Monday, October 13, 2008

Is It Fall or Summer?

Is it still summer? My calendar says Fall, but the temperature says Summer - sheesh! It was pretty warm out this weekend - 84 degrees. Ewww...



I am confident by the end of this week we will be out of shorts - FINALLY! Just in time to visit the pumpkin patch with my family, without bees!



This weekend, we visited a local stop in our town to get our carving pumpkins. We have an annual night that my parents and brother come over for a chili supper, and we carve pumpkins for display on Halloween night. It's usually a couple days before the holiday, but we like to get the pumpkins early to decorate the porch etc.

The place that we go to buy them is actually someones home in which they set up a stand in their driveway with veggies and pumpkins that they've grown on their farm. It is by far the most inexpensive place we've been able to find pumpkins each year - it proves how much mark-up these little Country Markets put on theirs. This coming weekend, we will make our annual trip to the very popular Stonycreek Farm with my in laws so that the kids can walk through the pumpkin patch and choose one themselves. We love that day with the grandparents, and have been doing it since Carter was a baby.

Here's some photos from the weekend activities!

This is a shot of the road in town that we take to get our pumpkins. It looked so pretty with the leaves and sunlight that I had to snap one!



Here's a little area where the pumpkins are in the driveway of this home. Pumpkins start at $2.00 for a decent carving sized one! They have some really interesting varieties of pumpkins as well. You can see Olivia in her hot pink shorts at the top. The color hot pink, shorts and short sleeve shirts just don't scream "It's Fall" to me.... The pumpkins sure did though!



This is still not something I'm quite used to, even after all these years of living in the Midwest. Where I grew up on the East Coast, you might not want to leave your bicycle on your front porch if you want it still there when you come back out to play - if you know what I'm saying. But here? The honor system... gotta love the country...



So, my kids don't like caramel apples, but 'tis the season, so I had to make some anyway!

Here's my ingredients (ohhhhh, challenging!)



And the end result....



Can't forget to show The Boy's second year in Scouting. He's a Wolf this year... here he is proudly showing off his new colors. Boy Scout Popcorn sales have begun, so we've been pounding the pavement this weekend filling up his order form. Our community set the bar pretty high - Zionsville was #1 in the nation last year for Popcorn Sales. Our little town!!

9 comments:

Shannon said...

It's 42 here now! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... we're supposed to warm up a bit as the week goes along. That, I am looking forward to. We seemed to skip cool weather completely. Went from warm to, "OMG! It's cold!"

I have a feed set up on my blog now, thanks for suggesting it! :)

Marianna said...

I'm envying that forecast--the part at the end of the week that is! Love the pumpkins...Amin is doing scouting this year for the first time. So far he is really enjoying it.

mindianapolis500 said...

Hey - send some popcorn our way! :)

John said...

Looks beautiful. How are the popcorn sales going?

Andrea said...

Shannon - Brrr is right! My SIL said there was a chance of snow flurries already. Dang! TY about the new Feed too!

Mindi - there is another scout who's supposed to do your street. I'll contact them and see if they are done. If so, I'll send Carter your way!

John - sales are going well. We have a great n'hood that likes to contribute to the kid's stuff. Thankfully, our school system doesn't bog us down with stuff to sell, so there is not an overload on sales-kids! :)

Grampy said...

Wait until the second week in January and you will wishing for these 70-80 degree days.

Wendy said...

42 YIKES - I'll take my late summer days in Fall! I'm loving this beautiful weather and savor it because it won't last. :O(

Andrea, looks like a fun weekend, we are hoping to do it when we get back the following weekend - we usually go this Friday each year because the kids don't have school but we will be gone!!! Hope we have a nice day!

Karen said...

I love the pictures of you and the grandparents choosing your pumpkins each year. Yes, I look forward to it each year. Here we usually buy ours at the grocery store!

Midwest Mommy said...

Yum! How can someone not like caramel apples! Very cute pics.