WIAW: Crabby Patties, PSC, & Hi I’m Skinny

Happy Wednesday! I’m excited to share my weekly eats with you via What I Ate Wednesday at Peas and Crayons! But first, cute puppy alert!

2013-09-15 13.31.21Meet Murphy. He’s a year and a half now and just brightens any less than stellar day I have. I love coming home to him. He’s always so excited to see us. It’s hard to leave that face in the morning, let me tell you.2013-09-15 14.34.28We also like to cuddle. Errr, I like to lay on him.

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Yep, those boys are all mine. And no, you can’t steal either one.

On to the eats for this week.

I’m definitely a lover of pumpkin, however, I’m not a fan of the pumpkin spiced latte. I tried one a few years ago from Starbucks and was really disappointed with the taste. Blah. I tried it mainly because I love pumpkin spice coffee k-cups from Green Mountain. This weekend I busted out PSC (can I make that an acronym?) and it was just as delicious as I remember. I bought a big box off Amazon last year because I knew it would be gone from the store before I knew it. I’m glad I did!

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One of my favorite snacks lately has been Hi I’m Skinny Sticks in the sweet potato variety. They are crunchy, sweet, and full of cinnamon flavor. My hubby’s favorite kind is the Multigrain Sweet Onion. There’s a lot more to them than some of those “veggie” sticks I’ve seen at the grocery store.

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When I lived in Stevens Point, my grad school town, one of my favorite restaurants was the Wooden Chair. They make a delicious opened face crab sandwich called the “Crabby Guy” on an english muffin. I’ve recreated my own version which I’ve deemed “crabby patties“. It’s one of those meals I forget about for a while and then make all the time once I remember how good it is!

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Some dinners don’t always look the prettiest, but are very tasty. I picked up fresh produce at the farmer’s market this weekend, including cucumbers and red peppers. We also received veggies from family/friends. So, since I’m getting better at actually eating all the produce in my fridge, I threw together a chicken sausage stir fry for dinner.

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It included carrots, red and green pepper, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and spinach artichoke chicken sausages. To plate it, I laid down a bed of spinach and red quinoa and topped it with the chicken stir fry. I mixed in a wedge of Laughing Cow White Cheddar. Omg guys, it’s sooo good. Great way to use up my veggies!

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Sad news…I’m getting to the end of my pumpkin butter I bought in Door County. I need to start checking pinterest for some DIY pumpkin butter recipes. Hopefully it will be as good as the kind I bought!

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Have a great Wednesday! I’m happy it’s Wednesday because that means only 4 more days til my half marathon! 🙂

What’s the best pinterest recipe you’ve discovered? Do you have a hard time leaving your pet during the day?

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The Divorce Kayak, Wine, & Sex Olives

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Happy Sunday! Hope you all are having a great weekend! The weather has been beautiful here this weekend. Since my summer vacation is dwindling  my hubby and I decided to head to Door County for the day. On the menu included a kayaking tour, wine tour, and shopping.

2013-08-16 08.41.33Our first stop was the DC Adventures Cave and Dunes kayak tour. We left from Whitefish Dunes State Park in Sturgeon Bay and had near perfect conditions on the water. We have only kayaked a handful of times before so I wasn’t sure what to expect (besides sore arms). Our tour guide gave us a quick lesson, hence why I’m in the sand. He deemed our tandem kayak the “divorce kayak” because you need to have good communication to maneuver accurately. Some other couples apparently did not fair as well as us. Luckily, we worked pretty well together and steered straight 80% of the time.

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The tour was so beautiful! Even though I’ve been going to Door County since I was a kid, I got to experience things I haven’t done before. We paddled along the shore. It was calm, peaceful, and literally a breath of fresh air to be on the water. Our tour guide took us inside some of the caves which was really cool to see. The waves carve out caves in the rocks over time. We also saw a shipwreck in the water that happened in the 1800s. I could clearly see the outline of the ship at the bottom of the water! So cool.

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Our next stop was Julie’s Park Cafe in Fish Creek, WI. I looked up reviews on TripAdvisor and was pleasantly surprised with the place. It had a cute, quirky quality. I had a portabella mushroom sandwich with sweet potato fries. The bread was amazing! It definitely tasted homemade.

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After a filling lunch, we headed to Orchard Country Winery in Fish Creek for a wine tour and tasting.

2013-08-16 12.27.06We toured the vineyard and the inside of the winery. It’s crazy how much fruit goes into one bottle of wine (10:1 ratio). We sampled 4 wines on the tour and then went back inside the store for 6 more complimentary samples. Our favorite was the most popular type they sell, Blackberry Blend ($9.95). If you can find it, get it!

The store also had locally made dip mixes,  dried cherries, and a couple “surprising” finds.

Surprising find #1: Sex Olives

Olives to eat during sex? Olives that are better than sex? Your guess is as good as mine.

2013-08-16 12.47.34Surprising find #2: Bitch Bags (specifically, this is the “Dirty Bitch” variety)

Does the drink actually have “attitude”? Or does the drink give the drinkee an attitude?

2013-08-16 12.48.09After the winery we headed north to Egg Harbor to visit Wood Orchard Market. This is one of my favorite places to visit in Door County. As their website says they’re a “third generation business farming almost 200 acres primarily of Honeycrisp apples along with strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and spring vegetables.” I bought their caramel puff corn and a jar of pumpkin butter. They have new sugar free versions of jam, jellies, and various butter. The best part about this place?! THE FREE SAMPLES! Yum. You could literally eat a lunch here with all the free samples they have available.

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It was a great day trip, only an hour and half from home. We will definitely be returning sometime soon. Door County is also beautiful in the fall when the leaves begin to turn color. Many tourists come here in the summer and fall.

2013-08-16 12.15.01How was your weekend? Any “surprising” finds this weekend out and about? If you could go on a mini-vacation where would you go?

It was a marvelous weekend! Now on to a great week ahead!