dog town halloween

It's my favorite time of year again.  The holiday season officially begins.  And my favorite of all holidays, Halloween, is finally upon us.  One of the reasons I love Halloween so much is probably because it is the one day in the year that I can dress up my dog in costume without getting that look from my husband.  This year, Toki is going to be a yellow submarine!  Pics coming soon.  In the meantime, here are some of my absolute favorite dog costumes.  

Zelda "Punk Rock Dog Costume"

"Indiana Jones Pet Costume"

"Dog Riders Jockey Dog Harness"

"Matador Pet Costume"

Zelda "Puppy Pirate Costume"

"Football Fever Dog Costume"

martha martha martha!

I seriously can't get enough!  Enough Martha, enough chocolate, enough Halloween!  I wish I were talented enough to make this cake I found at  I want!

boot or hat?

It's no secret that I'm a HUGE fan of the Harry Potter franchise.  But my love of all things Harry seems to be spilling over into my real life a lot more as of late.  Maybe it's because the last of the movies, well at least Part 1, is about to come out in theaters.  (Yay!!) Or maybe it's because I'm that dorky.  But regardless, things are starting to get kinda weird.  I saw these boots in an e-mail, and all I could see was the sorting hat from the Harry Potter movies.

Steve Madden "Londunn"

lil disturbing...

but seriously kinda funny.

"phoneballs iphone case"
10% of all proceeds will benefit the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation to help find a cure. 

chocolate heart

With all that extra melted chocolate left over from Friday's post, I decided to make a giant chocolate bar out of everything I had left.  drool.

chocolate bonanzas

My husband and I were out walking around one day, and he told me something that was shocking. unbelievable. sad. horrifying.  He had never had a chocolate frozen banana!  Gasp!  So I decided to show him the de-light. I went on a chocolate mission to make him the best frozen bananas ever.  To make it even better, I used mini bananas!  And it didn't stop there.  I had so much extra melted chocolate left over that I dipped apples, pecans, and pomegranate seeds as well.  I think I've gained 5 pounds in the last couple days. But it's okay.  It was so worth it!!

toppings: shaved coconut and crushed maple pecans

 more toppings: yummy crushed chocolate pieces

 our pathetic take on a double boiler. but whatever, it worked!  I melted a bag (11.5 oz) of Ghiradelli bittersweet (60%) chocolate premium baking chips with 1 tbsp of butter.

the husband testing out the method

 the freezer makes for great mood lighting

add some cute ribbon and give away as gifts.  but not this time, I'm so keeping these!


Kabocha, not to be confused with Kombucha, is a delicious japanese squash pumpkin.  I don't know if it's more like a squash or a pumpkin, but picture it as a combo of both, and even add a little taste of sweet potato in there, and I swear the one I just bought smelled kinda like a melon.  If you've eaten a lot of japanese food, you've probably already eaten it.  It's super common as a side dish and soooooo good as tempura.  I've been eating Kabocha since I grew my first tooth, and most likely even before that.  It is scrumptiously sweet and a beautiful shade of orange, perfect for the fall.  This weekend, I simply roasted a kabocha along with onions, garlic, and kale.  Super easy (except for cutting the kobocha... when it comes to cutting it, it is definitely more like a pumpkin) and super healthy.  If you roast or steam it long enough, the skin of the kabocha is soft and edible and probably jam packed with vitamins and such, but it's up to you.

Roasted Kabocha with Onions and Kale
♥ 1 kabocha
♥ 1 medium onion
♥ 2 cups Kale
♥ 2 cloves of garlic
♥ cooking spray
♥ salt and pepper to taste

♥ pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees. Chop the onion and add to a roasting/baking pan/dish.  I seriously don't know what they are called.  Mine looks like a glass bowl.  Chop one garlic clove and add over the onion.  Cover with a quick spritz of cooking spray.  You can use oil instead, but I wanted to keep the fat content down.  Next add the kale.  I tore the kale into iphone sized pieces.  Cover again with cooking spray and add a little salt and pepper.  I used garlic and herb salt to add a little extra flavor.  Cutting the kabocha was a serious ordeal for me.  For one thing, our knife was kinda dull and I was scared of puncturing myself the whole time, but in the end I did manage to cut them into small-ish pieces.  Add the kabocha on top of the Kale along with the last clove of chopped garlic and cover with more baking spray and salt and pepper.  I had way too much kabocha since my baking pan/dish/bowl was too small, so I saved some to use for later.  You could probably mix the onion, kale, and kabocha together and then bake it, but I liked how it looked in layers.  Bake for 45 min to an hour until the kabocha is soft.  It takes a while for the skin to soften.  Enjoy!

the husband adventures

My husband, Ken, has been up to a lot since he decided to leave his cubicle behind at Arbor Snowboards, and all of his hard work is finally paying off.  The awesome guys over at Transworld Business put up an article on their website about Ken's new company, Nemaki Industries.  Ken has been such a busy bee in the skate/snowboard world for so long (over 2 decades!) and it's great to see him get the credit he deserves!  Good Job, babe!

Here's a little snippet from the article:

Over his career, Ken Perkins has worn just about every proverbial hat in the industry. As a sponsored skater,  pro snowboarder, shop owner, rep, and most recently as Arbor’s global sales, team, and marketing manager, Perkins has learned the ins and outs of the game. However, this last winter,  Perkins decided it was time to cash in his chips and quit his job. After a winter of riding and recharging, Perkins is focused on a new endeavor that combines his skills, strategic insight, connections, and pajamas.

Read the rest of the article here.

oyster beer anyone?

I had the same reaction that you are probably having right now.  Oyster Beer?  Seriously?  Well, I love beer, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE oysters, so this oyster stout that I found at Whole Foods was incredibly intriguing for me.  I knew it wasn't going to taste like salty oysters, but I couldn't even begin to imagine what it would taste like.  Turns out, it tasted like your everyday, average dark brew.  Though I was relieved it didn't taste like salt water, I have to admit a little part of me was a tad disappointed.  I do love my oysters.