socialite savvy: pumpkin beers & birthdays

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My fantastic friend, Casey, celebrated her birthday recently, & as a girl with a Fall birthday who loves a good brew, she came up with the brilliant notion of hosting a blind pumpkin beer tasting.  Each guest brought a beer to share.  The labels were ripped off & the bottles numbered.  Our lovely host created a proper list of our beer selection & laid out the challenge: whoever guesses the most beers correctly wins the prize!  Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, the numbers got jumbled & the samples got bigger, but we did declare a winner: the lovely Jen who named all 9 pumpkin beers correctly.  Jewel Staite (actress from such sci-fi hits as Firefly & Stargate: Atlantis) wrote a hysterical post on hosting a blind wine tasting via her blog Happy Opu, & I’m beginning to think these two ladies are onto something with their party planning methods.  Both had entertaining results!

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Here is the part where I shock & offend most people: I don’t like beer.  Trust me, I’m surrounded by friends who pride themselves on their beer knowledge & they’ve been trying to find a beer to woo me for years.  It still has yet to happen.  Regardless, one of the guests brought a mulled wine complete with pumpkin spice so I was set.  & I opted to bring pumpkin brownies for my tasting addition:

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Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Buy your favorite brownie mix.  (I chose Ghiradelli’s Double Fudge Brownies.)

Follow directions on box.  Pour 3/4 of brownie mixture into pan.

Before popping that pan into the oven, prepare the pumpkin.  You can select pumpkin puree or opt for the pumpkin pie filling like I did.

Add to the pumpkin: 1 large egg, 3 oz. cream cheese, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon & 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg.  Mix ingredients well.

Pour the pumpkin blend over the brownie in the pan & top off with the remaining brownie mixture.

Take a butter knife & run through the ingredients in the pan in a swirling motion.  Pop in the oven & follow the brownie box instructions for cooking time.  Viola!

Be sure to visit again tomorrow for my newest addition of “Muse Moments!”

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