Thursday, October 28, 2010

Charlie Brown, Coffee Cream Debacle & A Friendly Football Rivalry

One of my favorite TV Specials is on tonight and I could not be more excited! I thought for a moment that I had missed it but alas, at 8pm, I will join Charlie Brown and his pals celebrate "The Great Pumpkin" on ABC. A family favorite that I am so excited to snuggle up and watch tonight! And Shrek is back with a new seasonal special as well. Looks like our DVR will be filled with spooky specials tonight!

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October is almost behind us and I cannot believe that November is just around the corner! What blows my mind even more is that after pumpkin waffles, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin oatmeal cranberry white chocolate cookies and pumpkin muffins, I feel as though I have not used the pumpkin to it's full potential in my kitchen thus far in 2010. Thank goodness in my world, pumpkin season goes through November. On my list to make: Pumpkin Biscotti, Pumpkin Roll, Pumpkin Risotto and introducing Mark to the Italian culinary delight, the gnocchi, pumpkin style. I also have enjoyed adding a little pumpkin spice to my morning coffee cup by way of Coffee Mate. The only catch is that my local grocery store has seemed to skip over fall and go straight to Santa's favorite flavors! As most of you know, I am a self proclaimed Yuletide Freak but let's slow the season down and enjoy it a little, eh? Alas, Target came to my rescue and I was able to scoop up my seasonal coffee creamer. The extra trip is worth it and my first sip of coffee each morning is exquisite and festive. Let's just hope the rest of this town doesn't figure out my secret stash location!

We are headed South this weekend to see dear friends and celebrate a baby baptism! I cannot wait to see the sweet little ones, spend time with friends and have some Halloween fun. Another perk- a little dose of the South! God bless the Midwest but I am in need of a change of scenery and I think this is just what my heart needs.

In other news, the BIG game is this weekend. In the land of college football these teams may be the "little guys" but may I remind you of the "little" school, Appalachian State that beat Michigan in 2007!? Yes, that's my alma mater! Black Saturday is upon us and how I wish I could be in Boone. App State vs. Furman has always been one of the Southern Conference's biggest football rivalries. Being married to a former Furman running back takes this to a whole new level. I have kept the comments clean this week and have tried my hardest to play nice, but yesterday I discovered that my car had been de-faced with a Furman plate! Thank goodness no one in Illinois knows much about the Southern Conference. If I was driving around in Charlotte, my car may have gotten egged. I love you, Mark, but my blood is black and gold and the only place that purple and I get along is when I see it in my closet, not on the football field. Yes, Furman holds the all time record (21-14), but that doesn't mean anything to me. Maybe because when I was in school, we were winning National Championships. If the Mountaineers lose this weekend, I am in HUGE trouble. But I'm a glass half full kind of gal and I have high hopes for the outcome of Saturday's game. Now let's just hope that MM doesn't get upset when he finds out I'm packing my jersey and bringing it to Atlanta!

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