I've often heard cooking described as an art, but a recent endeavor of mine proves otherwise. Due to a lifelong quest to find the perfect on the go breakfast, I made egg and spinach quiche cups.

I thought they'd look like this:
But they actually turned out like this:
Although they were less than beautiful, they were pretty tasty. They're only 75 calories, and super easy to make (recipe!). I added extra cheese because, well, obviously, and also added jalapenos because I'm having a love affair with them, as well as lots of Cayenne. I think the trouble was that I didn't drain the spinach well enough and too much water overflowed. Also, the suggested 10 ounces of spinach was too much. I'd half it.

And to redeem myself from this disaster, Hannah and I made pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes, and although the pumpkins on top would certainly be abstract art, they made us proud:

the festivities begin

I can't safely say that Halloween is my favorite holiday because (1) almost every holiday is my favorite while I'm living it and (2) my birthday is my real favorite one. However, it's near the top of the list.

Two years ago I got the swine flu (for real) the morning of Halloween, and last year I was at a wedding, which means I have not celebrated Halloween in two (two!) years. It's been really hard on me.

Fortunately this year I am lucky enough to get to celebrate it a couple of times, starting this weekend. I went to my friend Phi's birthday party and was pretty much in a state of bliss all night. The costumes were seriously legit.

Almost as blatant as my obsession with Halloween is my recent obsession with Pan Am. Man oh man. I am in love with it beyond belief, so this year I decided I'd be a stewardess for Halloween. I'd say it was a success, especially because my friend Casey decided to be an airplane at the last minute. My only regret from the party is we didn't have the good sense for me to try to get into her costume. It could have been really special.
After the party, the weekend continued with lots of happiness, including Party Atlanta, the fall event for the charity I'm part of, a batch of chili in my brand new stockpot (yaay!) and a trip to the Counter.
I hope you all had wonderful weekends, too! Happy Tuesday!

zachary binx!

I nearly had a panic attack last week when I realized we were a full six days into October and I had yet to watch Hocus Pocus. Real life emergency.

Fortunately, plans were already in motion for a super autumnal celebration with some of my very favorite Atlantans. Between carving pumpkins, eating lots of Halloweenish snacks (mainly cider) and, of course, watching Hocus Pocus, my panic attack has subsided.

ta da!