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Everything Pumpkin.

At work I see new and interesting things. Yesterday, I saw a few new things containing the pumpkin flavor: Yoplait’s Light yogurt flavored pumpkin pie and Pop Tarts flavored pumpkin pie. I like the pumpkin flavor!!! This morning I had a Crimson Cup Coffee flavored Pumpkin with Carmel Pecan at Beans and Cream. It was so sweet. Might be just one of those I have once, because I could hardly finish it. Of course, there is always a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. 🙂 Both amazing, but sweet!

Pumpkin. The word is a typical connotation for carving creepy faces at Halloween or yummy pie at Thanksgiving. In my thinking, I asked my mom a question: Why do we only eat pumpkin in the Fall? There are frozen pumpkin pies all year round in the freezer section, yet I see no one buying them. Interesting. I know that, obviously, they grow in gardens during the summer–thus being available fresh produce in the fall season–but there are endless amounts of canned pumpkins in the grocery store, yet we don’t buy any. Isn’t that a strange habit. I would venture to say it is cultural…like it follows holidays and tradition more than just buying it on an everyday basis. Except, I could rule out dogs. People buy cans of pumpkin for their dogs, because it is supposed to be good for their digestive system (but please talk to your veterinarian before you load your dog with good fiber. 🙂 )

Do you like pumpkins? I decided to write down all my favorite things associated with pumpkins: Pumpkin pies, frozen pumpkin pie (scrumptious!!!); “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” [you can watch clippings on YouTube or you can easily find it in stores at this time of year]; fall decorations with pumpkins. I think I might attempt to paint something fall-ish with a big pumpkin somewhere in the midst of it. I would rather paint something creative with fall colors than carve. Last time I carved a pumpkin, my sister and I had to rotate shifts. Carving is not so easy on big pumpkins. But it was fun and it turned out well, not to mention, the seeds are quite the treat!!! 😀 Note the lack of top teeth was my carving abilities. 🙂

I also love walking through pumpkin patches! Each pumpkin is so unique!! In college, there was always a little patch on the corner of the block where campus ended. It started around this time of year and lasted a few weeks. It was used to profit the food banks with the donations received. It was also in college that my freshman dorm carved pumpkins and set them outside for display. One of my friends carved the state of Texas, since she was from there. I go to class and come back to find an upside down ice cream cone melting inside the heart of Texas. 🙂 I have no doubt it was a joke from our brother dorm. It seemed to be an ongoing thing the whole year. I must say my freshman year was a good one! 🙂

There is a dairy farm the next town over who launches an annual event: Pumpkin Chunkin. Pretty hilarious!!

If you want more information regarding that event, click here: http://youngsdairy.com/pumpkin-chunkin/. Of course I think Cinderella’s fairy godmother had more in mind than the above picture for a stagecoach. A pumpkin was the first thing she suggested to complete her magic in preparation for the ball. Talk about a sweet ride! 😉

Speaking of sweet: there is pumpkin flavored candles (that smell sweet), pumpkin shaped candy corn, and pumpkin bread. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin. There is so much to like about it. What is your favorite thing about pumpkins?

P.S. Check out this blog all devoted to pumpkins. You will find great recipies, food products and unique things. http://www.scottsevener.com/pumpkin/

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Jungle Jim’s

Now, if you are like me…the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “Jungle gyms” is a playground. 🙂 In a different context: Yesterday my sister, her friend and I went to Cincinnati. To Jungle Jim’s!!!! It is a huge international grocery store! What a great time!!!

When you first walk in, you enter the olives and cheese section. It was actually my favorite section! Next time I go, I am going to dedicate more time trying samples of all these cheeses from around the world! Very cool!!!

Melissa…this is for you! 🙂

I thought this cheese section was neat, mostly because my first job was milking sheep. Yep…three summers in high school and that was my job! It was stinky, disgusting and a good time all together!

We decided to check out the restrooms. After all, they seemed world famous!



After that…you walk around and see just about everything! Different nuts, coffees and teas, fruits, veggies, candies, meats, shelf items…all these things from different cultures and areas of the world.

Above: Celery root.

I forgot to write this one down. Reminded me of the fish, Bloat, on Finding Nemo. 🙂

Red bananas and sugar cane.

I am not sure what these were either.

Dried squid.


I had a short visit back to Greece. 🙂

I bought the Swedish cookies. Delicious!

The Asian food section.

Wooden shoes in the Holland section. Then my camera battery died. 😦


We had a good time! If you plan a trip, reserve a few hours. There is so much to see! We did not even go out to the garden section where they had all sorts of different plants and flowers.  Next time I hope to see that as well.

While we were walking around, my mom text me and told me the results of my MRI scans for the brain and neck. They are stable!!!!! 😀 Another big praise!!! Thank you for your prayers!

Off to enjoy a beautiful evening!


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