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Posted on Nov 21, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food, Pup Posts | 17 comments


Whew! What a weekend! Not only did it start off with an exciting giveaway (you can still enter to win a skirt or necklace from Shabby Apple!), but the rest of the weekend was full of vampires, food, dogs, and emotional drama. Winning!

Friday night was both excellent and terrifying, mostly because of seeing Breaking Dawn. I am only slightly ashamed of my extreme love for all things Twilight, and I was really excited to see the movie. Don’t judge me! While I fully acknowledge that it wasn’t exactly quality cinema, I was thoroughly entertained the entire time. My only real disappointment was that I didn’t get to see the Hunger Games trailer up on the big screen! And hey, there’s nothing like vampire-werewolf-human love triangles and hybrid-baby-mama-drama to put your own issues in perspective, right?


Saturday was the busybusybusy day. After completing a 6 mile training run/walk (PDR!) and meeting up with my friend for lunch at Sweetgreen (best salads evaaaar!), my roomie Erin and I headed to the dog park with the pups. Not just any ol’ dog park, either, no sirree. Shirlington Dog Park!


I think I’ve mentioned it before, but this park is fantastic! It’s further from my house but so worth the drive. There are always so many dogs, and such a great mix of sizes.

Running with the DogsPack

This means there are always at least a few pals for Harry & Daxter to play with that don’t make me seize up in fear due to their enormousness, haha… ha.


Good times were had by all!

On the Hunt

Post-dog park, it was time to finish up the dish I made for Panda’s Thanksgiving potluck. It was partly a pre-Thanksgiving celebration, and partly a Bon Voyage party, since she’s moving away for a little while. I decided that my contribution had to be extra adorable to try to make up for the sad part, hence:

Pumpkins Pies

Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts! Topped with cinnamon whipped cream. I’ll be posting the recipe for these tomorrow, so stay tuned. They were a precious supercute huge hit!

Just a Bite

I couldn’t go to the party without putting my face on first, of course.


My espionage-ready face, that is. Hehe.

Tiny Pie MeFaced!
Rachel & ChadDrank.

I’m going to assume I don’t need to spend much time detailing how much fun it is to get together with friends, eat food, drink, and play Rockband. We all know it’s pretty much always awesome.


Although my epic failure at Super Smash Bros deserves an honorable mention.

Gaming for One

As does awesomely running into fellow blogger Amanda!


More blog-life colliding with real-life awesomeness. Running-on-Waffles-Amanda knows Panda-Amanda from work/grad school, and happened to be at the potluck too! Small world, no? We had a lot of fun reflecting upon how creepy/awesome it is to feel like you know someone without ever having met them before. Instant friends!


Oh yeah, and the food. Oh my, the food! I don’t think I’ve eaten that much in, well, a looooong time. And I won’t be eating that much again until… Thursday. HA.

Cider MeWatergate

My plate was literally bursting, and I didn’t even get to try everything! There was hash brown casserole, chicken, stuffing, mac & cheese, sweet potato rolls, squash souffle, asian slaw, meatballs, and not one, but two different kinds of mashed potatoes! It was a beige wonderland of deliciousness. I also had my first encounter with Watergate “Salad”, too, courtesy of Erin’s contribution. Who knew so many processed ingredients (pistachio pudding mix + cool whip + crushed pineapple + marshmallows + walnuts?!) could combine to create such epic tastiness?


And on the dessert table, alongside my mini pumpkin pies, were these pilgrim hat cookies that Amanda made, funfetti cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and an epic-looking coconut cream pie that I was sadly too full to consume.

Oof, so many noms. It definitely set the mood right for Thursday! Speaking of which, I have luckily coerced blog-reader-turned-friend Ania, who is also on her own this Thanksgiving, into having dinner with me! So if you are similarly orphaned this holiday, please email me if you’re like to join in! There will be turkey, taters, and other deliciousness.

Happy Monday!


  1. Is this weird to ask… Ben is in the pics from the potluck… was that ok?

    All that food looks amazing, and I wish our pups could play together.

    Hope you are hanging in there!

    • Um, just double checking – I’m not sure if the ex’s name is right… but you know what I mean.

      • Haha, no, I understand what you were asking! But yeah, Ben is my brother, you’re thinking of Steve. And it’s not weird to ask — I appreciate the concern! It was really fine. Time heals, and all that, haha. So, you know, trying to be friends. Me pretending to be a grown-up. All that good stuff. 🙂

        • Oh MY BAD. eek. anywho – you are STRONG woman. brava.

  2. YUM i heart thanksgiving food- remember all things in moderation! It’s especially hard with the holidays and all the tastiness that goes into the fun meals. I’m really glad you found someone to celebrate T-giving with on Thursday, since evidently all 3 pups aren’t enough 😛

    • “All things in moderation — including moderation.” – Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Julia Child, Ben Franklin, everyone ever in the history of earth ever (nobody seems to know who originally coined that, hahaha.)

  3. Thanks for taking such great pictures at the potluck! And for making those amazing mini pumpkin pies. I wish I had more than one! It was so fun hanging out with everyone before I leave 🙁

    • Waaaaaah! I was trying to gloss over that part so I didn’t have to really think about it!

      • Oh you know I’ll be visiting often! And you can bring the pups down to hang out with Belle (and Baron and Nesta). Doggies everywhere!!

  4. Thos pumpkin pie tarts looks AMAZING! also love the necklace- too funnY!

  5. Looking forward to seeing you Thursday and cooking up our feast!!!!!! : )

  6. Congrats on 6 miles!! I can’t wait for the recipe to those pumpkin tarts! yummmmmm

  7. Your weekend looks like so much fun- especially the potluck! Well, and the dog park, too. 🙂 We only have 1 dog park around here and it’s gross- I don’t take my guys to it (and they’d probably get beaten up by all of the gangsta dogs that hang out there).
    I have NEVER seen a Twilight movie. My husband and I took a two week trip to the Pacific NW for our honeymoon in August, and stayed in Forks, WA when we were visiting Olympic National Park. I had NO IDEA that it was Twilight central. Nothing but tourist shops everywhere- and NOTHING else. It was a dump! But, now I really want to see one of the movies (guess I’d have to start at the beginning). Have a great week!!

    • Hahaha, well, I would recommend reading the books before watching the movies. Because as stand alone films… they’re pretty horrendous. But the books made me a Twilight convert forevs. 😉

  8. If that’s you eating mashed potatoes out of a red solo cup, I think I just found my soul (solo?) mate! Haha – my favorite part about T-giving is def the potatoes and I love to eat the leftovers the next morning out of my coffee mug (weird, I know)! It’s the only way I know to (kind of) hide the fact that I’m having mashed potatoes and gravy for breakfast! If you weren’t eating mashed potatoes out of that red solo cup, then awkward…

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Hahaha, well fear not, Michelle. We are indeed solomates! 😉 I’m glad that there’s at least one person out there that isn’t judging me for it.

  9. LOVE the pilgrim hats. But I’m also a Reese’s nut. This just makes me excited for Thursday and all the family-food-goodness that will come!

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