Weekend Things: Welcome to October

I did everything and nothing this weekend.

And what I mean by that is that I slept lots, watched so so many hours of TV and probably spent too much time on Instagram, but I also drank coffee, cooked delicious things, ran 10 miles, went to the grocery, had a pizza date night, cleaned the house and went on a fall-time walk so I could peep those changing leaves.  That seems like a lot of stuff to me!  For the record, I’m totally fine with it feeling like there’s a million hours in the weekend to do everything your heart desires.


We started Friday with real Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  Or I did at least.  Downpours makes pumpkin spice syrup with actual pumpkin and after totally missing my PSL window last year, I knew I had to get my hands on this magic ASAP.  Turns out they’ve renovated and redecorated in there and it’s a huge improvement.  Plus that latte was pretty good.  I’m gonna go back, for sure.  P.S. We also ate giant breakfast burritos and that’s something I need to do more often.


I follow Denver Beer Co. on Insta and they announced the tapping of a fresh-hop beer so we raced over after work to pick up a growler.  I read all about fresh-hop beer last year but I guess there’s only a short window of time when it can be made and I really didn’t want to miss out.  Their taproom was insanely busy!  But we eventually got our growler and basically ran out of there.  I’ll be honest, it tastes a little flat.



Please do not ask me how many times I have made Minimalist Baker’s Vegan Mac & Cheese.  It’s just that we always have the ingredients on hand and it’s so easy and quick and most importantly, it tastes amazing.  I told Joey I wanted to watch a “scary” movie, but you should know that my version of a scary movie is Harry Potter.  I tossed out Death Becomes Her, The Burbs, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Little Shop of Horrors out as movies I’d watch but we were experiencing technical difficulties and ended up with Fargo.  We watched Olive Kitteridge last week, so I guess we’re just on a Frances McDormand roll.


We had PERFECT weather for our run on Saturday morning.  We didn’t even set out until 9 AM, because it was supposed to be cloudy and cool all morning and we weren’t in any rush.  I know ten miles is only one mile longer than the nine we did last week, but that first double digit run always feels like such a big deal.  And I’ll be honest, I wasn’t in a very good mood for some reason but it went totally fine anyway.  The 11 miles we’re running this weekend sounds so scary right now though!

P.S. We saw so many weird runners when we were out, like a grandma running barefoot and a guy doing high knees, but that’s just how he runs?  So weird!


Cut to Joey and I couch-ridden and getting sucked into an entire season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  Actually, we watched two episodes of American Horror Story: Coven before I vetoed.  Isn’t that show always nominated for a bunch of Emmys?  The plot/cast was so terrible.  We eventually dragged ourselves off to the grocery store, then to dinner at Hops & Pie.  They sat us in a weird place and our waiter never even came over to make sure our food was okay (or ya know, so I could ask for a napkin) but I’d had two beers and three pieces of pizza so I didn’t care that much.

Then we came home and watched SNL!  It’s back!  I actually thought the first show was pretty good and it definitely gave me some hope for the rest of the season.  Oh my god, that Kyle Mooney skit at the end was my favorite!


I guess there was a football game in London on Sunday morning?  All I know is that Joey was up early to watch and also did the laundry, the dishes and this drawing while I was busy sleeping in.  More 7 AM football, please!


I eventually got up and made us these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes, that turned out awesome!  Lori gave me a bunch of pumpkin puree from last year and I broke into the last Ziploc-full to make these.  There’s nothing like fresh pumpkin.  Plus I made cinnamon-ginger butter to go with the pancakes and Joey prepped the coffee maker and gave me permission to drink caffeine for the third day in a row.  He’s such a bad influence in the best possible way.

We watched an old episode of the Kitchen while we ate and now I want to make this and this SO BAD.


Threw some carrots, corn, okra, black beans, diced tomatoes, sweet potatoes and veggie broth into the crock pot for a quick Sunday soup type of deal and eight hours later, those carrots were seriously still crunchy.  HOW?  Oh well, it was good anyway.  And those eight hours gave me time to clean our gross dusty house, buy a $6 shirt from Target, clean out my closet (!) and drag Joey on a walk with me.  I needed some fresh air and how fresh and crisp it was.


This is my Monday calendar page, so I’m thinking this week won’t be so bad.  Have a good one!

3 thoughts on “Weekend Things: Welcome to October

    • Hi Jamie! I usually use the garlic mac & cheese recipe (I’ve done it without the roasted garlic), but this time around we used the vegan alfredo recipe, which is basically the same as the mac, just with peas and without the crunchy topping. You can’t go wrong with any of those versions!

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