Pumpkin spice has been in season for a while now but it is finally PUMPKIN season! I ordered two cans of pumpkin this week with my groceries. That way I’ll have some on hand when the pumpkin baking begins. They always seem to run out close to Thanksgiving when everyone is making pumpkin pie, so now I am prepared for once. I actually don’t have any plans to make pumpkin pie but I will be making pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cookies. I’ll be sure to post the results on Instagram with the recipes too.
This weekend we’ll head out to Secor Farms for their hayrides, animal farm, pumpkin patch, corn maze and probably some apple cider and apple cider donuts. Maybe we’ll even have some hot chocolate if we’re feeling very decadent. That gives us just a few days to decide how we are going to decorate those pumpkins before Halloween. If all goes as planned one will turn into a proper jack-o-lantern with an electric candle and the other will be decorated with paint or markets. The pumpkins will become a part of our decor through the fall and into the winter(until the Hanukkah decorations come out!).
Head over to our Pinterest Board The Great Pumpkin for more pumpkin inspiration. What is your favorite part of pumpkin season?
Trick or Treat? Here’s a good one… “How do you get a tissue to dance?” “You put a little boogie in it!”
The last weekend in October means that Halloween is near. Whether you are trick or treating or handing out candy or heading to a costume party, dressing up is one of the really fun Halloween traditions. I particularly love Halloween in New York City because there are many instances when you aren’t quite sure if someone is dressed up or not. Does that person really like a pointed black hat or are they dressed up like a witch? Is that a fashion statement with the stripes and polka dots or is that a clown? Someone dressed in all black with white gloves could be a mime or could just be headed home for the night. I try to DIY my children’s costumes for the most part and this year is no exception. This weekend I’ll be working diligently to complete our Disney Cars themed costumes using paint, old boxes and the art skills I wish I had!
While I am hard at work getting our costumes in order I’ll be dreaming about what kind of sweets we will indulge in. Halloween is a pretty good excuse to consume large amounts of sugar but it doesn’t all have to be junk. Check out this recipe for Caramel Apples with Lucy’s Granola Toffee Crumbles & Rococo Chocolates Chocolate Shavings. Growing up my mom always made(and probably still does) pumpkin cookies filled with oatmeal, chocolate chips and raisins. When I was little we would decorate them with orange frosting and use more chocolate chips, raisins and candy corn to turn them into jack-o-lanterns. Now I realize these cookies are pretty delicious without the added sweetness. I’m sure I’ll sneak a snickers bar or two from my kids stash when they go to sleep on Halloween but for the most part I try to stick to the good stuff.
Once Halloween is over we’ll be full-on into pumpkins and turkeys for Thanksgiving. I am going to enjoy the last weekend of sweet Halloween bliss before the Holidays get into full swing.
Fall is officially here and if you’re like me, you’re looking to take advantage of all that the season has to offer. Here is a round up of some great events and places to visit this fall.
New York City Wine & Food Festival: Taking place in multiple venues throughout NYC the weekend of October 11th -14th this food and wine festival is a must see. You can choose from large events featuring television personalities like Giada DeLaurentis to intimate dinners at restaurants like Café Boulud. The festival raises money for Food Bank New York City so you can feel good while you are out enjoying delicious food.
The New York Coffee Festival: From October 12-14th this festival will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. This event is about sipping and tasting the best coffee around. It is a mix of coffee professionals, coffee aficionados and tired people looking for a pick-me-up! I attended this event a few years ago and have to tell you there are also loads of delicious sweets to pair with the abundance of coffee.
Pumpkin Patch at Demarest Farms: My children love picking out the perfect pumpkin to decorate ahead of Halloween and Demarest Farms makes it super fun. There is a tractor ride out to the pumpkin patch where you’ll also find some farm animals, apple cider, apple cider donuts and some play structures for the kids. You can purchase your tickets online to save time when you get to the farm!
Apple Picking at Ochs Orchard: This Orchard is the perfect place for a quick getaway from NYC and finding delicious apples. Pick Your Own Apples or just go and enjoy the farm life and get your apples from their market. The market is full of fresh produce and some really delicious small batch jams, jellies and food products. Right up our alley!
Whether you head out to one of these destinations or choose to spend your fall afternoons watching football on tv or maybe playing football in the park, I hope you’ll enjoy what this amazing season has to offer indoors and outdoors.