Monday, October 21, 2013

Pumpkin Pickin' and more

Going to the pumpkin patch is one of the many things I was looking forward to moving back up here.  There is nothing better then a hayride, hot apple cider, and picking out your own pumpkin. 

 This year we went to Bob's Corn which boasts an amazing corn maze.  Last year we attempted a farm maze at Tolmachoff Farms and it was an experience we will never forget.  We didn't wear the right clothes and were very, very unprepared when we stepped into the maze.  Long story short we had to find an employee to guide us out after an hour of searching for an exit. 

This year we saw the corn maze and then looked away.  The experience is still raw...

The farm this year had 4 acres of pumpkins that we could choose from; some straight off the vine. 

 Not only did we get pumpkins but we scored two ENORMOUS zucchini squash for $1 each! 
 No pressure there to use every last inch of those vegetables.  I made butternut squash soup, 4 loaves of zucchini bread, froze 4 cups of shredded zucchini and then made roasted squash just last night. 

This is how much I had left after I made all 4 of the breads. 
Feeling Culinary...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A little bit wet.

Yes, I know, it rains in Washington.  But honestly, not usually THIS much and all at once.  This past September is has broke a record of the wettest September since they started tracking rain levels. 
Go Figure!
Life must still go on - just a little bit more soggy.  So soccer games are still played and I have to say the girls don't really seem to mind. 

 The spectators (at least Carissa and I) try to keep our spirits up.  The large umbrella is a must.  The rain jacket is essential and I just picked up some of the cutest rain boots, so that helps too. 

It hasn't been all wet though. Last Thursday it dried out just in time for a field trip to Jubilee Farms. I just can not stress enough how jealous I am of these people living off the land.  The strategic rows of crops.  Little neat squares of flowers and herbs.  It is like a living Excel Spreadsheet.   The hogs and chickens don't even seem gross. 

 Check out this carrot!!  It felt so good to dig in the dirt with this girl.  She is just so dang beautiful and I am so glad I am able to tag along still on fieldtrips.

Here is the farm house.  And the rows.  Isn't is just pretty?