Pumpkin Day

You know I love traditions and last year a friend shared one of their family traditions with us that I absolutely love. I have been waiting for the first Saturday in October for another family Pumpkin Day adventure.

Pumpkin day is a celebration of fall, cool weather, and of course everything pumpkin. From the pumpkin pancakes that start your day – pumpkin hot cocoas for the little ones and a pumpkin spice lattes for us older folk.

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Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s pumpkin selection.

Pumpkin streusel bread, pumpkin cinnamon rolls . . . you get the idea. You can find the recipes by clicking the links or checking out my Pumpkin Day board on Pinterest. Not only is it full of yummy recipes for you to try, but there are also DIY projects for you and the kiddos.

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We added the maple glaze just after this picture. Mouth watering amazing!

We invited some neighbors over for our pancake breakfast and then loaded up our pumpkin treats, some apple cider, and drove to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins.  This year we hit the road in the direction of Summers Farm and we loved it! We highly recommend this fun-filled family adventure to everyone. Pay online if you are going on a weekend. It will save you a ton of time waiting in line.

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It is in Frederick, Maryland and totally worth the drive. Twelve dollars per person (under two is free) gives you access to countless attractions. There are so many attractions you will run out of sunlight before you run out of options.

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All three of my boys loved the slides. This is one of two.

You line up and catch a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Your perfect pumpkin awaits you and we loved getting to pull them off the vine ourselves. Both of my sons selected a free gourd in one of the many events held at Summers Farm and Rowan’s had a special sticker that won him a free pumpkin. We came home with five pumpkins and two gourds, only one of which is orange.

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After buying our pumpkins, taking a ride on the pumpkin train, and taking our turn at the apple blaster, we returned home to Pumpkin Ale Chili simmering in the crockpot. We started dinner with dessert – no better way to close out another amazing Pumpkin Day.

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We had a beautiful day. The sun made it feel more like Spring than Fall and my only regret was not thinking to bring hats for everyone. Thankfully, we had sunscreen in the glovebox.

Pumpkin day energized us for the season, but there are a few more necessities we need to complete. Check back next week for a special momma day Halloween post with spooktactular ideas to get you and your goblins ready for the 31st.

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I finally got them both to look!

Cheers,
Kelly

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