Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Beets! It's what's for dinner.

Thank you for all the kind words and the well-wishes yesterday.  I think I am still in shock.  And it is still sinking in that we will be parents in a few months and that we are having a baby girl.  Wow.  Wow.  Wow.
Remember those beets we bought on our leaf-peeping adventure?  Um, ya.  They were still sitting in our fridge last night.  So I put those beets out of their misery and roasted the hell out of 'em.  Oh man, were they good.  And so easy to make.  Here you go:
  • Preheat oven to 375F.  Wash and dry the beets, cut off greens.
  • Make a foil pouch big enough to hold the beets.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Seal up foil pouch and roast 25-35 minutes, or until tender.
  • When cooled, peel off outer skin using pairing knife or your fingers.
  • Slice, dice, or eat whole... enjoy!  
We had our beets sliced in a spinach salad with shaved parmesan and a honey-mustard vinaigrette.  So good! 

And another delicious fall time recipe?  Pumpkin Pie smoothie!  I saw this recipe on a blog that I read and I had to try it!  No joke.  It tastes just like fresh pumpkin pie.  And so refreshing.  In a blender, add the following ingredients: 
  • 1/2 cup organic pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup milk (or milk substitute of your choice)
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or add pinches of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4-5 ice cubes.  
Blend until smooth.  And then enjoy.  All the flavor of pumpkin pie without all the calories.  Perfect!  

I've been running tons of fun errands today.  I've been to Sephora!  I've been to Saks!  I've been to Hunt's Camera!  And I've been to the Blick Art Store!  I'm feeling crafty again.  I'm going to spend the next few hours crafting it up and documenting it for your pleasure.  Let's hope what I'm planning on making actually turns out.   

Pumpkin pie.  Love it or hate it?  Love it.  With a huge dollop of whipped cream.  And Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Yes, please!


  1. CONGRATULATIONS on your news!!! How exciting!!! Pumpkin pie= Hate it. But that means more for you! I bought a bunch of beets last week and I'm making goat cheese pistachio salad :)

  2. I like but don't LOVE pumpkin pie but Ryan on the other hand...oh wow. He might propose to pumpkin pie before he proposes to me at this rate. His love affair with that pie is pretty intense.

  3. found your blog through amanda, and oh my you are a crafty woman! love your photos and your style. congrats on the bun in the oven!

  4. Those beets look delicious! I'm a pretty adventurous eater, but I always thought I hated beets because of a bad batch of borscht growing up. Lately I can't get enough of them but never know what to do with them - definitely giving this a shot! Pumpkin pie shake looks delicious too!


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