Friday, September 24, 2010

It's that time of year again...PUMPKIN MANIA!!!!!!!!!!

I  have to admit that I'm more a fan of pumpkins as decoration than food.  I'm just not a fan of pumpkin coffee, pumpkin beer or pumpkin muffins stuffed with pumpkin covered in pumpkin icing drizzled with pumpkin glaze.  However, I know I'm outnumbered.  And that's ok!!!  

Today it's difficult to write about fall, with the mercury climbing to about ninety degrees here in lovely Wheeling town.  But it's the time of year when I start thinking about what I'm going to do to decorate pumpkins for the season. 

I don't want to steal anyone's photos, so for now this post is a preview of things to come:
  • swiss cheese pumpkins with little mice
  • henna 'tattoo' pumpkins
  • spiderweb pumpkins
  • ribbon pumpkins
  • pumpkins decorated with upholstery tacks/hobnails
Now, for those of you who love your pumpkin foodstuffs, here is a link to a pumpkin puree recipe on a TERRIFIC food blog called Annie's Eats.  Even if you have no interest in making pumpkin puree, check out Annie's food blog.  It's really fantastic!

Some pics of my own from a couple autumns ago...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monster Milkshakes

Eat Drink your fruits and vegetables!!!  This is still a treat--face it, there's more than a fair amount of sugar in it, but there's avocado hiding in here!!!

  • 2 avocados peeled and pitted
  • 1 cup vanilla milk (or plain milk if unable to get vanilla, just adjust sugar amount below)
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar
Puree in blender and feed to your little monsters.  Don't forget to save some for yourself!  It's pretty tasty if I do say so myself.  This recipe is a modified version of one found in Disney's Family Fun magazine.