Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Boulder Canyon Turkey & Gravy and Pumpkin Pie potato chips.


Holy Mother of Turkey! Thanksgiving is almost here. I refuse to believe that it's been nearly three weeks since Halloween, the calendar be damned. I'm not that upset though, because I'll be celebrating one of my favorite holidays in just 4 short days. A day full of brie, and dips, and turkey and stuffing, and oh my god I'm getting hungry right now. I still have just under 96 hours before I can dive into T-day dinner, so I picked up some Boulder Canyon chips to try and take the edge off.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Entenmann's Pumpkin Donuts

It's not officially Fall yet, but that hasn't stopped everyone from declaring that the Halloween season has begun. As much as I hate when stores jump the gun on putting out seasonal merchandise, I have to admit that I've gotten a little caught up in the Fall fever. I kept seeing pictures of the goodies that all of you have been finding on your shopping trips, and I have to admit I was getting a little frustrated by the lack of Halloween-ish product up in here. Well, my local stores are starting to catch up, so I'll be able to start showcasing my favorite finds. This time, I'm having a peek at Entenmann's Pumpkin Donuts.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lance Pumpkin Cheesecake Nekot Cookie Sandwiches

I know Christmas commercials have already started airing, and you're all chomping at the bit for Black Friday, but it's still Fall, dammit! And that means pumpkin related foods are still fair game. With that in mind, I present to you, Lance's Pumpkin Cheesecake Nekot Cookie Sandwiches.


Monday, November 3, 2014

October Leftovers


Yet again, I only managed to cover about half the things I wanted to talk about this Halloween season. That being the case, I had a lot of leftovers that I wasn't about to let go to waste. This was a banner season for Pumpkin flavored junk food, and this stuff is just a small fraction of what was out there. There isn't much new about my pile of junk food, since I'm sure it's all been covered ad nauseum on numerous other blogs, but I guess there's room for one more quick look at Halloween and Fall themed goodies.


Kelloggs Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts

These certainly aren't a new item, but it's my first time having them. As the years go on, I'm finding companies like Kelloggs are getting better at reproducing off the wall flavors. Depending on the variety, Pop-Tarts can be hit or miss when it comes to how accurately they represent their flavors. Still, even when they're off, they're still on, know what I mean?


They look like every other variety of Pop-Tarts; They have a pastry crust, white frosting, and sprinkles. Kelloggs actually used fall colored sprinkles, and you could be forgiven for thinking your toaster pastries have been covered in candy corn shavings. There's no mistaking it, these are for Fall, and Fall only.


Thankfully, the flavor actually lives up to the name on the box. It definitely tasted like Pumpkin Pie, perhaps even a bit spicier. I have to admit, I never tried them cold, as I've found just about every Pop-Tart is better after a good browning in the toaster.



Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses

I was a little apprehensive about trying these at first, since I have yet to talk to anyone else that likes them. They have an intriguing aroma, reminding me of a cheap dollar store scented candle. There's definitely a scent of Pumpkin Spice, though it definitely smells artificial. The Kisses are  a bit waxier than normal, which only forces me to think of those small incense cones I always find at the flea market. The flavor on the other hand, is rather bearable. There's a layer of Pumpkin Spice flavored chocolate surrounding a smaller white chocolate Kiss. I discovered that  letting them melt in your mouth rather than chewing them up improves their flavor by a factor of 17. I kinda wish Hershey's has made the whole Kiss out of the Pumpkin Spice chocolate, but maybe orange food coloring was too expensive for all that.



Kraft Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice and Candy Corn Marshmallow

This is the first time that I've seen Kraft release marshmallows with flavors specific to one holiday. Sure, they've released chocolate and vanilla ghosts before, but those can hardly be considered Fall specific flavorings. This year, we have two different varieties to choose from; Candy Corn and Pumpkin Spice. The Candy Corn marshmallows definitely have the look, but they really lack any discernible smell or flavor. Opening the bag, I was greeted with the scent of plain old marshmallow. At first taste, I thought I could detect a bit of candy corn flavor, but I might have to chalk it up to the power of suggestion. I packed my mouth full and still wasn't able to pick up anything other than "marshmallow".  The Pumpkin Spice fared a bit better, and I was able to actually pick up the scent when I first opened the bag. The taste was a bit subdued, but I think that's a result of it being infused into a marshmallow. The marshmallows also have a suitably wrinkled looked, and if they had faces on them, they would make great evil Jack O-Lanterns for your Halloween food diorama.



Turkey Hill Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Turkey Hill has the honor of being the only pumpkin ice cream I was able to find in my little corner of nowhere. Even if I had found other brands' take on ice creamed pumpkin pie, I'd probably still name this one king of the freezer. The ice cream itself has a great flavor, but the cinnamon graham cracker swirl is what puts this one over the top. My first taste of that swirl immediately threw my tongue into seizures, it was so overcome by its deliciousness. I wish Turkey Hill sold the swirl by itself, because I would gladly plop down in a chair with a carton and a spoon. If they had included bits of pie crust and swirls of whipped cream in the ice cream, I would forsake all other foods and eat Pumpkin Pie ice cream for the remainder of what would inevitably be a very short life.

With all this pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice food scraps lying around, I thought I should put it to good use. Since I already had a bowl of ice cream sitting there, I started prepping some toppings.


Much like with Thanksgiving leftovers, I just chopped everything up, and tossed them on top of the mashed potat..err..ice cream.


Okay, so I probably should have started and stopped with the Pop-Tart crumbs, but I'm a firm believer in using all parts of the animal. No junk food left behind.

Thus ends the Halloween season. It was a fun one, but like always, it went by way too fast. Now it's time to get ready for the season of Cringle, my other favorite time of the year. It should be full of food, toys, movies, stories, and most of all, fun.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Stunt Zombie's seasonal beer review



Okay, so let me say that I will no longer accept any alcoholic beverage challenges. Last night taught me that beer and technology do not mix, especially on an empty stomach. In case you don't watch the video, and I don't blame you if you don't, Eric at Toyriffic challenged me on Facebook to do a seasonal beer review. My task, if I chose to accept it, was to drink a six pack of seasonal beer, then immediately blog about it. Being the trooper that I am, I gladly accepted the challenge. Sadly, things didn't go as planned, and my ability to use the camera disappeared by beer six. I didn't realize that I had only been taking photos until early this morning, when I tried to upload the video from my phone. So, this is an attempt to appease the blogging gods, and at least partially fulfill my obligation to a fellow blogger.





Terrible, right? Well, stick around while I take a quick look at each individual label.




Magic Hat Seance

This was my least favorite of the bunch. I'm not really surprised, since I have yet to like any beers from Magic Hat. This is the one beer of the bunch that didn't claim to be flavored with pumpkin or spices, but don't think for a second I'll give it any leniency for that. The label is what I like to cal "Fall Psychedelic", It's awash in oranges and yellows and browns, and it includes a few seasonal items, such as the leaves and the owl. Beyond that, it's just a hodge podge of random scribbles. It was my least favorite beer, but surprisingly not my least favorite label.


The St. George Brewing Company Pumpkinfest

They say wine is supposed to improve with age, well apparently this beer is better when it's stale. I actually remember popping the top on this one, and watching it immediately start to overflow. It just had way too much carbonation, and I think that's what affected the smell and the flavor. I'm actually liking the label, even if it is one of the plainer ones. The Jack O'Lantern morningstar looks particularly vicious, and I can only imagine it's 47 times more frightening than a normal morningstar. Most weapons don't grin at you as they're about to smash you in the face.


Starr Hill Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter
One of my favorite beers out of the bunch, but my least favorite label. Sure, they're playing on the box car theme, but this is a seasonal beer man! Put a scary moon in the background, with a wolf riding on top of the train cars. It's hard to tell because of the perspective, but that looks like it might be one big ass pumpkin next to the railroad tracks. Still, it's not enough to make me like this label.


Saranac Pumpkin Ale

This beer claimed to have so many spices, yet I couldn't taste any of them. This one was middle of the pack as far as flavor goes, but it still beat out the Boxcarr because of its label. Sure, it looks like a normal everyday Jack O'Lantern, but add those trees in the background, and it definitely feels like a Halloween appropriate beer. The carved pumpkin alone was enough to make me like this particular design. It manages to look happy, yet sinister at the same time. I only wish they had let the trees take up a bit more of the label. I want to be able to get a better view of what's going on in that scary forest.


Terrapin Pumpkinfest

This is my second favorite out of the bunch. Not only do we get Farmer Turtle harvesting a bumper pumpkin crop, but he's managed to turn one into a keg and tap it for a cool evening brew. He looks completely at peace, with that wan smile of his, as a turtle with a pumpkin full of beer should. All he has to do is sit back and relax, while he waits for his next customer. He enjoys watching folks dig through his wagon, looking for the perfect pumpkin for their house, all while he savors a nice frothy pumpkin malt beverage.


Devil's Backbone Pumpkin Hunter

This label is easily my favorite. There's so much going on, I wasn't able to get it all in one shot. Unfortunately, I didn't get it all period. Let me lay it out for you: There's a headless redneck archer riding on the back of a crazed grizzly bear, going around killing all the rogue Jack O'Lanterns. You can see one pumpkin is ready to attack, while the bear has swiped the face off the one in the foreground. These don't look like your normal everyday pumpkins either, with random thorns jutting off here and there. The rider's clothes are somewhat tattered, leading me to believe he's had one hell of a battle in this pumpkin patch. Now I'm kind of worried about Farmer Turtle's crop. Hopefully he's not selling a bunch of possessed gourds.

So, that was fun. I'll have to remember to never do it again. Happy week before Halloween to you all.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October is here! Let's eat some Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds!

Holy crap! It's October 2nd! You know what that means, right? It means that I've been lazy the past few weeks, and this post is late. Well, there's no need for any pomp and circumstance, you all know what this month means: A plethora of junk food, scary movies, and whatever random items I can vaguely connect to the Halloween season. Having said that, let's get this month started with one of my new favorite snacks:


I don't think Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds are new to everyone else, but they're certainly new to me. I didn't start liking almonds until later in life, which was right about the same time they started coming out in crazy flavors. I daresay that I only noticed almonds in the snack aisle because I caught a glimpse of the word "wasabi" on the can as I passed them by. Though most of the flavors are delicious, eating one when you're expecting plain old "Almond" flavor is enough to cause anyone to fall over from shock. Think of the feeling you get when you get a big sip of Pepsi when you're expecting sweet tea.


Opening the can for the first time, you're hit by an aroma reminiscent of a Fall scented candle. I'm talking one the expensive ones, too. Like, Yankee Candle expensive. The almonds are coated in a variety of spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pumpkin powder. I've never heard of or seen pumpkin powder before, but I can only assume that it is made up of tiny, dust particle sized pumpkins. There's all kinds of gene splicing going on in food these days, I don't see why they couldn't create microscopic pumpkins. Any attempts to explain what it actually is, will be met with me violently ignoring you.

The taste is bit more subdued than some of the other flavors I've tried, and this is one variety that benefits from being savored more than immediately chewing them up. There's an initial hit of cinnamon and sugar, followed by a slight saltiness that fades into a cinnamon-y pumpkin spiciness. It's pretty complex for a snack food, and is best enjoyed small portions. Otherwise you experience some taste fatigue. Yesterday, after I ate a few handfuls, one of my co-workers commented that I smelled "spicy". I don't know if that's good or bad, but there it is.



I'm not going to say Planters went all out when they decorated the Pumpkin Spice Almond tins, but it's still a respectable effort. Pumpkins and falling leaves are about as "Fall" as you can get. It's not like you're going to expect to see this on the aisles in the middle of the spring. Once all the leaves have fallen, and the pumpkins have long since rotted away, you can bet you won't be able to find these hanging around store shelves. The tree is almost spooky enough to make this a Halloween limited edition, but there's just enough lighting to keep this from being a totally creepy scene.

Whether you love or hate the new Mr. Peanut, you have to admit he's a rather dapper fellow. I've never had much of an attachment for the character, but then again, he's never been on a cereal box, so that might be why. Maybe if Planters had included toys in their jars of nuts, I would have begged my mom to buy more of them. I kinda hoped they would have dressed him up in a costume, as a sort of nod to Halloween, but then it's hard to top being an anthropomorphic peanut in a suit coat. Here, he's just carting off a large pumpkin under his arm, and wearing a smile that either says, "I got a hell of a deal on this wonderful gourd", or "I better get out of here before the cart's proprietor returns". If he's trying to be inconspicuous though, he might want to take off the monocle and the top hat. Nobody wears those these days.

In the end, Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds are a win for me. They're pretty expensive ($6.99 a can!), but if you're like me, you'll eat half and forget about them for a few months. In that case, one can will probably last you until December.




Thursday, September 25, 2014

They say good things come to those who wait...

I've been lazy this month, but I've found that I don't feel as motivated to blog since I'm not using social media. That's all about to change in less than a week. You see, my favorite time of the year has just arrived, and I can feel those blogging juices bubbling to the surface once again. October is going to be a busy month, a lot busier than the past two years. I'm not promising to post every day, but I'm certainly planning on filling most of this month with Fall themed snacks, toys, movies, and Halloween goodness.

This year, even my local Food Lion is on their game. I've found things I've only been able to read about, and some things that are completely new to me.









Yep, October is looking like it's going to be a fun month indeed.


Now, let's just hope I didn't just jinx myself..

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Random picture post Summer edition.

One of the great things about the Eastern Shore in the summertime, there is no shortage of festivals happening around here. Even if it isn't listed in the newspaper, there's a safe bet that there's something going on involving food, music, and booze. Chelsea and I didn't make it to all the events this year, but we had a great time at the few that we attended.

Back in June, we made it to the Tall Ships Festival in Cape Charles. It's a yearly event, where historical sailing vessels dock in the harbors and allow people to take tours. Unfortunately, the two that showed up this year wanted about $45 a piece to take a look around. In the end, I was only able to grab a few shots of the ships before we went back to eating.






Every year, the Wachapreague Volunteer Fire Department sets up and runs a carnival in, well, Wachapreague. This year it ran from June 18th to July 12th, and it helps them raise funds for new equipment and operations. The Wachapreague Carnival used to be a regular summer destination when I was growing up. My cousin and I would spend hours riding the rides, and blowing our money on the somewhat shady games. Now, I mainly go for the food, since it's one of the only times of the year that I'll be able to enjoy a fried soft crab sandwich. 


There's my sammich in all it's glory. Soft crabs are definitely an acquired taste, and I can see how most folks wouldn't like them. It blows my mind that I've liked these things since childhood, since you're basically eating a whole crab. I know adults that would rather starve than put one of these in their face. Maybe it's the legs. It can be a little hard getting over the legs.

The fries were pretty good this year, though I always find it nearly impossible to finish them. This was a small, and Chelsea and I both gave up halfway through. It wasn't until I got up to toss them out, that I discovered the vinegar had soaked through the container and the paper, and into my jeans. I got to walk around the rest of the night looking like I had a very strange "accident".


I've never actually ridden the Spider. I have problems with rides that go in too many directions at once, so I tend to keep my butt off of them. I think it's best that I don't do my impression of a sprinkler, and shower the crowds with my recently eaten soft crabs.


The ferris wheel is still one of my favorite rides there. It used to be because it was one of the few rides that didn't make me nauseous. Now I appreciate it for the view it provides. It also allows me to escape the oppressive heat of the crowds, and enjoy the nice cool breeze blowing off the ocean.


Here's a shot of the carnival from one of the several parking areas. It's funny how much bigger it used to seem when I was growing up. I even remember getting lost a couple of times. Now, the whole area just seems cramped and overcrowded. I guess that's what happens when you get bigger; everything else looks smaller.


August 9th found Chelsea and I attending the Eastern Shore's Own Craft Beer and Music Festival. This took place in the lovely town of Belle Haven, next to the ESO Arts Center. This is only the second year they've had it, but if the turnout was any indication, it is going to continue to be an annual event. It helps to raise money for the ESO, which holds classes for everything from dancing to watercolor.


You get 10 different tastings for your admission price. There was a rather large selection of microbreweries to choose from, so you had to pick and choose which ones you wanted to try. Near the end of the evening, however, they stopped marking our wristbands. So, I ended up with a few extra tastings before the day was over.


Here's Chelsea modeling the mugs and the jugs.


I love these little mugs, if only because they make me feel like a giant. I like to use mine when I feel like stomping on a village.


The last even we went to this August, was the Church Creek Wine Club meet and greet. This is a shot of Chatham, the main house on the vineyard property. I've know the owners for a long time, and I actually worked inside Chatham, helping with the restoration. Once that was completed, I moved outside and helped Jon Wehner, owner of Church Creek Wines and Chatham Vineyards, start building what has become one of the best vineyards in the state. This event was sort of a "thank you" to the folks that joined their wine club. It was a great opportunity to meet some of the other members, and to try some wines that will never be available to the public.


Here's another shot from behind the house, this time over looking Church Creek. This is where Southeast Expeditions lands when they take people on their kayaking and wine tasting tour. It's also where we're planning on taking some of the pictures on our wedding day.


Why does it seem like there's almost always alcohol present in our photos? Hmm..


Here's a shot of the sitting room in Chatham. I wish you could have seen what this place looked like 16 years ago, because you'd never believe that it would look like this today. Every room is painted based on samples taken from the walls and woodwork.For the most part, it looks just like it would have back in 1818. Depending on your tastes, that may be a good thing or a bad thing.


Whenever Chelsea sees a piano, she can't help but sit down and give it a play. It's a shame she didn't discover it sooner, she could have provided some light music for the evening. 



August also saw the release of what has become my favorite comic book movie. I actually went into this movie knowing very little about the Guardians. I knew there was a raccoon and a sentient tree, but that's about it. It had the usual comic book movie plot issues, but they were easy to overlook because the movie was just....so...damn...fun. It also has the best soundtrack I've heard in ages. It's the first movie in a long time that I would be willing to go see in theaters again. That's about the best endorsement I can give any film. 

September is going to be another light month as far as posts go, but that's only because I'm trying to get some stuff together for October. Things haven't worked out for the past couple of Halloweens, so I'm hoping this year will be the one where everything goes as planned. Thanks to Eric, I already have an idea for one post this season, though I'm still trying to decide if it should be a video or a written post. A video post would probably work better, but it could go so very, very wrong. I guess we'll find out in October, won't we? 



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