Saturday, October 18, 2008

A tale of two pumpkins

This morning we went to Fir Point Farms with the girls and our friends Matt and Barbara and their kids. The farm is located in Canby and has a great assortment of activities for kids of all ages, as well as a huge assortment of pumpkins (at great prices, too!). For $10, you get 25 tickets to "pay" for the various activities - a hay maze, a bounce house, a play structure, hay rides, and a petting zoo, to name a few. The kids ran around for a few hours and the adults followed, cameras in hand. We brought home 4 pumpkins, including an 18 pound Cinderella pumpkin that I'm going to bake and puree tomorrow, since I seem to be even more of a pumpkin spice latte addict these days than before (perhaps it's the fact that my kids seem to think that 5 am is a perfectly acceptable time of day to wake up?). I'm guessing that an 18 pound pumpkin will keep me in lattes, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin pie (who's excited for Thanksgiving?!?!) for quite a while.

Here are a few shots from our morning out:

And yes, I made those shirts. You can too - just click here. And if you're cool like me, you have a friend like I do who decided that our playgroup should do this at her house while the kids were distracted by a tea party with her fancy china. Brigitte, you're a much braver momma than I am! Martha would be so proud.
Finally, and now that I am once again jonesing for a pumpkin spice latte, here's a new idea for all of you converts to try: Pumpkin Pie Spice Simple Syrup. No actual pumpkin (and therefore no nutritional value), but the flavor is so close to Starbucks, that if you wiggle your toes while drinking, you are completely fooled. Say it with me people: YUM. Denise and John, I apologize for the addiction that is now afflicting your house. We should all consider a 12 step.


  1. Hi - thanks for the link to my site! Glad you enjoyed the pumpkin spice syrup recipe.


  2. You're not kidding about the addiction! I've tweaked it a bit and have been using pumpkin pie mix (already sweetened with spices) and Torani vanilla syrup added to my steamed milk and espresso...can't forget the whipped cream of course!!! John proclaimed it was "liquid crack" With actual pumpkin in it, I can justify it with the nutritional value, right? ;-)