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Pumpkin Fest 2010

Fall has to be my favorite seasons, and not simply because of all of the delicious seasonal foods… Okay those may play a slight factor, but really it comes back to the cool autumn days, blustery winds, and colorful foliage that make my New England home so unique, and those seasonal treats that much more special.

With that said, fall brings with it more celebrations than simply Halloween and Thanksgiving. Here in New Hampshire, we also have the Keene, NH Pumpkin Festival, or Pumpkin Fest if you prefer. It has become a happy tradition for my group of friends to gather at one of my friend’s homes in Keene, and celebrate. It is a fun-filled time of carving pumpkins, being merry (you know what I’m talking about), wandering through the packed streets of Keene, and of course, eating delicious food.

This year was a blast with Jello shots at 10 AM, creative pumpkins, homemade lasagna, and my rediscovery of Ye Goodie Shoppe in downtown Keene. I really want to take a moment to had it to this place. They are doing amazing work with all of their homemade chocolates, truffles, and other fine sweets. Needless to say I made a couple of trips, trying some of their chocolate dipped Oreo’s, white almond bark, and some of the best gummy raspberries and blueberries ever. If you’re ever in the Keene, NH area, check them out. It’s definitely worth the trip.

Past the candy store, the festival was a blast with vendor lined streets, and the best kind of company. If you’re ever looking for something a little different then your average state fair, check out Pumpkin Fest. Oh, and don’t forget, bring a carved pumpkin and help Keene be the record holder for most carved pumpkins. Come on folks, who doesn’t like to carve pumpkins?


A Cool Raspberry Treat

If you haven’t guessed yet, I love dessert. It is one of the best parts of a meal, and one of my biggest weaknesses when trying to be healthy. With that in mind, I am constantly working to come up with new and interesting desserts that satisfy my cravings as well as fit into a weight watcher’s diet.

When it comes to a dessert, I like to try to stay in the two point range. This way, you are still using enough of your points on the nutritious main meal, but at the same time having enough wiggle room to have a tasty treat. Most weight watcher’s products for desserts are about two points as well.
Last night, I decided to stray away from my fast becoming standby of a weight watcher’s ice cream bar. They’re good, but get old after a while. Back to the main point. In my fridge, I had some cups of Jello brand Vanilla Sugar Free Pudding. These little cups are just as tasty as normal pudding, and only one point apiece. In my freezer, I had a bag of frozen raspberries. I thought I was in trouble with these. I mean, I LOVE raspberries, but something so sweet and delicious has to be bad for you right? WRONG!!! Apparently raspberries are very high in fiber, allowing for a whole cup of the things as one point. You could probably even squeeze out a cup and a third and still be at a point.
Well, the next step was to combine these to treats into a yummy raspberry pudding/parfait. It was great, satisfying, and two points. Give it a try as a new and interesting dessert.