Tuesday, October 18, 2011

weekend of wonderfulness

Back from a fantastic weekend get away to the hipster town of Bloomington, IN. Saturday morning started off with a bike ride to the farmers’ market to pick up lettuce and taste mini watermelon cukes. Not a fan…they were pretty sour. But kind of adorable as much as a vegetable can be adorable.


There was also a trip to the apple orchard slash pumpkin patch. Just seems like a necessary fall activity, no?


Pie pumpkins remind of my dietetic internship at St Louis University, where I once made a ginormous batch of pumpkin dip from pie pumpkins, which do not taste or look like solid pack pumpkin, which may or may not have caused a rowdy class of 4th graders to engage in a near food fight. Lesson learned.


You know, sometimes the best conversations about life happen around mountains of pumpkins and vats of apples in the crisp fall air. We had a good time chatting about dream jobs and traveling and living in the spirit of adventure, which I hope to do even when I’m 84.


We were sad to discover that all of the apples had been picked and bagged but consoled ourselves with hot apple cider and biscuits with amazing homemade apple butter.


Vanessa and Trevor brought their new dog, Donner, along for the excitement.


I think it’s safe to say he had a good time…


And no fall trip to Btown would be complete without a trip to the Chocolate Moose for pumpkin ice cream. In this case, it seems I am eating hot fudge with a side of pumpkin ice cream. This may be true, but it was totally worth it.


But now it’s back to the real world of working and running and yoga-ing and making (hopefully) good food. The weather has been perfect for fall running, so I’m looking forward to more of that in the near future. And there may be some additional fall weekend adventures just ahead…

btdubs :: what did you do this weekend? and your thoughts on pie pumpkins?


  1. Perfect weekend filled with my favorite fall treat, pumpkin! That pumpkin ice cream sundae looks outstanding. I love extra hot fudge.

    I saw Smita this weekend. We went to coffee and had a nice chat. I live so close to her, yet never see her!

  2. I'm also loving this fall weather for running! I'm determined to get up to 5km by Christmas (my pre-new years resolution). It's a challenge for someone who has always been "afraid" of running.

    I hope this weekend is as amazing as your last weekend was!


  3. I seriously wish they sold pumpkin flavored ice-cream here and I wish we celebrated Halloween!
    Those pumpkins are so cute :)

  4. Looks like a perfect fall weekend! I need to pick some apples and carve a pumpkin...so much fun.

  5. hahaha - sometimes the best conversations about life happen around mountains of pumpkins and vats of apples in the crisp fall air - love it.

    I was supposed to go to a pumpkin patch/ corn maze but I crashed. My real life of working, teaching weight management, grading exams, training for a half marathon and blogging left me a little tuckered out for much of anything. I did manage to have dinner with my friend and her friend who is now my friend too. It was delightful.

  6. i have yet to go pumpkin or apple picking! that apple butter looks delicious! i want try making some. hehehe yes, some of the best convos happen around such quality bonding times hehehe. u are totally living it up in michigan. wish i was surrounded by farmers markets too. looks like u are having a fabulous time there :).

  7. Loved your blog!! I really liked reading this post!!

  8. Glad you are posting again! We have a pumpkin patch/maze nearby that I NEED to get to before the end of the month. Looks so fun. My weekend was filled with farmer's markets, enjoying the fall weather, and exploring a new nearby town.

  9. Fall weekends are the best :)

    Pumpkin ice cream is pretty awesome too!

  10. looks like the perfect fall activity- we also went apple picking this past weekend!

  11. What a fun post! That doggie is absolutely adorable. I'm not familiar with watermelon cukes - how different and yes, adorable :) I've never tried pumpkin ice cream but you certainly have me thinking about it!

  12. great weekend spent someone so lovely and pumpkin picking and life chat! fabulous!

  13. Pumpkin ice cream is my all-time favorite. I've never done the pumpkin-chocolate combo, but that picture makes it look worth it!

  14. Wow, what a fun weekend!

    This makes me want to hang out more with my favorite triplets. :-)


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