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by Courtney on October 24, 2011

Earlier this morning, I had to run out and take care of a few errands which happened to include a few stops to pick up some items for our Halloween costumes.


This Saturday we have a Halloween party to attend with some of our favorite Halloween party-goers, so we’re working on finishing up our last minute details. Any guesses on what we might be? Winking smile

By the time I got home and put away some of the groceries I also picked up, I happened to make a quick glance at our thermostat. Now, it’s no secret that the temperatures are starting to dip up here in the northeast, but all morning I had been feeling extremely chilly. Well, now I realize why…


Below 60 degrees in here?!? Yikes.

Jay and I are trying really hard not to turn on the heat until November 1st, since we’re both sort of cheap and hate paying for it. But if it’s going to continue to stay this cold up in here, I may have to change the plan; especially after looking at the weather forecast for later in the week…


Brrrrr and yuck!


I had originally planned on having a yogurt mess, but right now I’m currently too chilled to the bone to consume anything cold. Lucky for me, I had a nice, hot alternative.


Pumpkin Black Bean Soup, woop!

I froze about half of the batch from the last time I made it and ended up taking it out late last week to have for lunches or last-minute dinners (I had some for lunch on Friday). Today definitely seemed like a perfect day to dig in to the “second” batch, so I enjoyed a big ‘ol bowl of it, along with another slice of pumpkin gingerbread.


I’m pretty positive I’ll find a way to add a slice of that at every meal until it’s gone.


Pumpkin Update

Remember when I showed you guys our pumpkins from yesterday’s Fall Festival?


Well, I left out one very important detail, which Sarah quickly reminded me of this morning. You guys see the three pumpkins on the bottom step? Believe it or not, they are actually FAKE pumpkins.

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Sarah and Jeff couldn’t find any real pumpkins on their way over yesterday, so they ended up grabbing a couple of foam pumpkins at the local craft store. You can see Sarah’s fake one here…

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The fake pumpkins can actually be carved out with the same tools you would use on a regular pumpkin, only

  • You don’t have to deal with the icky pumpkin guts
  • You can keep it forever!

Pretty cool, right? Just a little FYI for those of you who commented on your aversion to the icky punkin’ innards. Smile

I’ve got some serious studying to take care of this afternoon, so I gotta run…catch ya later!

Question for the Afternoon:

What are the temperatures like where you are this week? Would you rather they were warmer or cooler?

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1 Tara Burner October 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

it’s 85 right now and supposed to stay this way all week but sadly raining most the week too…
I LOVE warm weather!
not so big on the rain part though
We did get down to 65 here few nights ago and I frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrroze but enjoyed having doors and windows open to get nice fresh air…
though my teen loves the cold and is upset its so hot today..we are polar opposites when it comes to temps!
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2 marci October 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

85 during the day, and 65 at night?! Where do you live, sounds like a place i need to move to!!


3 Tara Burner October 25, 2011 at 8:54 am

it was 65 at night last week but now its in 70’s at night
I’m in Florida, ft lauderdale/miami area
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4 Emma @ Microcosm of Life October 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I’ve never heard of foam pumpkins, but that is such a good idea! I like the process of carving a real pumpkin (guts and all), but the foam ones would be good if you are pressed for time and want to carve a whole bunch!

I have tried to limit my use of heat too. I turned it on last night, but might switch it off again. I’m broke, yo!
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5 Bethany @Bethany's Befuddled Brain October 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

That’s just like my house at the moment! We haven’t turned on the heat to anything above the 60s and I always complain about freezing, but my dad just tell me to add another pair of socks and sweater. Yea, that’ll help.
Huh, I was wondering why the bottom pumpkins had a whiter glow than the orange glow of the others. But that is a creative idea. I’m definitely going to have to try that!
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6 Khushboo October 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Ohh I give you guys props for holding out till now! I used to be so bad with heating in London- mine would go on in September ha…needless to say, opening up the electricity bill during the Winter was quite an ordeal!
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7 Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life October 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Our temps for the week are going to be in the mid 70s and then possibly dropping down into the 60s by the end of the week. I’m so excited for the cooler weather! Last week we were in the 80s so I don’t mind the drop in temp!

You guys all carved really good pumpkins! Those fake pumpkins are super cool! I never knew you could carve them!


8 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

You are brave! I can’t take it below 66 in the house, even with the layered sweatshirts, socks and hoodies. But I know what you mean about the heat. Filling up the oil tank gives me a panick attack everytime. This is the time of year I start hating NY…
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9 Brittany October 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm

That is the cutest little soup and plate set!!!!!! I have one, but it’s all white, and I LOVE polka dots :) We have foam pumpkins at our house – not carved, but sitting outside on the steps. I got sick of the squirrels constantly attacking the real ones!


10 Caitlin C. October 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Fake pumpkins, that’s craziness! It’s like the fake Xmas tree of Halloween! are you guys going as Baywatch guards?
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11 Shanna, Like Banana October 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I’ll trade you weather! We’re about about all week..every day. Blech. I’m being serious. I want Fall! So give me some chill baby — I’d like 59 please.


12 Lindsay @ biking before bed October 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I’m bummed… it seems like Houston’ fall weather was quick lived. Its 84 degrees today! I had to turn the AC back on. Sigh… I hope it gets cool again soon. I love the idea of carving a fake pumpkin! It would never replace my annual “real” pumpkin carving, but it would be neat to have a bunch of ready made decorations that wouldn’t rot!
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13 Hope October 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I am definitely like you and Jay. My fiance and I have yet to turn the heat on. I’ve just been putting layers on and putting on space heater on. We are cheap and the heat is expensive! Looks like we might need to turn it on towards the end of the week.

That is a great idea for carving fake pumpkins! Then you can put them out every year :)
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14 Brittany October 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

That’s a really good idea with the fake pumpkins! I may just have to give it a shot because I don’t have time to do the real thing. It’s in the 80s here in So Florida I totally wish it was colder!!


15 Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. October 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Myself and my roomates aer the same way with our heater! Even though we live in Southern California where people think we never use heat…it gets pretty darn chilly here, especially at night! Gas heat is expensive and since we live in an old beachouse with little insulation it costs a pretty penny! All about being economical these days ;)

I’m flagging your pumpkin chili recipe…just made a crockpot full of chicken soup yesterday but was thinking chilli for my next crockpot adventure!


16 Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count October 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Brrr! The other night in Florida it got really cold, and when I woke up the next morning FREEZING, I looked at our thermostat…60 degrees!? I know how you feel and can say that if it stayed that cold here, I’d be turning on the heat also!
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17 Brigitt October 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I love the idea of the fake pumpkins–especially for NYC apartments. I always get a little worried leaving a carved pumpkin indoors could attract some bugs.
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18 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life October 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I just had my dad fire up our thermostat because it was extra chilly overnight and this morning. All of my pumpkin succumbed to disease and are rotting even before we got a chance to carve. :( I was thinking of picking one up at the supermarket, but I might just grab a foam one instead. Or maybe I’ll do both because I love carving!
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19 Jessi October 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm

My first guess at your halloween costume was the Life Guard On Duty skit from SNL. Not sure how you would turn it into a couples costume though since it’s Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell so I might be way off. It’s hilarious if you’ve never seen it!

We have a few fake pumpkins around our house. They’re great for decorating, because you can put them out early and don’t have to worry about them getting gross before Halloween!


20 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Brrr I hate the cold. I live in PA, so it’s not TOO different from where you are!
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21 Kerry @ Half Healthy, Half Nuts October 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

It’s in the low 80’s this week. Perfect weather! I wouldn’t mind it being a tad cooler, but since I hate the cold weather, this is AOK for me. :)
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22 Lindsey October 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm

For the time of the year the temps are nice but still too cold for me – day time highs are 7-10 degree Celsius. Our heat has been on for a bit!
Fake pumpkins?! That is genius!
I love your Pumpkin Black Bean soup, definitely a favorite of mine!
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23 Jess @ Jess Go Bananas October 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I am actually loving the weather right now…high 60’s. Perfect no-coat weather :)
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24 Maria@La_Piattini October 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm

good to know! I’ve never heard of fake pumpkins, but loveee it. I hate the goo and clean up so that would work for me.
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25 Lindsay @ lemon lime sunshine October 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I love exersize TV!! Feel proud…YOU were the one that got me hooked on it. I’ve had direct for awhile now and NEVER seen it on demand!!!! woops. can’t wait to try those two out!
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26 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I use fake pumpkins for carving all the time. Especially when doing really tedious carvings. They’re much easier and last forever!
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27 Erica October 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm

it is muggy and in the 80s. :(
i’d settle for the humidity to just go away.
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28 kristen@ livinlifeinlouie October 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I havent turned the heat on either!!! Im still trying to keep it off and just use blankets and a space heater when we go to bed


29 TeenyLittleSuperChef October 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

What a cool alternative to carving real pumpkins. I’ve never been a huge fan of having to gut out all the innards, I think it has something to do with the smell and that it’s just plain gross. Do you know where they got the foam ones?
P.S. Cold weather sucks! I’m so not looking forward to the winter. Makes me want to go into hibernation.


30 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill October 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

The temperatures in Baltimore are pretty similar…I’m pulling out my warmer jackets!
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31 Shannon October 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm

It’s so cold! :( I’ve had to wear my long sleeve polo shirt all last week, and today for school. School’s cold. and stressful.


32 Shannon October 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Oh, forgot the second part of the question! I’d rather have the temperatures be in the 70’s. My favorite weather forecast are temperatures in the 70’s and sunny. :)


33 Lena @ Fit on the Rocks October 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm

My roommate and I are being cheap, too! We are trying not to turn it on unless it gets below 60 or wearing layers is no longer cutting it, but it’s supposed to get to a high of 35ish for the next two days with 6-8 inches of snow, so we may have to give in. P.S. it’s 80 degrees today…CO weather is seriously bipolar.
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34 Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm

It’s in the 60s here today, but it’s supposed to get down into the 40’s later this week. Yuck!! I’m still a Florida girl at heart, and I miss my warm weather sooooo much!!
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35 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I had no idea there was such thing as fake pumpkins that you could carve! I think it’s a great idea. The only thing I wouldn’t like is that there’s no seeds to roast! I love pumpkin seeds.
The temps here in Salt Lake are beautiful today with it being in the low 70’s, but tomorrow it’s supposed to drop like 20 degrees! The rest of the week will be in the 40’s and 50’s which I’m not looking forward to as much. Temps in the high 60’s to 70’s are perfect to me!
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36 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled October 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm

We’re in the mid to upper 70s this week and I’m ready for more chilly weather. I miss wearing a cozy coat, scarves, and boots. Plus, I want to put a log in the fireplace and make hot chocolate every night. I love my winters!
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37 Lauren October 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I am in denial that winter is amongst us. :( But I have been noticing that soup helps me get through.
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38 Katie @ Plates and Paste October 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Low 80s here in FL! The humidity is finally gone so it feels perfect!
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39 Carissa October 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Ummmmm holy moly that’s cold!! I always wish for cold but 50 to me is misery from Florida. However I will take your chilly reminder to take the pumpkin black bean soup out of my freezer and enjoyment again!
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