Pumpkin Juice

September 10, 2010

Let the season begin!!

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Matt and I bought these pumpkin beers at Beer Run last week and have been saving them for the perfect fall day. I declare this it!

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HANDS DOWN the Schlafly wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best pumpkin beer ever. EVER! Go find it.

[In Williamsburg’s defense, it was an excellent pumpkin beer…just not quite as good]

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Karen enjoyed a mocktail and the swang

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We cracked open this beer a bit later…sucked. Do not buy it. It was NOT an Oktoberfest.

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Dinner was chips…

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With a side of bean + rice scoop!

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We made this in the crockpot today.

  • 1 cup Adzuki beans
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 box veggie broth
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 can Rotel
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Salt + pepper

Low for 4 hours

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But really, chips were the highlight!!

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After some digestion, we decided to head out for some downtown action.

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Despite the smiles, it was not all fun because the free trolley took a long time to arrive!

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Trolley ambiance. Oh how I wished I was zipping by on my bike!

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But the yogurt at the end was worth the wait!

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The strawberry tasted like strawberries!!!!

I usually get desserty flavors, but tonight the strawberry was so fresh. I compromised with chocolate chips, heath, coconut and a little sauce

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After yogurt, we waited another long period for the trolley to return and finally arrived home just in time to see Andrew pull in.

We’re cozy at home now and I just fixed me some overnight pumpkiny oats!

Tomorrow’s gonna be a long, hard day – but hopefully a fun one!

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1 Rhea (Greek Feaster) September 10, 2010 at 9:08 pm

“The strawberry tasted like strawberries!!!!”

Reminds me of Willy Wonka/Super Troopers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyufZ8NPeZk


2 Erin September 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I was really hoping for pumpkin beer at the brewery tonight but sadly, there were none so I settled for wine. Autumn is HERE and I couldn’t be more excited! Lots of exclamation points needed!!!!!


3 Steph September 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm



4 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 10, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Pumpkin beer sounds delicious and I wish I had some right now! It is cold and windy (raining off and on) here in MN and a cold beer sounds delicious!

I wish we had a Sweet Frog near us, wait, no I don’t because I’d be there every day!


5 Kristy @ KristyRuns.com September 10, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Yay for overnight pumpkiny oats! And double-fisting pumpkiny beer! πŸ˜‰

Wow. Free trolley in C’ville > Expensive MARTA in Atlanta. Can we trade?


6 stacey-healthylife September 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Wow the froyo shopping is hopping. I love easy dinners like that. Your town sounds pretty amazing (a trolley).


7 Tina September 10, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I’m not a huge beer fan but I think I would love pumpkin beer. I would love to try it but a) I don’t know where to find it and b) I’m pregnant. LOL


8 [email protected] September 10, 2010 at 9:16 pm

That town is just so cute. I am avoiding pumpkin beer until the actual autumnal equinox, but I am excited!


9 Anastasia September 10, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I stumbled across your site from another food blog I subscribe to, and after perusing your past posts (for hours, haha!) I have to say that I am in LOVE with your blog! I’ve watched your how-to videos, copied down some of your recipes and even made a grocery list so I’ll know what to buy on my next trip! I love your style and I just want to give you the heads up that I’ll be blog-stalking you from now on! :) Keep up the great posts!


10 Kath September 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Aww thanks – welcome!


11 Melissa September 10, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Yay! I’m glad you liked the Schlafly beer! We’re such prideful St. Louisans. I am so sad that I can’t drink the pumpkin beer (I can’t have alcohol right now), because this is the best time of the year for beer drinking if you ask me!

I seriously doubt that they distribute anywhere outside of St. Louis, but the O’Fallon Pumpkin beer is even BETTER than the Schlafly pumpkin beer!


12 Shannon September 10, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Hah! That’s exactly what my husband said! We’re proud to have Schlafly (it is right down the street from us) but the O’Fallon Pumpkin is way better :) I personally think that Pyramid Pumpkin is a bit above O’Fallon, but I haven’t had it in forever since we left CA so I could be romanticizing, since I don’t really drink much beer.

See, we aren’t just all Budweiser in this small town. Plus Schlafly has a great farmers market and 2 awesome restaurants!


13 Erica September 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Glad to see some other dedicated St. Louisians feel so proud that Kath enjoyed the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale above the others! :)


14 Paige September 11, 2010 at 12:23 am

Totally agree with all this! Schlafly is awesome, but < O'Fallon's pumpkin beer. πŸ˜€


15 Andrea September 11, 2010 at 9:31 am

So Glad Kath enjoyed the Schlafly pumpkin beer but our favorite Schlafly brew is the Barleywine at Christmas. Sad for her – I don’t think they bottle it… We’ll have to try the O’Fallon Pumpkin!


16 Kath September 11, 2010 at 9:34 am

I loooooooooove barleywines!


17 KVH September 11, 2010 at 9:54 am

I too am a St. Louisan and have been waiting for all the local pumpkin beers to come out! O’Fallon is amazing… I bought it as soon as I saw it at the grocery store. I haven’t had Schlafly yet, but we will be getting it soon! There is a local microbrewery in town that makes there own pumpkin beer, and sell out VERY quickly.

I hope you can find some O’Fallon Pumpkin in VA, but I would TOTALLY send you some! I think it would go great with pumpkin oatmeal and pumpkin frozen custard!


18 Kath September 11, 2010 at 9:59 am

I am going to look for it!


19 Amy @ LittleChefBakes September 12, 2010 at 9:54 pm

See I think the opposite of all of the above…I absolutely LOVE the Schlafly but could not stand the O’Fallon. Congrats Kath on finding it so far on the East coast–I cannot even find it in Chicago! :)


20 Chelsey September 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm

That stoup looks delicious!


21 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I wish I had a froyo place within walking distance of my house…

Looks like a great night!


22 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I want some Sweet Frog when I go down there!


23 Kath September 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I’ll take you!


24 Jen September 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Does it really say “Poop” on the sidewalk?


25 Marie September 10, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I noticed that too! How funny?!?


26 Kath September 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm



27 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 10, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Sweet Frog looks amazing! Now I’m really craving some froyo. Mmm :)

Random question, what do Adzuki beans taste like?


28 Kath September 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Like milder black beans


29 [email protected] September 10, 2010 at 9:34 pm

The rice scoop looks so delicious. I’m jealous of your pumpkin ale! Can’t wait to get may hands on them this season.


30 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Oh, your evenings look like so much fun. :-)

Don’t know if I’ve ever had pumpkin beer before. Always up for new things though!

We have something like Sweet Frog in Boston called Bo-Yo. Love it!


31 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Fun evening – love the look of the froyo :)


32 Bee Goes Bananas September 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Is it wrong that “pumpkin juice” reminds me of Harry Potter because of how often they throw the term around? I’m an adult, I swear!


33 Hannah September 10, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Oh, yum! What I wouldn’t give for anything even a fifth the quality of Sweet Frog here in Australia!


34 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 10, 2010 at 9:58 pm

The only time I rode a trolley was in San Francisco. We met some really colorful people on that thing!

Looks like a fun dinner and dessert!


35 Tiffany (Stuffed With Fluff) September 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Pumpkin beer and fro-yo…the makings of a LOVELY evening =)

I’ll be on a hunt for your pumpkin beer suggestions


36 klm September 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Your legs look ammmmazing!! Can you believe that I have never been to a fro yo place??!


37 Kath September 11, 2010 at 8:08 am

Ha – thanks!!


38 Melissa September 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Dinner looks great and I just adore fro yo!


39 Sarah @ BikingNBaking September 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I cant wait for pumpkin beer! P.s. I hope its alright I linked your blog on mine for a sardine inspired post!


40 Katie September 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm

You know its fall when the pumpkin beer starts showing up at the stores. I am quite jealous that you get to enjoy yours with flip flops on your feet.


41 Stacey September 10, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Glad you had a nice night in and out πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to get pumpkin beer!!! I’ve got to finish off my 6 pack of Killians first πŸ˜‰ Froyo=yumminess. We went to TCBY (the only yogurty place around here!) tonight and shared a mocha almond flavor, ’twas delicious


42 Paige @Running Around Normal September 10, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Schafly is really good. I’m finally letting go of my “it’s still summer season – hmph!* mentality tomorrow and giving in to the pumpkin temptations. Pumpkin spiced lattes and beer, here I come!


43 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 10, 2010 at 11:36 pm

I’ve yet to find a beer that I enjoy, but perhaps the Fall season will bring out the best! And oddly I had a really similar dinner. Sometimes, nacho-dip is the only option.


44 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 11, 2010 at 12:19 am

I have only ever had pumpkin ale once…at Salem Beer Works, when visiting MA. I remember thinking it was okay, but not spectacular. Perhaps it wasn’t the right one for me. This post has inspired me to start a quest for something that is. A beer to rival the Pumpkin Spice Latte? Can it be done? Yes, yes I think it can! πŸ˜‰

Happy weekend!


45 Kath September 11, 2010 at 8:09 am

this beer IS the PSL in beer form!


46 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I must locate it then!


47 Camille September 11, 2010 at 12:47 am

You and your froyo! You always make the best looking combos!


48 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 11, 2010 at 1:45 am

That froyo looks worth the wait!!

Love your bean + rice scoop, too! YUMMMM :)



49 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 11, 2010 at 2:02 am

β€œThe strawberry tasted like strawberries” = “The Snozberries taste like Snozberries!” (Willy Wonka)


50 notyet100 September 11, 2010 at 2:51 am

yogurt looks so cool


51 JL Goes Vegan September 11, 2010 at 4:26 am

Love the azuki bean recipe! Would be great on a baked sweet potato (which I plan on trying!)


52 elizabeth September 11, 2010 at 5:12 am

Hi Kath, Dinner looks incredible, as always. I love the crockpot recipe. Can you give me some idea of measurements for spices? If I added more veggies (red peppers, onions, tomato) how does that change the liquid amount? Is there a general ratio of liquids to food when using a crockpot? Sorry for all of the questions! Thanks!


53 Kath September 11, 2010 at 8:08 am

Matt did the spices, but I’d start with a teaspoon of each and see how it tastes/smells. You can always add more when it’s ready to serve. If you add more veggies, I think the liquid amount would be OK, but perhaps just add an additional cup of liquid. Remember the liquid is more there for the beans and rice to absorb than to cook the veggies.


54 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 11, 2010 at 7:05 am

I need to get my hands on some pumpkin ale!


55 Jillian@ ReshapeYourLife September 11, 2010 at 7:13 am

All this talk about pumpkin beer… Now I may have to go try one. :)

Those beans remind me of my chili, which it’s starting to get to chili season!! YAY!


56 Laurab @ foodsnobstl September 11, 2010 at 7:13 am

I am so excited to see Schafly outside of St. Louis! Kath, you will have to try their Christmas Ale this winter. It is amazing.


57 CaSaundra September 11, 2010 at 7:21 am

Yay for pumpking season & all things fall!! :-) Enjoy your weekend Kath!


58 Amanda September 11, 2010 at 7:30 am

Cant wait to see your overnight pumpkin combo! i’ve been wanting to make an overnight pumpkin combo but wasnt sure what all to put together!


59 whitney September 11, 2010 at 7:39 am

I can’t wait to tell my best friend about the yogurt place. We must try it!


60 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 11, 2010 at 7:45 am

why oh why can i not find a fabulous yogurt place like that in my area?! i have the biggest craving and no way to satisfy :(


61 Angie September 11, 2010 at 7:46 am

Pumpkin is showing up everywhere! I guess it really is almost fall.

The soup looks awesome!!


62 Heidi - apples under my bed September 11, 2010 at 7:56 am

I am so jealous of all your delicious frozen yoghurt shops in the US. We need some here in Aus!!
Heidi xo


63 Natalia @asideofsimple September 11, 2010 at 8:46 am

Sounds like the trolley system in Newport, RI. Every 20 minute? Ha! You’re lucky if it comes once and hour AND if the trolley driver stops for you. lol


64 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 11, 2010 at 9:10 am

I am not a beer person at all, but I’ve never been disappointed by anything pumpkin flavoured, so I really want to give pumpkin ale a try! πŸ˜€


65 beki September 11, 2010 at 9:23 am

I really like punkin made by dogfish head. That’s my favorite pumpkin beer.


66 i can eat, can't i September 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

pumpkin is seriously contagious! everyone is talking about pumpkin! can’t believe fall is here…kind of sad but kind of look forward to it, 50/50. i’m not a beer chick but definitely… yes to pumpkin beer. i’d love to try how it tastes like. how does it taste like? sweet?


67 Grace September 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

Next time you should try the snozberry flavor. πŸ˜‰


68 Layla September 11, 2010 at 10:17 am

a) Karen looks amazing. She is just beautiful.
b) Your thighs are ROCKIN’.
c) I hate beer (I knoooow) but I love pumpkin, so I may have to try this.
That is all.


69 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

Thanks for the pumpkin beer recommendation! I bought a six pack of New Holland Brewery’s Icahabod pumpkin beer, and I was sad that the pumpkin wasn’t that prevalent. I’ll have to try this Schlafly one out!


70 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun September 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Your fro-yo creations looks absolutely delicous as usual! :-)


71 Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey September 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I definitely got frozen yogurt last night, too! So yum. My favorite flavors were a lemon flavor that also really tasted like lemons. :)


72 Mary Ann September 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Your recipe looks yummy. Is that 1 cup of dried or cooked beans?
Thanks! Love your blog.


73 cara September 11, 2010 at 10:15 pm

so jealous of your pumpkin beer selection. there are only a few types out here in Austin.


74 heather September 23, 2010 at 7:51 am

Did you use cooked adzuki beans or dry? Did you use cooked or uncooked rice?

The recipe looks yummy :)



75 Kath September 23, 2010 at 7:53 am

Uncooked both


76 Kevin Frey October 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

The Schlafly is one of my favorite pumpkin beers (definitely top 3!), but my number one favorite is Southern Tier Pumking, and Beer Run has it on tap. If you haven’t tried it, you must! And if you do try it, you should post about how great or terrible it is. :)


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