Nature’s candy

Such a glorious fall day <3

The weather for the farmer’s market was perfection


so the Pilot, Bell and I walked around to check out all of the goods- it’s been a while since we hit up our favorite Sunday farmer’s market.

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They had the usual fare: salsas, preserves, tea, ethnic foods, local honey, organic eggs and meat, produce galore

and baked goodies:


[From Frog’s Organic Bakery]

Here’s what we ended up with:


Beautiful Swiss chard, corn (for grilling!), jalapeno marinade, local apple cider (for tonight’s pumpkin carving party)

grape tomatoes, which taste like candy, + one ruffle heirloom tomato that the nice tomato man added to the bag for me


The softest, sweetest dates….


[way better than Halloween candy, in my opinion. Then again, I’ve have a few mini Almond Joys today]

I can’t wait to stuff them with goat cheese or almond butter, but they’re also incredible plain.

Sorry Bell, you’re too young to date


and I don’t think they’re good for dogs, anyway.

Pre-errand snack was the classic apple, almond butter + cinnamon combo


and I went to grab a few things at Target and Trader Joe’s. Not only were those two places MADHOUSES –I live for shopping frenzies- but it was really cool to see so many people dressed up in costume on the way to the night’s festivities. The best of the evening were a Grecian goddess and one of the Pan Am flight attendants.

The pumpkin selection at Trader Joe’s was a little iffy, which is what I get for waiting until the last possible minute, but I was able to find two fairly round ones, and one with a nice long stem <—my only requirement for a pumpkin

For now it’s time to curl up with some pumpkin seeds, watch a little bit of this:

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I took a lot of fun pictures tonight -  they’ll be up in the morning’s Halloween post, along with Bella in her full costume 😉

See ya in the morning!



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  1. maria @ a life to bragg about on October 31, 2011 at 12:55 am

    You look so adorable! And those dates look delicious, I’ve been craving them a lot recently. And those baked goods, even the brioche haha. Yum! Also, I plan to watch Nightmare before Christmas for halloween too! For some reason I’m too scared to watch Hocus Pocus because it scared me when I was younger, haha.

  2. Ali on October 31, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I am so excited to see Bella in her costume!!

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on October 31, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Can’t wait to see Bella all decked out. And yes, dates when they are fresh and soft are heaven in wrinkly form 🙂

    Have a great night, Gina!

  4. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo on October 31, 2011 at 5:37 am

    The Timeline designs are so cool!

    I just got some really soft and sweet Medjools at a market this week; they totally are better than candy!

  5. jodie on October 31, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Love dates and swiss chard. I really enjoyed your interview on Blogilates. Have a great day.

  6. Kat on October 31, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I’m in the same boat — I couldn’t find a pumpkin anywhere last night. I even have a burning skull stencil that I was pretty amped to use. Sigh.

  7. Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile on October 31, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Pan Am flight attendants are such a great idea! Bella will look adorable in her costume 🙂 You got some great stuff at the farmers market!

  8. Heather @ For the Love of Kale on October 31, 2011 at 7:41 am

    You’re so luck that you have farmer’s markets still up and running! It’s so chilly here, back in Massachusetts…they’re mostly gone. You swiss chard is gorgeous indeed!

  9. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 31, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Mmm dates are like candy to me too. Especially in the form of date balls made with almond butter, oats and coconut!

    Hope you had a fun pumpkin carving party! 🙂

  10. Amanda on October 31, 2011 at 8:28 am

    That tomato looks perfect! I’m so sad tomato season is over in MA. 🙁

  11. Ali @ Peaches and Football on October 31, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I love apple cider! When I was little we used to live in the country and had several large apple trees. One year we picked the trees bare (which required lots of branch-shaking and shenanigans) and took the apples over to a neighbors to grind into cider. Best tasting cider I’ve ever had and a super fun experience. Love Fall <3

  12. Lisa@HealthyDiaries on October 31, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I too will be enjoying a few almond joy’s today. Definitely my favorite of all bars!

    That swisschard looks really good. What are you planning on doing with it?1

  13. sarah (sarah learns) on October 31, 2011 at 8:58 am

    i love the picture of you & bella at the farmers market – you are looking beautiful! i hope i’m as cute of a pregnant lady someday as you are!

  14. Holly @ The Runny Egg on October 31, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I love that movie! It makes me cry every time and the Oogie Boogie man creeps me out big time.

    Dates are totally nature’s candy. I love ’em!

  15. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on October 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I really miss the farmer’s markets of summer. They pretty much stop here around the end of September 🙁

  16. Amy on October 31, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Hi Gina! I love your blog! I have a question – I am a server at a busy NYC restaurant. I work 40 hour + weeks on my feet. (I work 5 days a week and have two days off) I have difficulty getting myself to go to the gym when I am exhausted and my feet hurt so badly. I know that once I get in better shape I will have more energy and my shifts won’t seem so hard, but right now I don’t really know how to start getting in that kind of shape when I’m so tired all the time. Is there anything you can suggest for getting started? Thanks!

  17. Stacy R. on October 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Where did you buy the pumpkin seeds? I’ve been looking all over for some and I haven’t seen them.

    • Fitnessista on October 31, 2011 at 11:18 am

      we made them from our pumpkins last night

  18. kathleen @ the daily crumb on October 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

    look at that belly! absolutely beautiful. not to mention i am insanely jealous you are wearing a TANK TOP at the end of october. i broke out the uggs this week 🙁

  19. Conni on October 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I cracked up at your Bell’s to young to date joke. You are too funny girl!

  20. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 31, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I love the Nightmare Before Christmas! I still need to watch it today before Halloween is over!

  21. Megan on October 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    haha across the country, i went to target and trader joes in Delaware and it was insane there too! like crazier than a normal sunday!

  22. Stephanie on October 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    That is my favorite movie, and I’ve already watched it 3 times this month lol. #mighthaveaproblem. Though, I’ll watch it anytime (the hus seems to think it’s a Christmas movie only lol).

  23. Diana on October 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    hehe “too young to date” – LOVE it! I am definitely going to pull out that joke later… 🙂

  24. SeekingAmy on November 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Love that shirt!

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