Friday, October 30, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Hunt

by Meghann on October 30, 2009

I learned a very valuable lesson tonight: If you plan to carve pumpkins the night before Halloween; make sure to purchase the pumpkins ahead of time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I drove all over north Orlando earlier this evening trying to hunt down pumpkins for Derek and I to carve. Apparently finding a pumpkin on Oct. 30th is like finding a needle in a haystack!

After tying four different stores I vaguely remembered spotting a display of pumpkins at Whole Food earlier today. Derek was gracious enough to stop on his way in to town and check. he said there were 6 pumpkin left and one of them was now ours. Yay!


We named him Paul as in ‘Paul the Pumpkin’ Catchy, don’t you think?

I took the absence of pumpkins today as a sure sign that pumpkin season is rapidly coming to an end. It makes me sad.

Best to enjoy while it is still here!

Starting with 1/2 a Vegan Pumpkin Scone with a smear of Peanut Butter and Mini Chocolate Chips as an after work snack this afternoon.



And a Pumpkin Beer while cooking dinner.


A few weeks ago I posted a stir fry on the blog that Derek went on and on about how much he wanted to eat it himself. I promised next time I cooked for him that a stir fry would be involved. The next time just happened to be tonight.



The vegetable heavy stir fry contained

  • Whole Wheat Noodles
  • Onion
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Carrot
  • Tofu
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Garlic
  • Peanut Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Chopped Onions

Derek was happy as could be eating the stir fry. He has a slight obsession with noodles that rivals my pumpkin obsession. ๐Ÿ˜‰


After dinner Paul came to life.



Lack of design = lack of carving skills. hehe Plus I prefer the classic pumpkin look anyways.


He’s alive! He’s alive!


We celebrated the birth of Paul with a trip to Jeremiah’s for Gelati.

Maddie had the show off her new pretty princess dress we got on clearance at PetSmart for $4.


Isn’t she beautiful?!?!


The first Jeremiah’s we went to was out of Pumpkin. ๐Ÿ™ I really, really wanted pumpkin, so we drove an extra 20 minutes to another Jeremiah’s on the other side of town so I could get what I wanted.


I think the girl at the window thought I was crazy when I asked if she would call the other store to see if they had pumpkin in stock or that I was willing to drive all the way over just to have it. Sometimes its worth going out of your way to get what you crave. ๐Ÿ™‚


Maddie tagged along and had her traditional puppy sized ice cream.


She was the star of the show in her princess dress.

I can’t believe its almost midnight and I have to be up tomorrow at 5:30! Ooppss! I guess that means I need to get some sleep. Wish me luck on my 16 mile run in the morning; looks like I’m going to need it.

Have a Happy Halloween Everyone!


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