ten on tuesday.

1. Thank you all for your encouragement and support (in the form of unsuppressed laughter) on yesterday’s post. It was quite an experience, that’s for sure! When it was happening I knew I would want pictures so I took the extra 10 seconds before heading to the ER to grab the shots. And in my slight defense, the set from the ER was actually taken with my iphone. It’s a pretty good little camera in a pinch. pun intended. 😉

2. I haven’t gotten any further along in my plans to wallpaper our dining area. I still need to find some adorable paper to get me motivated.

3. I just added a new sponsor to the sidebar…Sylar’s Candy Clips. I found her gorgeous clips on Etsy and I can’t wait for them to arrive at my door! Mine (Sarah’s) will actually be on ponytail holders since that Pi’bears hair tends to be a bit thick for clips. But I digress. Her clips are adorable and I hope you’ll check out her shop. And check back here tomorrow for a moving story and a fun little giveaway! =)

4. Speaking of the sidebar, it’s looong and lonely in some spots. If you want to grab a space to share your business or handmade goodies, email me for details.

5. Wanna see what else I ordered from Etsy this week? This seller puts together dress and garment kits for children’s clothing that’s all cut, designed, packaged and ready to go. All that’s left is the sewing! I’m hoping the directions are easy enough that I can actually follow them and that the stitching is easy enough for Sarah to help. We ordered this and this.

6. For those of you who might be worried about my Etsy addiction, I’ve been doing a bit of telephone consulting lately (photography related) which has made my Paypal account happy. And what does a girl do with a happy Paypal account? Go to Etsy.

7. After making our first batch of pumpkin chocolate chip bars this weekend I’ve found myself with a healthy leftover portion of canned pumpkin. And since we all know that pumpkin is scarce this year, I can’t bear the thought of tossing it. Help! What else can I do with it? My hips can’t handle another batch of the bars this week. For serious. I need a healthier option.

8. Our favorite little Bostonian turned four today. FOUR! Happy Birthday to my little Kikaroni and Cheese.

9. On that note, here is the email I received from her mama today:

“Did you realize you bought my kid a dog that actually POOPS?????”


10. I guess I shouldn’t laugh since my daughter’s birthday is next and the ball is now in Samantha’s court. The good news is Samantha is not a last minute shopper. The gift was surely purchased two months ago. I think I’m safe.

DanielleOctober 6, 2009 - 7:37 pm

Try something from this site: lesliebeck{dot}com/recipe_detail.php?type=sec&id=238 – if you search pumpkin there’s quite a few more that she has that are so-called “healthy”…I am just starting my pumpkin cooking – the shortage must be in the States since the shelves up here in Canada are still quite full of puree – maybe you’ll need to take a trip up north!

AmyOctober 6, 2009 - 7:52 pm

I stir a few tablespoons of leftover pumpkin into my morning oatmeal. Add a dash of brown sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup, maybe some toasted pecans–a yummy breakfast!

That sew-it-yourself site is genius! What a great idea! And that peasant top is so you and so Sarah. Love it!

Janelle AndersonOctober 6, 2009 - 8:42 pm

Nothing says FALL more than PUMPKIN and boy do we love them both in this house. Just today I got brave and made a pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin. It’s delish but dinner about almost 2 hours late! 🙂 Axel is truly my kid…loves water melon and PUMPKIN!! Toss some in a smoothie or mac-n-cheese but don’t go overboard or your hidden trick will be discovered. Great to see Etsy is still vibrant in your life. Even better to see Mr. B is no longer bee-in brought down buy the B! What a great post! Miss you. -J

RachaelOctober 6, 2009 - 8:51 pm

Love those sew kits! How adorable! My fav pumpkin recipes are pumpkin bread, pumpkin pear waffles, pumpkin banana muffins and pumpkin soup!! Also, mixing some into mashed potatoes, tomato sauce and other places to “hide” it can add a “veggie element” into the mix for the kiddos. Lots of Vitamin A! (I can forward any of those pumpkin recipes if it strikes your interest.)

sonjaOctober 6, 2009 - 8:51 pm

Gotta love the pooping dog. It was a huge hit at our house–you did good!

Very cute sew-it-yourself site–a friend was just telling me about a shop like that. I’ll have to check if it’s the same one.

I’m really looking forward to making those bars. I’ve made chocolate chip pumpkin muffins quite often. You could probably google and find a recipe with whole wheat and some other healthy stuff (like raisins and flax or something) and make some breakfast muffins. I would search for you, but I’m off to bed since it’s midnight here. Good luck.

LaceyOctober 6, 2009 - 8:57 pm

You know those Pumpkin Pie Blizzards at DQ (the ones I stalk DQ for every fall)…..anyway, I wonder if you could make a pumpkin pie smoothie with low-fat yogurt (or low-fat frozen yogurt), the puree, a little cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice, and top it with fat fee cool whip? Kinda funny that I’m trying to make up a healthy recipe for you–Lord knows I’ll never try it. I’ll be hitting DQ up this weekend! :- ) And…..about the phone consultations…..I need to email you about that as I was JUST wondering that very thing–if you ever did phone consults. I’d love to contribute to your Etsy addiction, er shopping experience, while also drawing from your expertise!

Jen WeaverOctober 7, 2009 - 9:08 am

I love Amy’s adding pumpkin to the oatmeal idea. My idea is not as healthy, but just as easy, and delish! Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins: Add 15 oz. pumpkin to a devil’s food cake mix. Stir well (this will be a VERY thick mixture, but do not give in to the temptation to add water!). Bake at 350 or 400 (I can’t remember which). From the Hungry Girl cookbook.

TammyOctober 7, 2009 - 11:22 am

I have a yummy pumpkin apple muffin recipe. I actually made your pumpkin chocolate chip bars. (So good!) And then I made the muffins with the leftover pumpkin. Not good for my waist or hips either!

KellyOctober 7, 2009 - 11:35 am

Care to share the recipe for your oh-so-yummy sounding pumpkin chocolate chip bars? They sound just too irresistible!

SamanthaOctober 7, 2009 - 11:39 am

Nope, haven’t shopped yet. You are sc@#$ed.

SamanthaOctober 7, 2009 - 11:40 am

And I just saw an idea in Real Simple to mix pumpkin into pancake batter. YUM.

adminOctober 7, 2009 - 1:07 pm

Oh yay! THank you guys so much for all the delish recipes and ideas! I actually made chocolate chip cookies today and added some pumpkin in to replace a bit of the butter and one of the eggs. They turned out pretty good. Definitely not healthy but still yummy!

Kelly, check last week’s ToT post and you should see a link to the recipe. It’s divine!

JenniferOctober 7, 2009 - 6:31 pm

Check out HungryGirl.com She LOVES canned pumpkin and uses it in everything. She has a recipe for brownies that uses 1 box of devils food cake mix and 1 can of pumpkin. That’s it!! If you’re not a subscriber then you should be!

AnonymousOctober 7, 2009 - 7:05 pm

Try googling Hungry Girl- Wayne’s Pumpkin Smash. Its essentially crustless pumpkin pie. DELISH!! and 65 calories in a serving.

MandyOctober 9, 2009 - 6:21 am

Okay, so waht is the dal with the canned pupkin? I went to Target yesterday (to make the same chocolate chip pumpkin bars!) and only found on BIG can of pumpkin. So now, I too have a container of leftover pumpkin. I should have done my blog reading earlier in the week and called you for your leftovers. I’m about to read your comments to find out what to do with mine. I learned last year, that really, the second batch can just put you over the edge….they are easy to burn out on!

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