The End of a Tradition

For those of you who know me, it comes as no surprise that I tell you I have a lot of quirks. For those who know me well enough that you are in my phone’s contacts, you have most likely experienced one of these quirks on every major holiday. With that said, it is with a little bit of sadness that on this Halloween evening I need to make an important announcement and lay to rest one of my personal traditions.

I am ending my holiday text message greeting.

For the past nine years, I have spent time, thought, and money creating a text/picture message for every major holiday to send my contacts. These messages have always been over the top and rather silly (for the complete background on how these holiday greetings came to be, click here). Meant just as much to make fun of myself as they were to jab at the people who sent a generic “Merry Christmas” text to their entire contact list, they started to become more and more popular over the years. They also started to become more time consuming too.

For over a decade, I staged over the top photos to accompany holiday text messages. My Christmas Eve photos were always a little wacky.

For over a decade, I staged over the top photos to accompany holiday text messages. My Christmas Eve photos were always a little wacky. Besides sending these photos to my family and friends, I have never published any of these photos before because I considered them an “exclusive” for those I especially cared about.

After about the fifth year of sending out holiday messages, I started asking myself what can I do this time around? How can I top last year’s Christmas Eve reindeer stable message? How I can top last year’s makeshift Easter egg hunt greeting? I started to go to greater lengths to make more outrageous messages and at times it took away from my time actually enjoying the holiday. As my wife and mom might be able to tell you, it started to get a little out of control.

Easter and Fourth of July photos were always fun to do.

Easter and Fourth of July photos were always fun to do.

But I am not ending my holiday text message greetings just because of the time component. Factoring into the decision is also the fact that I am now 30. I am married and I have a baby on the way. At some point you have to grow up just a bit. Unfortunately wearing Santa costumes, sporting goofy hats, and writing sappy messages aren’t quite in tune with the “growing up” process.

I will miss having an excuse to connect with my friends and family I don’t get to talk to often. I will miss the texts of gratitude I received from people who would text back and I say I brightened their holiday. I will even miss the mean texts from my college friends and brother who would always text back saying I was an idiot and embarrassing.

For the Christmas Day photos I always tried to "class it up" a bit.

For the Christmas Day photos I always tried to “class it up” a bit.

What I won’t miss is the stress of coming up with a concept for each holiday. I won’t miss driving from party store to party store looking for different props. I won’t miss going up to random doorsteps asking people if I could use their holiday display as a backdrop for my photo. I won’t miss ferociously sending out the message on the morning of every holiday.

I want to thank everyone who has been a recipient of my messages over the years for tolerating them. You all have been a gracious audience. If anyone else wants to pick up the torch and start sending out your own holiday messages, I can sure hook you up with a bunch of old props. Don’t Blink.

My Stolen Identity Recovered

For today’s Sunday blog post, I wanted to share some good news about an issue that has caused me some inconvenience over the past year. Thankfully, it has a happy ending (at least for now).

A year ago, I was informed that I had received a ticket for tinted windows in the state of New York. At the time, I was a little perplexed considering I had not visited New York in seven years and I had never even thought about tinting my windows. It became obvious that some scumbag had stolen my driver’s license information.

After a couple long frustrating hours on the phone with New York’s Traffic Violation Division, it became clear that I would have to fight this charge and prove that it wasn’t me. I had to submit an Affidavit In Lieu of Appearance form and provide evidence that would make you think I was on trial for murder. However, my efforts paid off and I was cleared of the violation.

I went on with my life but a few months later I got another shady letter from the state of New York. This time around I supposedly disobeyed a traffic device. I called the New York’s Traffic Violation Division to plead with them that they not make me go through the long and pointless process again. I begged them to do some type of police work to bring the criminal using my identification to justice. My effort fell on deaf ears. I was sent another Affidavit In Lieu of Appearance form and to my knowledge nothing was done to investigate the loser with my information.

Okay, let’s fast forward to this past week. I got home from work and checked the mail to find an envelope from the Pennsylvania State Police. In the back of my head I thought it probably had something to do with my stolen identity issue. I was actually expecting the worst, thinking “I” had been pulled over in a whole different state for another infraction. I was pleasantly wrong…

I received this letter from the Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday.

I received this letter from the Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday.

I opened the envelope to find correspondence from a Pennsylvania State trooper telling me that he had stopped and arrested someone who had in his possession a fraudulent identification card with my information on it. The trooper encouraged me to call him for more information. Ecstatic, I called the number as soon as I could whip my phone out. It connected me to the Pennsylvania State Police Office. I asked for the trooper who had made the arrest. The person who answered the phone told me he would not be in until 11 p.m. that night. As you can probably imagine, I called back at approximately 11:06 p.m. later that evening (I wanted to give him some time to get in the office and get settled).

The envelope had a packet inside that informed me someone had been arrested who had a fraudulent identification card with my information on it.

The envelope had a packet inside that informed me someone had been arrested who had a fraudulent identification card with my information on it.

When I called the second time I was immediately put into contact with the excellent law enforcement officer who had recovered the fraudulent ID with my information on it. He was kind, professional, and helpful. After exchanging pleasantries, he asked me if I had dealt with any identity theft problems before.

I told him all about the state of New York.

The trooper then gave me a huge sigh of relief when he said that my story made a lot of sense because the person he had arrested was from New York. At that moment, I felt great. To have it confirmed that the New York and Pennsylvania cases were connected brought me peace of mind. Before getting in contact with the trooper that day, I feared that perhaps multiple people in different states had my info.

I listened as the trooper told me a lot of good information. The dude he arrested was a career identity theft criminal. When they pulled him over, he had presented an identification card that didn’t have my information on it. However, because of this man’s record, they decided to search his vehicle. When they did, they found the fraudulent card with my data on it. They found fraudulent credit cards but none with my info on it (thankfully). The trooper told me I could refer him immediately to New York authorities if the state ever bothered me again. He took down my information and said he would keep me updated on the investigation and prosecution of the criminal.

I would like to thank the Pennsylvania State Police for not only taking this guy off the streets but for notifying me about everything. For a certain time period I felt pretty helpless but now I am at ease. Don’t Blink.

Trick-Or-Treat Thursday Rundown

Trick-or-Treat. It is time for the Thursday Rundown…

Surprising My Parents – If you are my friend on Facebook, you might have seen a video I recently posted. Back in August, Sidney and I surprised my parents over Skype with the news that we are expecting. My brother filmed their reactions (my mom got excited, my dad cried) and I filmed Sidney and I telling them the news. Recently I created a video from that Skype conversation. You can click here to watch it.

I created a video of the reaction of my parents after Sidney and I told them we are expecting.

I created a video of the reaction of my parents after Sidney and I told them we are expecting.

Celebrating October Birthdays – A year ago, I celebrated my first birthday with the extended Mathis family at their monthly birthday celebration lunch. I wrote about their neat tradition a year ago. This past weekend, I was honored again at the 2016 October get-together. I was spoiled and they even made my choice of main course for the meal…ribs! As I did for the September celebration, I created a geofilter for the occasion.

Mathis October 2016 Birthday Celebration

The photo on the left is of Sidney and I with the geofilter I created. The pumpkins below represent the people with October birthdays. The top right photo is of my sister-in-law and I. The bottom right hand photo is the four of us who celebrated October birthdays (Rhonda, me, Steph, and Dylan….photo cred to Carla).

Vine Shutting Down – Twitter announced today that Vine will cease to exist in the coming months. Talk about the end of an era. When Vine first came on the scene, I was really high on it. However, the service never recovered from the huge blow it suffered when Instagram introduced video. I still use Vine personally and professionally so I will be sad to see it go.

A screen capture from my first ever Vine I took.

A screen capture from my first ever Vine I took back in 2013.

Wisdom of the Day – Every now and then I feature the daily advice I receive from my “Life’s Little Instructions” calendar. The bit of wisdom for today is definitely easier said than done. It is also kind of a no-brainer too; we all know that accomplishing something tough will always make us feel good. The key is to just have the motivation to tackle a challenging task and not give up while doing it. 

Life's Little Instruction

This was today’s Life’s Little Instruction

From the Archives – One year ago today, I countered one of Sidney’s guest blog posts. She had recently written “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Sidney.” I responded with “Brent’s 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Sidney.” So, if you just started reading my blog less than a year ago, you can click on the two links I just shared and learn 50 things you didn’t know about Sidney!

For further October 27 reading, you can go back three years to 2013 and learn about the profession I used to view my life through. It is totally up to you of course.


Thank you for your time this evening. Have a terrific Halloween weekend and save some candy for me. Don’t Blink.

Sweet Halloween Memories

As many of you know, I really enjoy Halloween. Thus, it probably won’t come as that much of a surprise that since I love Halloween as an adult I also loved Halloween as a kid. As soon as October hit, I wanted our house decorated and our pumpkins picked out (back when I liked pumpkins). Throughout the month I would do Halloween crafts, read spooky stories, and beg my mom to buy Halloween treats.

Although I loved the entire Halloween season, nothing beat Halloween night. Between the time span of being a toddler up until right before I became a teenager, my siblings and I had a Halloween night routine we did every year.

That one year I dressed up as a construction worker.

That one year I dressed up as a construction worker.

Let me say it right now, there really isn’t anything special or crazy about what we did. In fact, when I explain our traditions it won’t take me long. However, it was always fun and memorable. Looking back 20 years, I remember all of those Halloweens very fondly. Just a few memories…

My mom would play an audio tape of spooky Halloween music and we would light our jack-o-lanterns in the kitchen with the lights turned off. We would then carry them outside to sit on our porch for the evening. We would go upstairs and get in our costumes and my mom would take photos of the three of us.

As trick-or-treaters started to come to our house, we would get very, very anxious to set out on our own trick-or-treating adventures. During the years when we needed an adult companion, my dad would take us out around the neighborhood (I probably trick-or-treated with him until I was at least eight or nine). However, when we became old enough to trick-or-treat with our own groups of friends we still stayed primarily in our neighborhood as well as the one connected right to it. As the development was large and the houses were all pretty much close together, there was no reason to go anywhere else.

We always paid homage to the era of my parents and took pillow cases with us. Always. When it came to trick-or-treating, I had decent stamina. I walked those streets until my feet were sore and my pillow case was too heavy to carry (but would any trick-or-treater really admit  to anything different?).

My brother and sister will agree, post trick-or-treating was always our favorite part. No matter what group of friends we were with or what route around the neighborhood we took, the three of us would always meet back at the house later that night. We would go down into our basement and dump out our loot onto the floor. From there we would sort our candy (big time nerds) into piles based on type. When we had our groups of candy bars, tootsie rolls, hard candy, sour candy, etc. laid out we would then trade! We traded candy for an hour or so as I would always do my best to get all the pieces that combined chocolate and peanut butter.

After we finished our wheeling and dealing, we would get large clear Tupperware containers from my mom and place our candy inside of it. For whatever reason, we really got a kick out of seeing our candy within the container. In those early years, my parents were pretty strict with bedtimes and I remember laying in my bed while our doorbell would still ring with trick-or-treaters (so depressing). However, as we got older, we would stay up and watch all the Halloween specials and movies that were on until late into the night. Awesome memories.

I cherish those innocent Halloween years. However, in the near future Sidney and I will be creating them all over again. I look forward to it. Don’t Blink.

My Top Five Favorite Fast Food Desserts

It goes without saying that if you eat fast food, you probably don’t need to opt for dessert. However, we are talking about Brent Reser here and every now and then I like to follow up my unhealthy meal with something sweet (and equally unhealthy).

For tonight’s blog post, I want to offer my top five fast food desserts (not to be confused with my top five milkshakes of corporate America post I did in September). Although fast food restaurants aren’t really hotbeds for savory, delicious desserts, they do offer some decent choices. Let me make one quick note. Disqualified from consideration on this countdown are the fast food restaurants that specialize in desserts such as Sonic and Dairy Queen. With that said, here is my list.

5. Frosty (Wendy’s) – To be completely honest, I think the Wendy’s Frosty is overrated. It is glamorized as something really special but to me it is just sub par soft serve chocolate(ish) ice cream. However, because of its iconic status and because I would never actually pass one up if someone put a Frosty in front of my nose, I let it barely crack my countdown.

4. Caramel Apple Empanada (Taco Bell) – As a high school student and during my college years, Taco Bell was my favorite fast food restaurant. I ate there a lot. At that time, Taco Bell only had one dessert option, the caramel apple empanada. Although I probably only ordered the empanada 25% of the time, because I went to Taco Bell so much that actually equated to quite a few empanadas. I grew to like them quite a bit, even if the hot filling burnt my tongue more than once.

3. Bo-Berry Biscuit (Bojangles) – It took me until I moved to the south to try a Bo-Berry Biscuit and I immediately knew I had been missing something for the first 27 years of my life. Served warm and topped with icing, the treat is literally a dessert berry biscuit. Out of everything on this list, I think I feel the most guilty after I eat a Bo-Berry Biscuit just because each one is so heavy and sweet. If you eat more than one you will definitely get a stomach ache.

I took one of these Bo-Berry biscuits right out of this box!

I took my first ever Bo-Berry Biscuit (football shaped version) out of this box a couple years ago.

2. McFlurry (McDonald’s) – Although a McFlurry can’t compare to a Blizzard or a Sonic Blast, it still isn’t a bad option if you want ice cream mixed with cookies or candy. Making the investment by paying a little more for extra toppings is a good route to take. I think I enjoy a McFlurry so much just because McDonald’s has good ice cream. If you don’t want a McFlurry then a cone or sundae will still satisfy you. However, I still enjoy ordering a McFlurry mixed with both M&Ms and Oreo.

1. Subway Cookies (Subway) – Nothing beats a Subway cookie right out of the oven. When I walk in a Subway, I never know if the smell of fresh baked bread or fresh baked cookies will hit me first. If it is the cookies, I will tack one (maybe two) onto my order. Subway cookies are always fresh and savory. Although I obviously like them all, the white chocolate macadamia nut is my favorite. Besides the fact that Subway is my favorite fast food restaurant, what makes its cookies tops on my list? Because it is the perfect compliment to your meal. A cookie just goes great with a sandwich and chips. Best of all, unlike the Bojangles Bo-Berry Biscuit, you won’t feel terrible about yourself after you eat one. The cookies are just light enough to make you feel justified in consuming them.

It brings me great sadness to say goodbye to $5 footlongs.

I love Subway and I love Subway cookies.


Thank you for letting me discuss fast food desserts with you. Did I omit a dessert from my list that you would include on yours? Please let me know. Happy eating! Don’t Blink.

A Dying Game

In sixth grade, my class was taught a unit not mandated in any curriculum you will find. In fact, the unit centered on a game. In my last year of elementary school, I was taught chess.

My sixth grade teacher, Mr. Jared Hoadley, taught our whole class how to play the strategic game of chess. I can still see him sitting up front in class holding different pieces and telling us what they could do on the board. Before long we knew that the horse piece was called a “knight” and that your queen was the most powerful piece in the game. Soon, we were all playing matches against each other. Mr. Hoadley was making nerds of us all.

Well, not really. There is a perception that chess is played by antisocial brainiacs but the reality is that the game is played by all types of people across numerous countries. What is true, however, is that the overall number of people playing and learning chess is declining. But honestly, is it really a big surprise? With electronics and the culture we live in today, folks don’t necessarily want to learn a complex game and then sit down and devote an hour to playing it.

Never mind the fact that chess can be played on any iPhone or computer, the game itself (perception and complexities included) just seems to turn people off these days. Heck, the game seemed to turn most people off before I even started playing it around 17 years ago.

So why even play it? Come on Brent, just because you are getting all nostalgic about your elementary school days does not mean we should start playing an outdated game. I understand what you are saying, but…

Today I talked to someone who was on fire for the game of chess. He had just returned from a major tournament and is climbing his way up to the Chess Master level. Even though I am as amateur as they come with regards to chess, I was still able to chat with him about the game. It made me miss it.

We should play chess because it is a classic, thinking-person’s game. It is based on strategy. Every war and every sports metaphor is relatable in chess. If you like competition, if you like the idea of matching wits against someone, if you like locking yourself down for a battle of intellect then chess is your game. Patience and aggression are both key. If nothing else, at least learn how to play.

Do you play chess? If you do, I would like to know. Also, if you have ever taught someone to play it before I would like to know. Until then, check mate. Don’t Blink.

The Conway Ghost Walk

This past Friday, Sidney and I participated in a Halloween activity that was new for the both of us. Pairing up with my sister-in-law and her boyfriend, the four of us went on the Conway Ghost Walk.

On Friday night, we attended the Conway Ghost Walk.

On Friday night, we attended the Conway Ghost Walk.

Conway is the small and historic town right next to Myrtle Beach. One of the oldest towns in South Carolina, it was founded in 1732. The town has significant ties to both the American Revolution and the Civil War. Well, we all know that old American towns with 300 years of history and connections to some of the bloodiest wars fought on our soil usually have one thing in common: ghost stories!

Officially called the Conway Ghost Walk: Spirits of the Lowcountry, the event was put on by the town’s downtown association. Participants were given the spooky opportunity to hear about the creepy legends of Conway as told by professional storytellers. I had four passes to attend the walk. Sidney, who hates anything scary, agreed to go on the adventure with me since the goal was more about historical awareness as opposed to getting frightened out of your wits. Courtney and John were nice enough to make the evening a double date by joining us.

This is one of the stops at the Conway Ghost Walk (we aren't in this photo). People dressed in 1700's clothing tell spooky stories (photo courtesy of the Conway Downtown Alive Facebook page).

This is one of the stops at the Conway Ghost Walk (we aren’t in this photo). People dressed in 1700’s clothing tell spooky stories (photo courtesy of the Conway Downtown Alive Facebook page).

The Conway Ghost Walk begins after dark falls. The tours leave every 15 minutes over the span of a few hours. Participants meet at the Conway Visitor’s House. Once you check in, they send you across the street to wait. If you arrive early, you can enjoy a beer/wine garden set up in the house’s lawn.

After a couple minutes of waiting next to an old cemetery, a Conway Downtown Alive official briefed us on the tour. Throughout the evening we would be escorted to seven different places in downtown Conway to be told seven different ghost stories told by seven different storytellers. We were told to follow our various guides and to expect to walk around a mile. We were then entrusted to our first tour guide, a woman dressed completely in 1700’s garb and carrying a lantern. She took us to a storyteller dressed in similar authentic clothing. This particular storyteller got more specific with the ground rules/background information of the tour but explained it more in a humorous/spooky way. After we finished with her, we walked to the lawn of a church that also served as a cemetery.

A look at what the storytellers look like (photo courtesy of the Conway Downtown Live Facebook page).

A look at what the storytellers look like (photo courtesy of the Conway Downtown Live Facebook page).

At this first stop, the gentleman who told the story, also dressed in 1700’s clothing, explained the legend of a girl who was buried alive. He told the story with passion and animation. After he finished, he thanked us for our time and instructed us to follow the tour guide and the lantern to the next spot. This is how it went for the next six stops. Our group would walk the dark streets of Conway until we came to the next location where the next storyteller would describe a spooky tale. The total Conway Ghost Walk took about 80 minutes.

If you are planning to go next year, let me tell you a couple things:

– The storytellers are actually in character and use theater to tell the story. Going in, I thought “professional storytellers” just meant they were going to tell a ghost story in a way that a favorite uncle might do so around a campfire.

– I mentioned it above, but the tour is not meant to scare. The evening is much more focused on the art of storytelling and the awareness of some well known local legends. It is very much kid appropriate.

– The best part of the tour, in my opinion, was just walking around Conway at night. They have luminaries guiding the walk path and someone with a lantern leading at the front. You go by beautiful old houses and you really experience a “Halloween” type feel.


The Conway Ghost Walk was a unique activity to do in order to get into the Halloween spirit. I am glad we can cross a “ghost walk” off our bucket list because it has always been something that I wanted to do. However, I am still itching to get chased by chainsaws this Halloween season so I imagine a haunted house is in my future before October 31. Don’t Blink.

First Thursday Rundown With a Baby Update

Okay everyone, it is Thursday! With most of the work week in the books, let’s celebrate with the latest Thursday Rundown installment.

Baby Update – Yesterday, Sidney had her latest appointment with the doctor. We had the thrill of listening to the sound of our baby’s heartbeat. Everything seems to be going well and at the next appointment in four weeks we will be able to find out the sex of our baby. A week ago, we purchased the crib. It is already set up in our office area upstairs.

This is the crib we bought last week for our baby!

This is the crib we bought last week for our baby!

Newest Show – Sidney and I have found our newest show and it is NBC’s “This Is Us.” The series is on every Tuesday night and the actual runtime of each episode is about 27 minutes but commercials stretch it to an hour. Besides the constant advertisements, we enjoy watching it. “This Is Us” tells the story of triplets by going back and forth between their childhood and adulthood. Mandy Moore stars in it as the mom and several other actors give solid performances. The show is unique and I recommend that you give it a try.

The Loris Bog-Off – Last Saturday, Sidney and I went to Loris, South Carolina, for an annual festival. Called the Loris Bog-Off, the event centers around a chicken bog competition. However, the small South Carolina town offers much more on this day than just a favorite local dish. The downtown areas becomes a hub for music, entertainment, and vendors. I finished up my bog just in time to watch the chicken clucking contest. Sidney and I sat on bleachers and howled as we watched some of the contestants (men, women, and children) give their perfect clucking calls.

Sid and I at the Loris Bog-Off last Saturday. On the right is the actual winner of the Bog-Off.

Sid and I at the Loris Bog-Off last Saturday. On the right is the actual winner of the Bog-Off.

Final Debate Reaction – I watched every minute of the three presidential debates. By far, last night’s was the most organized and controlled. However, that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the madness of the other two. I just appreciated the dynamic of watching a career politician go up against a career businessman. In my opinion, both candidates had their moments. I can say with absolute certainty that I know who I will be voting for.

Cool Supermarket Promotion – The grocery store right by our house is offering a pretty cool promotion. If you spend so many dollars at Lowe’s you will be given (drum roll please)….a set of knives. Okay, maybe not the most exciting prize but it is definitely something to shoot for. Those who participate are given a stamp for every $10 spent. Once you fill up the board, you get the knives. At the rate we go to Lowe’s, this shouldn’t be a problem!

For every $10 spent, you get a stamp. Just $790 more dollars to go for us!

For every $10 spent, you get a stamp. Just $790 more dollars to go for us!


I extend my best October wishes to all my readers. Have a safe weekend and we will touch base soon. Don’t Blink.

Proud To Be A Myrtle Beach Local

Last night, Sidney and I attended Taste of the Town, a Myrtle Beach event where over 40 area restaurants set up booths and offer food samples. As we walked up to the convention center I looked at Sid and said, “Can you believe this is the third year we have attended this?”

This was Sidney and I at Myrtle Beach's Taste of Town last night. The event is sponsored by the St. Andrew Catholic community.

This was Sidney and I at Myrtle Beach’s Taste of Town last night. The event is sponsored by the St. Andrew Catholic community.

Although I have come to realize it for at least a year now, when I asked her that rhetorical question the truth couldn’t have been more obvious to me: I am a genuine Myrtle Beach local.

Of course I was immediately a Myrtle Beach local the day I moved here by way of my address but I don’t think from a psychological standpoint I was. Now, almost exactly two and a half years since I arrived here in a U-Haul, I don’t think they come much more local than me.

Besides still messing up on directions every now and then, I would say I am a solid Grand Strand citizen. I work here, got married here, and our baby will be born here. I know about all the popular restaurants, the diviest bars, and the best ice cream parlors. I am familiar with all the local high schools, car dealerships, and putt putt courses. I have spent enough time on 501 to last a lifetime and enough time in the surf shops to know that if you have seen one you have seen them all.

But back to Taste of the Town real fast. It really is a fabulous event. Besides the restaurants I mentioned above, there is also entertainment, a beer garden, activities for kids, and much more. It is a major Myrtle Beach event and it is all put on by the St. Andrew Catholic community. As Sid and I walked around during the peak period of the event and admired what seemed to be the entire city inside that convention center, we felt very proud to be members of St. Andrew.

But you know what else I am proud of? Being a Myrtle Beach local! This place is my home and it is much more to me than just a popular tourist town. Don’t Blink.

My Pumpkin Preferences

Last week, I wrote very thoroughly about my love for “Forrest Gump.” As I pretty much appreciate every scene in that movie, it goes without saying that I enjoy the scene where Bubba tells Forrest about all the different types of shrimp. The film makes it seem like Bubba rattles off varieties of shrimp for hours (if not days) as the two friends complete army tasks.

Much in the same way that Bubba explained different kinds of shrimp, I feel most people could recite a list dealing with pumpkin. This day and age, it seems like there isn’t an entrée, side item, drink, or dessert that can’t be pumpkin-inspired. In my opinion, it has gotten a little bit out of control but who am I to judge? In fact, when it comes to judging, I think the only opinion I am entitled to would be the pumpkin products that I actually like.

So, for tonight’s blog post I am going to present my top five favorite pumpkin made/inspired/flavored products made for consumption.

5. Pumpkin Beer – Brews like Pumpking and the hundred other pumpkin beers out there are very popular. I happen to like an occasional pumpkin adult beverage too. However, my stomach can only take one of them and to be honest, South Carolina isn’t the best “pumpkin beer drinking” state. I can feel good doing most Halloween activities in any climate but if I am really going to savor a pumpkin beer I like it to be crisp outside with the smell of fall swirling around. Currently here in Myrtle Beach it is humid and hovering around 83 degrees.

4. Pumpkin Soup – I am a big soup fan and one of my favorites is pumpkin soup. The way I see things, it is the liquid version of pumpkin pie. I love the taste and I love the way it goes down. When I worked at the University of Montana, all game personnel would get fed before basketball games. A couple times each season the menu would include pumpkin soup and that was when I was the absolute happiest.

3. Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt – When I was younger, we would go to a mom-and-pop frozen yogurt place (Didier’s for my Spokane friends) on occasional Tuesday nights. This was way before the froyo craze. Each week the yogurt handles would rotate and once October hit, a flavor called pumpkin spice would be offered. The flavor was a sign to me that my birthday and Halloween were both coming and I always made sure to order it. I kid you not, you could taste the pumpkin and you could taste the spice. A little bit of nostalgia might be responsible for why this item is on the list but it honestly was very good.

2. Pumpkin Dip – A couple weeks ago when we were tailgating at the Clemson-Louisville football game, my sister-in-law introduced an incredible addition to our pregame spread. She made pumpkin dip! The stuff was incredible. It was literally like scooping out pumpkin pie. Making it even better was what we used to enjoy the dip. Get this…we had the option of going with either vanilla wafers or graham crackers. Of course I went with both!

1. Pumpkin Pie – People either love or hate pumpkin pie; you can count me in the former. It doesn’t matter if it is hot or cold, I love myself a big piece of pumpkin pie with a generous amount of whipped topping. I enjoy the taste and texture of the pie along with the element that the whipped topping brings. I also enjoy pumpkin pie just because it reminds me so much of family and the holidays. I take a bite and I seem to immediately be surrounded by warmth and love. When a food makes you feel like that, there is no way you deny it the top spot on a countdown.


I am not a pumpkin fanatic by any means but I do enjoy some of the dishes inspired by this very popular seasonal fruit. Am I missing out on a pumpkin dish that I have to try? Please let me know and if you make it for me I just might eat it. Don’t Blink.