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September means…

by Meghann on September 6, 2011

I had to dig into my own archives this morning for instructions on something it has been far too long since the last time I made them….

Nut Buter Encrusted (Sweet Potato) Fries

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I used to be OBSESSED with these things, but – for some reason- it has been well over a year since the last time I made them. I’m not sure why, they’re super easy and super tasty. I mean, fries that have been baked with a coating of peanut butter?!?! What’s not to love?

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Yum.

The sweet potato/ nut butter fries could have easily been a whole meal by themselves, but I rounded my plate out with a simple cheese, hummus, and spinach sandwich on a whole wheat english muffin.

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September means….

Orlando Magical Dining Month

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Attention Orlando friends and visitors…During the month of September you can experience some of Orlando’s fancier restaurants at a bargain price of $30 (for three courses)!

I may not live in Orlando anymore, but I still have an appreciation for Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. I took advantage of the the deal in 2008 at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop (vintage post alert!) and in 2010 at Circa. You can make reservations at all of the participating restaurants here, as well as find all of the pre fixe menu offerings.

Check out my Orlando Restaurant Page for my reviews of all the restaurants I’ve dined at in the Orlando area while blogging! πŸ™‚

National Yoga Month

Did you know September is National Yoga Month?

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(photo from Miami Half Marathon)

I was casually flipping through my latest Self this morning when I saw a note about heading to www.yogamonth.org for a FREE week of yoga pass in honor of National Yoga Month. Score! You can find the pass here! It’s for new students of certain studios only, but – hey– free yoga is free yoga!

I’ll be celebrating National Yoga Month by taking advantage of a few of the yoga deals I’ve found via group deal sites lately, as well as attending Rasa-Lila Fest on Saturday! (check out my review of the Tampa Rasa-Lila Fest here!)

Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks

They’reeeeeee BACK!

That video makes me laugh. I’ve heard two different rumors: One is PSLs return the 6th (today) another is they return the 7th (tomorrow). Has anyone had one yet?!?! I’m going to hit up Starbucks in a little bit and find out for myself! πŸ˜‰

Augusta Half Ironman

augusta70_3.jpg AHHHH!!!!!!!!!! 19 more days!!!

1 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I know someone in Portland bought a PSL for their hubby yesterday!! Maybe it ships out at different times to different locations?

I’ll be celebrating yoga month by getting my booty to a new studio this weekend maybe! Can’t wait to try a new place (and maybe a new style!)
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2 kelly September 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I had a PSL today! I thought they came back on the 1st. I’ve seen people talking about drinking them on Facebook since last week πŸ™‚
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3 Corey @ Learning Patience September 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Off to do some yoga now…didn’t know it was National Yoga Month…

xoxo from Trinidad
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4 karla September 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

my boyfriend surprised me with a PSL yesterday! i’m not sure when the official launch date is, but i’m sure all starbucks locations have the necessary syrup in stock and ready to go.

5 mary @ food and fun on the run September 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm

They have the ingredients, so they will make it regardless! I actually had one over the weekend πŸ™‚

6 Meghann September 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I was at a Starbucks yesterday that wouldn’t make me one. Pshh…

7 mary @ food and fun on the run September 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

What!!?? No way! Well seems like they need some consistency in caffeine land πŸ™‚
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8 mary @ food and fun on the run September 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm

They have the ingredients, so they will make it regardless! I actually had one over the weekend

9 michelle P. September 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I asked for one yesterday and was told “No” , booooooooooooooooooo!

10 Hillary September 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I need to get to a Starbucks this week. I have a legitimate NEED for a PSL right now!
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11 Emily@SavoryandSavage September 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Wow, I am still working on that pose – yours looked great!
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12 michelle P. September 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I had one @ 7:00am this morning! They are back!!!!!!! Sooooooo excited. My Fiance’ thought I might have lost it. He has nooooooo idea.

13 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life September 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Wow that yoga pose is impressive!!!
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14 TheHungeredOne@MovingandMunching September 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Those fries sound seriously amazing. Ooooh my goodness. If I manage to get around to trying them, I will let you know

15 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups September 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

So excited for Magical Dining Month! I’ve actually been drooling over menus all day today. So many to choose from…
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16 mary September 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

EEE! your HIM is soooo sooon!
and Heck yeah for pumpkin spice!
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17 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Oh wow, September IS going to be a good month πŸ™‚ I love pumpkin anything, cinnamon everything, and sweet potato/yam meals all the time. SO excited!
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18 Cait's Plate September 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I can’t believe there are only 19 more days!!! This is craziness and I’m SO excited for you!!

Also – those nut butter encrusted sweet potato fries sound INCREDIBLE.
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19 allpointswhole September 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Holy.crap! Seriously, those nut butter fries are being made this week!! Yum

20 jenn September 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm

They are technically supposed to be released today (via the Starbuck’s website), but I had one yesterday and the girl told me they’d actually had the supplies (I guess the pumpkin syrup?) to make them for 2 weeks so if anyone had asked – they could have gotten one earlier! πŸ™‚

21 Meghann September 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I asked yesterday and the guy at Starbucks said no. πŸ™

22 Laura @ Backstage Balance September 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm

19 more days until your Half Ironman? That’s awesome! I’m 27 days from my marathon and have begun full-on freakout mode, thanks to a nagging IT band issue. My goal throughout training was to finish in under six hours, and it’s looking like that may no longer be possible πŸ™
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23 Meghann September 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Ekkkk!!! I’m so sorry. πŸ™ IT issues are the worst. Good luck.

24 Meghan September 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Yes I love Magical Dining Month!!

I need to try making your fries again, last time I did something wrong, and the hubby was not impressed πŸ™
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25 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Look at you, Meghann! Hooking me up with all of these hot deals in one month! Thanks πŸ˜€
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26 Bethany @ More Fruit Please September 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Apparently there’s been a city out there that have been enjoying PSLs for almost a week now! http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2011/08/18/starbucks-makes-cities-compete-for-pumpkin-spice-lattes/
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27 Meghann September 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I know! I’m so jealous! The guy at the Starbucks yesterday was kind of rude about it.

28 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Nut butter sweet potato fries!!!! That makes me excited πŸ™‚
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29 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I didn’t know it was national yoga month! Thanks for the heads up. πŸ™‚
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30 Jess@atasteofconfidence September 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Nut butter fries? I need to try them!
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31 Ashley September 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Ahh! I’m so excited for PSLs! It’s too hot here right now to really enjoy them though, so I’m trying to hold out a few weeks longer. Don’t know if my willpower is that strong though. πŸ™‚

32 RunnerGirlChels September 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

haha love the PSL days video. Looking fwd to my soy pumpkin spice latte OH so very soon! and happy yoga month! you are rockin’ that side crow yoga pose in the pic!

33 Gina @ running to the kitchen September 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I’m in the Detroit airport and just grabbed a tea from sbux. They had PSLs there!! They’re back!

34 Lara @ TresLaLa September 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

That pose should become the new “planking” or the new “owling”…

My next tri is less than 2 weeks away. Gasp!
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35 Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm

ooooh the race is getting close! How exciting indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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36 Katy September 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm

It seems like the price of the latte has gone up! I got one for about 5 bucks this morning….I couldn’t resist though πŸ™‚
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37 Ali @ Ali Runs September 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I love September and fall! It’s my favorite time of year! πŸ™‚ Cannot wait to have a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
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38 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

they came back early in chicago! i think we won some Facebook contest or something as the city that loves PSLs, but i had my first of the season saturday afternoon. deeeelish! off to check out that yoga pass!
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39 Stacey September 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I had a PSL last Tuesday, the 30th. I’ve now had my pumpkin beer, pumpkin shake, and PSL. All I’m waiting for is Dunkin Donuts to get their bags of pumpkin coffee back at Target!

40 Meghann September 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Pumpkin shake?!?

41 Stacey September 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Yep! From Sonic, it was pretty good! There is a local custard place (i’m in the midwest) that makes phenomenal pumpkin pie shake; Sonic’s wasn’t quite as good, but it will do until I get my hands on one from the other place. I don’t think you can go wrong with pumpkin!

42 Meghann September 7, 2011 at 6:36 am

I’ll have to try one. I’m sad I don’t live in Orlando anymore and can’t have Jeremiahs’ pumpkin ice when ever I want. That baby was goooood.

43 Alaina September 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I am so happy for pumpkin coffees at Dunkin Donuts! I’ve had three already since the beginning of the month. πŸ˜›
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44 Carissa September 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Yeah for Magical Dining Month…although it’s not great for our wallet or waistline…but we just can’t stop! We have 4 meals on the docket and an anniversary dinner at Cala Bella. I love tasting such amazing food for less money and nothing makes me happier than a quite meal with my husband…and NO dishes to clean!
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45 Nikki September 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Holy cow those things sound awesome…who knew nut butter and potatoes made a good combination?!
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46 Jess September 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Couldn’t find any participating yoga studios in tampa-

47 Meghann September 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

I know – bummer πŸ™

48 Jess September 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Couldn’t find any participating yoga studios in tampa-

49 Sophie September 7, 2011 at 3:58 am

Wow, lots of exciting news! That Yoga pic of you at the Miami half is AMAZING! Wish I could do that… πŸ™‚
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50 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday September 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

I need some side crow pro tips from you!

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