Pumpkinferno

My sisters and I have some mad skills when it comes to pumpkin carving. People come far and wide to be able to check out our creations.

We are the talk of the town!

The modern day Michelangelo  if you will.

We have an annual pumpkin carving ‘competition’  at mum and dads every year…. We give ourselves 30 minutes to clean and carve the pumpkin. Then we have the non bias judges (our parents) come and choose their favourite.

I’m just going to throw it out there that I am the 2 year running champ ( prove me wrong sisters)

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okay okay , maybe I hyped up our skillz a bit BUT what I’m not hyping is the true talent and skill from the amazing carvers of Pumpkinferno.

My mouth was catching mosquitos all night. My chin was on the ground, I was amazed by the talent. My amazing little gang took a tiny roadie up to Upper Canada Village to bask in the awesomness of Halloween and take in all these pumpkins!

For those readers who aren’t aware of what this is, its a kilometre walk along a beautiful path lit by over 7000 glowing pumpkins carved into amazing pieces of art.

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Each section had a different theme whether it be music, nature, emotions or Halloween, sports, art and so much more.

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I still can’t believe how realistic some of these pumpkins are!

 

They all range from small intricate designs to life sized  pieces!

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I loved this tunnel because it gave me ideas for my own ‘creations’!

Although my favourite of the entire night were the bewitching witches who were chanting and giggling …

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
– William Shakespeare

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Sisters, I challenge you both to a pumpkin carving competition.

Rules are as follows:

  • 30 minutes
  • No stencils or templates
  • No peeking
  • No help from additional people
  • Non winners ( losers) have to treat winner to Le Nordik within 31 ( get it?! –  Halloween !) days of losing.

BRING ON THE COMPETITION

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She’s not such a Good Girl 

Our little cocker spaniel mix is the queen of our little kingdom. We adore her. She gets love and walks and treats galore. 

She’s spoiled. And a handful. Although you’d never know that when you meet her. Looking at her you’d think butter wouldn’t melt. 


She stares at you and you would think she doesn’t have a mischeivious bone in her body. 

But, sometimes her monster-side comes out. Monster. 


Like recently, we went to my in-laws for the weekend. We were meeting them at a party, so we dropped the dog at their farm before joining them at the dinner. 

We played ball with her for awhile, to get rid of some energy. At home, she is crated, so when we were ready to leave, we put her in their washroom, took down everything she could drag down (towels, rugs) and brought her in a bowl of water. Ya know, in case she got thirsty. 

(That’s her, “Help me, I’m poor”, Kristen Wiig face)

We left for the party. Ate, drank and were merry. Then we went back to the farm. Thankfully, before my in laws. 


In we walked to our little angel. She was sitting in the middle of the room and every square inch was covered in the debris of what used to be the items my inlaws kept under their bathroom sink. And water. And blood. 

Covered. 

And she just sat there. Like #thuglife


Somehow, this dog opened up cupboards with no handles, tore apart special soaps, boxes, toothpaste packages. Everything. And bled everywhere. (Don’t worry, she’s fine and we never even figured out where the blood was coming from). 


We got it cleaned up before my husband’s parents came home, we apologized for their lost bath products and she sat wagging her tail and looking at them for belly rubs. 

After her tough day destroying my in-laws bathroom, she was tuckered out. 


Spoiled puppy. Push over dog parents. 

S. 

Girls Night

This weekend was so much fun! I had a lot of different things on the go but I need to tell you about Friday! It was one of my gal pals birthday and shes a mommy of twins who definitely deserved a girls night in!

The evening started off with a delish charcuterie board that paired ever so nicely with moscato.  Having moscato in the cans made it perfect to have for going out on their beautiful patio.

We attempted to do our own at home “ Paint Nite”. We picked out  a painting we all liked, taped it to a wall and stared.  We had no idea where to begin…so after another glass of wine we all jumped in  and attempted  the painting adding our own flare.

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I am so talented right!?

Jk not mine. aha

All of our paintings came out very different but  I still love them all!IMG_2535

I had so much fun chatting with my girls, singing along to some oldies and painting. When I thought the night had reached its peak out of the oven comes the most amazing desert of all time.

Brookies.

UM YUMMMMM

Oreo  cookie base,  chocolate chip cookie dough  and brownie mix baked and topped with peanut butter icing.  If you’re thinking life couldn’t get any better you are right.

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IT WAS SO GOOD, you need to try it ASAP

 

You’re Welcome,

Ais xo

Weekending: Cocktail Competition Edition

Weekending

This weekend we were up at the cottage and decided it was time for a Cocktail Competition.  The contenders: the Mint Julep, Mohito and Rum Collins.  Luckily we had a number of taste testers willing to assist.

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Some were a bit overwhelmed by the responsibility.

First up was the Mint Julep.

We gathered the ingredients:

4 Mint Leaves
1 teaspoon Powdered Sugar
2 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Fill the glass with Ice

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Muddle the mint with the sugar and use some of the mint for garnish.

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This one got full marks for presentation. Lovely looking drink.

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I’d say it really brought out the best in some.

Two of my favourite lovers of the Mint Julep. Mr. Bond and Mr. Dad.

Next up was the Mojito.  Now, in all honesty, as the taste testing went on, pictures of the process became fewer and fewer. Just a coincidence.

So this is the picture of the process for the Mojito:

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I mean, what more do you really need to know? It includes Rum.

Our recipe:

6 mint leaves
2 teaspoons of Powdered Sugar
1 full lime juiced
Muddle the mint, sugar and lime juice.
2 oz. Havana Club
Fill the glass with ice
top with soda water

I’d say these drinks came out beautifully.

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Finally, the Rum Collins. Even fewer process pictures for this one.  This is what I have:

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Cheers!

Our Rum Collins recipe:
Fill the glass with ice
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon of powdered sugar
2 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
Fill the glass with Club Soda.
Stir.

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Finally, the taste testers gave their scores:

Rum Collins: 0

Mojito: 2

Mint Julep: 4

A great weekend was had by all, but mostly by the taste testers.

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Hope you had a great weekend too.

s.