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Apple Picking, Pumpkins and a Hidden Park

Good morning everyone.

Yesterday the manfriend and I enjoyed a lovely day of apple picking, pumpkin carving and relaxation. We went to Brooksby Farm to go apple picking. This was my first time apple picking and I had a blast. Peach picking was my first picking of any. Before our adventure we ate some of their own apple cider dounts. My, oh my! My current favorite apples are golden delicious and I only found one good one. I just ate it for breakfast this morning and it was just right.We even found some apples growing oddly close together. As we kept wandering the farm (maybe a bit too far), we found a pumpkin patch and snagged one these bad boys for carving later. Before we left the farm, we hung out with this guy for a bit. Our stash.I looked for parks in the area because truthfully, I never explored Danvers for a park. I had been to parks in Salem, Rockport and Gloucester. We found Endicott Park, which was only five whole minutes from my house and it’s beautiful. We took our pumpkin and began the carve prep. Look familiar? None other then Jack Skellington himself as a tribute to Fall approach. We put a candle inside, lit it up and relaxed for the rest of the evening. Question: What’s your favorite thing about Fall? I love the pumpkins, the pumpkin EVERYTHING, temperature and the changing of the leaves.

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WIAW #108: Current Eats

Happy Wednesday everyone!

It’s time for another WIAW post. If you are new to the WIAW party, don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons for the delicious details. Enjoy!In case you missed it, last week I did a post on my currently fitness routine and eating. Let’s take you through today’s eats.

Breakfast starts with a little bit of protein and carbs.

We have chocolate “proatmeal;” chocolate protein powder, oats, chia seeds, almond milk, blueberries and a little bit of that peanut butter goodness.Mid-morning fruit; raspberries!After work, I came home and munched on most of this 2% Fage. For lunch, I had a second helping of “proatmeal.” This time with blackberries and the rest of the 2% Fage Greek yogurt added to the mix. Normally I have chicken, veggies and quinoa but today I was feeling oatmeal-y.Pre-dinner snackage? Banana nut muffin Questie!For dinner I had [leftover] grilled chicken, black beans and broccoli. It’s been quite some time that I had black beans and they were delicious as I remembered.The leftovers came from the manfriend’s family. They made dinner and invited me over this week and it was such a nice evening with them.And for dessert? This baby that I found at the supermarket. Best tasting thing! I swear to you it tasted like pumpkin pie filling. #PumpkinEVERYTHING! Question: Have you spotted the pumpkin spice Chobani Greek Yogurt?


Halibut State Point Park

This Labor Day weekend, the manfriend and I went to Halibut State Point Park to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. This was my first week back to working fulltime after not having worked since mid July due to my surgery. It was a bit stressful, but hopefully this week I can get back to it better. Going from zero work days to five is a big jump! Baby steps though, right?

He picked me up from work on Sunday and brought me a bunches of goodies. I swear, he knows me so well.Halibut State Point Park is one big quarry.With lots o’ rocks, of course.We also went to downtown Rockport. And enjoyed some icecream. You know what I got? Pumpkin of course. #pumpkinEVERYTHING! And also went to grab some grub at the Ninety-Nine.No day begins or ends without some delicious coffee. Pumpkin spice anyone?Now that I had a little relaxing weekend, I am ready to tackle this work week.  Hope everyone had a great weekend! Question: What’s your favorite “pumpkin’d” treat? I am going to have to go with pumpkin lattes, icecream and fudge. Yeah.


#FallisUponUs

I for one am glad that the weather is starting to get a bit chilly.

Not enjoying going outside in the cold when I have to wake up for work at 5:00am, but when you have a delicious pumpkin spice latte, it makes every thing so much better.This week I went with one of my friends to visit Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, MA.I don’t know many people that would just want to walk to the woods and chat, but I am glad I have her. It was simply beautiful.We ended out walk at the lake. It reminded me of Vermont. Oh how I do miss Vermont dearly.We then headed for some retail therapy and I snagged this awesome shirt. The sleeves remind me of fall & leaves for some reason. Just love it.Lately, I’ve more been into caramel instead of the pumpkin obsession. It’s a very fall-y flavor to me, amongst things like maple. Question: Have you been a pumpkin fiend this fall? What do you do to relax? I hope y’all have a great rest of your week/weekend. Remeber, take the time to relax, it is VERY important for the mind, body and soul :)


The Pumpkin Fiend

Happy Sunday!

Today I get to work a bit later which is nice. I am just here relaxing working on some things before classes start tomorrow. I am pretty nervous, but I am super excited to get the semester started.I’ve still been starting my day with protein pancakes. I have to post the recipe because it’s different from all my other ones. Soon, my friends, soon.Yesterday I went to my first real hot yoga class. It was 95 degrees. I was impressed by the fact that my body doesn’t sweat like most people. But it was intense and I am feeling it in my thighs and shoulders today!This week I have found a ton of pumpkin goodies. I am so glad fall is upon us. Can’t wait to start wearing my boats and jackets and sip on things like a pumpkin spice latte. This one is from Seven Eleven and it was really good. A bit too sugary, so I diluted it with some decaf.Also, Godiva has their pumpkin spice truffles!Lastly, Olive Garden. I ate this before but oh man, I had to have it again when I went to dinner with a friend. I talked him into trying it and he loved it! Seriously it’s probably one of the top three pumpkin goodies of the season.Question: Are you a pumpkin fiend too? What’s your favorite pumpkin goodies? Another one of mines is maple pumpkin butter. Holy cow, it’s literally foodgasmic ;)


WIAW #32: Little Bits Of Vermont

Many of my posts have been pretty random the past couple of weeks. Today is no different. For this What I Ate Wednesday, I am going to show you some of my eats for the past week including some from another Vermont day trip. If you don’t know what WIAW is, please check it out at Peas and Crayons!wiaw what i ate wednesday button happy healthy holidaysBreakfast: I have been doing a lot of the microwavable pancakes with Applegate Farm’s breakfast sausage but this morning I finally had something different. A banana sliced into Vermont pumpkin granola and soymilk. Sometimes cereal and milk just does the trick.IMG_20121219_080712Snack: I’ve been doing a lot of yogurt or Greek yogurt for a snack. Even Mr. Hercules loves the Greek. The pomegranate and passion fruit Chobani have been on my top list.IMG_20121203_224856Lunch: Lunches have consisted of a lot of omelets. On this particular day I had a black beans, spinach and sausage omelet with a side of red roasted potatoes. This dish was actually from a local Vermont surf themed restaurant called The Spot. Check it out if your ever in Burlington.IMG_20121218_105153Snack: I have had a lot of chocolate. Trust me, I mean a lot. Vermont chocolates, Lindor Truffles, and even Brazilian truffles. These are really good, but they do have wheat because it’s wrapped in a chocolate wafer. I just eat the chocolate and the truffle portion though.IMG_20121219_095022Dinner: One of my absolute favorite restaurants in American Flatbread in Burlington. All the ingredients are local, fresh and delicious. I always get the cheese and herb flatbread (and now they offer a gluten-free crust!). Here are my left overs because it was just so good, I dug in asap!IMG_20121219_094430Make a stop here without any hesitance if you are ever in the V-T. It’s an awesome place with a cozy atmosphere. Not to mention it has a cool fireplace in the waiting area.Photo0425Question: What’s your favorite restaurant? Do you have a guilty please? You and I both know that anything chocolate is mines. No questions asked!


Pumpkin’d Gnocchi

One word for this recipe? WOW. This recipe is quite simple but tastes really good. It kind of reminds me of sweet potato french fries and who wouldn’t want something that tastes like that?

I had left over pumpkin (which I froze) from after making the pumpkin muffins. I wanted to make a savory dish using the pumpkin and because I love gnocchi so much, why not make a sauce for it?

This recipe is a quick, easy and you can literally whip it up in under ten minutes. I will definitely be adding this to my rotation when I need to eat asap. Enjoy!IMG_20121127_121530Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sauce Ingredients:

  • One Package of Shelf Stable or Frozen Gnocchi (Regular, Wheat or GF)
  • 1/3 Cup of Canned Pumpkin
  • 2 tsps of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsps of Parmesan Cheese (Grated)
  • 2 Tbsps of Milk (I used Unsweetened Soy)
  • 1 tsp of Italian Seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash)
  • 1 tsp of Parsley Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder (Or use fresh)
  • Dash of Salt & Pepper

Prepare gnocchi according to package directions, set aside. Place a small pot on the stove top over a low flame. Add all ingredients into the pot and stir until ingredients are well blended and warm. Feel free to try out your favorite spices with the sauce as well.

If you want the sauce thicker, add more parmesan cheese or a bit of flour (wheat, rice, etc.). For a thinner sauce, add more milk. Take the pumpkin sauce and pour into gnocchi and stir until gnocchi is covered with sauce. Top with a little bit of pepper and extra parsley flakes. IMG_20121127_121537Question: Have you every had a savory dish with pumpkin? I’ve tried pumpkin soup before, but didn’t really care for it. Maybe I should give it another shot?


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