My Weekend: The Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend we headed to Larriland Farms, in Woodbine, MD with my mom and little brother. Going has kinda been a family tradition for most of my life. It’s a great place where you can choose a pumpkin from a pile or pick your own in a huge field. They also have fresh Kettle Corn, Apple Fritters, and Cider. There’s also some farm animals to see, a hay/corn maze, hay rides and much more. If you live anywhere near this place, I suggest visiting!!

As you can see, it was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun. We got a few pumpkins (and a squash) to carve this upcoming week too. It’ll actually be our first time carving a pumpkin as the three of us. Hopefully CT enjoys it, and if it goes well, I’ll share some photos!

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Jack-O’-Lantern Macarons

For this past weekends crafternoon, I thought it would be neat to make some halloween themed goodies. I was originally going to try a chocolate pumpkin pie recipe I saw online, but I didn’t have much time since our plane got in late on Friday and the party was Saturday. I can almost make macarons in my sleep, so I went ahead and made them instead.

I had the idea while we were away to add little faces to some of the macarons. I had always seen those Wilton Foodwriter markers while craft supply shopping, so I thought those might work. I made sure we stopped by AC Moore after we left the airport Friday, totally cutting it close! Ha!

They totally worked! I had to be very gentle, otherwise I’d have cracked the shell of the cookies. They don’t smudge, or run. It was actually a lot of fun making sure all the faces were different. Some were sad, some were happy, and one was crazy! I really love how they came out. I made a bunch for the party, a few for my neighbors (they were awesome and picked up all my UPS packages while we were gone) and a few for my family.

The orange ones are pumpkin spice flavored with chocolate buttercream as the filing, and the black ones are chocolate flavored with vanilla buttercream as the filling. All the colors came out exactly as I pictured, and so did the little faces. I really need to find other uses for these pens, their awesome!


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October Crafternoon

Heidi’s crafternoon this month was Halloween themed! Everyone brought loads of goodies as you can see above. It all looked so neat on the table. I wasn’t really able to eat any of it (except a gluten free soup that Heidi made, thank you btw!!), but I heard it all tasted great. Tasha made cupcakes, Paige made “bloody” coconut cookie balls and I made the jack-o-lantern macarons (I’ll post more about those later this week). Molly put together those adorable little treat bags (that CT stole and devoured, I got the cool vampire teeth at least). Lindsey also put together little goodies bags that I didn’t get a photo of, but she was super sweet and put together a gluten free version for me! These girls are soo nice!! Heidi provided the donuts and stew, and Meri made the pumpkin dip that you can see above in the skull dish!! It was so festive, I had to take loads of pictures!

The craft this time around was to make little halloween themed figures, corsages or ornaments. There were loads of supplies to choose from, and we could make whatever we wanted. It was a little overwhelming, but fun at the same time. I’m usually very structured when it comes to crafting, so this was a nice step outside my comfort zone.

I made the three little guys above. The one on the left was made out of a spun cotton figure that Heidi put together ahead of time. I kinda thinks she looks like a mix of a witch and a vegas showgirl. The other two figures were made out of pipe cleaners and other random supplies, I have no idea what they may or may not be, haha.

I’m finally putting up our halloween tree this week (I know I know, I’m behind, I blame vacation) and I was thinking these little guys would make great ornaments! It shouldn’t be too hard to sew/glue some loops on the top of each one.

Anyway, as always I loved seeing everyone and enjoyed myself very much. It was a nice end to my hectic and exhausting week and I can’t wait until the next one. Thank you again to all the girls (and guy) that make these get togethers so nice. You’re all awesome!

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