Archive for September, 2011

Howl-O-Scream opens today at Busch Gardens

Ready to get your Halloween on?  Busch Gardens‘ Howl-O-Scream in Williamsburg, Virginia begins Sept. 23 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30.

Howl-O-Scream is rising to a whole new horrifying level in honor of its 13th anniversary, with new scare zones, shows and gruesome creatures lurking around the park.

The park’s younger guests will be treated to Halloween happenings with their favorite characters at Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

For more information, visit or call (800) 343-7946.

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Pumpkin flavors this fall at the grocery store

Pumpkins, photographed in Canada.

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Pumpkin has become a food trend!

Check out this blog post by DeAnn Baxter about all the new pumpkin-flavored grocery items coming your way this fall, including pumpkin pie PopTarts, Little Debbie Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin flavored coffee creamer, and more.

I love pumpkin everything, even pumpkin flavored coffee 🙂  Can’t wait to try the new PopTarts!!

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Do you like to cook? A collection of easy fall recipes to try

I was looking over this list and thought — butternut squash. I need some butternut squash recipes!

The other day, I had butternut squash ravioli (the Giant Brand, $4.99 package) and served it as recommended, with sage leaves fried in butter and a little parmesan. It was very good and so easy to make. You can buy a small carton of fresh sage at Giant for only 99 cents.

I noticed that Campbell’s is selling a new Butternut Squash soup (about a dollar, I think) and I bought that, because it has a good recipe for linguine with butternut squash sauce on the label.

I also noticed the fresh figs are in. Giant is selling them in a carton of 6 for $6. Sigh. That is a dollar a fig. I do love them and I know they are special but I still wince a bit because my sister has a tree full of figs…in Georgia! When she had dogs, the dogs used to get up on their back legs to reach the figs, and eat them right off the tree. Maybe she can find the picture she took and I’ll post it here. Clever dogs!

I like to have figs with a little mascarpone cheese and a drizzle of honey.

Here are some of my and my son’s favorites.

Cheese Fondue

Pumpkin Pancakes

Vegetarian Chili

Baked Rigatoni with Pumpkin and Sausage

Gingered Pumpkin-Pear Soup

Orzo with Figs, Prosciutto, and Gorgonzola

Pear and Pecan Salad with Mixed Greens


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