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Pumpkin Patch 2015 – Preston Trail Farms, Gunter, TX

Taking a bit of a break from my Me & Martha series to post some pics from our trip to the Pumpkin Patch this year.  It’s funny because as Matt and I were eating our picnic lunch and watching all the kids run around feeding the animals and picking pumpkins, I was like “So when you were a kid, did your parents take you to a pumpkin patch in the Fall?”  Of course he said no… I never went to a pumpkin patch either as a kid?  I guess it’s a newer thing?  Matt is from the Midwest and I’m from the South… so maybe it’s a northeast thing?  The only reason I knew what a pumpkin patch was is because of Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin…  (which is coming on tomorrow night on ABC! 7 central!)

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We’ve loved going to the pumpkin patch for years with the older kids.  I used to take the kids to the patch in Flower Mound, TX.  We lived about 10 minutes away so it was always convenient.  However, it is always so crowded.  yikes.  Same goes for the Dallas arboretum.  It’s beautiful but crowded and a little pricey and not that much fun for the little littles.  So this year we decided to drive a bit north and visit Preston Trail Farms.  Gage had to work and Cady was away for the weekend but that was ok because I knew this place would be more geared for Milo’s age/kids.  It was $8 to get in but that includes a cup of animal feed for the petting barn, a hay ride and a hot dog for your lunch.  In my book, that’s a pretty good deal.  When we arrived the first thing Milo saw was this barrel train thing so I took a ride with him on it.  It literally went about 1 mile per hour!  Seriously!  It went all over the farm though so it was fun for him.

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Next up was wondering the rows of pumpkins. This farm actually grows pumpkins.  There were plenty still on the vine that weren’t even ripe yet.  It was fun to see them in all different stages.

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Matt had the camera for this outing so there are actually quite a few pics of me in this bunch…you are in for a treat.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t use most of them because he has a fondness for taking pics that include my backside.

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This is a pic I posted on Instagram…

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Milo and I have talked so much about gardening and growing veggies/fruits this year that it was nice to be able to show him this diagram and then he could actually SEE the pumpkins on the vine.

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Next up was feeding all the barn animals.

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And then of course a hay maze!

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I was impressed with the maze!  It was pretty long and had lots of dead ends.  He would have run around in there forever.

After the maze we decided to wait for the next hay ride.  Here’s another pic from Instagram:

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You can barely see the hay ride way off to the left.  We watched from the fence and then Milo watched as the barrel train came back around.

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Loaded up on the ride…

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Once the hay ride got going, Milo just about fell asleep.  Again… It wasn’t like it went fast. Another insta pic:

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After the hay ride we grabbed our lunch and found a nice spot on the grass to eat.  I guess we were busy eating because Matt didn’t take any pictures of this!  We had brought our own water and goldfish and the farm provided the hot dogs.  After lunch we let Milo sit on all the tractors and also ride/pedal the kid ones.  The weather was perfect.  We had a cold front come in Friday, so Saturday morning’s weather was exceptional.

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And I grabbed the camera and tried to get a photo of Milo & Matt, but he is not really into posed pics.

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We walked around the tractor & feed store before we left.  I wanted a cold coke and of course they had a John Deere tractor toy display so somebody got another new toy tractor…

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We had such a great time.  I would 100% suggest Preston Trail Farms up in Gunter if you have little kids.  So much to do and very reasonably priced.  We are planning on carving our pumpkins one evening this week.  The past couple of years we have painted them – this year we are going old school and breaking out the carving tools!  I’m even going to make a pumpkin pie from one of them! (maybe)

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Chocolate Bar Family Time…(Me and Martha Series)

To see all posts from my Me and Martha series, click here.

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It’s no secret that I LOVE chocolate!  And truth be told, I’m NOT a chocolate connoisseur… because milk chocolate is my favorite!  This last weekend was all about fun Fall stuff.  Halloween Crafts, pumpkin patches, football and yummy chocolate.

The Halloween candy bar covers were inspired from a couple of places.  One of the crafts is on page 401 of Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids.  It’s a snowman craft but works well as a little ghost too!

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It’s as easy as wrapping your bar with white paper (we just used printer paper for all our covers) then putting fingerprints for eyes and a mouth.

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We have a stamp pad but you could probably even use a black marker and color your kiddos fingertip.  I finished it with a bow of orange embroidery thread.

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You can get thin Halloween ribbon at the craft store for a couple of bucks but I never made it over there this past weekend.  I think it’s cute and grandparents or teachers would probably like it.

The second candy bar craft we did was the “mummy” one.  If you have kiddos, they have probably come home with a similar Halloween craft before.  You can do this on paper, around all types of candy, raison boxes, etc.  Since we were having a chocolate candy bar day we decided to “wrap” our candy bars.  We’ll be giving these out to special friends, not trick-or-treaters, that would be too $$$!.  We are giving them to co-workers, Cady’s friends, my bible study girls, etc. All you need is white paper and masking tape and some googly eyes.  We had everything for both of these crafts already – another reason it was so easy.

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Cut your paper to the size that will work well to wrap your candy bar.  Then use pieces of tape to cover one side.  This is a perfect preschool craft because the more random the tape is on the paper, the more it looks like a mummy!  Once done, trip the excess tape off the sides.  Next up, wrap your candy bar.

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Fold over once and secure with a small piece of tape.  Fold again and use two pieces of tape.  Then use a piece of tape on each end to seal the edges together.  Then use your craft glue and add some googly eyes.

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Sign your name if you want and voila – a mummy candy bar!

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And of course Cady and Matt made a few mummy bars too.  It was a family event after all!

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Next up with the chocolate bars was hot cocoa!  After baths and all homework was done, I told the kids we were going to have hot cocoa together.  This recipe comes from page 111 of Martha Stewart’s Parties and Projects for the Holidays.  This is the same book our Fall Luncheon ideas came from.

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All you need is 2 ingredients – milk and a Hershey bar!  So simple!  I will say, I thought it was really rich.  I couldn’t find an 8 oz bar of Hershey chocolate and didn’t want to cut up a bunch of our smaller ones so I found this big one that was a little over 7 oz.  Next time we make it we’ll use a little more milk (maybe an extra cup).  If you like really rich hot cocoa, leave it with the normal amounts.  It reminds me a lot of Starbucks hot cocoa or Godiva hot chocolate.

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That was our chocolate bar family time!  Easy activities and a fun way to end our day with the sipping of yummy cocoa.  Now if I can just keep myself from eating those chocolate candy bars that are reserved for friends it will be a success!

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