October 10, 2011

Fall Festivities & Food

We were looking forward for Saturday's Fall Festivities for weeks. In the afternoon, we headed to Kuiper's Family Farm to walk the corn maze, feed animals at the petting zoo, take a hay ride, and pick pumpkins. It was a beautiful day, albeit unseasonably warm, and it was great to spend it outside with some of my favorite people! 

I fell in love with a mini horse that we got to feed at the petting zoo. He was so cute! And since I just finished reading Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, I couldn't help but laugh to myself about how perfect it would be to see a little person riding a mini horse. I know my mother would enjoy seeing that too. Oh, how I love you, Chelsea Handler!

The major disappointment of the weekend came when the farm closed at 6:00 before we had a chance to get across the street to the bakery for the apple cider doughnuts. I've never had one, but everyone keeps telling me they're amazing. One of my coworkers breaks her gluten-free diet for these things. That's how good they're supposed to be. These doughnuts are, in fact, the only reason we chose to go to this particular pumpkin farm, since there are several closer options. And then we missed out on our opportunity because we made the uninformed decision to get on a hay ride rather than making our way to the bakery around 5:30.

Life lesson #87897: Always get the apple cider doughnuts FIRST!

After the farm closed, a few more friends joined us at our house for pumpkin carving. Pictures of the pumpkin sculpting are to come (when the girls post their pictures on Facebook for me to steal), but for now I'll share the recipes and pictures of the delicious fall treats Mary and I decided to make in lieu of pumpkin carving.

The first dessert is Pumpkin Cake Squares. It's seriously the easiest recipe ever. I used a boxed spice cake and one 15 oz. can of pumpkin. That's it! Just mix and bake. And then top it with a cream cheese frosting. It was a big hit with our friends.

The second treat we made was a Taffy Apple Salad. Mary cut up 6 granny smith apples into bite sized pieces. [Side note: If you're making this for a party, I suggest you soak the apple pieces in 7-Up for a bit to keep them from turning brown.] As she was doing that, I combined one tub of cool whip (lite) and a box of instant vanilla pudding mix. We then covered the apples with the mixture and stirred in caramel sauce. Then you just top that with crushed peanuts if you're a fan. It was so yummy... and since it's called a salad, we told ourselves is was kinda healthy! :)

So, there you go. We had two delicious desserts in less time than it took to carve the pumpkins. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I haven't had an apple cider donut since college =(. I really need some of those in my life.