Apple Picking

We had our annual apple picking outing at Smolak Farms in late September. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day for it. The only problem was that the apples were pretty scarred (maybe from a rough winter?). We had to work extra hard to find apples with the fewest blemishes.

We were joined by Nonna, Papa, Auntie Laura, and Bridget. This made our outing that much more enjoyable! Before they all arrived we started off checking out the farm’s pumpkins.

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Despite the poorer quality apples we still managed to fill our bag with plenty of fruit for apple pie, crisp, muffins, sauce, and just plain eating. Plus, the girls had a blast as always. This was Levi’s first apple picking experience. He slept through most of it, but once he woke up we were able to help him pick his own apple.

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Pumpkin Picking and Carving!

We made our annual trip to Crescent Farms to pick pumpkins this weekend. The weather was perfect-sunny, unseasonably warm, and breezy. The pumpkin pickings were slim, but we still managed to find two nice pumpkins for carving. The girls had fun checking out a few animals, and trekking through the patch finding baby pumpkins, pumpkin blossoms, and a few “gross” pumpkins too.

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It was difficult, but Jonathan had to make an executive decision during dinner-we would wait until the next day to carve the pumpkins. The girls were clearly wiped out from a long day with not a minute of napping.

Sarah wanted to make a kitty cat. Jonathan exercised an unbelievable amount of patience as he slowly cut out the mouth, whiskers, and eyes. Sarah, we have found out, is a perfectionist. She wanted her kitty cat to be just right. She started melting down when Jonathan got to the mouth. He penciled in a smile when Sarah protested because she wanted her kitty to be sad. Many tears were shed. Jonathan’s patience persevered and she ended up with a sad kitty cat.

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Abigail wanted hearts all over her pumpkin. All throughout the pumpkin carving process (both with Sarah’s and Abigail’s pumpkins) Abigail kept telling Jonathan what a great job he was doing. She helped to lighten things up a bit. She was very happy with her final result.

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Lily was clearly exhausted. Because of church and meetings afterward she didn’t get a nap in. She did plenty of screaming and then retreated to the living room for some alone time (but not before helping out a bit at the beginning).

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Our pumpkin seeds are rinsed and will dry overnight before I toast them. I am definitely looking forward to that! Here is a simple and straight-forward recipe you may want to try!