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Trivia Friday #2.

My husband brought home pumpkins to carve on Wednesday night. This really excited me because I LOVE carved pumpkins, and we didn’t get any last year since we lived in this place.

 

 

He was all gung ho about carving the pumpkins that night, on Wednesday. However, it was raining here in Pittsburgh and I didn’t want our pumpkins to be ruined by Saturday.

 

 

Me: I think we should carve the pumpkins the day before Halloween. They might rot if we carve them now.
My husband: Why? Does your dad carve them the day before Halloween?

 

 

Things like this are a running joke between my husband and me. Well, at least I think they are a running joke.

 

 

I have not failed to mention how exceptional my life, family, and childhood are and have been. I feel very blessed and my brothers and I have all turned out alright. I also have so many wonderful memories of my childhood – and they are all so good – that I would like to do everything my way.

 

 

Stubborn?

 

Not me. No way. I am not at all like Mother Lovett.

 

 

So here is what tanspired via cell phone last night – a text message conversation between my husband and dad:

 

 

My dad: (jokingly) You should wait to carve the pumpkin’s until the day before Halloween.
My husband: (only slightly joking) Thanks for the advice, I find my life is easier if I do things the way you would.

 

 

Hmmm…

 

 

 

What’s that? You are looking for some food pictures?

 

 

I only have a few, but the recipe to come later will cause you to gain 5lbs just by looking at it. If your pants are already tight like mine, you may want to think twice about visiting again.

 

 

Here is some chunky chili that I made earlier in the week, along with some whole wheat naan.

chili

 

 

 

Some pumpkin pie yogurt, which I found very disappointing. I let it sit in front of me for about 45 minutes, hoping it would develop a better flavor.

pumpyogurt

 

 

 

It did not.

 

 

A beautiful honeycrisp, eaten x 7 this week.

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And for all of you animal lovers, here is our family dog, picture courtesy of my dad.

 

 

This is Winnie.

winnie

 

 

She has a wild personality, loves to play football, and finds chasing squirrels to be her most favorite past time ever. That is her personal ad in ‘puppy’s looking for love.’  She also barks constantly until you pay attention to her.

 

Apparently, Winnie and I have that in common. According to my dad, she would also like to begin a blog.

 

 

 

And this here is Abby.

abby

 

Abby was the best dog ever. She was so, so incredibly sweet. She changed my feelings towards dogs. Growing up I was always scared to death of animals, and pretty much planned on moving out when I was 15 and we got a dog. Unfortunately, Abby went to doggy heaven on Easter Monday this year. It was a sad day.

 

 

 

Friday is finally here! Which means – Friday Trivia! If you did not participate last week, here is your chance. The guidelines are as follows, and you have a whopping 5 chances to win!

 

 

Here’s how it works:

-3 questions are posted Friday morning. 

 

-You have until midnight (EST) Friday to qualify – leave your answer in the comments section.

 

-The comments will not be made public until Saturday. I will get it, but it will not appear. So please do not comment 324 times like I have in situations like these. One comment per person.

 

-Everyone who answers correctly will be entered into a drawing for an awesome prize EVERY MONTH. This means if you participate in FOUR trivia Friday’s in one month, you have FOUR chances to win. I sure am good at math.

 

-The prize will be different each time and announced on the 15th of the month. It may be small, it may be big. It may be tangible or not. It may be a lock of my hair. Who knows? Either way, it will be announced mid-month. 

 

-The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on the last day of the month. If the last day falls on a Friday, winner will be chosen Saturday.

 

Oh, and if you are super-excited that October is almost over and it is almost prize time? You lose. Because we are startin’ today and going through November. That’s FIVE chances to win this go ’round. Thank my brother for this super-fun idea.

 

My brother did not provide this week’s questions because he thinks he has the swine flu. I am sure there is a direct correlation between him having the swine flu, and the fact that on Wednesday night he put on a Miss Piggy wig from the 1980’s and declared he was going as ‘H1N1’ for Halloween. Hmmm…khama’s a biotch.

 

 

These questions come from my husband, which you could probably figure out if you have read THIS.

 

 

 

Questions:

1. Where did the Walsh family live before moving to Beverly Hills, 90210?

2. Name at least 4 actors who have played James Bond.

3. What driver won the most Sprint Cup Series Championships in the 1990s?

Thanks for playin’!

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Trivia Friday #1.

 

I still consider myself a newlywed even though I have been married a year. Maybe because I’ve had a hard time…adjusting. Regardless, everyone still treats me like a newlywed and I am so often asked the question… ‘do you cook?’

 

Um, excuse me?

 

 

Is there such a thing as not cooking?

 

 

I kid. I kid. I know there are plenty of you that don’t enjoy cooking and baking like I do. So I respond (while trying to hide a highly annoyed, dramatic ‘you-don’t-even-know-me’ face because I don’t just cook, I COOK)… ‘why yes, I cook.’

 

 

That generates a smile. Which turns into a smirk. 

 

 

‘Well since you cook, I bet you don’t like to clean.’

 

 

BINGO. I don’t like to clean anything.

 

I even get annoyed when I have to wash my face.

 

 

And don’t give me the ‘ew, that is gross’ thought – just remember last Saturday night when you fell asleep on the couch with a full face of makeup on, awoke groggily at 1 am, only to remember you still needed to cover your face in freezing-cold water and soap that burns your eyes. And for that moment you probably wondered if you could trick your mind into thinking that you sleep-walked upstairs to bed to relieve yourself from the guilt your broken-out face would  feel Sunday morning.

 

 

Oh wait. That probably wasn’t you. Because you probably have a life on Saturday night that does not including eating sea-salted chocolate and watching 27 Dresses. My bad.

 

 

So I hate to clean. I also hate laundry. I do many nice things for my husband, but laundry isn’t one of them. In fact, if I ever made the offer he would instantly decline, knowing that it would be a good 5 weeks before it was finished.

 

 

 

So imagine his excitement when I sent him this text message last night.

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His response?

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He may have a point.

 

 

Did you enjoy his open letter professing his love for protein bars?

 

 

 

I did, and decided to profess my love for these bars.

revive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are amazing. Like OH.EMMM.GEEEE amazing. 

 

 

As in, I know no restraint when it comes to these bars. Please stop by Glo Bakery and order some NOW.

 

 

 

 

How do you like this creation?

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Are you looking at this, wondering ‘hmmm, which pumpkin creation did Jessica make today?’

 

 

 

 

Good.

 

 

 

 

So I am.

 

 

 

 

 

Because this is just a pumpkin pie Blizzard from the good ole’ DQ up the road.

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Sorry to disappoint, folks.

 

 

 

 

 

And because I have been all shades of negative lately, I am going to start posting my ‘something to be thankful for’ everyday. Feel free to join in.

 

Something I’m thankful for: my health.

 

 

 

 

 

And because it’s fun, I am going to start hosting…

Trivia Fridays!

 

 

Here’s how it works:

 

-3 questions are posted Friday morning. 

 

-You have until midnight (EST) Friday to qualify – leave your answer in the comments section.

 

-The comments will not be made public until Saturday. I will get it, but it will not appear. So please do not comment 324 times like I have in situations like these. One comment per person.

 

-Everyone who answers correctly will be entered into a drawing for an awesome prize EVERY MONTH. This means if you participate in FOUR trivia Friday’s in one month, you have FOUR chances to win. I sure am good at math.

 

-The prize will be different each time and announced on the 15th of the month. It may be small, it may be big. It may be tangible or not. It may be a lock of my hair. Who knows? Either way, it will be announced mid-month. 

 

-The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on the last day of the month. If the last day falls on a Friday, winner will be chosen Saturday.

 

 

Oh, and if you are super-excited that October is almost over and it is almost prize time? You lose. Because we are startin’ today and going through November. That’s SIX chances to win this go ’round. Thank my brother for this super-fun idea.

 

Questions:

1. What 2002 feature film, starring Eddie Murphy, is considered the biggest bust of all time with a budget between 90-100 million and grossing only 4.4 million at US Box offices?

2. How many times can an NFL team play on a Monday night in a single season?

3. What is the most popular store-bought cookie in the US?

 

 

 

 

Thanks for playing!

 

 

 

If you’ve made your way here looking for a recipe, why not try one of these this weekend? 

Lobster Mac

Honeycrisp Apple Crisp

Chicken Romano with Lemon Butter Sauce

Loaded Steak Salad

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