The Weekend Dish: 11/6/2010

Happy November everyone! Wow, impossible to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a few weeks away. But holy crap, there is already tons of Christmas stuff in the stores! In fact, I went to Target last Sunday (on Halloween) and all of their holiday stuff was already out. Nuts! There are some snowflakes in the forecast for the next day or so. No accumulation, but hopefully I’ll  see some flurries. Love the snow :) Turning the clocks back this weekend; eek, not looking forward to the early darkness! Don’t forget to change them tonight!

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

Pumpkin Cheesecake – A great alternative for a pumpkin dessert on Thanksgiving. The gingersnap crust is a great base for the pumpkin and cream cheese!

Get your Thanksgiving requests in! – Any Thanksgiving recipes you are hoping to see featured here this month? Head on over and leave a comment!

Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – Yeah, pretty much the ultimate craving satisfier (is that a word?): chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate chips and peanuts. Amazing.

Thanksgiving Prep: The Menu – An intro to planning your holiday meal – putting together the menu!

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:

Buttermilk Crescents (A Little Bit of Everything)
These must be a million times better than the crescent rolls from a tube! A great recipe to serve with your holiday meal.

Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls (Two Peas and Their Pod)
I adore cinnamon rolls, and the combination of orange and cranberries. I have no doubt these rolls are every bit as fabulous as they sound!

Cream Biscuits with Prosciutto & Parmesan Cheese (Cookin’ Canuck)
I love biscuits. And I positively love anything with prosciutto. It’s the Italian girl in me :)  I would like a dozen of these all for myself please!

Peanut Butter Cookie and Cream Cheese “Candy” Bars (Picky Palate)
Peanut butter cookie dough, a cream cheese layer, and chopped up candy bars. I can’t even fathom how delicious this is. Can’t wait to make this recipe, and will definitely be using peanut butter cups, or Snickers, or both!

Walnut Maple Bars with Shortbread Crust (Baking Bites)
These bars look and sound like everything that is wonderful about fall. Love the combo of maple and walnuts. And shortbread crust? Yum!

Weekend Fun

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

1. Were the Pens possessed by the Flyers this week?


Four fights against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. Kennedy, Kunitz, Letang and Sid all dropped the gloves. Letang didn’t throw a punch (thankfully) – he has a hand injury already and should have just left his gloves on. And Sid?! I think this was his 5th fight ever. Last year on Halloween night I was at the game against the Minnesota Wild, sitting 6 rows back, when Sid fought right in front of us. I know a lot of people don’t like when stars and captains fights (it’s not their role, injury risk, etc.), but I have to be honest – I appreciate Sid being so frustrated that he just wants to pummel someone.

Pens are about .500 right now (6-6-1), which is no bueno. And 0-27 on the power play is downright embarrassing. Hope they rock these last two games of the west coast road trip.

On a final note, poor Jordan Staal. I feel so bad for the kid. He was two days away from his first game back after getting his foot severed by a skate in the playoffs last year and then dealing with an infection over the summer. And what happened? He caught a puck in practice and broke his hand. Required surgery. He’s got to be so bummed; I sure would be. Word is he’ll be out 4 to 6 weeks. Can’t wait for him to finally get back. The team just isn’t the same without him.

2. Steelers got spooked at the Superdome.

And there’s the fumble that sealed the deal. Watching the game, I was yelling “Heeaaaath” as Heath Miller rumbled down the field. Then that ball flew out. And the game was over. It wasn’t the only reason we lost, but I think if he had held onto that ball and we had scored, we had a really good shot at winning that game. Monday Night Football this week vs. the Bengals, woo division game!

3. Fantasy football… still rollin’.

Still two games up on the team below me, but looks like I might be without Antonio Gates this week. Hopefully either he plays or I can find a decent replacement!

4. Shopping. So, I went to Ross Park Mall (Pittsburghers, this is for you) this week for the first time in probably almost two years. And, well, um, I definitely feel like I am nowhere near rich enough to frequent that mall often. My friends and I would go there all the time in high school, but whoa has it become high class! Tiffany? Louis Vuitton? Burberry? And tons of other really high end stores. At least there’s still Williams Sonoma, and I hit up Macy’s for some new Bobbi Brown makeup. Woo.

5. Still reading Eat, Pray, Love. I’m slacking, still stuck in Italy. Hope to get through at least that part by the end of next week!

Alright folks, have a great weekend! Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday night, and… Let’s Go Pens! Go Steelers!

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13 Responses to “The Weekend Dish: 11/6/2010”

  1. the blissful baker on November 6, 2010 at 12:19 am

    i bookmarked your salted double chocolate peanut butter cookies :) cant wait to try them out!

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  2. Katrina on November 6, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Your cheesecake looked out of this world! I loved it. Happy weekend!

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  3. Maria on November 6, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I haven’t read Eat Pray Love, it is on my list though! Enjoy your sports this weekend. Thanks for including my cranberry orange cinnamon rolls:) I can’t wait to make those chocolate cookies!

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  4. Melissa on November 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Italy was my favorite part of the book (all that eating!), but I liked the whole thing!

    I will definitely be doing some baking this weekend as it is cold & dreary outside . . . and is it totally nuts if I put up my Christmas tree now? I mean, I could use some cheer!

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

      No, not crazy! I *LOVE* Christmas, do it!

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  5. Kris on November 6, 2010 at 8:58 am

    LOVED the Salted Dbl Chocolate PB Cookies!! They got rave reviews from my co-workers, and I just had one for breakfast :)! Thank you!

    Regarding Eat, Pray, Love (I shudder even thinking about it), if you’re slacking in Italy, just wait….it gets much, much more difficult to read. Sorry, but I just don’t get what people like about the book. Almost unanimously, my book club was disappointed with it after all the hype. Keep us posted though! Thanks again for the yummy cookie post!!

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

      So glad you loved the cookies Kris!

      I just made it through Italy last night; I will keep you posted on the rest of the book!

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  6. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 6, 2010 at 9:42 am

    We go to Ross Park all the time and seriously, can’t believe that it is still there. I always tell my husband how if we had kids and lived in that area, and took them to that mall and they thought THAT was normal, we’d be in BIG trouble. Thank goodness we live an away from it. :)

    And Eat, Pray, Love dragged for me bigtime. It’s one of the few books I had a terrible time finishing.

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  7. Sherry on November 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I know what you mean about Ross Park Mall. I go up there only every once in a while, but it is certainly intimidating. I’m sooo happy about turning the clocks back=)

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  8. BeckyS on November 7, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Make the Salted Double Choclate Peanut Butter Cookies as soon as possible! Made a batch, took them to work and they vanished.
    Ross Park Mall has become too high priced for me. I go there for Build a Bear and the Disney Store just to pick up goodies for the grandkids. I would not go there at all if I could find these stores elsewhere.
    Let’s go Pens! We got a much needed win last night, made staying up late well worth it. Thanks boys!

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      Yay for the cookies being a hit!

      And yes, that win on Saturday was definitely worth staying up for. Wonder who is going to start in goal on Wednesday?!

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  9. Robyn on November 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    agreed with all the comments on ‘eat, pray, love’. eat was the only part i sort of liked, and it took me forever to finish because i just didn’t care.

    i basically got nothing done last weekend because i was reading ‘the help’. it was so interesting and well-written – i loved it. right now i’m about halfway through ‘secret daughter’ and it’s amazing so far! just in case you decide to pick up something else!

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Robyn, ‘The Help’ is next on my list, and I will add ‘Secret Daughter’ – thanks for the recs!

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