5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Things About Autumn + October Topics + A SURPRISE!

I will preface this weeks 5 Fandom Friday by saying I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT AUTUMN.  I love the cooler weather.  I love wearing sweaters and scarves and sipping hot drinks and walking through colored leaves and getting into the Halloween spirit.  But above all, I love the feeling that comes along with Autumn.  It’s when school is starting back up and people seem more motivated and less aggravated by the unbearable heat and it’s just a generally great time of the year.  A few weeks ago I posted my Autumn activities list and I’m already scheduling the time to dedicate to the things I want to do to completely enjoy and appreciate the season (plus, I’m so close to beating Luigi’s Mansion which is one of my goals so HOORAY!).

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1) Pumpkin Everything! – I’ve already gone one several sprees to pick up any and all Pumpkin flavored foods at my local Target.  I have yet to haul pumpkin goods from my annual Fall Trader Joe’s trip but I’m planning on going there in the coming weeks once everything is in stock.  Last year I did a comprehensive end of season review of almost everything I tried and I feel good about knowing which things I can skip this year.  I’ve been having my lunch on pumpkin spice bread every day for the past two weeks and it’s been the best thing in the world.22) Pumpkin & Apple Picking  – Last year I went to this amazing gem of a place for pumpkin and apple picking with my now fiancee Andrew and my BFF Melissa. We’re planning on heading back again this year with Andrew’s many siblings (he’s one of five!) and I cannot wait because they’re all so great<3  There’s a giant corn maze with a mystery you have to solve, homemade Apple Cider donuts that you can watch being made while you wait on the line and of course, pumpkins and apples for picking!
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3) Fall Wardrobe – I adore wearing sweaters, scarves and boots and the crisp Autumn air always demands it<3  I can’t wait to break out my sweaters again and accessorize for the cooler air.  Plus, leather jackets! And I just recently reintroduced jeans into my wardrobe so I’m already foreseeing some adorable ensembles.
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4) Fall Landscapes – I always feel so lucky to live close enough to Central Park that I can pop over once the leaves start changing and spend a few hours strolling around and admiring the view.  Fall is so colorful which is exactly what I crave and I love stepping through leaves on the ground in knee high boots.  This is one of my favorite photos I took of the Bow Bridge last Fall (you may recognize it from Amy & Rory’s final episode of Doctor Who!) and you can see the rest of my photos here.   I can’t wait to spend some time there with Andrew this year!5

5) PIE – This goes along with my first fall fave because Pumpkin Pie is everything! But I am not discriminatory and I love all pie in general I thought it made sense to include it on my list as it’s own category.  Autumn pies are so delicious and I cannot wait to put more Pecan Pie in my mouth.

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And now, Megan and I are ahead of the game for October topics for a very special reason.  You may have noticed that I have a new 5 Fandom Friday graphic as my featured image and that is because my fiancee Andrew has been patiently teaching me Photoshop (despite how frustrated this n00b would get when trying to create / color all the fandom icons).  I knew the first thing I wanted to create would be fandom related and I figured, what better way to experiment than to create something new for 5 Fandom Friday?!  So in addition to the October topics which will be listed below, we’re also going to debut a 5 Fandom Friday Instagram Photo A Day Challenge for the month of October!  I wanted to post it early so that everyone would have time to take their photos and we really hope you’ll enjoy playing along this month! If everyone likes it, it may be something we continue with!  You can follow along on mine and Megan’s instagrams (we’ll be posting the graphic there too later in the week) and we’re both anxious for October 1st so we can start perusing the hashtag and see all the geeky goodness in our feeds!

5FF October Photo A Day Challenge

October Topics

October 2 – People You Want on Your Side During an Apocalypse (Kendall Ashley)

October 9 – Favorite Fictional Teachers (Heather Q – Beyond the Aisle)

October 16 – Top 5 Halloween Traditions (Sylvanfire)

October 23 – Characters I Want to Dress Up as for Halloween

October 30 – Favorite Halloween Episodes of TV Shows

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Outfit of the Day: Accio Pumpkin Spice

The season of pumpkin spice has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited! Even though my enthusiasm for my favorite flavor comes along with incessant mocking from my much cooler friends, I couldn’t care less. I am a proud pumpkin spice lover and I truly wish it were available year round.  Today’s outfit of the day celebrates the waiting period until September finally hits and the wish that I had magical powers to summon the necessary foods to satiate my cravings. Outfit details below ^.^

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Cardigan: Modcloth | Tank: Look Human | Leggings: Black Milk

Scarf: Modcloth | Earrings: imyourpresent | Wand: Universal Studios

Photos by Andrew Gallagher

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End of Season Pumpkin Spice Product Reviews

My pumpkin spice addiction was in full force this season and as a result I ended up sampling some really tasty treats as well as some that were kind of meh.  I decided to round them up in one giant end of season review instead of harassing the non-pumpkin lover by posting one review per week.  I found most of my pumpkin snacks at either Trader Joe’s or Stop and Shop and I also included a photo of a sparkly pumpkin I found at Michael’s just because.

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Sparkly Pumpkin ^.^Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPumpkin Spice M&M’s – It’s been a full year since I first tasted and wrote this love letter to Pumpkin Spice M&M’s, and I’m very happy to report that they hold up.  I think pumpkin spice is one of the best flavors to be mixed with the classic M&M (right after peanut butter of course).  Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses – I am a HUGE fan of these.  They’re not what you would expect at all from a Hershey Kiss and it totally works!  When you unwrap your kiss, your met with a bright orange chocolate and once you take a bite, you’ll see the white cream filling in the center.  The kiss is VERY pumpkin spice and does not really taste like chocolate at all.  I think these can be very hit or miss depending on your tastes, but I really love them.  They’re more sweet than spicy and I’ve been savoring this bag ever since I purchased it.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Pumpkin Spice Toll House Chips – Similar to the Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses, Nestle’s Toll House chips are also a bright orange color.  I’m sorry to say that I had the busiest October ever with NYCC and all, and I still haven’t been able to bake any Pumpkin Spice cookies with these just yet, so I cannot yet comment on their taste. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies – These pumpkin cheesecake cookies did not make of my list of things I would buy again.  They were okay tasting, but they  were neither spicy nor sweet enough so it felt like the cookie was lacking overall.  Perhaps they would best appeal to someone who has a casual love for pumpkin?  Either way, they did not do much for me.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Tazo Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea – OMG this tea is the best tea.  Chai tea is already spicy by itself so adding pumpkin spice to it was an ingenious idea.  I’m still enjoying cups of this as I type.  Next year, I’m definitely planning on stocking up on this tea so that I can enjoy it year round.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread – This bread was absolutely delicious, especially when consumed with Trader Joes’ Cookie Butter.  The bread has orange bits of pumpkin in it, as well as a cinnamon-like spicy swirl and when topped with cookie butter, it tastes much more like dessert than breakfast.  I would definitely buy this again next year.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Croissants – I am a huge fan of croissants as it is, so adding pumpkin to them is a breakfast dream come true.  These croissants are topped with pumpkin seeds and the inside has a delicious pumpkin filling, which after baking in the oven, is so incredibly warm and satisfying.  These are not spicy at all but they still manage to pack enough flavor to secure their status as a fall favorite.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Kellog’s Eggo Pumpkin Spice Waffles – These waffles are another masterful combination of pumpkin spice and breakfast food.  They have a combination spicy and sweet taste that I would compare to eating something cinnamon and then pouring sugary maple syrup in all of the squares.  Good job Eggo, Leslie Knoppe would be proud.

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels – These bagels are another pumpkin infused food that were just okay.  Maybe I’m spoiled with New York Bagels, but these were nothing to write home about in so many ways.  Since I prefer bagels when they’re just out of the oven, I tried toasting one to see if it would change my opinion, but alas, it did not.  The bagels were not doughy enough and the pumpkin flavor felt very bland.

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Trader Joe’s Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls – The name alone is a mouthful!  These mini ice cream sandwiches were exploding with flavor, thanks in huge part to the ginger cookies that the pumpkin ice cream was sandwiched between.  They were tasty and they did have an effective spicy to sweet ratio, but these were also not my favorite.  There were bites where the ginger flavor was too overpowering to enjoy the pumpkin.

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Macarons – These were so delicious! I mean, they’re macarons so they’re kind of a challenge to mess up taste-wise (baking-wise is a whole other story).  The cookie is light and delicious and the pumpkin filling was sweet enough that each time I finished a cookie, I felt compelled to reach for more.

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Nabisco Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s – Oreo is constantly coming out with innovative flavors, some which work extremely well and other (like Caramel Apple, yuck), that completely miss the mark.  I am so pleased to report that Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s are perfection (despite smelling like a candle when you open the package).  The cookie part tasted akin to a graham cracker and the filling was a darker orange than you’d expect an artificially flavored food to be.  They boast a fantastic spicy to sweet ratio and I will definitely be hunting for these again next year.

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cereal Bars – I think part of the reason that I wasn’t super into these is because I’m not a big cereal bar person overall.  I thought they did a good job of emulating the taste of a cereal bar, so if those are your thing, you will probably enjoy these.  They didn’t have enough taste to keep me interested in even finishing one entire bar.  Next year, I’ll pass.

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cheesecake – This was definitely worth the low price tag of $6.99 for an entire cheesecake.  The crust was a delicious graham cracker and the pumpkin cheesecake was very sweet.  I couldn’t eat too much in one sitting because of how rich it is, but the taste definitely kept me coming back for more.

Not pictured is also the Trader Joe’s Salted Pumpkin Caramels which were an interesting creation.  They were VERY pumpkiny and also very salty.  I could only eat one at a time and after consuming almost the entire box, I still can’t decide whether I really liked them or really didn’t like them.  I think I kept eating them out of the hope that I would draw a conclusion but it has yet to happen. Maybe next year!  What were your favorite Pumpkin flavored treats from this season?

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Gotham, Board Games, The Boxtrolls, Oreo’s & A Medieval Festival

This past week has felt like a breath of fresh air as my social life took a turn for the best.  It all started on Monday night when Andrew, Taylor and I gathered in the living room to watch the premiere of Gotham.  We’re all usually so busy that it can become hard to coordinate at times, so I really revel in the moments I get to spend with my best friends and boyfriend.  Even though we all had other obligations – Taylor has been busy as a bee spending just about every minute in our apartment working on cosplay for NYCC, Andrew has been hard at work creating this beautiful print series of Elsa (Frozen), Spike (Cowboy Bebop) and Link (Legend of Zelda), and I am forever with a laptop in front of me and tea in hand blogging for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink and SuperSpaceChick – we managed to come together for the hour.  I only wish I had had the time to make these Batman chips.  I’m planning on baking them for the finale instead.  Another blogger friend Travis made some for his premiere party along with Joker Juice which looked super fun!  I really enjoyed the first episode and I can’t wait to see what direction Gotham is going to take.  My only issue with it was that there were so many villains and characters crammed into the first episode, but since it’s a pilot, I think FOX deserves some slack for that.  I would rather see a more in depth look at several characters than short bits of too many.  For instance, give us more Montoya!

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On Thursday night, after what had felt like forever (but was probably about a month) of dying to see The Boxtrolls, Andrew and I satisfied my desire.  We would see The Boxtrolls movie poster advertisement in literally every subway station in NYC.  It felt like torture!  So when the night finally arrived, I could not have been more excited.  Before the movies, I went to the grocery store to pick up some Halloween candy to snack on, and I happened upon those Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s I’ve been eager to try!  So here are my brief reviews of each: 1) The Boxtrolls – The movie was adorable and well worth the wait.  I loved the animation style and the story was so charming.  I hadn’t realized that so many actors I love voiced the characters (despite seeing the poster every day, good job Kristin), but Ben Kingsely, Richard Ayode, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were all wonderful choices.  The Boxtrolls are the cutest creatures and Andrew and I have been imitating some of their motions ever since we saw it.  If you’re interested in animation, you’ll especially enjoy the ending that’s played while the credits are rolling, but that’s all I’ll say about that, and 2) The Oreos – Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s are like autumn in your mouth.  It might just be me, but I felt like the cookie part tasted more like a graham cracker and sandwiched in between was a glorious pumpkin spice cream.  They’re just the right amount of sweet and pumpkin.  They’re now officially my second favorite Oreo flavor thus far, the first being Cookie Dough and the third being Birthday Cake.

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Friday night, Andrew and I met up with Marlene for a catch up dinner at Beecher’s.  Beecher’s is a delicious grilled cheese place in the Flatiron District and I’d only ever been there once before.  It was the perfect evening.  We sat around our table and each of us recounted our tales of the times we met Neil Gaiman.  We also chatted about tumblr, (Marlene works there, how cool is that?!), I made each of them promise to read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss because it’s been recommended to me for ages and ever since I picked it up I’ve been captivated with Kvothe’s story, and just internet silliness in general.  After dinner, Andrew and I went back to my apartment (where Taylor was still working on cosplay) and my brother Bob and Andrew’s co-worker Ben came over for a board game night and all the pumpkin flavored desserts you can imagine.  We played a new game I had just gotten called Cosmic Encounter and it was SO much fun.  It was recommended to me by Josh Houchin and I am so glad I listened to his suggestion.  The game initially seemed really complicated (poor Andrew read us about 11 pages of instructions for 1.5 hours before we could actually play), but once the game started it was much simpler and way more quick paced than we though it would be.  Basically, you pick an alien race, and then spend the rest of the game trying to be the first person to colonize 5 planets.  Your pieces are spaceships which you use to attack other players with along with attack cards after choosing a Destiny card.  Alliances are formed, and there are plenty of other cards which keep the game interesting.  I definitely suggest playing if you have the chance! Oh, and my Peter Pan teapot came in the mail!

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Saturday was probably the most relaxing day of my week.  I woke up late (board games had kept us up well past 4 AM) and spent the morning/early afternoon baking Bee & Puppycat cupcakes.  I also spent a good portion of the day watching Birds of Prey with Andrew and Taylor (again, while all three of us worked on blogging, art, and cosplay respectively).  I hadn’t ever watched the Birds of Prey series while it was on television but I really loved what I saw.  Keeping in mind it was made in the early 2000’s and the soundtrack, clothing, and filming style were VERY reminiscent of the time.  For instance, there was some Michelle Branch music and it didn’t feel dissimilar to watching an episode of Dawson’s Creek except our protagonists had super powers and fought crime.  Oh, and Aunt Becky from Full House played Dinah Lance’s mother, the OG Black Canary.  My favorite part of the Birds of Prey DVDs were the animated shorts of the webseries Gotham Girls featuring Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman and Batgirl.  They were super cute.  Later I took so more photos for my next Outfit of the Day post on Wednesday which I’m pretty excited to share!  Then Andrew and I headed to my brother’s apartment to celebrate his birthday.  We spent hours chatting and drinking before heading to a bar in Williamsburg that my brother claimed was right off the L train (lies), but nonetheless, it was a lovely evening that turned into another really late night.

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The next morning it was much more difficult to wake up but I was too excited to attend my first Medieval Festival to skip it in favor of Arrow and Parks & Recreation (because the last season is finally on Netflix!)  Under different circumstances, I think the Medieval Festival would’ve been a lot of fun.  I say this because according to our calendars it is officially autumn, but the sun decided to radiate heat at 81 degrees yesterday as if it were reverting back to summer.  On top of that, the event was held at Fort Tyron Park by the Cloisters on 190th street and it was not the easiest location to get to.  We went on a Hobbit style journey down several blocks and climbed about 150 steps and walked some more before finally hitting our destination.  Combine all that with the fact that we were probably still dehydrated from the night before and quite honestly, it was not the best of conditions.  Although, it was really interesting to see men jousting, women playing instruments, and a man welding metal.  I would love to attend a Ren Faire in the near future when it’s cooler and I’m fully hydrated.  Then Andrew and I went back to his apartment and spent the better part of the day eating pizza, French fries, pumpkin macarons, and pumpkin cheesecake, and drinking chai tea.  We did get to watch more Arrow and Parks & Rec, but we spent a good deal of the evening playing Donkey Kong Country 3.  I’m 94% completed with the game (after having beat it numerous times in my childhood), and I had been trying to get this one darn bonus coin so I could unlock the next level in the secret world for more time than my mind could handle.

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Lastly, I’ll be recapping some blog things!  Two of the most exhilarating things I did blogwise this week were publishing my first Outfit of the Day post, and announcing 5 Fandom Fridays With SuperSpaceChick & The Nerdy Girlie. We received such a warm reception via Twitter from other bloggers within the network and we were just so pleased with the positive reaction.  I’ve already written a few of my 5 Fandom Friday posts because I can hardly wait to share them with the world!  And here are a few of my favorite things I wrote for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink:

DC Comics: Supergirl Getting A TV Show

Disney Debuts The Pumpkin Spice Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich In Epcot’s France

DIY: Sailor Moon Transformation Brooch Pinata Cookies

Star Trek: The Next Generation A-Line Dresses

Disney: Haunted Mansion Makeup Line

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reimagined As Animated Series

Cosplay: Kaylee From Firefly

Sailor Moon: Luna and Artemis Cat Tights

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Candy I’m Obsessed With This Week: PUMPKIN SPICE M&M’S & My Quest To Obtain Them

Seeing as how this is a holiday weekend and all, I had a little extra time this morning to lay in bed without feeling guilty and while I was browsing through my twitter feed, I happened to see a tweet by my internet friend Jen, alerting me to the fact that Target is now carrying Pumpkin Spice M&M’s.  I leaped out from under my covers with a kind of motivation on par with how Captain America must feel when Nick Fury gives him a new S.H.I.E.L.D. assignment.  I threw on the closest t-shirt, pair of shorts, and Converse sneakers I could find, all the while having daydreams about how the rest of my day would play out.  I stopped only for a second to visit the Target website, and make sure that my precious pumpkin spice M&M’s were in stock at my preferred Target location.  I can’t remember anything from my drive over.  Did I listen to music? Probably, my mind was 100% focused on the end goal.  I parked my car, ran into the store and bounded down the M&M aisle.  Peanut M&M’s, Peanut Butter M&M’s, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Coconut, Almond… OMG THERE AREN’T ANY PUMPKIN SPICE.  I immediately began to freak out.  I had flashbacks to last year and began feeling a pit form in the bottom of my stomach.  It was going to be Candy Corn Oreo’s all over again.  “Douglas Adams would tell you not to panic,” I told myself.  I began to breathe.  I looked for the closest Target employee and told him I NEEDED pumpkin spice M&M’s but they’re not in the M&M aisle. “Hmmm, I saw those earlier today,” he said, “Give me a minute.” I paced and paced until he returned from customer service with three packages in hand!  I became so excited that I nearly jumped up and down in the middle of the store.  Achievement unlocked!  “Here you go!” he said, handing me one bag.  “I think I better get at least two packages…” I thoughtfully countered.  So yeah, now I am the proud consumer of Pumpkin Spice M&M’s.  The second half of my quest, the return home, is anticlimactic compared to acquiring my precious, so I’ll go right ahead and describe the taste to you.

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Pumpkin Spice M&M’s are manufactured in the exact way as peanut butter M&M’s.  If you bite into the shell leaving half of the M&M in tact (similar to a diagram of the Earth’s core, except, you know, with chocolate), you’ll see that just beneath the shell is a thin layer of the pumpkin spice flavoring with the milk chocolate encapsulated in the center.  The pumpkin spice flavoring compliments the chocolate and sugary shell surprisingly well.  I’ll buy just about anything that is pumpkin spice flavored, so I’ve had my fair share of disappointment in the past, but these delicious pieces of candy exceed all expectations.  They’re spicy and sweet all at once which gives your tastebuds an incredibly satisfying experience.  I’m almost kicking myself for not purchasing more packages because these have become an instant favorite of mine.  I’m considering using my second package to make a batch of pumpkin spice M&M cookies, but we’ll see if they last long enough for me to get around to actually baking them!  If you’re considering buying some of these, I would suggest getting them ASAP.  They’re bound to sell out quickly once other pumpkin spice aficionados such as myself become privy to their existence.

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