Pumpkin Overload

This morning I treated myself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte and a pumpin scone from Starbucks. I think I am pumpkined out right now! The scone was fantastic; the latte a little too sweet for me.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Sunday night I made the Country Coq au Vin recipe. It was delicious! I made a couple substitutions, though: chicken breasts instead of a whole cut up chicken (no one in our family really cares for dark meat) and I thinly sliced a medium yellow onion instead of using the pearl onions (personally, I don’t think they have much flavor). I used a dry Italian white that I had hanging out in the fridge and served the chicken with garlic mashed potatoes. Delish! I think it would also be fantastic if you used a fine Marsala wine. I’ll try that next time. After the boys were in bed, D. and I watched The Weatherman. We both really liked it. I’m a big Nicholas Cage fan anyway, so I almost always like everything he does.

Yesterday was a rainy day and J. and I did a bunch of crafts and I packed up 7 boxes of kitchen stuff. We have another open house this coming Sunday so I wanted to clear out as much as I could. I packed up all of our extra plates, cups, silverware, and left only as much as we will need. We rarely use our dishwasher anyway, so handwashing a couple plates won’t be a problem. Last night I tried to duplicate one of my favorite restaurant recipes — Baked Sonora Chicken Pasta. Ruby Tuesday’s no longer serves it (they’ve totally destroyed their menu; it’s so boring now!) and I’ve been craving it. The recipe needs a little tweaking — a little more spice, but I came pretty close. Once I have it down I’ll post it.

I’ve been working on my swap partner’s bag, but I’ve been really tired at night lately, so I haven’t made a ton of progress. Hopefully I’ll at least finish the bottom today. I’m contemplating joining Secret Pal 9. It seems like it would be a lot of fun, but it’s a really big commitment. I have to think about it a little more. (Anyone want to try to convince me? 😉 )

6 thoughts on “Pumpkin Overload

  1. margie

    Man, I wish I could cook like that… to know how to duplicate a recipe! I wouldn’t know where to start. I am trying to get better though… someday!

  2. Pat

    OOO, the pumpkin latte sounds wonderful. That’s one of Tom’s favorites. We’ve never tried the scones, though. Have to give them a look-see. Have you found a house yet? Also am looking forward to the post about the chicken dish…sounds great. I’m gonna check out your Coq au vin, too. Tom had that in Las Vegas last year and cant’ stop talking about it. I’ll have to try it. Have a great weekend.

  3. Lisanne

    I am *dying* to try one of Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes. That sounds *so* good! Maybe this weekend, or maybe I’ll venture there tomorrow. They’re building a new Starbucks where we do our grocery shopping ~ yeah!!! 🙂 The scones sound awesome. I’m making cranberry-orange scones for my first moms’ group meeting.

  4. Liz

    mmmm… the pasta sounds wonderful.

    I’m with you on the pumpkin spice latte’s… I got a decaf the other day (starting off bad, I know) but ew! I didn’t care for them much last year either. I think they’ve changed them in the past couple of years. Now the scone? mmmmmmm … 🙂 That and a cup of chai sounds good to me.


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