Fall Is Here

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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My favorite time of year is here: football season!!!

Ok, the above statement is a complete lie. I actually dislike football, but I’m attempting to like it this year. Mal and his BBF, Daveare freaks love football and already have plans to get together every Sunday (or Monday) for the game until the end of the season. I don’t want to miss out on the fun (or the yummy food), so I figure if I can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

To get us more involved, the guys actually created a special Fantasy Football league for Marie and me this afternoon. It’s just the four of us competing and we each have $10 on the line. I’m super competitive with this type of stuff, so, hopefully, I’ll get into it and enjoy watching football a little bit more.


Murphy doesn’t know a thing about football, but whatever Dad likes, he likes. Murph sported his new Patriots jersey this afternoon.


Bella is also a Pats fan. How adorable is she!?!


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Look at that face!! Murphy is exhausted from playing with Batman all weekend.


Dave and Marie hosted for today’s game, so they made some delicious eats for us to enjoy. We had homemade blueberry coffeecake and mimosas.


And a little while later: Buffalo Chicken Dip! 😀


This stuff is so addictive! I could not stop eating it and now it’s sitting in my stomach like a rock. I actually don’t think I’ll need dinner tonight.


[rewind to this morning in Vermont]

Mal and I woke up early to get on the road back to Boston. But, before we headed home, we made a couple of pit-stops in Stowe and Waterbury. First stop: The Bagel.


For breakfast, I ordered a toasted Oatmeal Honey Raisin bagel with “Health Nut” cream cheese, which was made with shredded carrots, raisins, walnuts, and honey. Um, amazing. I also drank an iced coffee with milk.


Our next stop was Cold Hollow Cider Mill for cider donuts, which are the most amazing donuts on earth. They’re super soft, moist, and made with apple cider. They’re my favorite type of donuts. Easily.



How adorable is this place?



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Mal and I each enjoyed a couple of cider donuts on the car ride to Boston. Pure donut heaven.


Recap of our Vermont weekend coming soon!



  1. OMG Cold Hollow is THE BEST. And the Bagel is right down the road in Stowe from where we are getting married! Can’t wait to see more about your trip. I love people loving my home state! I’ll be there in three weeks!

  2. 1. Murphy & Bella look SOOOO ADORABLE in their pats gear. I wish my dog would wear a jersey, but she’s not comfy in them at all. She does, however, sport a Chargers bandana.

    2. Good luck on your fantasy team. Hopefully, it’ll get you liking football more (and you win!)

    3. Cider donuts look so yummy. Must put that on my list of things I NEED TO EAT

  3. I’m not a big fan of pro football but I LOVE college football. We basically plan our fall weekends around Buckeye games 🙂 Good times

  4. I’m not a fan of football, either…and the South = college football land! Especially Athens. I’m trying….I really dig the food that comes with football games, at least 😀

    My dad is OBSESSED with fantasy football and my roommate’s boyfriend is on four teams! Can’t wait to hear what you think about it!!

  5. Oh that bagel looks great!! I was matching Murphy with my Moss jersey on yesterday. What a way to start the season huh?!! Soooo excited 🙂 But Tom has to cut his hair, btw.

  6. I am usually not a huge bagel fan..but yum, that does sound good, especially with the cream cheese! Looks like you had a wonderful time–can’t wait to hear/see more!

  7. I am also trying to like football this season! I even got a book by Holly Robinson Peete called “Get Your Own Darn* (*I censored the word) Beer, I’m Watching the Game” which is intended to help women become football fans. We shall see! It looks like you had an awesome weekend. I love the fall so much!

  8. We were in Vermont this past Christmas and stopped there for the cider donuts! It was my first one ever-delicious! Sadly, there was no pressing going on, I assume since it was the middle of winter, but the shop was adorable and we bought some really great stuff.

  9. Stowe is SO beautiful! My stepmother lived there for years so I’ve spent a fair amount of time there.

    You and Mal should think about running the Stowe 8miler next summer! It’s an 8 mile race through Stowe (with parts on the bike path) that ends at Ye Olde English Inn (across from the Bagel basically). You get free beer and ice cream at the end of the race! It’s usually pretty small, and SO beautiful!

  10. I really, really HATE football so I turn into a football widow every year. Thankfully DC has enough things to keep me occupied during that time. I also have a humongous Netflix queue ;).

    I tried to be interested for the sake of my fiance but I just…can’t. It’s such a lame (and violent) sport to me.

  11. I can’t remember if I commented on this post yet, but if I did, now you have two.

    OMG Murphy is so adorable in that jersey.

    I think that Vermont is the ultimate fall vacation spot. In fact, I think you’ve inspired me to go there with Jeff for our anniversary on Thursday. I am obsessed with everything fall (who’s isn’t?) and I need to get my hands on an apple cider donut immediately.

    And, that bagel combo sounds amazing! I am in love with all things bagel, so you know a bagel shop called “The Bagel” is calling my name.

    Whew– long comment! <3

  12. I just had apple cider donuts this past weekend. There is a place that I go every year, just outside of Rockford, IL. Edward’s Apple Orchard. I make a bee line right to the cider donuts and when they hand me the bag of warm donuts, I usually spend a couple of minutes with my face stuck in the bag!!!!!!! The smell alone is intoxicating!!!!

  13. I was reading along and saw the pic of Cold Hollow and thought…”Wow, who would have thought there would be more than one.” I had no idea you were in/near Vermont and assumed it was somewhere else! I am from Vermont and this was a tradition along with Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury and the Cabot Cheese store! GREAT memories. Our daughter goes to college in Vermont so I get to do the traditional drive a couple of times a year coming and going to Norwich! Michigan has maple syrup and great apples but it’s still not the same as Vermont!

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