Archive for October, 2011
October 31, 2011
This year’s a little different for us as far as celebrating Halloween goes. There weren’t any crazy parties, dynamic duo costumes or even pumpkin carving. What’s wrong with us?
Halloween has always been one of our favorite holidays, only taking a backseat to Christmas and St. Patty’s Day. Scott and I both love dressing up,
eating cooking seasonal treats (obviously…you’ve seen my pumpkin obsession by now) and dressing our little furry Hesington’s up in costumes.
Today…we decided this is how we’re spending our Halloween:
What? Dancing around in basements with a witch, mummies and Frankenstein is completely normal.
Even though we didn’t partake in our normal Halloween festivities, we still love seeing what everyone else dresses up as. Before I go any further about costumes, check out this cutie pie a friend of mine posted on their Pinterest board:
Ahhh! If that doesn’t win the most adorable award I don’t know what does?! Besides admiring some adorable baby costumes online, (which is something I could do all day long) I got a preview of Halloween costumes Friday night when we went out for my friend’s birthday. Some of my personal favorites included…
and last but not least, Angry Birds:
Scott and I love putting together detailed and good quality costumes, but it would be fun to go as something totally random or funny like that one year. Maybe 2012 is the year…
Until then, we’ll keep a lookout for all of the awesome and/or funny costumes you guys come up with.
- What did you/are you dressing up as for Halloween this year?
- Do you prefer an all over impressive costume or a funny one?
October 30, 2011
Halloween weekend is officially here and this is the first year since Scott and I have been together that we haven’t carefully selected and put together dynamic duo Halloween costumes.
This year is different than previous ones because we’re actually making an effort to save up for a house (finally!) and are trying to be smarter with our money. During the Fall season, we usually hit up every Halloween or Fall event we can in Orlando, including Halloween Horror Nights, Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, and go to at least one or two Halloween Parties dressed to the tee.
Here’s a little re-cap of our past 3 Halloweens together:
K+B will always be a favorite of mine, but nothing compares to…
There just aren’t any words for this. All I can say is that we won the “Best Couples” costume award at that Halloween Party – BOOYAH!
Oh, did I mention that the his & hers DCC costumes were a find from our bonus room? Don’t ask why or how this happened, but I have a little confession to make:
Over the past 4 years that we’ve had a condo Scott
and I, no…Scott has accumulated an entire room of props, costumes, and anything else you can think of that is random and has no use…until now. You might have missed it, but you can see a VARIETY of the types of costumes I’m talking about he pulled from his personal collection in this Funny Bridal Shower Video.
For your enjoyment, and in lieu of having Halloween Costumes this year, we proudly present to you an: “I found it in the bonus room” costume fashion show!”
*NOTE: These photos were taken back in May when Scott had a full beard for the Orlando Magic’s Fear the Beard <— (funny video) campaign. I finally
made convinced him to shave his beard off before all of the wedding festivities began, but in all fairness I agreed to his only request of taking photos of beard disappearing.
So, in case you were wondering…that facial hair is legit. First up, Harley Joe: the one man serious mullet show.
Next, the “fu man chu” showcased by Scott the Sensei:
I know what you’re thinking by now and yes…this is what I married. It was almost too much to take at first, but sooner or later I had to join in and decided to embrace my inner Geisha:
Followed by channeling my secret Ninja skills…
Closing up with a pretty intense Kung Fu stance:
Ohhhh man. Are you crying yet? I am over here. I seriously debated posting these or not, but they were too good NOT to share, right? You’re welcome.
I hope you all are having a wonderful Halloween Weekend celebrating, cooking yummy orange and chocolate treats & getting dressed up.
*Don’t forget to enter in my Pumpkin Spice Coffee Giveaway!
- What did/are you dressing up as this year for Halloween?
- What is your favorite Halloween costume to date?
October 28, 2011
Have you noticed I have a slight obsession for pumpkin yet?!
I know I’m the only one either, because I’ve been getting a lot of comments and personal messages about pumpkin, especially about the Fresh Market Pumpkin Spice Coffee I featured on my Pumpkin Spice Muffins recipe.
I’ve bought some for friends and have led others to their nearest Fresh Market to get some for themselves. The other day when I was in the store I noticed there were only 8 bags left!!! There used to be an entire wall of Pumpkin Spice Coffee, but it’s all gone.
Seeing this, my heart broke a little so I scooped up a few bags. When Scott questioned why I wanted so many bags of coffee I told him not to question it & “just go with it”…looks like I’m getting the hang of this marriage thing, right?
I saved one bag for myself but I have 2 bags of Pumpkin Spice Coffee to giveaway to you guys! I have a regular and a decaffeinated version, both ground since the whole bean were all sold out.
2. Leave a comment in the box below stating what your favorite pumpkin or Fall treat is.
3. Specify whether you would like Regular or Decaffeinated.
I’m giving you all a week to enter, so I will randomly select 2 giveaway winners next Friday, November 4th.
Good Luck Everyone!
Keep a look out for a few more Pumpkin Recipes coming soon!
October 27, 2011
Five. Five dollar. $5 Healthy Subway coming your way!
Since this week brings us to the end of ANYtober (where every regular footlong sub from Subway is $5) Scott and I have been hitting that store up like it’s our job. If you can take the “Subway” smell (really….what is that?!) on your clothes from being there for the 5 minutes it takes to order, getting two meals for $5 is truly worth your while.
When I go to get myself a foot long, I split it between lunch and dinner that day, or split it with Scott if I’ll be seeing him in the near future. There are several things that can distract you from eating healthy at Subway (don’t even get me started on that Meatball Marinara sub…YUM), but there are several tasty right ways you can go too.
Here is my pride and joy go-to sandwich from Subway:
Wheat Bread (toasted)
a little bit of Oil & Vinegar
and a whole lotta Veggies:
Banana & Green Peppers
Whew! Now THAT’S a sub if I’ve ever seen one.
*TIP: If you like veggies, go NUTS here! The ones I listed above are all fat-free and add nutritional value to your sub. If I’m watching my carbs, I’ll often go for the Subway Salad with Turkey and get the exact same things listed above, using half shredded lettuce/half spinach as the base.
Watching fat? Leave off the cheese and go light on the dressing.
(Oil & Vinegar is the best dressing choice).
Not a Turkey fan? Go for grilled Chicken or Ham. You can see on these charts below how these 3 choices rank compared to the rest. Take that Meatball Marinara!
Unless I’m really hungry, I go for the sandwich only and if I’m going home then make a side for myself there. *TIP: No matter how
amazingly, crazy good the cookies are, try to avoid getting them. They give you 2 or sometimes 3 per meal and that just killed your healthy trip to Subway.
At home I prefer to cut up a few apple slices. Try dipping your apple slices in my All-Natural Pumpkin Peanut Butter for extra energy and taste!
Everything pictured above is less than 500 calories and provides a substantial lunch and/or dinner!
- What are some of your Subway Sandwich combination?
- Are you a veggie freak like me or do you prefer just the meat and cheese (Katie…)?