The Daily Eat: Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Blue Cheese + Pumpkin Roundup #4.

Only one thing could possibly improve upon the perfection that is pumpkin… and that thing is BACON. Just like in this recipe for Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Blue Cheese!


Picture It.

Well gosh darnit, you made me go all “golly gee” today with your birthday wishes! I’m such a lucky girl. Between all of the blog, Facebook and Twitter comments wishing me a happy day I have nothing else to say but a big fat thank you. With sugar on top from the bottom of my heart.


Emily Ryan.

I’ve just decided that all of these eye-catching frocks by Emily Ryan look like something a terribly stylish 30-year-old would be wearing this fall and winter. And that I should probably just go right ahead and buy one of each. {via Design Milk}


On the Rocks: Pumpkin Cider.

I’m so glad the season for hot drinks has arrived again. I’m all about this Pumpkin Cider.

Pumpkin Cider

– 1 Tbsp butter or margarine
– 1 Tbsp sugar
– 12 1-inch cubes pumpkin or butternut squash
– 64 oz fresh apple cider
– 12 whole cloves
– 6 whole star anise
– 3 cinnamon sticks
– 12 oz dark rum
– 12 oz calvados or applejack

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the sugar and pumpkin. Sauté the pumpkin, turning, until caramelized on all sides. If you feel the pumpkin cubes softening, remove the pan from the heat to keep them from overcooking. Stir in all the remaining ingredients except the liquor. Reduce the heat and simmer until hot; stir in the rum and calvados or applejack, ladle into warmed mugs and grate fresh nutmeg over the top. Serve. Yields 12 7-ounce servings.

Numbers Poster.

Let me make one thing clear, I think the illustration work of Sandra Juto is phenomenal. And I think this poster she collaborated on with graphic designer Mija Carlsson and typographer Malena Forsare is uber-phenomenal. It must be mine.


The Big Three-Oh.

Farewell, dear 20s. You were fantastic, amazing and all of the above. You’ll now find me browsing the In Your 30s section of Cosmo and overhauling my skincare routine.

Looks like I’m sharing today with some pretty good company: Matthew McConaughey (40), Trishelle Cannatella (30), Heather Tom (34), Diddy (40), Jeff Probst (47), Ralph Macchio (48), Kathy Griffin (49), Markie Post (59), Laura Bush (63), Loretta Swit (72) and Doris Roberts (79).

PS: To ease my pain on this momentous day, please feel free to send virtual presents…