They Call it Puppy Love!


Tear down the cobwebs and remove the zombies from the trees – Halloween 2K10 is ovah!


We had the cutest trick-or-treaters last night, including a TON of Harry Potters. (I gave extra candy to the Harry’s – those round glasses are adorable!)


We even had a visit from a mischievous Dalmatian puppy.

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Any guesses?


FINN! :D My brother and sister-in-law brought him over so Ben and I could see him in his costume and so he, (aka my brother – candy addiction runs in the family,) could get some Halloween treats. ;)


He looked ADORABLE, but was having a bit of an allergic reaction to some chocolate (and me apparently) – poor little guy!!


We handed out a good bit of candy, but still have a TON leftover. I made the torturous right decision and sent the leftovers to work with Ben today. He had to go in for a couple hours and I am MORE than happy to say sayonara to it. Blech. I don’t want to see another piece of candy for…at least 8 hours… ;)


Today was geared toward balancing it all out. Starting with a trip to the gym and a killer treadmill sesh:

Time Speed Incline
0-1 4.0 1%
1-3 6.3 1%
3-5 6.5 1%
5-15 Start at 7.0 and increase .1 every minute 1%
15-20 4.0 1%
20-30 Start at 7.0 and increase .1 every minute 1%
30-35 4.0 1%
35-45 Start at 7.0 and increase .1 every minute 1%
45-50 3.5 0%
Total: 5.15 miles  

Not going to lie this was pretty brutal and quite a bit of time spent on the treadmill for me (I usually can’t take more than 40 minutes on the hamster wheel,) but I tried to zone out to Father of the Bride 2 playing on the tv and all in all it was a great workout. TOUGH, but great!

Went home, cleaned up and went grocery shopping! Here’s our booty:

The Produce


  • Dole Salad Mix
  • Russet Potato/Sweet Potato
  • Avocado
  • Lime
  • Jalapeno
  • Green onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Honeycrisp Apples

Refrigerated Items


  • 2lbs 93/7 lean ground beef
  • Chuck roast (bound for the freezer – it was on sale!)
  • Pecorino Cheese
  • Low-Sodium DiLusso Turkey
  • Swiss Cheese

The Rest


  • Freschetta California Style Bacon, Spinach & Artichoke Pizza (had a free coupon!)
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Diced Green Chilis
  • Great Northern Beans
  • Beef Bullion
  • Salad Dressing
  • Taco Shells

Total: $55. A tad higher than what I would have predicted, but the chuck roast and 93/7 lean ground beef really stuck it to me. I plan to use these items and some Farmer’s Market goodies to create some good eats this week!

After THAT (wow I’ve done a lot today!) this couple,


met this couple,


for a Mexican feast at Monterrey


My go-to Mexican joint!


The chips were just excellent today.


Nice and airy and crispy.


And the salsa was flowin’ like water. 4 hungry people go through a LOT of salsa. I’m just sayin’. 


Per usual, our meal was out in no time at all. Cheese & Bean Enchiladas with Rice!


The best rice on the planet! Just when I thought I was done, I went back and ate it all. Totally worth it.


This afternoon I shall be making some breakfasts for the week and letting dinner simmer away on the stove. I’ll be back with deets!

See ya!

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  1. Adrienne 10.31.2010

    Kids don’t trick-or-treat on October 31st in Iowa?

  2. MelissaOklahoma 10.31.2010

    When I saw your comment on Twitter, I thought that maybe you’d gotten a puppy! Ha!
    I so admire how productive you are… It’s impressive really.

  3. Alex 10.31.2010

    Those look like Enchiladas…Is that what a burrito is in Iowa? :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 10.31.2010

      HA! No, they are definitely enchiladas. I don’t know what I was thinking! Clearly friends shouldn’t let friends type when they are full of Mexican food… ;)

      • Alex 10.31.2010

        I’m from Tucson, AZ so I had to point it out!! Good Mexican food is an essential in life ;)

  4. Ann 10.31.2010

    I agree with Adrienne, must be Iowa! Our kids are trick-or-treating tonight!

  5. holly 10.31.2010

    our trick or treaters are coming tonight, on halloween! ;)

  6. stacy 10.31.2010

    i’m so confused!!! i thought TONIGHT was Halloween???

  7. Finn is SO cute!

  8. Emily H. 10.31.2010

    Totally confused. Halloween is, um, today? Must do it up different in Iowa.

  9. Sara 10.31.2010

    That’s so weird…I know tonight is a school night (and a Sunday), but I think all of our trick or treaters are coming tonight! Unfortunately I’ll be back at my school apartment so I won’t get to hand out candy :(

    Anyways, that Mexican meal looked SO good…I’ve been craving Mexican like nobody’s business lately!

  10. Emily 10.31.2010

    I think it’s a Midwest thing….Trick or Treat night in Ohio where I grew up was always the Saturday of Halloween weekend, didn’t matter if it was the 31st or not. Here in Denver, kids trick or treat on the 31st. I’m partial to the way we did it growing up….that way no poor parents are trying to get their kid to bed on Sunday night after getting them full of sugar. Also, I work at a school…can’t wait for all the sleep deprived, candy-filled kiddos to show up tomorrow! :)

  11. Kristin from MN 10.31.2010

    Your nephew is the cutest little Dalmatian!

  12. Susie 10.31.2010

    It’s NOT a midwest thing … here in Chicago we trick or treat on the 31st!

  13. Jill 10.31.2010

    I’m from Council Bluffs, Iowa and we always treat or trick on Halloween. Maybe that’s what they do in Des Moines?? Sounds like a smart idea!

  14. Bekah 10.31.2010

    Des Moines does trick or treating on October 30th every year. The kids also typically tell jokes to get their candy. Here’s a link to an article that explains how the tradition began:

  15. candi 10.31.2010

    in south dakota we had trick-or-treaters last night too, but i’m sure we’ll still have some tonight. i went to college at a smaller school in rural iowa, and the wednesday before halloween is when the dorms were opened up for the community to bring their kids through. it was super fun and a special treat to give out candy to kids in the dorms :)

  16. Rachel 10.31.2010

    I grew up in Cincinnati, OH & we always did trick-or-treating on Oct. 31st. Columbus, OH has something called Beggar’s Night, which is done before Halloween (this year it was this past Thursday, I think), which I always thought was weird & bizarre. And now that I live in Brookings, SD, trick-or-treating is apparently done on Oct. 31st as well, so I will be taking my baby Batman to a couple houses around our neighborhood in a couple hours!

  17. ooooh that puppy costume is too cute!

  18. Molly 10.31.2010

    Those enchiladas look soooo goood! :) May just have to stop at this restaurant when I am in the area!

  19. Susan 11.01.2010

    The joke telling thing is common in Scotland too. Trick or Treating is quite a new import for us here – our kids used to go “guising” – usually with home made costumes and they had to tell a joke or sing a song before they got any treats.

  20. Elly Shaw 11.01.2010

    La Tiara taco shells are me and my husband’s favorite brand! They’re so light and crispy!

    Love Monterrey! YUM!

  21. Autumn 11.01.2010

    Hi there (I’m a random reader)!

    I don’t know how much meat you eat and/or if you have family close by, but our family just went in on a 1/2 hog and 1/4 cow (by family I mean me/husband, dad, sister/husband). The cow was 93% lean and only about $2/lb (that’s $2/lb for the ground beef, the steaks, the stew meat, all of it). The pig was about $1.75-$2.00/lb (sausage, brats, porkchops, loins, etc). So, if you have the freezer space or people to share with, it makes a really good deal (plus you’re supporting local farmers!).

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