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Posted on Oct 27, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 29 comments

Welcome, Great Pumpkin!

Today’s the day! I’ll be off to Ottawa in just a little while, where I can hopefully leave the frustrations of the week behind and celebrate Halloween in style! Hopefully without going too far overboard while I’m at it… urk.

Admittedly, I did my fair bit of doldrum dwelling yesterday after my le terrible weigh-in. But, never a fan of self-pity, I did try to turn it around. Like all of you wonderful readers were saying to me in the comments, it’s a new day and a new week! No reason not to move forward in full force. So for once I actually counted every calorie I consumed yesterday (1254, shock!) and cooked myself a dinner that was ridiculously healthy for how tasty it was.

One intensely bountiful produce drawer, plus:

A few tablespoons of deliciousness, equals:

Veggie bowl to the extreme!

Going out of town means I had an intense game of pantry roulette to play, after all. Had to use up all that produce! In the bowl was spaghetti squash, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, and kale, peanut sauce and some green onions for garnish.

SauteAdd teh veggies
KaleSquish, Squash

Just more kitchen therapy to help haul me out of the doldrums. It worked! Still a little discouraged about my weight situation, but it’s getting better.

Sweet as Pumpkin Pie

Of course, the pumpkin carving party I crashed at Amanda’s didn’t hurt either.

You'd better learn your rules
Such a gracious hostess, hahaha.

In true Halloween spirit, we carved our pumpkins with a scurry movie on the background afteer some mild objections from me. I can’t handle scary movies — I got roped into seeing House of Wax once and had nightmares for like three weeks! But this one, “The Frighteners”, had Michael J. Fox in it so it wasn’t that bad.

Mmm, guts.

Amanda, her roommate Brad, and our friend Eddie all ambitiously followed patterns from a book, so they ended up with very cool and intricate designs on their pumpkins.

Skeptical ScultorIn process

Me though? I was going for an even classier approach.

Too Much Candy

Bahahaha. And with that image now forever burned into your memory, I bid you adieu! (See? I’m already getting my French-Canadian on.)

Have you carved anything interesting for Halloween this year? Or seen any pumpkins of note on a neighbor’s doorstep, perhaps? Since becoming an “adult” and moving out of my parents’ house I’ve found that my pumpkin carving has fallen by the wayside. Sad! I definitely have to remember to keep this tradition alive.


  1. I cut the hole in the bottom of the pumpkin so all I have to do is place it over a candle. So much easier!

    But I have not carved mine yet. I haven’t been feeling very inspired and I think that is because I’m ready for Christmas!

    • That’s a great idea! My hand definitely got crammed in there trying to get all the guts out ’cause he was such a little guy.

  2. I never know how to carve the little pumpkins. Great idea. It just needs an empty bottle of beer next to it. Or if you’re classy a bottle of wine.

    • Hahahaaaaaa, that’s so funny! Nothing like a can of Natty Light to class up the joint even further πŸ˜›

  3. Welcome to Ottawa. Can’t recall where you live, but get ready for some frigid temp’s. Although it’s going to be a beautiful sunny day here. Love this fall weather in Ontario.

    Have a great visit with us!! Ping us if you’d like to grab a “bloggers-hook-up” coffee.


    • Yeah, I figured it was going to be on the chilly side. I love it though! And yes, we should definitely try to meet up at some point this weekend. I’m going to need to fill my Timmy’s and Second Cup void. πŸ˜€

  4. Ha! I love your pumpkin!

    Have a great time in the great frozen north.

    But wait…does this mean there will be no posts while you are gone? Eeee….

    • I’ll only be gone the weekend, don’t worry. πŸ™‚

  5. A secret immature part of me LOVES that pumpkin! I may have to do that with one of the kids’ small pumpkins this year!

    I have a bloggity question for you, if you don’t mind. Did you have to go to pay for the .com WordPress blog in order to customize your header? I’m working to launch an online shop and want a blog to go with it – with a blog header that matches my shop banner. Trying to figure out what to do before I get the girl to design everything! Thanks, sweetie!

    • I don’t really remember how the xxxxx.wordpress.com interface works, but I believe you should definitely be able to still upload your own header as long as your theme supports that option. If you don’t see a way to upload your own, you may just need to change themes. Here’s a list of themes that do allow for it! http://bit.ly/usreQS

      Hope this helps, sorry if it’s a little useless, haha.

      • Thanks, hon! I just wasn’t sure if the templates supported them at all – the link was very helpful! You are a fount of helpiness, you are!

  6. I forbid everyone at our pumpkin carving fiesta from making a pumpkin that looked like it was vomiting or being shot in the head.

    I was the big minority at that party, but luckily, since I was the hostess, I was the boss.

    • Usually I’m of the same mentality. But when it’s such a little pumpkin can’t you even admit that it’s a cuuuuute vom? Ahahahahaha

  7. I’ve never carved a pumpkin, Halloween is not quite a big thing in my part of the world. But I seriously love your pumpkin creation! Can you tell that I love gory, scary movies? πŸ˜‰

    • You can have ’em! The scariest stuff I can handle is right around the “Return to Halloweentown” and “Sean of the Dead’ level, hahaha.

  8. I love that pumpkin! Its been years since I carved one. I really want to go get one now carve it, watch hocus pocus, toast the pumpkin seeds, and drink hard hot cider.

    • Ahhhhh, Hocus Pocus is one of my FAAAAVORITE Halloween movies!

  9. Aw, I was hoping for a higher res shot of our finished products! Our iPhones weren’t doing them justice. For not using a pattern, you did a great job with yours though – and in like 1/4th of the time it took the rest of us, haha.

  10. Ok, cutest pumpkin ever!! You don’t mind if I totally steal your idea, right? Thanks! Chin up on the weigh-in. Just a speed bump πŸ™‚

  11. Your pumpkin is so Whasian. I LOVE IT!

  12. I love your pumpkin!! You are so funny. El always takes on the whole pumpkin carving thing and makes them look like COMPLETELY montrocities. It’s bizzarre.

    Have fun in Ottawa!! We must do a happy hour regroup when you get back!

  13. So cute. I love that pumpkin.

    While I haven’t carved any this year, I just love seeing a bunch of them on a stoop. The color always looks beautiful.

    Have a great time in Ottawa! That’s one of my favorite cities. Stop at the outdoor markets for me! πŸ™‚

  14. I LOVE your pumpkin the best πŸ˜€

  15. I love your pumpkin!! I do like the beer or wine suggestion!!

    Glad to see you’re working out of your doldrums that is never a fun place to be.

  16. oh mon dieu!! the last pic is just hilarious!! omg, it looks soooo REAL!
    cΒ΄est genial!

  17. I want to go to Canada (mainly b/c of the weather plus I love Canadian men!) have a fabulous time!

    I did the whole pumpkin carving thing for the first time this past wknd and I needed complete silence. If I would have had a scary movie in the background, I would be with nine fingers right now!

  18. Ah! I always want to do a barfing pumpkin, but then I get overwhelmed by my desire for roasted pumpkin seeds. Mmm.

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