the pumpkin patch.

On Friday, we drove up to Hill Ridge Farms to pick out our pumpkins for Halloween. It was over two hours away from Fort Bragg, but we had planned a trip up to Trader Joe’s to stock up on wine/chocolate/pumpkin butter/other delicious things you can only get at TJ’s and wanted to make a day of our trip up north. Apparently Hill Ridge is the place to go for pumpkins if you’re in the Raleigh/Wake Forrest area.

After closer to two and a half hours in the car (traffic and a stop at Chick Fil A slowed us down), we were saying things like, “This place had better be worth it!” and “Watch- they’ll be closed or have no pumpkins left!” But upon arrival, we quickly checked our pessimism at the silo. Hill Ridge Farms did not disappoint.

For $20, we were treated to farm animals, playgrounds, a hay bale maze, a huge tube slide, a corn house (like a sandbox but all corn kernels), a hay ride, two pumpkins and some amazing memories. Madeline had the best time, running from one activity to the next. The whole experience was exactly her speed. There was so much that we didn’t take advantage of because Maddie was a bit too young, like pony rides, a moon bounce and gemstone panning. Next year at Hill Ridge promises even more fun with our little chicken!

And now, for your viewing pleasure, a selection of my favorite photos from our time at the pumpkin patch. I’ll say it once, I’ll say it a thousand times- HAPPY FALL, Y’ALL!

Madeline romping in the pumpkin patch
Looking for her perfect pumpkin.
Madeline smiling with pumpkins
The cutest punkin in the patch!
Maddie and Mommy with pumpkins
Shy guy.
Mommy and Maddie looking at a pumpkin
Mommy and Maddie
Daddy holding tired Maddie at the pumpkin patch
Tuckered out.
Maddie on Daddy's knee at the pumpkin patch
Daddy and Maddie
Maddie on Daddy's shoulders at the pumpkin patch
Can you tell he’s her favorite?
Maddie sitting with her pumpkin
It’s the great pumpkin!
Madeline waving with her pumpkin
A couple of punkins in the patch!
Happy baby with her pumpkin
My favorite- the giddy pony and her pumpkin!

And for reading this far…a bonus clip of me and Madeline on the big tube slide! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

from pin to project: roasted cauliflower and cheddar soup.

My Pin: Two Peas And Their Pod’s Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup

Two Peas and Their Pod's Roasted Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup
Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup

My Project: Roasted Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup
My delicious Roasted Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup!
I tried this: October 2013

Alterations: I left out the celery and thyme, because I don’t really like either in soups. I also substituted chicken broth for the vegetable broth that was called for, since I already had it in the pantry. Finally I roughly tripled the amount of cheese in the soup, because we love cheese and that’s all there is to it.

Thoughts: For a soup with no cream, no meat and no noodles, this soup is exceptional. It is hearty, flavorful and especially filling when paired with some crusty bread. This soup can stand alone, but I dipped breaded chicken into mine, and my husband ate his with a hot-off-the-grill brat. This soup is a new fall fave for our family!

from pin to project: pumpkin pie crescents

My Pin: Six Sisters Stuff’s Mini Pumpkin Pie Crescents

Six Sisters Stuff Mini Pumpkin Pie Crescents
Six Sisters Stuff Mini Pumpkin Pie Crescents

My Project: Pumpkin Pie Crescents

Pumpkin Pie Crescents
My Pumpkin Pie Crescents, shot with my new 50mm lens!

I tried this: October 2013

Alterations: I cut this recipe in quarters to make just eight crescent rolls at a time.

Thoughts: Delicious! The Six Sisters strike again with this recipe. Sweet, but not too sweet, we enjoyed these pumpkin treats for Sunday breakfast with some Christmas tea. They would be awesome on Thanksgiving morning or really any fall day. Easy to make and not too messy, these will definitely be baked again and again in our house! The only change I might try next time would be adding a little bit of brown sugar to the filling, to add just a touch more sweetness.