Pumpkin Doughnuts with Brown Butter Glaze

When Abbie was here, we chatted a bit about food (I lie. We chatted a lot about food). One topic we discussed was doughnuts and if you need a doughnut pan to make them. After that, I was craving doughnuts. And since my dad likes to frequently point out, there are no Dunkin’ Donuts within 1,000 miles of my house, so, I decided to start recipe finding to make my own.

Plus, my Dad will be here in November, and I figured I could get some practice in so I can make him a fresh batch.
Anyway, back to Abbie and I's conversation and the great doughnut pan debate we had. 
The truth it, I hate buying “uni” gadgets. I feel like a doughnut pan is totally a uni-tasker gadget. But, as Abbie pointed out, a muffin pan is kind of a uni-tasker. A waffle iron is too. So, to save myself the hassle of frying, I decided to go for it.


Foodbuzz Blogger Festival Recap!

Abbie and I started this blog back in July of last year. Since 2006, when we moved away from each other, we started regularly texting and emailing back and forth our favorite foods, style sites, running articles and anything else we thought was interesting. Our in-boxes were overflowing, and one day I said to her “We should totally do this.” She said to me, "what?" My simple reply was "start a blog." And so we did.

We don't take things too seriously on the blog, but for me, its gotten to be part of my life. Its a way to vent, share, laugh, and take my mind away from the day to day grind. Then, my friend Morgan came to visit.

About a year ago, around this time, Morgan called me and said, “Hey, I'm going to be in San Francisco for a food blogging festival, let's get a drink.” I was supper excited and remember saying to myself “What? Food Bloggers have a festival? That's crazy....crazy awesome!” I met up with Morgan and her co-blogger Tiffany while they were in town, heard all about their blog, Strudel and Streusel, and they shared their experiences of that year's event. Instantly, I was hooked. I really wanted to be part of this community and go to this awesome event next year.

I went home that night and looked into this FoodBuzz thing

Fast forward to present day and this weekend in particular...my first Food Blogger's Festival!


Abbie and Erica Take San Francisco!

Reunited and it feels soooooo gooood!

Sing it with me now...

Ahhh, the joys of friendship. So Abbie and I started this little bloggy blog a little over a year ago to help us keep in touch with each other, share our adventures, and our food. So far, it has worked. But seriously, two full years had gone by and we hadn't seen each other. That was my wedding, and I barely got to spend much time with her or anyone else for that matter. That's crap. In November, I convinced her to put her name into the Nike Women's Marathon lottery and the New York Marathon lottery, hoping we would get into one race and have a good excuse to hang out with each other. April came around and we both got a surprise (yet terrifying) email saying we got into NWM12! Along with excitement to make plans to see her, came nerves for training for the another marathon. I did the half last year, so I knew what was ahead of me - at least 13.1 miles of it. Akk!

So Abbie booked her plane ticket and we trained for several months. Which brought us to this weekend...
Our first photo together in 2 years.

Abbie's plane didn't get into San Francisco until 1:30AM Friday morning.
Philz was necessary.
It was necessary either way. 
At the Expo!

Giant wall at Nike Town - find out names!
Abbie found hers.

Semi-Stalking some Olympians.

Yep, that's me in the background. Creeping around Kara Goucher and Shalene Flanagan
(Photo courtesy of NWM12)
I guess this guy does this for a living.
He wrote a poem for Abbie's manfriend. 

the goods.

And we found a used book store in the Mission.
Dog Eared Books. $70 later...yes, I am ashamed. 

We were so tired after our first day, we came  back to the house and had our own happy hour. 

Its around 10:30am and we just found out Heretic won GOLD at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
So we celebrated - it's carb loading.

Fresh Bagels. That's how I host.
Bagels and Beer makes a balanced breakfast.

Packing up the gear and getting ready for the run.

Grilled cheese on the way..Cowgirl Creamery

Marathon Morning with 25,000 other people.

Mike, Me, and Hugh. 

Post race burgers and 2 baskets of Frings at Pearl's. Go there.

We found a great bar with tons of local beer.
Amsterdam Cafe.

Day after breakfast. One of everything please.
And we ate it all.
at Taylor Street Coffee Shop. 

Cable Car ride. We couldn't walk, it was well deserved.

Irish Coffee.

She wanted to put her feet in the Bay. It was a bit chilly.

Abbie, thank you for coming. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be running today. You stuck with me back in Tallahassee when I could only run 1 minute at a time, and now I'm running marathons and I owe it to you. Miss you already and I'll see ya next year on the east coast!




Summer Bucket List Conclusion.

Alright, alright. It's time to fess up. I didn't complete my entire "Summer Bucket List."

However, I did work damn hard, and it was a lot of fun to try and get everything done. I think I might make this a yearly thing. As for the ones I didn't complete - there's always this season, or the next...whenever!

Here's the wrap up...

Official Summer Bucket List Wrap Up
· I finished the "Salad Challenge" and ate a salad every day (expect one) in June. I now I have several awesome, new salads on my rotation.

· I finally found these stairs in the city. We did this last weekend with my new toy, I named her Luna. The stairs were beautiful and there were amazing views of the city at the top.

· We found a beach. But it was foggy and cold. Stupid California beaches. I never thought I would have to put my jacket on to go to the beach. That's a +1 for Florida. That's about the only +1, but still.

· Fruit picking. Check and done. The cherries were so cheap, I think we ended up with 9lbs or something and made jam, pie, and ate the rest.

· Never did the Flash Mob class. Chris said he would divorce me if I did it too. I'm sure he why lying, but either way it never worked out.
· Unfortunately I didn't get to fly a kite or go to the KITE FEST! I drove by it though and the traffic around it was horrendous - so that will get moved to next year.
· I drank a lot of liquor - responsibly. I made this strawberry infused vodka, had a margarita taco Stella and Dot party, infused tequila and pineapple. It was fantastic. I'm going to try bourbon next. Grown up, I know.
Stawberry Vodka, Soda, and Cucumber. Delightful.
· Hulu hooping didn't happen either. I tried though! I went to a class, but they ran out of hoops. Then I just didn't go back.
· Yosemite - nope. We did some hiking, which counts right?

· Find a cooking or baking class - I found plenty of them, but I knew how to make a lot of the stuff. I'll be searching for some new challenges.
· We planned to go to a baseball game, then found out the tickets - for standing room only - were over $50. Nevermind.
· I didn't go here to eat some vegan soul food, but my groupon is good until November.
· We rode our bikes all through Benicia. It was such a great day. The hotdogs were a mistake, but the ride was good.
· I made a pound cake and gained some pounds from it. I'd do it again too.
· And last, but not least, I made cheese at home. Ricotta and mozzarella. I've made the ricotta several times now, but only mozzarella once. I feel I can do better with the mozz - so I'll be trying that again.

That was fun!


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