Sunday, October 2, 2016

Family | Our weekend farm visit with the cousins + Apple Cider Doughnuts


It's October! I've happily welcomed back my favorite pumpkin recipes and Sunday roasts for dinner.  Throw blankets have been unpacked and midday pumpkin lattes have replaced my iced coffees.  The leaves are just beginning to change and my boys are inside by 7:00 at night because it's too dark to stay out.  After an unbearably hot summer, the return of autumn and all it brings is even more appreciated than normal. This weekend my brother and his family were in town for a quick visit so we did the quintessential fall activity and visited a farm.  Corn mazes, hayrides, fresh cider and caramel apples with plenty of space to run and play made for a fun day.  We went to Blooms and Berries Farm in Loveland, just the right amount of fun yet still charming and authentic feeling.  Here are a few pictures from our day.

^^the whole gang.  maybe the only picture we have with all of us in it!  Of course Charlie and Carter are hamming it up. :) ^^










^^And with the fresh cider we bought, I made Smitten Kitchen's Apple Cider Doughnuts.  They are the BEST cider doughnuts I've ever eaten.  I have such an aversion to frying food, so I dabbled with  many baked doughnut recipes the last couple years in the hopes to achieve doughnuts like these, but alas, frying is sometimes necessary.  I made the recipe as written but had to add quite a bit more flour to have the dough come together.  Also, I used canola oil for frying (my aversion to shortening is even bigger than my aversion to frying.  Just can't do it.  I have a degree in nutrition for goodness sakes! :)) and I used a Dutch oven instead of a deep fryer.  These will become a new October tradition for sure.  They would be just perfect to share with friends at a pumpkin carving party.^^



10 comments :

  1. I love autumn and all of the harvest and family gatherings, we enjoy much that your family does.

    The days are definitely shorter! In what I truly don't hope to be considered rude, am I wrong in reading early in your post that it is too dark for your kids to be out? Considering your oldest son is fourteen I'm wondering if this was a generalization.

    Happy Fall!

    Jane

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    1. Ha, yes, he is certainly allowed out after 7:00, but not riding his bike in the dark or shooting hoops in the dark, etc. now it's Friday night football games or walking into town with friends, just different than summer. And I don't let Charlie play outside in the dark without a parent keeping a closer eye. We always came in when the street lights came on too. :)

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  2. It looks like such a fun family day. Just curious, though. Does your husband have family living near you, or maybe they are just camera shy? Maybe I missed them on your blog somewhere. Your home is so pretty!

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    1. Yes, Jimmy's side of the family is here too! :) We don't see them as often as we used to since his mother passed away 6 years ago and she was really the social center and coordinator for family gatherings. We all miss the dinners and get togethers at his parent's home ! It's also tougher for to get us all together because weekends are full of teenager sports and activities - all the cousins are older on that side of the family. :)

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  3. This is my favorite season (with spring a close second). I love your family pictures, they always make me smile. Our adult sons are enjoying a weekend with family in Austin---cousins are the best!
    xo,
    Karen

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  4. A great surprise to have a post from you this morning! I miss hearing from you more often...which is such a funny thing to say since we don't know each other. Except of course I feel as if I know a bit about you since I've been reading your blog forever.

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  5. Hello! I found your blog about 6 months or so ago. Love it! I have two boys (ages 5 and 6) and live in Ohio as well. We are in a suburb of Cleveland. I just wanted to tell you that I love your sense of style (home, fashion, etc.), I take my time decorating my home, and I love to cook/bake, so just about every blog you post is right up my alley. I even went back and read all your old posts! I hope that doesn't sound too crazy. I just loved watching how the rooms in your home came to be what they are today. I also found Everything But the House and Chatbooks because of the information you shared. So this comment is really a thank you for the time you put into sharing things with the world. I am grateful.

    Raquel

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  7. The doughnuts sound awesome! Just wondering how much of a mess it makes? I have an aversion to grease splattered everywhere. : )

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    1. I hear you, same here. I didn't have any oil splatter using a large Dutch oven.

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