Fascinating Friday Links #10 + Halloween Recap

How was everyone’s Halloween?! Mine was pretty relaxing. A little bit of baking, a little bit of candy-distributing (did anyone else feel like the turnout was low this year??), a little bit of napping, and a little bit of “partying” (read: going to a party and being a wallflower). That probably makes me sound like a loser, and maybe I am, but I seriously have more fun going to a diner with my friends or chilling out with my family at home. I’m like an old person and I’m totally okay with that. At the same time, I looked like a 5-year-old in my kangaroo costume, but it was warm and awesome, so it all worked out.

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Despite the rather dull party (from my point of view), I still had a lovely evening. I baked a loaf of Jenn’s DELICIOUS “Fluffy Flax Veggie Bread.” Instead of zucchini though, I used some of the fresh pumpkin from the one we carved, and it worked out fabulously! I made this recipe a while back when I was trying to be all low-sugar-happy, so I cut the brown sugar and left out the banana, which left it bland and cardboard-y. MY ignorance. Not the recipe’s fault. This time around, I put in all the brown sugar and the banana, and it is so delightful. Some of my friends had slices and they enjoyed it too! I had mine with peanut butter, naturally.

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Drool.

Today is also supposed to be a semi-official senior skip day, but I’m not sure (as of Thursday night when I typed this) whether I’m going or not. Should I be that person and go? My parents definitely don’t condone the hooky life. Hmmmm.

Well enough about my awkward social life! It’s about time for Fascinating Friday Links–tenth edition to be exact. Woohoo! Happy Friday, everyone 🙂

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Health and Fitness

[I tried this workout and it rocks! Go burpees!] Crazy burpee workout via Purely Twins

[Great workouts for any and every part of the body] Move It Monday: Top Ten via Best Body Fitness

[Three cheers for kettlebells!] 22 Kick-Ass Kettlebell Exercises via Greatist

[Interesting] All Calories Are Not Created Equal via Your Trainer Paige

[Get lowwww] Deep Squats Are the Best Squats via Greatist

[So should we stay away from these?] 8 Foods Even the Experts Won’t Eat via Eat Local Grown

[Myths] The Worst Fitness Advice of All Time via Livestrong.com

 

Noms

[Super adorable!] Apple Pies for Two via Chocolate and Carrots

[Perfect for fall and the holidays] Healthy Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[I could totally go for this right now] Pumpkin French Toast via Family Fresh Cooking

[The ultimate fall pretzel] Caramelized Cranberries and Brie Stuffed Pretzels Drizzled with Dulce de Leche via Fabtastic Eats

[Need to make this] Pomegranate, Kale, Wild Rice Salad with Walnuts and Feta via Pinch of Yum

 

Awesome Stuff

[Why do we compare to celebs?] 5 Reasons Why My Body Will Never Look Like Channing Tatum’s via A Big Man’s World

[All ladies must listen to this] You Are Beautiful via Faith It

[Halloween movies can be deep] Writing Secrets from Cheesy Halloween Movies via Goins Writer

[I want to go to all of these!] 50 Best Food Trucks in America via The Vivant

[So precious, it’s hard to bear] Soulful Baby Cries as Her Mother Sings via People

[Humans are amazing. Never underestimate the marching band!!] Film-Themed Ohio State Band Performance via Deadspin

So tell me: What did you last night for Halloween? Do you sometimes feel older (i.e. less enthused about certain age-associated activities) than you actually are? 

Halloween Happenings

Happy Halloween!

I’ve named this week’s Thursday Things “Halloween Happenings,” because it seemed appropriate for the occasion and I really like alliterations. Also, I’m still considering a more unique name for all my Thursday Things posts. A couple weeks ago, I thought about “Loggin’ the Noggin,” but I shut that down in consideration of what my future college self would think about that Dr. Seuss-ish title. It’ll come to me sooner or later. But anyway, here’s what’s happening this Halloween!

1. I’ve always loved Winnie the Pooh. I’m talking the classic cartoon that looks like a moving storybook, not those weird modern 3D-type shows. Just to be clear, I don’t actually still watch Winnie the Pooh, but I do have a special place in my heart for the characters. And today, my costume is an ode to Roo! (Shout out to my friend Ana for lending this to me!)

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It looks huge, and it kind of is because Ana is much taller than me, but this costume wasn’t meant to flatter anyway. But it is SO comfy! I was tempted to sleep in this last night.

2. Ben and I carved our first pumpkin in a longgg time last night! The face was supposed to look slightly evil, but the eyebrows make it look like a cat… Whatever works.

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3. I also roasted pepitas using the seeds gutted from our carving pumpkin. It took a longer time washing and drying the seeds than it did sorting them from the pumpkin guts. Those little seeds are SO SLIPPERY! I boiled them first (I read from a recipe that this makes them crispier) roasted them with a little olive oil and maple syrup, and they sort of have a sweet flavor, but they definitely didn’t absorb as much flavor as nuts would. They’re nice and crispy though!

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4. I won’t be going trick-or-treating tonight for a few reasons. First of all, I’m going to help my mom give out candy to the trick-or-treaters. Secondly, it’s cold outside. Thirdly, I’m not a huge candy person anymore (I have all the Reese’s I need anyway ;)). Finally, I’m 17. I know a lot of my friends will still be going, but I was personally kinda over it three years ago.

5. I’m going to have to end the happenings here because I gotta head to school!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

So tell me: Are you dressing up as anything? Did you carve pumpkins this year?