all night long.  The upside of putting some effort into your costume though, is the winning awards part.  Here, we are giving our acceptance speech.

This year we decided not to dress up for All Hallows Eve (shoot!  I mean Halloween).   I know, “gasp” right?  Unfortunately we just have too much to do this year and no time to pull together something awesome (and when I say that, I completely remove myself from the “pulling together something awesome” part).  So, instead, we will be signing autographs in honor of last year’s big win. If you are wondering what that scene is going to look like, just picture a guy and a girl passing a notebook back and forth while practicing writing their name in cursive.  Hooray!

(Video Credit:  DoubleDDogs on YouTube)

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THE FOOD HAS ARRIVED

[ 0 ] October 26, 2011 |

Yesterday we received our very first “Tasting Box”, a positively GENIUS idea from Foodzie who is the company responsible for this super fun subscription.  It finally arrived after about a month of accosting the mailman on a daily basis, wondering if he had my treats.  Poor guy trembles when he sees me these days.  Seriously, he does.

Anyway – I  have to say that I am SO excited to share this with everyone and anyone that will listen.  I accidentally stumbled upon the Tasting Box subscription when I was on a desperate search for the bestest ever Matron of Honor gift last summer.   As an FYI, she didn’t get this box as her gift.  If it was a monthly subscription box filled with Mountain Dew and Doritos it would have been a no-brainer, but this wasn’t her cup of tea.  So instead, we decided to get it for ourselves and it’s like Christmas for our bellies.

 So, for $19 bucks per month, here’s what was packed inside our first “Fall Harvest” tasting box with a cute little note from “Emily and Rob” explaining what we got (tasting updates are shown in green) :

Pumpkin Spice Caramels from Avenue Sweets in Salt Lake City, UT (We at these in about three minutes flat, so I would say they were a hit)

Persimmon & KumQuat Fruit Leather from LA Vigne Organics in Fallbrook, CA (Great packaging, but I’d rather eat a bicycle tire)

Gravenstein Apple Juice from Nana Mae’s in Sebastopol, CA (Very apple-y – and tasty, although we’d have to drink this in small doses to avoid a disgruntled stomach)

Pumpkin Seeds Sea Salted from CB’s Nuts in Kingston, WA (Not the worst things we ever tasted, but not the best either. For some reason, we keep eating them though, so that must count for somethin’)

Maple Syrup Grade A Medium & Grade B from Ben’s Sugar Shack in Temple, NH (My man made ma a delish french toast breakfast, which was complimented just perfectly with this syrup.  Buddy the elf would approve.)

Apple Cinnamon Bar from Off the Farm Foods in San Luis Obispo, CA (If the whole entire box was filled solely with these Apple Cinnamon Bars we would be two happy foodies.  Absolutely awesome and a definite future purchase for us)

 

The bonus is that we can purchase any of the items in our Tasting box through Foodzie’s website.  And, we even got a coupon code for free shipping.  Let the tasting begin!

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IT’S LOVE-A-VERSARY TIME!

[ 3 ] October 24, 2011 |

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IT’S TIME FOR A LIST OF FABULOUS SOUPS!

[ 0 ] October 21, 2011 |

These soups are indeed fab; tried and true.  We have been on a several-week, healthy-soup kick with hopes of losing some L-B’s.  We are still fat.  Oh, not because these soups are not low-fat, low cal, low-sodium, high awesome, but mostly because we like to wash our soup down with a cupcake from SWEET (and I promise to talk more about my cupcake infatuation later). With that, enjoy the 5-style-soup-high!

NUMBER ONE-SKI:   Black Bean ‘n’ Pumpkin Chili Black beans for sale

I am in love with fall so much that I’d marry it if I didn’t already have a hunky hub. This is probably why I enjoyed this recipe so much.  Grab some black beans, pumpkin puree,  some sweet yellow peppers and a bunch of other goodies and get mixin’ (you might want to use fat free, low sodium chix broth as a sub for the straight stuff).  Save this guy for a Saturday-after a quick 20 minute prep time, you got about 4 hours to let the soup gutts have some alone time.  Thanks to Taste of Home for a whole lotta pumpkiny-goodness.  Recipe, purty photo and nutrition info here.

TOTALLY (TWO)-bular:  Carrot, Tomato & Zucchini Soup

If you are quick with a knife, this soup only takes about 30-35 minutes to make.  All you need is an onion, some garlic, a lil coriander, some carrots, zucchini, diced tomatoes and fresh cilantro.   Heat it all up with some fat-free, low-sodium chicky-broth, blend it and eat like 32 bowls of it, since it’s only 104 calories per serving.    Click here for the complete recipe/nutrition info.  You will not be dissapointed (unless of course you hate Carrots, Tomato & Zucchini).

THREEEEEEEE:   Southwestern Broccoli Cheese Soup

Grab your cowgirl boots, spurs (if you’re feelin’ kinky) and cook the hell out of this spicy soup recipe.  We’ve made this at least 2 or 3 times since we found the recipe and every time it just gets better.  All ya’ need is a bunch of veggies, some has browns, and salsa (ok, there’s other stuff too – check out the recipe here).  To lower the sodium, we replace the chicken bouillon granules/water with fat-free, low sodium chicken broth.  Other than that, it’s hard to believe that a recipe with processed cheese is only 143 calories / 2 grams of fat per cup.  Eat up!

IT’S NUMBA FOUR:       Butternut Soup with Parmesan Croutons

Creamy soups are typically not my cuppa-tea, BUT I have developed a soft spot for this sweet & savory soup.  Grab your man (or your lady friend, or maybe your bff, or cat  – just grab someone) for a lil’ Q-T kitchen tiBlending the squash soupme.   Make sure your blender is revved up and ready to go and don’t forget the EVOO (side note:  didn’t plan the aforementioned rhyme.  I’m Leaving it. So what.)  Check out the rest of the recipe here (and don’t forget to pick your jaw up off the floor when you realize this lil’ lady is only 179 cals for 1 and 1/4 cup).  Ready, set, weeeeeeeeeeee!

FIVE:  Corn & Pepper Chowder
I saved this one for last because I honestly thought I would hate everything about this soup.  It’s not like the ingredients were gross or anything, but I just don’t typically gravitate to anything with the word “Chowder” in it.  But, I put my big girl hat on and give this a shot and what a surprise for my belly!  This is so easy to make.  Again, we replaced the bouillon dudes/water with legit chicken broth of the fat-free, low sodium and organic nature.  Then, it only takes about 30 minutes to prep, cook and prepare for consumption.  Another low cal (170 to be exact) and low fat soup…i mean, Chowder (still hard to stomach that word).  Here’s the recipe and nutritional scoop.

 

CREDITS:

(Carrot, Tomato & Zucchini Soup recipe Credit: Fiona Haynes via About.com) / (Black Bean ‘n’ Pumpkin Chili recipe Credit:  Originally published as Black Bean ‘n’ Pumpkin Chili in Taste of Home October/November 2008, p39) / (Southwestern Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe Credit:  Via Taste of Home. Originally published as Southwestern Broccoli Cheese Soup in Light & Tasty June/July 2004, p39 ) / (Butternut Soup with Parmesan Croutons recipe Credit:  Originally published as Butternut Soup with Parmesan Croutons in Healthy Cooking October/November 2009, p40) / (Corn and Pepper Chowder recipe Credit: Originally published as Corn and Pepper Chowder in Light & Tasty February/March 2002, p11) / (blender photo credit: VancityAllie on Flickr) / (black bean photo credit: A Culinary (Photo) Journal on Flickr).  (disclaimers)

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FORTY-SEVEN MINUTES LATER…

[ 3 ] October 20, 2011 |

Filene'sInterestingly enough, the Filene’s Basement I thought was down on State Street was nothing more than a business sign that someone (Filene maybe?) forgot to take down when the store moved.  Or, maybe it was that I just couldn’t find the entrance since I’m sorta challenged that way.  Either way, I’m bummed.

Not only was I taunted by the fifteen Dunkin’ Donuts I passed along the way, but I ruined a completely cute shopping outfit.  And worse,  although I can’t confirm this, I’m fairly certain that I scared off some donut customers during the 4-minute time period for which I stood outside of double D’s licking the window since I’m on a stupid diet.

Filene – if you had shins, I’d kick you in them.  And, then I’d shop in your fine retail establishment, because if I was kicking you in the shins, it would mean I actually found you and well, you know, you’re supposed to be pretty freakin’ awesome.

(photo credit:  Joseph A on Flickr)  (disclaimers)

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