Westham Island Pumpkin Patch

I had another post in the Drafts section that I haven’t completed yet, a re-cap about our trip to Mexico and a Pumpkin Tart recipe from Thanksgiving, which seems like it was forever ago now. But, I just had to post this before Halloween! Adam and I went to our local pumpkin patch yesterday. It’s the second year we’re celebrating Halloween together, and the second year we visited this particular farm. It’s the Westham Island Herb Farm, nestled between Ladner and Richmond. You have to go over a single lane bridge to cross over to it, and it’s the cutest little farming area.

Every year they open their pumpkin patch, along with a herb farm where you can purchase their local produce, veggies, fruits. etc. Aren’t those Artichoke Blooms gorgeous? I should have bought some, but I’m not sure what I would have done with them. The colours were just so vivid. The people who work there also carve a ton of pumpkins themselves and put them on displayed along with barrels of hay, and scarecrows, and the area is all decorated in Halloween decor. It’s a great place to take children so they can find their own Great Pumpkin. While we were there lots of families were bringing first-timers to the patch, and capturing the moment on camera to enjoy later. I really don’t think you can ever outgrow a visit to the pumpkin patch.

Adam was meeting me on the way home from work, as he is an Electrician, he was wearing his coveralls, and looked funny walking around the farm, because it looked like he could work there! Haha. I was at the school volunteering in Tsawwassen, so we decided to meet at the farm as it was only open until 5 pm, so coming home and then going back out again would have taken too long. Adam was coming from Richmond, and luckily left right before the plane crash that occured, as he was right near YVR.

It was pretty cool out, but still sunny. Perfect combination for pumpkin-patching.

We scoured the fields for our perfect pumpkin picks. I like the smaller ones. We found a peanut shaped pumpkin, I’ll have to post a picture later, and he will be turned into ‘Mr. Peanut’ from Planters Peanuts. You know the one I mean, with the spectacles. We got 8 pumpkins I believe, at .30 cents a pound, plus some Gala apples from their farm, all for $23.

We’re supposed to go to a friends tonight for a pumpkin carving/halloween party but we have yet to figure out a costume. Being away for a week, and catching up on school work has taken over my life. Per ususal. So we’ll see what happens! Are you dressing up this year?? What are your ideas? Did you visit a pumpkin patch!?? It’s a tradition I will continue to experience, no matter how old we get!

If you live in the lower mainland area, I would definitely suggest stopping by Westham Island in Ladner, and

 

 

 

 

On Vacation

It’s actually friday night, 11 pm to be exact, so we are not quite in Mexico yet! I’m frantically trying to finish some Japanese history course work due during my absense. We don’t leave until Sunday, but tomorrow we are gone all day and night for my cousin’s wedding! So we pretty much had to be completely ready to leave by tonight, because by the time we get home Saturday night we’ll have only a few hours until we need to be at the airport for our 7 am flight! The reason we are going to Mexico is to attend our friends wedding.You’ll remember Adam and I went to Los Cabos in February. I’ve never been to Peurto Vallarta before, so I’m looking forward to it. I’m even more thankful that Hurricane Jova has left the area!! Here’s hoping for nice weather!

See you in a week!

 

Traditional Apple Pie

This weekend it’s Thanksgiving in Canada. Adam and I get to enjoy two thanksgiving dinners; one at my family’s house and one at his. It’s going to be really nice to see everyone and enjoy dinner, reminiscing, and of course dessert.

I made several small pumpkin tarts, pecan tarts and even mini pumpkin cheesecakes. But I had to make one large apple pie, as per some requests. I think I will also make a full sized pumpkin pie tomorrow for our second dinner.

This is my go to pie dough recipe, along with a simple apple filling. Check out my tips on preparing and baking an apple pie here.

 

For the filling:

mix together in large bowl:

  • 6-7 large tart apples, peeled and cored, sliced thin
  • 1-2 tbs. brown sugar
  • sprinkle of flour
  • splash of lemon juice
  • a few dashes of cinnamon

Combine, and pour into prepared pie crust. Top with second layer, cutting out vents on top. Brush with egg wash if desired, sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 for an hour, or until top is crisp.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadians! Hope you have a fantastic long weekend!

 

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