The Weekend Dish: 10/30/2010

So, can I just say that I absolutely, positively cannot believe that Monday is November? How the heck does time go by so quickly? The holidays and the epic blizzard seem just like yesterday. I can’t believe another holiday season is already almost upon us. But, there is still one last weekend in October (and Halloween!) to enjoy. Are you heading out to any Halloween parties this weekend? If so, any interesting costumes? I had to Google whether Daylight Savings Time ended this weekend or next; in case you were wondering as well, it’s next weekend. Ack, not ready for the 5pm darkness! But, it does mean the holidays and snow are inching closer. And I do love the holidays and snow. So, there is upside :)

Reminder: If you need any last-minute ideas for a festive Halloween treat, check out these 10 Spooky & Delicious Halloween Recipes

As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Then, some random musings about some random stuff. Enjoy! :)

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

Butternut Squash Soup – A fabulous soup with simple ingredients that brings out the flavor of the butternut squash. Accented with brown sugar and nutmeg, this soup is a wonderful (and healthy!) meal to keep in your fall rotation.

Homemade Cracker Jack – Caramel peanut popcorn that is every bit addicting as you might imagine. A recreation of a childhood classic, and a million times better homemade!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting – A classic recipe combination that everyone needs to have stashed away for those last minute birthday celebrations!

Homemade Caramel Apples – A perfect fall treat! I created four different varieties: Apple Pie, Snickers, Reese’s, and Rocky Road.

Most Viewed Recipe This Week: Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like too:

Apple Cinnamon Bread (Two Peas and their Pod)
I love all of the big chunks of apple in this bread, and the cinnamon sugar topping makes me swoon!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping (My Kitchen Cafe)
This looks like such an amazing dessert – a thick crust, a layer of cheesecake, then apples and streusel. Cannot WAIT to make this!

Homemade Almond Joy (Joy the Baker)
Homemade candy bars? Count me in.

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl (My Baking Addiction)
This is a great pumpkin spice cake with a touch of cream cheese – a great twist on typical pumpkin desserts.

S’mores Ice Cream (elly says opa!)
It may no longer be summer, but in my world anytime is a good time for ice cream. And s’mores ice cream is a great choice for fall!

Weekend Fun

Some random musings about stuff that has gone on in the last week…

1. Umm, hello… Pens? Anyone home? Okay, first of all, this was pretty darn awesome:

Deryk Engelland, wow. You are a fighting machine. (Gosh I love hockey.) The first three minutes of the game last night was ridiculous. I think there were 10 penalties, 2 major fights and Scott Hartnell crashed into the boards. There was a 3-on-3. I don’t know that I can remember ever seeing that before (although I’m sure I must have). Classic Pens/Flyers hatred.

Now, this more accurately sums up what’s been going on with the Pens:

Chaos. Confusion. Offense is not showing up. The power play is non-existent. We’re giving up too many short-handed opportunities. Fleury is not performing like a $5 million goalie should. Almost everyone on this team needs to be smacked and told to WAKE UP. Too many cutesy moves. Get the puck to the net. Jordan Staal is estimated to be back sometime during the road trip in the next week. Interested to see how things fall into place once he and Michalek get back. In the mean time, please Pens, please just win some games! And I would not be opposed at all to Johnson starting on a regular basis. We need wins.

2. Steelers in the Superdome on Halloween night. Sunday Night Football. The Saints got downright embarrassed by the lowly Browns last week. I’m sure they’re not happy and will come out strong. Nervous about the game, but should be a good one to watch. Note to Ben – Please don’t do this again:

3. Fantasy Football: 6-1.

Big ol’ WOO! If you play, how is your team doing?

4. Currently reading: Eat, Pray, Love.

I am still in the first part of the book when the author is in Italy, and am just loving the story. The book so far has really spoken to me and I can’t wait to hear the entire story. I have held off on seeing the movie until I read the book; I am weird like that. I will never, ever see a movie first and then read a book. In fact, most times I won’t even bother reading the book if I’ve already seen the movie; it ruins the reading experience for me. I’ve always been a big reader and I love forming characters in my mind – what they look like, their mannerisms. Nine times out of ten, a movie made from a book disappoints me but without fail, I always go to see them! Have you read this book or seen the movie? What did you think?

What are you up to this weekend? Have a safe and fun Halloween!

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28 Responses to “The Weekend Dish: 10/30/2010”

  1. Kelsey on October 30, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I saw that homemade cracker jack! It’s on my list.

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  2. Lauren at KeepItSweet on October 30, 2010 at 7:13 am

    i read Eat Pray Love a few years ago and loved it. I actually bookmarked a few pages with some great quotes, too…. now if only I could find my copy! Haven’t seen the movie yet but heard mixed reviews.

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  3. Katrina on October 30, 2010 at 7:27 am

    I loved your posts this week. I also can’t believe it’s going to be November…time flies!

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  4. susan on October 30, 2010 at 8:14 am

    As a former born and raised Pittsburgher…Sewickley, actually I was most definitely brought up on Steelers football! My son in turn although he has never lived, let alone being born and raised there, is also a Steeler fan! But I do no watch Penn Hockey but I always knew that the only thing they were good for were the fights! You wanted to see a good fight? Go to a Penn’s game! LOL

    Love your blog and site!

    From one Pittsburgher to another!

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    • Michelle on October 30th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you for the comment Susan, great to hear from another Pittsburgher! The Pens have definitely improved over the years, and now they’re definitely good for much more than fighting! But Engelland just came up from Wilkes-Barre this year, and he’s definitely a great scrapper!

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  5. Sharon on October 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

    LOVED that book, disappointed with what they did with the movie.

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  6. KathyCalculates on October 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I’m one of your regular readers who enjoys your blog so much but I never stop and take the time to comment and let you know that…so today, I am doing just that! Have a great Halloween weekend.

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    • Michelle on October 30th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Kathy! Great to hear from you! :) Have a fabulous weekend!

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  7. Liz @ LBBakes on October 30, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I love your homemade cracker jack recipe! I also love your weekend debrief on sports related things. :)

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  8. Maria on October 30, 2010 at 10:57 am

    A great week of recipes! Thanks for including my apple bread:) Have a fun Halloween weekend! Hopefully the Steelers will win:)

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    • Michelle on October 30th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      You’re welcome! It looks delicious! Happy Halloween!

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  9. Courtney @ Ice Cream & Wine on October 30, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Oh, those Almond Joy bars sound delicious! No major Halloween plans here – I just moved to California, and to keep me busy while searching for a full-time job, I started a part-time, seasonal position with Sur La Table (and I work Sunday night). But I’m excited to be surrounded by kitchen goodies all day! Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Michelle on October 30th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

      Oooh I would probably go broke working at Sur La Table ;-)

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  10. Amanda on October 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I love the “Weekend Dish”. It always has a great mix of recipes. And if you want some snow you can come to North Dakota….we had a about 3 in. this week. winter comes early….

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    • Michelle on October 30th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Amanda, glad you like it! Aww, LOVE snow!

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  11. Lisa on October 31, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I just did a post on your pumpkin pie bars and linked back to you in it. If you get a chance, come and take a look. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/10/pumpkin-pie-bars-aka-pumpkin-blondies.html. Also, don’t forget to enter my CSN giveaway next week Monday.

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  12. Estela @ Weekly Bite on October 31, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I always love your weekend dish!!

    Thanks for linking to all those wonderful recipes :)

    Have a great Halloween!

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  13. Belinda @zomppa on October 31, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for your weekend dish. I didn’t know you were a hockey fan! =) I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the book. I got my opinions…=)

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  14. Kris on October 31, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I’ll be interested to hear how you like Eat,Pray,Love once you get out of Italy. HATED the book and found her to be completely self-involved. NO desire to see the movie.

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  15. Amanda on October 31, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Definitely excited for Sunday Night Football!! I am 2/3 through Eat Pray Love (about to start on Bali). It’s been great so far! Happy Halloween!!

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    • Michelle on November 1st, 2010 at 9:56 pm

      What a bummer Sunday Night Football was! Gah!

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  16. Mac on October 31, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve been reading the book for what seems like for EVER…..loved “Italy”, but slogging through “India”, hoping to finally press through “Bali”. I’m just like you – won’t see a movie before finishing the book – clearly at this rate I’ll be renting it. Want to see the movie, because I’m a J. Roberts fan, but reviews were mixed. Hoping for a positive outcome.
    Let us all know what you think of the book. :-)

    Thanks for the reminder about the weeks recipes. Looking forward to trying Maria’s Apple and Cinnamon Bread.

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  17. Sues on November 1, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I totally bookmarked Joy’s almond joys, too. And I cannot wait to make them!!! :)

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  18. Allison on November 1, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Couldn’t resist commenting on the hockey. Johnson looked A-mazing on Saturday against the Hurricanes! I think you might be on to something with starting him. I honestly didn’t even think the Canes played badly for most of the game, but it sure was lopsided in the end! Good win for the Pens, though!

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    • Michelle on November 1st, 2010 at 9:57 pm

      Allison, I agree, Johnson looked great! I think the Canes played a great game. I really think Bylsma needs to seriously consider staying with Johnson until he gives him reason to do otherwise. I know Fleury is the $5 million goalie, but we also have to win games!

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  19. Marg on November 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I was at the game and couldn’t be happier the Saints won! My boyfriend is from PA and I’m from LA, so I didn’t want to have to hear it from him. There were a lot of Steelers fans in New Orleans.

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

      Oh no, a house divided! I’m so into Pittsburgh sports that I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have to root against my boyfriend ;-)

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