Happy Halloween! {Foodie Pen Pal Reveal}

I cannot believe it is the end of October already! This month flew by for me! I have catching up to do, and I will DEFINITELY do an October wrap-up post to cover what I missed; so sorry for not posting almost anything all month long.

So, this month, for the foodie pen pals, Monica, who lives in Florida, sent me a package full of local favorites. This includes the Plantain chips and garlic dipping sauce, yellow rice, popcorn, a chia drink, and Maria’s cookies and locally made honey. She also sent a pumpkin bread and some candy and lollipops over for the fall holiday season.

If you would like to join or know more about Foodie Pen Pals, visit Lindsay’s website; to find out what I sent, go to My Outside Voice.

Hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!

What I’m Reading Wednesday

I know that it has been, like, FOREVER since I wrote one of these posts, so I will try my best to catch-up on all that I’ve been reading lately.

First up (and if you see when this was written, you will see just how long it really has been) a note about remembering to indulge a bit every once in awhile. Just make it a good one.

An article about what makes a (food) trend a trend. Also, Americans (& Canadians) make some sake.

There are many ways of photo-sharing on the Internet these days, but what about the photos of you that you’ll never see?

And, because it’s Halloween, and I figure I should have something topical on here: a candy hierarchy. And, candy for an adult palate, because, you know, you can’t have bourbon in caramels for the kids.

Some recipes I have made and will talk more about in the near(ish) future: S’more Brownies & Addictive Brussels Sprouts Salad

Happy Halloween! I hope all are safe (from Sandy and other chaos) this year!

Photo Friday!

(As I have sat on my butt on my day off not made time to edit these photos, I apologize for what could be a post full of blurry photos for a short post, but I did not want to miss another week.) Enjoy the week in review! :)

First up, I made an apple tarte tartin for the first time.

It was made for this literal house party, consisting of only people who currently live in, have previously lived in, and frequently visit this house. (Ahem, that last part is there to include yours truly.)

Finished product. Half was finished at the party, half was finished at dinner that night.

Plum cake that was Mike’s contribution to dinner that night. This was the second time I had seen him make it and the second time I was not allowed to see or really know what was in the recipe or even stir any of the ingredients. I guess every relationship needs some secrets. ;)

The dinner that I keep speaking of was Rosh Hashanah dinner that I hinted at last time.

As an attempt to visit and know more about the city we call home, Mike and I decided to make it a habit to have brunch at a new neighborhood every weekend ’til we hit them all. This week was Hayes Valley.

I have become obsessed with the “latte art” or, since I only have hot chocolates, “steamed milk art”. This is from the same Blue Bottle cup from above.

My first time at Absinthe for brunch. I got the two eggs any style (mine will always be scrambled unless I can get over my fear dislike of runny yolks), with toast, sausage (house-made), and “the best potatoes” as quoted by Mike before we even got there. Notice there are three potatoes? I ate only one. MAYBE one and a half. Someone learned the “reach over to the other person’s plate” trick from my family (read: dad) a little too quickly for my taste. (Especially since this is before Mike met him!) I did get to try his duck hash, which was pretty good, too. :)

Lastly, a picture of the parts from the Lost Crates package from Joy the Baker last month. Cup 4 Cup gluten-free flour, and some vanilla beans and extract from Beanilla. Once I figure out what to make with all of that, I will post the recipe.

What I’m Reading Wednesday

Just to start things off, I have to show you this awesome/weird product that the Japanese invented recently: (I mean really, what will they think of next?!)

Now that you’ve watched that, here’s the reading entertainment for this week:

Good news: there is a new food law in place in California that allows food to be sold from homes.

Also: hazelnuts are my favorite nut! Want to try this soon!

Embarrassing Moments. We all have them. Some, who shall remain nameless, have them more often because of objects getting in the way and tripping over them clumsiness. Here are some we hope to never have happen to us.

Dandelion Chocolate. You’ve seen me talk about it before. I mentioned it as one of my favorite things. They are opening a store and they just announced that construction is DONE. This means OMG the BEST chocolate EVER (I’ll stop “screaming” now) will be available and you can see them being made and hang out and smell the chocolate while, eh, eating chocolate. Have I mentioned I am a chocoholic? Admitting your problem is the first step to recovery. But, I’m not sure I want to recover from this addiction. :)

And, speaking of chocolate, there are some s’more brownies in the near future!

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

This month, I received my foodie pen pal package from Cat. In her note to me, she wrote that the maple syrup she sent me is from her family farm! She lives in Neversink, NY, which, according to Google Maps, is upstate somewhere. Looks like it is about 60 miles away (Northwest-ish) from Poughkeepsie, NY, for those who know upstate NY. Anyway, that was a nice personal touch to this month’s box. There was also Organic Fruit Lollipops, an apple pie Lara Bar, a Nature Valley fruit and nut bar, and Bella-Famigia Bruscetta to be spread on the Medford Farms Crackers. I like to have the box of sweets and savory items; I can’t wait to try everything! Thanks, Cat!

You’ll have to go to Kristi’s blog to find out what I sent.