Pumpkin Season is Upon Us!

To say I’m excited for this weekend would be a pretty huge understatement.  Not only is it Pumpkinfest, but I also get to see two of most wonderful friends.  Add to that good weather, great food, and some fun times with new friends, and what more could I ask for?!

Last year, I planned on going to Pumpkinfest, but ended up going home instead.  My grandmother was in the nursing home and not doing well, and my whole family somehow ended up home and together that weekend.  That ended up being the night she passed away, so I felt lucky to have made the choice to be nowhere but there, with my family, on her last night. 

But this year, I’m staying here to go to Pumpkinfest for the first time ever, and I’m pretty excited to finally be there.  I’ll probably end up sick of the crowds after about ten minutes, but I still want to see what it’s all about! 

My company gave 20,000 pumpkins out to the town this year, and it was funny to see all the kids walking home from school with them on Tuesday.  I picked up a couple for my friends and myself, and the other night, I spent some time carving them.  My town is going for the world record, so your admission is one carved pumpkin in order to help us win.  I’m carving my pumpkin on Friday night with my friends from work, but my other friends aren’t getting here until late, so I carved theirs for them. 

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The finished products are a surprise! 

I was feeling lazy and thus wasn’t planning on cooking any of the seeds this year, but when it came time to throw them out, I just couldn’t do it.  So, I did what I do every year and cooked them up with a little bit of salt. 

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Such an easy, delicious, and nutritious snack!

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Speaking of easy and delicious (not necessarily nutritious), I’ve got a pretty good recipe coming at you next week.  These pumpkin spice cake cookies were super simple to make and I think (hope!) they’re going to be a hit.  They’re soft, chewy, and sweet, with just enough Fall flavor. 

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I was feeling extra tired on Wednesday, so I skipped the gym altogether and took an unplanned rest day, but Thursday and today, I was back at it:

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Those were tough ones!

As far as meals go, I’ve been trying to keep things as clean and healthy as possible this week because I’m pretty positive that there’s going to be plenty of candy apples, cider donuts, pumpkin beer, and other treats this weekend.  The other night, that clean, healthy meal came in the form of steak with asparagus, red peppers, and spinach.   I bought a different cut of steak this week (a London broil), and man, it was delicious.

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One more day of work and then it’s Pumpkinfest time! 

I hope you all have a great weekend… get out there and enjoy the Fall while you can!!

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One Comment on “Pumpkin Season is Upon Us!”

  1. Allie says:

    Pumpkinfest seems SO cool! I’ve never been either, but I’ll add that to my NH bucket list.. I have a feel the crowds and drunk college kids would get pretty annoying fast, but ya gotta experience it once, right? And Thursday’s WOD looks killer, especially with the runs thrown in there. Oooof! Great job with those workouts :)


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