Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Fun!

Tonight was a very busy night tonight!  I made pumpkin shaped sandwiches for Marcus' class tomorrow.  They are having their class party in the morning.  We also carved the pumpkin we selected at Yesterland Farm.  Marcus was very eager to help with everything!  I just couldn't let the seeds go to waste.  So, I decided to make Sugar and Spice Pumpkin Seeds.

These are very easy to make and are a delicious snack!  You clean and dry the seeds.  It's ok it they're still slightly moist.  Melt 1-2 tsp butter and add to seeds.  I used 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 tsp sugar.  They turned out pretty good, but next time we will add a little more sugar.  Next, you bake for about an hour at 300 degrees.  Stir about every 15 minutes. Cool and serve! 

For those who know Marcus best, they know Elmo is a "must have" in our home.  So naturally, we found an Elmo pumpkin pattern to use!  It turned out really great!  Marcus hasn't seen it yet, because I put him to bed while Daddy was still carving.  I can't wait until the morning when he discovers his Elmo pumpkin!  I can already hear his little voice saying it!

Tonight was a success and I can't wait to see Marcus' face light up while he's discovering the magic of the holiday for the first time!

Pumpkin shaped sandwich

Daddy digging out seeds.  Mommy separating pulp from seeds.  Marcus thinking we're nuts! 
It's a dirty job, but someone had to do it!

Marcus just had to have a bite!  He wasn't impressed!
Helping Daddy map out the jack o lantern.

Elmo Jack o Lantern!!! 

Adding melted butter to the cleaned and dried seeds.

Sprinkling cinnamon and sugar.

Stirring the mixture.

Pour to bake.

Finished product.  Yummy!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The greatest time of the year...

I absolutely love the fall!  It's my favorite time of the year and October is my favorite month!  Well, to be honest, there isn't anything I dislike about the next few months!  I've been especially excited as my son, Marcus, age 21 months, is finally old enough to truly enjoy the season as well!  We've engaged in many activities this month and have enjoyed all of them! We always go to the Dallas Arboreteum and Marcus throughouly enjoyed it this year!  It was a fairly warm day and he mostly enjoyed playing in the fountains.  However, we did get some good shots with him in the pumpkins!
In the Fountains
Mommy and Marcus posing in the pumpkins
My silly little boy!
We also had a chance to visit Yesterland Farms in Canton.  If you've never been, I recommend it!  We had a blast and there is tons of family activites!  We enjoyed the farms petting zoo, pig races, corn maze, hay rides, freshly sqeezed lemonade and of course, pumpkin patch!  They have several other activites to engage in, but we will get to that on our next visit!
Petting Lola the donkey.

Marcus in the play houses.

Daddy and Marcus in the Corn Maze.

Mommy and Marcus on the Hay Ride.

Kisses in the pumpkin patch

This week we went to the State Fair of Texas.  My favorite activity was the Helping Hands on the Farm.  It consists of each child receiving an apron (Marcus was too little for one) and a basket upon entrance.  You then "work" the farm.  For example, you pick peaches, feed the animals, gather eggs, clip sheep, pick produce, etc.  At the end, you seperate all your basket items in exchange for your "pay".  Your child then takes their "money" to the General Store where they purchase one item.  Even though my son isn't even two yet,  he seemed to understand the concept and we were very proud!  My husband and I also decided to ride the Texas Star with Marcus.  It is the largest ferris wheel in Texas!  Marcus seemed to love it!  I hope he's never afraid of heights!  We enjoyed lots of different activites and even ate a fried peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich...yummy!  It was a wonderful day and I can't wait to go again next year!

Daddy and Marcus picking peaches in the Helping Hands Farm.
Daddy and Marcus feeding the camel!  I can't believe Julian put his hand that close!

Marcus really loved those lil piggies!
Fried peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich!

Mommy, Marcus and Big Tex!

We ended the day on the Texas Star.

I'm looking forward to the last week of October as we have parties and trick or treating!  I hope Marcus will look back on these pictures and smile!