Posted in Boy Mom Life, family, Halloween time, October fun

🎃Pumpkin Patches & October fun 🎃

Hi! I hope everyone is doing well ! I went ghost for a while, its been super busy and it is such a crazy time & honestly I took a break to focus on myself and so many other things. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue this blog or even Instagram, but I am still here pushing , lol 🤣 Its definitely harder than it looks. October is my favorite month I just love everything about it; the weather, the fall fashion, decor, etc. I am a huge Halloween fan as well! To top it off my youngest was born on Halloween so this year he will be 10! I cant believe time has flown by so quick, it makes me super sad that he is growing so fast and now double digits but I am also so very happy to see the young boy he is becoming. 😀

October is almost over, which makes me super sad but I wanted to share some cool places we have checked out this month. We have gone to two pumpkin patches , we visited two spooky houses here in Los Angeles California & we also went to Rogers Gardens in Newport Beach they have a super cool and cute Halloween boutique that I highly recommend checking out. Keep reading to see all the fun we had 🧡

The Irvine Park Railroad has a pumpkin patch and it is located at; 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869. They do charge for parking and its a higher cost on the weekends and I hear it gets very busy so we ended up going on a weekday. I would say this is more for younger kids , my son still had a good time. They had a cute mini haunted house and different activities, you have to purchase tickets and I think they are a little pricey, but overall its a super cute pumpkin patch.

Frosty Forest pumpkin patch is located at ; 14861 Ramona Ave, Chino, CA 91710 & this one I would say is for little kids & bigger kids. They have rides , food, games, a huge corn maze, lots of photo ops, & so many different pumpkins. They do charge for entering and the corn maze is a separate cost and so are all the other activities. It was definitely worth it in my opinion. We had so much fun doing the corn maze , its a lot of walking but we laughed most of the time since we got lost throughout the whole thing. The do have workers in the maze that help you if you need it so that part is nice. Even my older son who is 16 didn’t complain too much, lol.

The top I am wearing is on of my favorite purchases for fall its by Free People and I love the print and color. They have a lot of different styles and colors ; https://shopstyle.it/l/bzjiQ ; https://shopstyle.it/l/bzjiR

The Spadena house also known as the “Witch’s house” located at 516 Walden Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 This is an iconic storybook style home that was originally built in 1921 , it looks so beautiful in person. Can you guess what movie it was in ? It was in Clueless! It has so many nice touches and it looks so much nicer in person. The area is also very nice and has amazing houses around it, and while we were there so many other people came to look at it. I was glad we were able to check it out.

The second home we visited was the American Horror Story House- Murder house ( from the first season) located at 1120 Westchester Place Los Angeles CA. If your a fan of this show please comment below, its always been one of my favorite shows so I was so excited to go see this house in person! My youngest son even thought it was so cool, this home is so big. I wished they would not have the fence around it but I think we can understand why. I also heard some of this season was filmed earlier this year at this location, while we were there people kept showing up.

Rogers Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 & this place is so beautiful I loved everything about it. They also have a restaurant which looks so cute I want to check it out next time, the Cabinet of Curiosities which is a little Halloween boutique is amazing. If your a Halloween fan you will definitely love it. They don’t charge to get in or for parking, and at the boutique you only purchase if you want to. They had a lot of decor that was unique and very cool, and this mini skull tunnel wall was my favorite. My youngest & I loved everything!

I am sad to see October gone😑 , cant believe it! This month flew by, but if we go to any other places before Halloween comes I will definitely post about it.

Thanks for reading & I hope you enjoyed my post 🧡 feel free to comment below if you have visited any of these, and what your favorite is. If you haven’t what place would you want to visit?

Posted in Baking, Holiday, Mom, Thanksgiving

A sweet Thanksgiving treat!

Is everyone ready for the holidays!? Lol, my youngest who is 9 has already started playing Christmas music in the car. I really have always enjoyed to cook & bake. I like to try new recipes & baking from scratch, I always like to get the kids involved. Now that my oldest is 15 I have to push him a little , lol but he isn’t too cool yet as he still participates. During the holidays I like to find fun, cute & festive desserts to we can try out. During my search I found these really cute apple hand pies which took me to this blog: https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/apple-hand-pies/

I decided to give these a try & they are very delish!

Finished pie ! I added caramel and vanilla bean ice cream and it was even better😋

I would definitely make sure you knead the dough really well, and make sure you have enough room to roll the dough evenly. The egg mixture also needs to be placed on top evenly so you can get that flaky brown consistency just like on a pie. I used Granny smith apples since I use those whenever I am cooking apples, but I think you can use any other apples. I also used more cinnamon than listed since we love cinnamon.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pie crusts
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter ,cubed into small pieces (optional)

Instructions:

  • Combine the chopped apples, sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Then cook on stove top, add 2 Tbs of butter in saucepan and add apples. Cook for about 10 minutes or so until apples are tender, add 2 Tbs of flour to thicken.
  • Flour your surface, roll the pie crusts to about 1/8-inch thick. Use a circle cookie cutter (or cup) cut out as many circles from the pie crusts as you can, reroll any scrap pieces of dough as needed. Move to the refrigerator to chill while you make the filling. 
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk until well combined. Set aside.
  • Remove the pie crust circles from the refrigerator and evenly add the apple pie filling between half of them, leave some room at the edges.
  • Place the other half of the pie crust circles on top then crimp the edges with a fork. You can add slits with a knife before you put the other half on top if you decide to do that.
  • Brush the top of each pie with the egg wash.
  • Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until the pies are golden brown and the filling is bubbling.

I wanted to add some pictures of our previous Thanksgiving dessert, Oreo cookie Turkeys from a few years ago. I love to look back at old pictures of my boys. Really great memories and I am so Thankful to God for both of them. I know 2020 has been so crazy.. what are you Thankful for? Any desserts your trying this year? Let me know if you try this one out😁