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2016 Beau’s Oktoberfest: what a weekend!

Where to begin, or where to stop?  There’s so much I’d like to say.  I’d like to go on and on and tell you every little detail about our so much fun first weekend of Fall… but let’s not talk too much about the I-had-too-much-to-drink stories from my friends and husband, and let me go through my very own experience!

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So, for the second year in a row, Brian and I attended Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill.  Definitely one of our favorite weekend of the year; last year in a cold weekend of October, and this year in a great September/Fall weekend.  We met lots and lots of people, friends and family over the 2 day-Craft beer festival.  It amazes me how many people attended; the Vankleek Hill Fairground seemed to be at full capacity by Saturday afternoon, filled with interesting people, so many wearing Lederhosen or fun costumes, thousands wearing green feathered hat, with all of them holding their Beer Steins, well of course, all of them except me!

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For those who don’t know, I don’t drink beer, not at all, nor any other types of booze, so some people may be wondering why I was so excited to spend my weekend with drunk people, and what was I looking forward to at this all-you-can-drink-fest?  Well let me tell you one thing, there are plenty of reasons why I just love Beau’s Oktoberfest!!!

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First, the atmosphere is amazing.  You just can’t understand until you’ve actually been there.  It’s a tiny-little-cute-and-old village hosting a really big event, it’s amazing.  We had gorgeous weather for being outside all weekend long.  But what makes this a truly unique experience, it’s that every details seem to be just perfectly thought of.  Beau’s goes above and beyond for this event: orange flags everywhere, lights, great live music’s, School of Bock, keg tossing and tug of war competitions, beautifully designed signs for everything, an awesome Midway Game tent for hours of fun (where Brian won 60$ at an illegal pichenotte game some stranger had organized on Friday night), great merchandise to buy, including Beau’s very own Beer Steins, as well as way too many different craft beers to count… but for me, my fun started with the AMAZINGLY AWESOME FOOD!

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Let me start by saying that I did not eat all that food, but I pretty much tasted everything!!!

In first place: The Hintonburg Public House seed-to-sausages-jalapeno-and-cheese-curds-smokie-corn-dog with Beau’s beer mustard!!!  I had it last year and it’s still my favorite.  I want one NOW.

Second place goes to my friend Pascale from Pascale’s All Natural Ice cream.  Everything she does is magic.  From the best hot chocolate that I drank all weekend long in my very own vintage Beer Stein to the tastiest Beer nuts ice cream on a stick.  I would love to be trap in one of her freezers!

And third place goes to Vert Fourchette.  Always decadent food, their Bavarian smoked grilled cheese with caramelized beer onions is simply crazy.  I also had their Pulled pork poutine with German ice box slaw.  So so good!

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We also shared all these next items and they are so worth mentioning: Belmont should’ve probably been in the top 3, but since I only had a bite, it’s hard to say, so let’s say we got a tie in third place!  But next year I’ll make sure to have a full one: It was called The Hot Mess.  And it was… Deep fried mac and cheese with Lug Tread gravy, crispy chicken skins and cheese curds.  I can still feel my arteries clogging after one bite, but what a great bite that was!  Urban Tandoor Indian Cuisine had great butter chicken with rice.  We also had a few Chez Piggy sausages and hot dogs.  Miam!  And Brian had the Vittoria Trattoria Fish croquette drizzled with spicy mustard sauce.  Of course no beer fest is complete without pretzels.  Two Bite Sweet, I’m not sure how you guys managed to bake so many pretzels in 2 days, but Oh Boy these are good!

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As for the Craft Beer, well I can’t say much, but let say that people around me drank PLENTY and they just LOVED it.  There’s some for everybody’s taste buds and wildest dreams.  Sometimes I wish I drank beer so I could drink Beau’s craft beer, as I love everything about this local brewery.  They have the best label art ever, a great terrace and weekend menu for everyone to enjoy, they care about our community, and of course: ‘they make the best beer ever’ Brian says.

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This weekend was the best.  Cutest hats, great people, many many cheers, and even more laughs.  We can’t wait for the 2017 Beau’s Oktoberfest.

Cheers followers!

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i heart fall…and a bucket list

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It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me: Fall is my favorite season of all!!!  I love every season for different little things…but Fall, oh how I just love you.

I don’t particularly like orange or black or brown, but to mix these colors together, to put a sweater on, and to turn the calendar page to October; makes my heart swoon!

Pumpkin waffle candles, pumpkin spice lattes, leaves changing color, and my new hat knitted by my mom: I’m ready for you Fall!

The boys have definitely inherited my love for anything Fall.  Their list of costumes is already a mile long and they’re longing for the day the first leave will fall.  Picking out pumpkin is always a blast.  I could spend hours carving them, actually, I DO spend hours carving pumpkins!!!  Our Halloween movies are all lined up, and I have to admit, we already watched all of our favorite one at least once (I may or may not have watched Hocus Pocus 8 times since the beginning of September).

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This year, I made a bucket list.  We have so many things we want to do this fall, so this chalkboard is keeping us on track!

What is your favorite Fall activity?  Or do you have something great for Fall in your region that we should check out.  Our costumes are almost ready…are you?  Just kidding, I know you’re not crazy like me; it’s not even October yet!

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DISCLAIMER:  Matching pajamas are a MUST for all HOLIDAYS.

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pumpkin spice loaf- another pumpkin recipe

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Sometimes I think my 5 year old is 70.  He love slippers, hot magic bag, pies and nuts.  All things that I associate with my grandma!  One thing he love is loafs.  Lemon loaf, banana loaf and this amazing pumpkin loaf.  He ate one slice every day for the last 10 days.  He can’t seem to get enough and you won’t either.

I’ve changed the recipe to double it.  Why make something so good and not have lots.  It makes 3 loafs or 2 loafs and 4 mini ones, like I did.  Great with cream cheese frosting or butter, mmm butter!  I slice them and freeze them individually, and then pop them in our lunch bag. SOOO GOOOD!

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What you need:

1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree

4 eggs

1 cup of vegetable oil

1 cup of buttermilk (I used regular milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice, rest for 2 minutes)

1 cup of sugar

2 cups of brown sugar

3 1/2 cups of flour

2 teaspoons of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon of ginger

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

You may add pecans (We have a peanuts free school, so I don’t)

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How to:

Heat oven at 350.  Grease your loaf pans.

Mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, buttermilk, sugar and brown sugar, until well blended.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, ginger and nutmeg.

Add the flour mixture into the pumpkin one, until blended.  If you want to add some nuts, now would be the time.

Bake for about 50 minutes (less for minis)  Let cool a bit and devour!

 

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*recipe from Katie Jacobs from stylingmyeveryday.com

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pull apart pumpkin loaf

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You need that pumpkin taste, like right now?  Boy, do I have an awesome recipe for you!  Easy, quick and so flavorful, you’ll make it again and again.

What you need:

3/4 cup of pumpkin puree

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1 egg

1 roll of Pillsbury Flaky Rolls

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/4 cup of icing sugar

3 tablespoons of milk

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How to:

Heat over at 350.

Mix puree, 1/4 cup of sugar, pumpkin spice, egg and vanilla.  Set aside.

Open the Pillsbury package, split each pieces in two.

In another bowl, mix 1/4 cup of sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.  Dip each dough pieces in the sugar mixture.

Once all dipped, add the pumpkin mix between the dough and stack them up.

Place in a grease bread pan and bake for about 25 minutes.

Let cool.

Mix the icing sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and milk.

Drizzle on top of the warm loaf.

Enjoy!

Beware: you might eat it all by yourself…it may or may not have happened to me!

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apples

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Wet grass, crisp air, sunshine, another beautiful day picking delicious apples.  It’s a tradition I love and will never grow old of.

I just love the early morning, apple picking session.  Not too crowded, peaceful and plenty of space to take way too many pictures, of course!

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The kids loved the fact that they could pick their own apples.  They were looking to find branches with the most apples on them.  And they were not too delicate; sanpping some branches, throwing the apples in the bag, and then running off to find the next big one and do it again!  Let’s just say I have lots of bruised apples to make pies with!

For the second year in a row, we went to the Orleans Fruit Farm.  I love it!  Not too far from home, beautiful place, a cute playground and acres to run free.

They have fresh fruits and vegetables, amazing apple cider and some local honey.  We went home with lots of goodies!  Orleans Fruit Farm have the best location, and a gorgeous scenery, old buildings and the perfect barn to take amazing pictures.

We can’t wait to go back, hopefully before the season ends.    If you’re from the National Capital Region, you should definitly go!

Here’s a few pictures from last weekend.

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fall chocolats favoris apple slices

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What’s better than a candy apple?  A Chocolats Favoris sliced candy apple!  What does it mean?  More candy or in this case, more CHOCOLATE!

Easy to make with the kids in the afternoon.  An edible craft!  They can choose their own toppings and help you with all the preps.  It gets a bit messy, but it’s a mess you can eat, so it’s all good!  It’s a perfect snack to make for the apples you will pick in the next few weeks!

Here’s what we used:

One can of Caramel Fleur de Sel from Chocolats Favoris

Melted colored chocolate

Crushed peanuts

Reese Pieces candy

Sprinkles

Granny Smith apples (or your favorite apples)

How to:

Prep all the toppings in cute bowls.  Heat the Chocolats Favoris can, let cool a few minutes before you open it.  Slice a few apples, about half an inch and insert a stick.  When the chocolate has cooled down, dip the sliced apples one by one.  Lay the dipped apple slices on parchment paper and let the fun time begin!  Choose your favorite toppings, eat, take a few pictures and enjoy!

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