The heat is still hanging on here in Northeastern Ohio but, dangit! I’m ready for fall. I’m ready to wear sweaters and drink hot cider and do so without sweating. This past weekend we woke to a slight chill in the air that, although it didn’t last long, excited me with the promise of a new season. First thing on our fall family activity list – pumpkin picking!
I don’t know what pumpkin picking looks like in your area, but here in Ohio, admission to the local farms for corn mazes and pumpkins will set you back $10…per person. That is a bit steep for our family, so I was grateful when my Aunt and Uncle said we could bring the boys over this weekend to raid their pumpkin patch. Plus, my kids tend to feed off the energy of a crowd, so I much preferred the quiet peacefulness of my family’s pumpkin patch to the crazed throng of families at the other local options.
I’m all about keeping things calm and simple, especially when involving my children.
So we packed up the van and headed down the road on a beautiful Sunday, late afternoon, ready to check off our first fall activity.
My Aunt and Uncle grow a mix of decorative and cooking pumpkins, so the boys picked out their favorites to set out on our front stoop and I grabbed a few to use for baking. I’ve never made a pumpkin dessert from fresh pumpkin before, but I’m pretty excited to learn how to do it all from scratch. Mike has been hungry for a pumpkin pie, so I’m going to give making a pie from fresh pumpkin the old Harvard try this week and see what happens. I’ll keep ya posted…
Here are so photos from our afternoon, including a few bump photos because I couldn’t resist the beautiful backdrop.