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Pumpkin Spice for grown ups

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Oooh 2 of my favorite things…pumpkins and owls… I discovered this ale on friday and I’m hooked.

Crafted by Elysian Brewing Company, it is perfectly balanced with enough pumpkin and spices to taste like a fall beverage should without tasting like dessert. Both the men and women at our table liked this ale. The brewery’s site describes the process as being “brewed with seven and a half pounds of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice”. Check out the ale’s stats here.

This is a seasonal ale and you should try a glass before it’s gone. Trust me, you’ll want to buy a 6 pack for your fridge.

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Happy Halloween!


Stonewall Kitchen’s Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bar and Latte Mix

Stone Wall Kitchen Pumpkin BarIt’s the most pumpkin-y time of the year, and in case you haven’t overdosed on pumpkin spice everything,  this chocolate bar does not disappoint. I found it at a Stonewall kitchen store in Newburryport, MA.

The milk chocolate is smooth and the spice is pronounced and a nice compliment to the chocolate.

Stonewall Kitchen is known for all sorts of jams, sauces and mixes that make your kitchen smell as if you are a wonderful cook and baker.

In addition to the chocolate bar I was drawn to the Pumpkin Spice Latte mix. You mix it with warm milk for a delicious start to the day and I added a bit of extra coffee to lessen the sweetness. It makes quite a few cups and is on sale for about $10.50 which is the price of 2 large pumpkin spice lattes at the coffee store.

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Check out their website for more goodies. I love their packaging and foods. Who wouldn’t love to get a hostess gift of something from Stonewall? Hint, this means me.


My yearly warning about Halloween candy….

This is a friendly warning, and it’s not about all of the horrors and dangers and blah blah blah about sugar. No, it’s a warning to steer clear of the  following candies in your candy bowl. These could earn you trees filled with t.p., and eggs on your house. Consider yourself warned…

1. Hard candies…for the love of everything unholy, please don’t kid yourself. No one, including bank patrons want these.

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2. Dum Dums, or any generic lollipops: see above

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3. Boston Baked Beans: unless your trick or treaters are 90+ years old, please refrain from showering your gobblins with these, unless you want a hail of them returned at your door.

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4. Sugar Daddys: I can’t believe these are still made. In fact I think they aren’t still making them and these are the same ones from 1972…unless they come with a Bobby Sherman lunch box, I’m not interested.

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5. Necco Wafers: enough said

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Screen shot 2013-10-29 at 10.23.27 AM6. Halloween taffy: these are poor imposters real Saltwater taffy, and should be shunned.

Seriously friends, follow the “Golden Rule” of candy giving and only give onto others as you would want given to you. Remember, it’s for the children (and parents).

Candy Corn Mums…I’m speechless….

From the creative hands of Tori Spelling, yes, that Tori Spelling come these amazing Mums. I have no idea how she came up with these, but that’s why she’s a star, and I’m a blogger….I think they are awesome. I don’t know how long they last or if they invite mice, bugs, and small children to eat them.

Click here for instructions from Country Living. If you make these please, please let me know.

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Spooky Candy

Screen shot 2013-09-17 at 2.01.52 PMHere’s a way to be the most memorable house on the block for trick-or-treating…hand out these hand-crafted lollipops. You can find them on Etsy made by a company called Vintage Confections, which happens to be 2 of my favorite things: vintage and confections…

It says that they are available in 5 flavors, but they don’t list the flavors on the site. You don’t think the flavors are calico, tabby…just kidding. I’m sure they taste as amazing as they look.

The people have voted…

And it a mandate against 3 Musketeers, or at least in my office.
This is what the left over Halloween candy looks like. See what’s still there?


There one for all, but all for none….so sad….