Wednesday, October 23

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA


Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center, {San Diego, CA} has become an annual tradition for my family.  We get there as early as we can {around 9.. they open at 8 or 8:30}, look around, get some pumpkins, head to the store and get out.  It gets crowded and it gets hot.. but like I said, get there early and it'll be a fun time!

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
 Pulling up and already the parking is filling up fast.


Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
There's nothing like a Bubbe's love.

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
Mister Turkey.. gobble gobble.  My mom says "poor dumb things". 

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
 Feed the goats, toppins a handful.. or a quarter.

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
First time feeding a goat = HUGE smiles and lots of laughs!!

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
Shop the spooky goodies

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
Happy Halloween from Bates circa 2013

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
She is all girl, with fancy frills.. wands + tiaras

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
PopPop, take me for a ride in my chariot!

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
$6.50 for a pumpkin this year

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
My pumpkin patch parents!

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
Hidden Mickey!  Just kidding, I wore my ears!

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
Hay Hay Hay Rides and Big Mac Pumpkins

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
Big Mac.. or just a Big Ma!  

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
Picturesque Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center, CA

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
He's always apologizing for something.. is that ALL men or just mine?
Good thing he requested a photo with me..
The SUN was SO BRIGHT in our eyes.  -_-

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
Our family of three | 2013
What a bunch of characters.  xo

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
A souvenir from San Jose, Ca.. fits perfect with the season!
¡Día de los muertos!


Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
I could say how cute this is.. OK, this is SO cute!  She loved it! {I usually NEVER let her throw hay/sand/dirt in the air, but this time I gave her the green light}
And I've just gotta say how much I'm loving the new camera on the iPhone 5S.  Like I said, I just have to say it.. 

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
Squashy squashy..

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
ACK!  A scarecrow..

Pumpkin Hunting at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2013 | Valley Center, San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
The day is done, long live our fun!

See you next year, Bates Nut Farm!

FYI.. we DID get our corn salad/salsa.. the corn lady opened late, after 10 or 11.. but she showed up and worked her magic.  Mmm, it's one of our favorite parts of the trip.  We wait ALL YEAR LONG to have that corn!  Don't ever leave!! 

Another tradition is Pumpkin Fudge, and this year they had Pumpkin Praline.. which was uber delish!  They give samples.. generous samples.

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BeckyCharms

Friday, October 18

I love you all!


I love you all! by BeckyCharms

I love you all.  Thank you for reading my stuff and looking at my photos.  I hope to hear from some of you soon.
 
Have a Blessed Day!!  ¡Viva!

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BeckyCharms

Thursday, October 17

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal - A New Fall Classic

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal by BeckyCharms
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

I eat oatmeal often.  My husband found he is allergic to oats, so I haven't made it as much.  It's even more of a bummer for him since his favorite cookie in the whole wide world was Oatmeal Raisin. 

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal - A New Fall Classic by BeckyCharms 
Fall and Cinnamon Sticks

It's Fall, my favorite time of year, and I wanted to incorporate pumpkin somehow into an everyday meal.  I'd never tried pumpkin in my oatmeal, but I have tried pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin spaghetti, pumpkin smoothie, pumpkin spice latte.. so why not? It's an easy way to bulk up your meal while adding added nutrition at the same time. 

Then, the more I was thinking about it, after I scooped the pumpkin, I thought why not try to get it to taste like pumpkin pie which is my favorite pie of all time.  Growing up my mom would bake me a pumpkin pie on the first day of Fall, every year.  I would come home from school and the house would smell delicious.  Then, I'd see my pie and get my first bite right from the center!  That would let everyone know it was MY pie, but also it was favorite part of the pie.  YUMMY!  

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal - A New Fall Classic by BeckyCharms 
Comforting Fall


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Recipe
Serves 1

3/4 Cooked Old Fashioned Oats
2 tsp Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp White Granulated Sugar
1/8 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
Sprinkle of Cinnamon
3 T or 1/4 C canned pumpkin {maybe a little less if the pumpkin is overpowering}
1/3 C FF Milk {or whichever you prefer: almond, soy, coconut, half & half, etc.}

Mix and eat.  Yumm.  

{Cook as much oatmeal as you want or need to feed your guests.  This recipe is to prep a single serving.  Everyone likes theirs a bit differently, so let your family and friends have fun with their dish.  They can add a few raisins or maybe some crystallized ginger; perhaps even a dash of maple syrup.}  

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal - A New Fall Classic by BeckyCharms


Let me know how you like it.. Every bite will fill your soul with the festive Fall feeling..

This post is linked up with the weekly Chic & Crafty party at Frugal Girls +The Frugal Girls  {10/17/2013}.

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BeckyCharms

This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012

This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
 Welcome to Bates Nut Farm.
{Extended hours this year - 2013: EXTENDED OCTOBER WEEKEND HOURS: SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS 8:30 - 6:00. COME EARLY AND STAY LATE!
OCTOBER WEEKDAY HOURS: MONDAYS - FRIDAYS 9:00 - 5:00.}


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
 Hey, it's hay. 


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 



This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
 A girl and her Bubbe {my mom}


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
 Making memories with daddy.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
 Pony Rides!


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Noted.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
My Mom.. LOVE you the MOST.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Pumpkins Galore.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
 Whoa. Hay.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
WHEE!


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Ack.  Hay.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Again, Again!


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Pumpkin Beauty.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Smoochie Fall Love.  They ARE magical pumpkins, after all.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Tiny Little Leggies.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
You HAVE to try the corn salad/corn salsa.. regular or on the potato.  Both are MACKING!!


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
My dad.. I love you tons!


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
All mine.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Traditions.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
The baby goats were soooo cute.  


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Animal lover.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Pure joy.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Our family.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Hey hey hey.. I'll take a Big Mac.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
 Love, us.


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Clearly I am the "funnest" of the family.  Self-declared.  Blame it on the Magical Pumpkins.

This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Comin' up round the bend with some BIG pumpkins!   Get outta the way!  Them squash are HEAVY!!


This Time Last Year - Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch 2012 by BeckyCharms & Co. 
Bubbe, PopPop, and TinyBaker


Bates Nut Farm is located in Valley Center, San Diego.  Their website has a calendar full of fun family events throughout the month.  On the weekends they have food and exciting activities.  Remember:  it is warm here during October.. sometimes HOT.  Even though we were wearing long sleeves, we were sweating like we were running from a zombie scarecrow.

Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center

Events for October - Pumpkin Patch

We've been coming here since .. 2007?   Maybe earlier.  It was a newer tradition for my family, but it is a yearly one with our daughter.  The memories, the fun, the smiles.. they are worth more than anything!

I know many families that make Bates Nut Farm part of their family traditions year after year.  Dress up for some Halloween fun or go enjoy some Famous Pumpkin Fudge for a Fall treat.  You'll cherish the experience!!

Come to San Diego.  Hope to see you at Bates!

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BeckyCharms

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