Loves Of Late, Winter Edition

Some of the holiday-themed things that have been rocking my (warm, fuzzy) socks…

{1} Silk Holiday Nog

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I am a total eggnog devotee – I can’t help but buy every ‘nog flavored item I spot – and I think Silk’s soy nog is better than any other iteration.  It is just so darn good; super thick and sweet but only 80 calories per cup compared with more than double that in the original.  And you can make the best overnight oats with it.

{2} Lay’s Wavy Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

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Salty and sweet for the win.  These have the perfect balance of chocolate to chip.  I haven’t tried very many chocolate covered potato chips in my day, but these are definitely better than TJ’s kind.  I don’t know why they are only available around Christmas, but Adam is ob-sessed with them.

{3} Old Factory Candles Gift Sets

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Old Factory Candles (sold exclusively on Amazon) offered to send me one of their three-piece themed candle sets.  Each candle burns for 20 hours and is hand-poured in the US with natural soy wax.

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I chose “Happy Holidays,” obviously.

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Gingerbread, Candy Cane, and Christmas tree.  The ‘bread is sweet but not too spicy, the candy cane is pure peppermint goodness, and the tree totally makes up for the fact that we can’t have a real tree because the dog is a monster.  I love them.

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In fact, I’m such a fan I plan on buying more on my own.  Just look at some of these clever lines – “Winter Wonderland” is hot cocoa, roasted chestnut, and first snow; “Coffee Shop” is coffee bean, hazelnut, and chai tea; and “High as a Kite” is cannabis, incense, and bag ‘o cookies!

P.S. Other than the candles which were sent to me to review, these products were purchased with my own money.  I received no compensation (beyond the free goods) for this post.  All opinions are my own.

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Pumpkin Beer Mini Round Up

Let’s be real – this post isn’t for you guys, it’s for me.  I needed a list of pumpkin beers to reference when I freak out next season because the first squashy brew has hit the shelves.  Posting to the blog means that my personalized list will be readily pulled up on my cell phone.  I promise the next post will be for you!  Please do make recommendations in the comments though.

love it – must buy again

ACE, Pumpkin Hard Cider  {#3}

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Blue Moon, Cinnamon Horchata Ale (no, there’s no pumpkin, but this ale deserves a mention)

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Great South Bay, Splashing Pumpkin (pumpkin ale)

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Harpoon, Pumpkin Cider

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Harpoon, UFO Pumpkin

Ithaca Beer Co, Country Pumpkin (pumpkin ale)

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Rogue Farms, Pumpkin Patch Ale  {#1}

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Southern Tier, Warlock (imperial pumpkin stout)  {#2}

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like it – could take it or leave it

Elysian Punkuccino (coffee pumpkin ale)

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Naked Flock, Pumpkin Cider

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hate it – do not buy again

Captain Lawrence, Pumpkin Ale

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Flying Dog, The Fear (imperial pumpkin ale)

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Magic Hat, Wilhelm Scream

What are your favorite pumpkin beers?

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Insta-Wrap-Up; IX

I have no Webster love to share this edition, I feel like a terrible dog mom!  If I don’t take pictures on the regular, how will people know that I have the cutest boy on the planet?  Anyway, here is some of what I did instagram…

I can’t believe I never shared this recipe on the blog, but I made a pumpkin mug cake and it was fantastic!  Just the usual recipe with 1/3 cup pumpkin subbed in for butter.

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During Pumpkin Month, Halloween nails.  I did clean up the edges a bit after that picture!

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Spotted on a taco stand in Brooklyn -

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This made me laugh so hard.  Also, do you use The Skimm yet?  It’s a week-day email service that gives you a quick, comprehensive overview of current events.

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And I may not have gotten the dog on candid camera, but I did show off this adorable dachshund ring that my cousin sent me.

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Sorry, Webs!

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Weekend Top Three

{1} I made my Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta.  But I made this version cheesier.

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Like, soooo cheesy; I accidentally spilled in most of the bag of cheese when I meant to do an extra sprinkle.

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I also added more buffalo wing sauce, a bit more spinach, and swapped in whole-wheat pasta, ranch, and lean ground turkey for chicken breasts.

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It was delicious.

{2} We soothed our fiery mouths with pumpkin beers.

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All four ended up being fantastic.  I wasn’t expecting to love the ales because I tend to prefer stouts and ciders, but they were some of the best pumpkin brews of the season.

{3} I found on-point bubble tea right next to my work.

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One of the doctors told me about it and I might have to give her my firstborn.  Awesomely chewy boba and tons of flavor options (they even had pumpkin!).  Shown above is strawberry rose black tea with tapioca and rainbow jelly.

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Weekly Wrap Up

As of this morning, the cold of winter is finally here. Ugh. But I had a good final week of thin hoodies and no gloves. Good eats too! I did a lot of train eating – bars for breakfast, guava cheese empanadas… – but the LIRR was too packed for stealthy photography. Here’s what I did capture…

breakfast {coffee, coffee, coffee}

Never hot, I don’t care if it drops below zero, you can pry my iced coffee out of my cold, dead hands.

Chameleon cold brew with the last of the honey almond milk, which I loved.

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Espresso! With milk and sugar.

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I tried the chestnut praline latte from Starbucks. I really liked it.

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Marshmallow cold brew.

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lunch

Turkey, sharp cheddar, and pumpkin butter sandwich on a pumpkin spice English muffin.  With an apple and bbq chips.

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Plus the last cookie.

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Maple raisin oatmeal with a red pear.

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And an afternoon treat of Turkish coffee that a coworker brought in.

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Dannon Creamery cherry cheesecake (yum, much better than the strawberry!) with chopped strawberries and blueberries. TJ’s kale chips. I passed the kale around the breakroom and my coworkers all said they might buy some themselves.

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Dannon Creamery vanilla pudding with strawberries, plus the last of the kale chips and bbq chips. This was the best store-bought pudding I’ve ever tasted. And Adam stole the milk chocolate pudding and loved it.

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I tried, and did not love, the new Coke.

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dinner

When I got home on Monday, dinner was waiting in the crockpot for me.

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Chicken with bbq sauce, smoked brown sugar, and fresh cranberries. I ate mine on a big bed of spinach.

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We had salted caramel cheesecake and a yummy pumpkin beer for dessert.

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Pizza and salad.

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A giant bbq chicken slice from Pinos. The crust on these is amazing, super fluffy and light but still crunchy.

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Plus Whole Foods hot bar – garlic broccoli, pickled cucumber, and salad with veggies on top.

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We also got hot chocolate that we’d been excited about all week – supposedly it was made with ganache – that ended up being a big cup of hot milk.

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You cant win ‘em all.

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Confessions Post; XIV

Click here to read Confessions part I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IXX, XI, XII, XIII, and XIV.

Confession #1 – Starbucks’ new Chestnut Praline latté comes out today and I am embarrassingly excited about it.  I don’t even end up liking the flavored drinks 95% of the time, but this one has been described as “a cup of Christmas carols!”  <– I didn’t read the full article, so I don’t actually know if that was meant to be a compliment or not .

Confession #2 – When I was a kid, I planned (and regularly told people) that I would strip in college.  I just assumed that was what you did.  I’m fairly certain I got this idea from watching a number of made-for-tv movies starring Tori Spelling.  Full disclosure – I never ended up stripping.  And this idea of the future ended up being especially funny considering #3…

Confession #3 – I have absolutely no sense of rhythm.  When I was a cheerleader in high school the squad had me pantomime clapping so I wouldn’t throw everyone else off!

Confession #4 – The majority of the nights that Adam is on call, I eat chips and cheese for dinner.

Confession #5 – I regularly say the following things – yo // totes amaze // coolio // real talk // yay <– “yay” is often accompanied by little claps

don’t hate me!

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Lunch And Learn; Weekend Wrap-Up

I spent Friday and Saturday in New Jersey at a pediatric nutrition conference getting my learn on.  A girlfriend, a co-worker, and I all went together and we had a very nice time.  It stinks to lose a Saturday to “school,” but the lectures did include pediatric nutrition support, oncology, failure to thrive, and GI disorders; all big interests of mine.  The conference ran for 8 hours each day but since it was only an hour or so away from the city I did get to have some fun with the husband in the evenings too.

Here are five favorites from the weekend…

{1} Saturday’s breakfast.

Getting to Jersey for the conference meant waking up by 5:30 both Friday and Saturday.  On a typical workday, I should be up by 6:50; 50% of the time I set my alarm for 5:20, and 100% of the time I wake up after 7:10, so I was understandably a bit worried about the early wake-ups.  I was excited about the conference so I managed, but Saturday was easier because Adam drove us in and I was looking forward to time in the car with him.

We stopped at Dunkin Donuts for the new cookie lattes – Snickerdoodle and Sugar Cookie – which were only okay,

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and at La Bagel Delight for an everything bagel with jalopeño cheddar cream cheese.

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That was great, obviously.

{2} Conference eats.

I didn’t do the best job of packing breakfast/lunch the first day and was not very happy throughout the afternoon.  On Saturday, the three of us used the break to drive to Chipotle for a real lunch.

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My friend and I split a rice bowl, which is always good.

And, as we were driving home I spotted a Sonic!!

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Strawberry diet cokes are flipping amazing.  My friend thought I was crazy for freaking out when we saw the sign, but once she tasted it she got it.

{3} Dinner in Koreatown.

Friday night, I met Adam in Penn Station (we took the train that day) and we walked over to Koreatown for dinner.  There is a food court there that we had been dying to try.

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We shared a steamed red bean bun.

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Then got big bowls of bibimpap for dinner.

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Mine, with tofu and tons of kimchi, was delicious.

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We tried a canned coffee for dessert.

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And stopped at Tous le Jours for mochi to share as well.

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The chocolate was good but the maple was better.  Soooo chewy.

{4} Sushi in Park Slope.

Saturday we ended up at Yamato, a favorite spot of Adam’s from when we lived in Brooklyn.

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Salad with ginger dressing to start.

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Veggie roll combo.

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The cucumber avocado roll was the best, but I smothered everything in wasabi.

Plus we stopped and got hot chocolate for dessert.

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That’s a homemade marshmallow!

{5} A package from Dannon Creamery.

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Dannon’s newest line, Dannon Creamery sent me a super cool box of samples.

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These desserts were sent to me free of charge to review.  I received no further compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.

DC makes cheesecakes made with Greek yogurt plus three flavors of pudding, all averaging about 200 calories per serving/cup.  I had tried the strawberry cheesecake on my own in the past and didn’t like it, but I was pleasantly surprised by the two other flavors I’ve tried so far.

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Lemon cheesecake was opened pretty much the minute I got the package.

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Nothing artificial about the topping and the mouthfeel of the cheesecake was great; I’m a fan!

I also quite enjoyed the dark chocolate pudding (with a leftover chocolate chip cookie).

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I’m looking forward to the other flavors.

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