Pumpkin Ale Rocks

This afternoon, after Jay and I finished the errands that needed to be done, we ended up being total lazy bums. We laid on the couch together, with Cody of course, switching back and forth between watching the Travel Channel and the Food Network for a good hour before finally dozing off.

Seriously, what is with me and these afternoon naps? I never used to be an afternoon napper!

Sure enough, we both awoke hungry and ready for some dinner. But since neither of us are ever in the mood to cook at home on a Saturday, we decided to head out for a little date night at Brown’s Brewing Co.


The weather around here today is downright damp and chilly, so I figured it was as good a time as any to break out one of my favorite fall essentials


The UGG boots are BACK, baby! Open-mouthed smile


Jay and I arrived pretty early at Brown’s (5:15ish) so we figured it’d be fairly calm, but sure enough, the bar area was already hoppin’!


We were given a 40-45 minute wait, so we decided to just head to the bar area to grab a beer. Typically, I’m excited to head to Brown’s for their amazing Cherry Raspberry Ale, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had a couple new seasonal items on tap today.


As soon as I saw that list, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going for the Pumpkin Ale…and I have no doubt that this guy has no clue that he ended up being the creeper in the background of my pumpkin ale picture. Winking smile


I went with the Pumpkin Ale, while Jay decided on the Octoberfest., and after trying both, I was definitely happy with my decision. Their pumpkin ale may possibly be my favorite one yet; it had a slight hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and was just totally delicious. I think if they ended up serving it with a cinnamon-sugar coated rim on the glass, I’d probably go nuts.


We only got about halfway through our beers before our table was ready (only about a 20-minute wait – score!), so we gladly took our seat and got ready to order.



Despite there being a good variety of pumpkin items on the specialty menu, I decided to go a different route.


I went with the Chicken Rustica- breaded chicken breast with provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, pesto mayonnaise and leaf lettuce on a grilled flat bread.” I subbed grilled chicken for breaded and garlic mayo for the pesto mayo, and it was, by far, an amazing sandwich.


It was also a pretty enormous sandwich, so I ended up eating half and wrapping up the other half in lieu of dominating the amazing sweet potato fries.


I ate every last fry on my plate…


And then I went for a few on Jay’s plate too (he ordered the Trojan Pulled Pork – also delicious).


Everything was just phenomenal tonight.


On our way home, we ended up making a pit stop at Redbox and picked up Blue Valentine to watch tonight (there was not much of a selection at all…). Hopefully it’s a decent movie, but even if not, it’s okay; it’s already been a pretty darn fantastic day!

Question for the Evening:

When ordering meals out at restaurants, are you more likely to make a substitution to the original menu item, or just order as-is?

I am notorious for always having to make some sort of substitution. Thankfully, Jay has come to accept and expect it…but I very rarely end up ordering something as-is!

I Had An Audience

Happy weekend! Happy October! (<—wow, seriously?!?) How’s everyone doing today?

I don’t know about you, but I zonked out on the couch last night before 10:00 even hit. Between just being plain tired and the two beers I had with dinner, I was downright exhausted.

Luckily, that meant early to bed = early to rise, so I got a nice early head start on today’s workout. Today brought me to Day 13 of the challenge, which included the Xtreme Cardio Kickboxing + Recovery Upper Body. I really love when the workouts combine the cardio with the weights afterward. It’s the perfect formula for a sweaty mess…mwahaha.

During my workout, I also had an audience…


I think he likes to keep an eye on me to make sure I don’t end up dropping any weights on my face or something. Either way, he’s the only one who gets to be in the living room during my workouts. I always make Jay stay in another room until I finish; otherwise, I just feel like a big tool the entire time I’m punching/kicking/panting/etc.


Post workout, it was breakfast time, and today I went the quick and easy route: cereal + coffee.


Today’s cereal combo was complete with Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Tj’s Multigrain O’s, Erewhon Rice Twice, banana slices, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It never fails!


And as a side note, I thought I’d also give you guys a quick update on the candy corn. Remember when I first posted about it? Well I told you that I’d let ya’ll know when the bag was finished…we’re getting close! Winking smile


Jay and I have a few things on the agenda today, so it’s time to get movin’. Hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start!

Questions for the Morning:

How do you feel about people other people being around you while you work out (either at home or at the gym)?

How long would a bag of candy corn last in your home? Winking smile