The Food Network Comes to The Valley!

Not only were they in the valley, they were less than a kilometre from my house this past Saturday! Okay, so it might not have been any of the “big” names from the Food Network, but there were indeed here none the less, and I as a dedicatedFood Network watcher, and blogger had to of course go check things out.

They were here for the Annapolis Valley Giant Food Growers Association’s giant vegetable weigh-off. Yup, you read that right. Any of my readers who are local probably already know all of this, and it doesn’t seem odd, but for you non-country folk it may not seem quite so normal ;)


Because it was nearby I walked up after lunch to see what there was to see. While the weigh-off has been going on for a number of years now, it was the first time I actually had the chance to check it out. There were lots of people around, and lots of pumpkins (many of which could easily out-weigh 4-5 people!)

Maybe not these ones…

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but these sure could!

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I saw the camera crew filming, and overheard them telling someone that they were filming for the show Outrageous Food, so if you a Food Network watcher like me, you’ll have to keep you eyes open (probably not for a while) for this episode!


It is entirely possible I will be in the background looking shifty and taking pictures ;)


Weighing giant pumpkins is no easy task!






That’s a heavy pumpkin! This one weighed in at 943 pounds!


I did see one before I left that weighed over 1000lbs, and the winning pumpkin came in at 1297 pounds. Amazing! I can only assume that this monster was the winning pumpkin since it was visually so much larger than the rest

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But it’s not just giant pumpkins and squash, inside there was an array of giant fruits and vegetables!






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And while this may look like a giant bunch of kale, it was actually just one giant stock!


It was really interesting, I can’t even imagine how much work it takes to grow a pumpkin, or any vegetable that is so huge! As someone who enjoys training for and running in distance races, I have a lot of respect for how much dedication this sport must take, and while it might seem a bit odd to some, I think it’s pretty dang cool.

What is the biggest fruit or vegetable you have ever seen? For me it’s clearly a pumpkin!


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Apple Spice Muffins

Have you entered apple/pumpkin spice everything overload yet? I haven’t, and on Sunday when I was trying to decide what type of muffins to make for snacking this week I knew I wanted to make spiced something!

I did as I suavely do when trying to figure out what to make, I googled a few recipes until I came up with this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Muffins from Canadian Living. The only problem being – I didn’t actually have any pumpkin. But I did have some apple sauce in the fridge so I printed the recipe off as a guideline and off to the kitchen I went to Suzi-fy the recipe into Apple Spice Muffins!

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Apple Spice Muffins

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 9-12 muffins


  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 (heaping) tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/3 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup apple sauce (I used PC Organic cinnamon apple sauce)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp water (as needed)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds


  1. Preheat over to 375F
  2. In large bowl add all dry ingredients and mix to combine
  3. In a smaller bowl whisk together eggs, apple sauce and vanilla, then add to dry ingredients
  4. Mix just until dry ingredients are combined and moistened. You may need to add a tsp of water if the mixture appears too dry.
  5. Spoon batter into lined muffin tin.
  6. Sprinkle sunflower seeds on top of muffins (if desired)
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the centre is firm to the touch
  8. Cool and enjoy!


I made 1/2 of my batch without sunflower seeds, and the other half with. Just be sure to sprinkle sunflower seeds on top of the muffins with sunflower seeds so you can tell them apart once baked.

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I ind these muffins a little bit chewy, and nice and dense. I really like how they turned out without using any cooking oil, and will certainly be making them again!

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Mr. Owl likes them too ;)