Friday, October 22, 2010

Pumkin Carving Contest

As I mentioned before we had our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest last weekend, and it was the best yet!  This started 4 years ago on a random Saturday night in October, we were bored and my sister suggested that we have a contest.  There were only three pumpkins in the contest that day, and we had a blast!  We decided to keep the tradition up, since it has grown so much we decided to have it out at our office, because, there is plenty of space to spread out, and boy was it a good decision.  This year we had 15 pumpkins in the contest, and the competition was stiff!  These are not your ordinary carvings, we get really into it and everyone usually comes up with some really creative ideas.  My dad had a hayride for the kids, and we had some arts and crafts for them so they had a blast as well.  Here are some pictures from the night.

                                          
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Now some after pictures





and the winner is.........


You can't really see the sign but it says "How pumpkin pies are made".  My brother in law and I have been partners since we started the contest and are very competitive.  After losing last year we started working on our idea right after the contest, and it paid off!

The little orange thing you can't really see is the grand prize.  It is a pumpkin and the team that wins signs the back, and keeps it until the contest next year. 

As a bonus here is our little pumpkin all ready for bed.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

We made it to the blog!

Even though I am married I can't help myself from continuing to look at Cedarwood's blog, really all wedding blogs for that matter.  Well the other day as I was making my daily visit to the blog I saw that our wedding was featured, I was so excited I immediately called my mom and told her to log on and check it out.  Going through the pictures I am still so amazed at the wonderful job they did, and how perfect everything turned out.  You can check out the post here

I don't know about everyone else, but the weather here in Nashville is putting me in the best mood.  I think I am a little late, but I am finally getting in the fall mood.  I have done a little decorating around the house, but I plan to add to that this weekend and I cannot wait!  We are having our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest that my parents host this weekend, and I will be sure to post pictures next week.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fabulous Find

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Yesterday my newly married best friend and I ventured out to Sam's Club to get our monthly essentials.  I have to admit Sam's club is one of my guilty pleasures, if you shop there I'm sure you can agree that once you start buying in bulk you get so spoiled.  I don't really buy a lot of food, but laundry detergent,paper towels, and TP are alwayss a must for me.  It is so nice to stock up and not have to worry about running out for a few months.  As we were browsing through the produce I came across these little guys (sorry the picture is bad I took it with my phone).

They are called kiwi berries.  They have the skin and are the size of a grape, but you bite into them and its a kiwi!  I feel like I have came across a gold mine, why you ask?  I LOVE kiwi, but never buy it because I hate peeling it.  So you can just pop these guys in your mouth with no fuss of the fuzzy skin.  The taste is almost identical to a kiwi except they are not as bitter.  Has anyone ever seen these before? If you like kiwi you must try them!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Blogging Break

I have to admit I have been TERRIBLE at blogging lately, however I plan on getting back on top of things very soon. I have taken on a lot more at work, so unfortunately that has been the demise of my blogging. The good news is Comcast will be out to our house to fix our internet so hopefully I can get caught up on my blog at night. In the meantime I have recently become interested in cooking with butternut squash, for someone who cooks very often I am ashamed to say I have never cooked with these autumn beauties before. I think every cook has things that they are intimidated by in the kitchen, and I have to say butternut squash and artichokes are mine. I plan to win this battle and add butternut squash to my winter menu this week. With that being said I would love for you all to send me any butternut squash recipes you have, I have found some online that I would like to try, but I would rather try something that I know has been tested and approved first. Thanks so much, and it feels good to be back in touch with everyone.