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Our 2nd Annual Fall Festival!

by Courtney on October 17, 2010

Today was a day I’ve been looking forward to for months

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Fall Festival!

Last year, a small group of us got together to start what we later deemed as our “First Annual Fall Festival Weekend.” Last year’s FF included lots of fun things, like apple picking, pumpkin carving, and other fun festivities.

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While we couldn’t seem to workout an entire weekend for this year, we were all still able to get together, plus a few new additions to the group! :-D Thanks to Sarah & Jeff hosting us all of the day, and some well-thought out planning by the ladies of the group ( ;) ) the day included tons of goodies and pretty fall decor.

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FYI: Caramel Apple Hershey Kisses are phenomenal. They really do taste like caramel apples…SO good! :shock:

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Lots of snacks & football around a cozy fire. :)

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Does this cheese look familiar to you? You may remember when I first tried this amazing Apple Harvest Cheddar with Cinnamon a few weeks ago. I was psyched when Sarah told me she picked it up for our Fall Fest. :-D

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Punkin’ Bread

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Cider Donuts!

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Eventually it was time to round up the troops for a delicious Fall Festival meal…

Homemade chili in bread bowls!

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Mal probably makes the best chili I’ve ever tasted. I was feeling pretty confident about my first chili attempt…but she definitely leaves me in the dust! :oops:

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I don’t know if I’ll ever want to eat chili that is not in a bread bowl. It’s just the absolute perfect combination! :-P

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Our 2nd Annual Fall Festival Crew! You may see some familiar faces gathered ‘round this table. It almost felt like we were all sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal! :)

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After stuffing our faces with chili and carbs, it was time to get crackin’ on some PUMPKIN CARVING!

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Brook enjoying his punkin’ guts!

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I had to laugh at this photo after I realized that I had one very similar from last year’s FF!

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Surprisingly, it didn’t take me long to pick out a pattern to carve, so I was ready to get down to business.

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Just gettin’ started…

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Halfway there…

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TA-DA!! :-D

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Didn’t everyone do such a great job?? :)

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While carving our ‘punks, we all worked up enough room in the bellies to enjoy a little dessert, courtesy of yours truly. ;)

Fall Funfetti Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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Recipe to come soon! :)

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Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Pumpkin Mousse with Pecan Streusel Topping

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This stuff is addicting!

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Don’t worry, I have a recipe comin’ your way for this too! ;)

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And thanks to our pumpkins, we toasted up some Cinnamon Spiced Pumpkin seeds, which were actually quite tasty! I’d never had them before, but I really enjoyed them! Thanks to Sarah for cookin’ these babies up…I’ll have the recipe for these soon too.

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It was definitely a GREAT Fall Festival with great friends! (And my Jets even won too, WOO HOO!) I had been looking forward to it for so long, it was kinda sad to see it end so soon. :(

Ahh well, you know what they say…all good things must come to an end!

So before I go crawl into my nice warm bed for the evening, let me leave you all with a pretty picture of mine & Jay’s handy pumpkin carving skills:

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Courtney’s

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Pretty fun, huh?? :)

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Happy Fall to Ya’ll!! Hope you all had as fun a weekend as I did! :-D

Question for the Evening:

What were some of the highlights from YOUR weekend??

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shanna, like Banana October 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm

You guys are fantastic pumpkin carvers! I love the idea for your festival and all the goodies :)

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2 Shayla October 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Love your pumpkins!! Your post inspired me to make this Friday a pumpkin carving date night with my hubby! Where can you get the pumpkin templates?! I so want to do that – love your design!!

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3 Courtney October 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm

We got ours from Wal-Mart! You’re gonna have so much fun! :)

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4 Sana October 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm

WOW that looked like so much fun!!!!

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5 jeanine October 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Great job on the pumpkins!!! Those cookies look so yummy! I can’t wait to see the recipe. I saw a recipe today for a cream cheese pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust I’m dying to make :)

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6 Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous October 17, 2010 at 11:30 pm

That looks like such a fun day! I enjoyed dinner and pumpkin carving with my brother, SIL, and nephew last night and then watched football with my dad today (yay JETS! I was scared for a little bit I must admit haha)

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7 justjac October 18, 2010 at 12:38 am

wow what a fun weekend! i love your fall party!

Those pumpkins are ah-maaaaazing! Seriously, that is some serious talent. And, you can make those funfetti cookies & cupcakes for me anyday, yummmm!

Glad you had a great weekend :D G’night!

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8 justjac October 18, 2010 at 12:38 am

wow what a fun weekend! i love your fall party!

Those pumpkins are ah-maaaaazing! Seriously, that is some serious talent. And, you can make those funfetti cookies & cupcakes for me anyday, yummmm!

Glad you had a great weekend :D
G’night!

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9 Khushboo October 18, 2010 at 12:45 am

That looks like a really fun day! Have u ever cooked with the pumpkin flesh? Am asking as I live in Mumbai and they don’t stock canned pumpkin…only the real deal. Thanks

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10 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

Oh my gosh, what a fun day!! I especially love all the fall snacks…I’m sure your guests were in heaven!! Hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

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11 Amy @ Second City Randomness October 18, 2010 at 9:12 am

That looks like so much fun!!! And everyone’s pumpkins turned out so well- good work! :)

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12 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

my gosh! your pumpkins are amazing! mine always looks like a 5-year-old carved it!

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13 CaSaundra October 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

This is such a FUN idea..I love it! And the pumpkins turned out fabulous!!

How is your cupcake business going!?

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14 leashieloo October 18, 2010 at 9:59 am

I’m having a freaking fall overload from all of your awesome photos! The food looks amazeballs and all of your pumpkins turned out awesome!

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15 lisaou11 October 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

I am drooling from all this food porn! YUM!

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