Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Visit To The Pumpkin Patch & Crock Pot Barley

The rain stopped earlier than what was forecasted on Sunday and it was quite warm so we decided a trip to the pumpkin patch was in order!IMG_3893 IMG_3907
Along one of the pathways we came upon this sign:IMG_3894
My kids were all over that and turned picking a cob of corn into their jobs.IMG_3899 IMG_3895 IMG_3896 IMG_3897 IMG_3898
Little did I know that they thought their cobs would be popped on site!  That sure led to a bit of confusion and they were bummed when the popping instructions said they needed to wait 4 weeks before they could do anything with them.IMG_3927   LOL!!
My kidlets had spend some time on the net searching out the perfect pumpkin carving templates so when we arrived they knew the basic shape and size that they needed.  Long, but fat.  Right.  Here’s what they ended up with:IMG_3910
Apparently they’re perfect!  I’ll reveal the finished jack o lanterns in my next post!  I was more interested in taking picture after picture around the farm than I was picking pumpkins.  HA!  These are a few of my favourites:IMG_3904 IMG_3900 IMG_3901 IMG_3902 IMG_3903IMG_3909 IMG_3908
There’s just something about the hues of fall that grab my eye.  Bright and subdued all at once.  There was also an area where the kids could measure their heights.IMG_3906 IMG_3905  
I think DS cheated a little by standing on his toes!
Onto a completely different topic now; I’ve been craving barley like a mad person lately, but haven’t had the time to cook any.  I finally decided to give it a whirl in my crock pot.  I added 1 cup of pearl barley and 3 cups of water as per the package instructions, then set it on low for 3 hours.  The results were perfect!IMG_3913
Not mushy, not sticky, still chewy and firm.  I had a nice helping at dinner along with some pan seared basa fillets and edamame that I cooked with a small onion, garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper.IMG_3914
Awesome eats right there.  I just wish my family thought so!  DOH!  Other eats have looked like this:IMG_3920 Pulled pork with leftover barley and edamame.
 IMG_3917 IMG_3918 IMG_3919 Butternut Squash Soup with Mary’s crackers.IMG_3928 IMG_3916 IMG_3924
Before I sign off , please remember to check in with the Thanks & Giving food drive to see what the food item of the week is!!  Also, if you’re participating, let me know how you’re doing so far! 
It looks like we’re gonna be getting some BAD weather tonight.  They’ve dubbed it a “weather” bomb”.  It’s already started to rain and the satellite has gone out so I thought to post now in case I can’t later.  Hope you’re all having a great day!
Bye for now!!


  1. LOVE the pumpkin patch. And thats so cool that yours has pick your own popping corn too. I am jealous :) Beautiful pictures of the pumpkins. Barley is rocking. It doesn't get enough credit. And your leftover soup looks so tasty. I have the next items for the food drive on my food list!!Hope the weather doesn't hit too hard

  2. Looks like you all had such a fabulous time. The pumpkin patch is my favorite. Your kids are way too cute!!!


  3. You make me wish I had kids! Well, kids as cute as your's that is. Love the photos of the gourds. Your fam will come around some day :)

    As for Thanks and Giving? I found tuna in my pantry. Still need mac and cheese and hamburger helper. I am way overdue for a grocery trip! I'll get it all in though.

  4. I love all of the pumpkins and gourds! So beautiful! Fall is my favorite season of the entire year and those pics just bring a big smile to my face! Plus your kids make the photos even more adorable =)

  5. The popping corn sounds cool! I love the photos of the kids! And I love all the pumpkin photos. Can't wait to see what the carved pumpkins look like!

    Hope the storm won't be too bad!

  6. stay safe during that storm! seems like everyone is getting hit by something nasty!

    and i love the barley! i really need to get on that and make some myself!

  7. Hurray for pumpkins!

    I never cook barley either, because it's just a bit more intensive than I'd like, but it's so good! I might have to try the crock pot method. I bet it would make a good breakfast cereal.

  8. pumpkin picking looks so fun!!! And barley!!! You need to try the hato mugi kind.. they're bigger, round, a little more expensive but they have more health benefits than this one.

  9. Glad the weather cleared up for you a bit--it's always nice to enjoy the fall festivities! I would have been a little bummed if I had to wait 4 weeks for popcorn too..oh well, they'll still have fun with it!

  10. that is SO neat you picked your own popcorn! never seen something like that before :)

    hope the weather is all cleared up! seems like a lot of the north are having some crazy storms

  11. Don't you love autumn?!
    I really enjoy this style of blogging Krista!
    Your daughter is really growing isn't she?!

  12. omg i couldnt stop laughing at the pumpkin cartoon that they drew for the height measurement! it looks like it has ballerina legs!! haha

    mmm i think id hit up the squash patch while everyone went to pick pumpkins! im just shocked at how many different shapes of squashes they had. some dont even look like a squash and some are warty like crazy!

    geez that would have been so much more fun to pop the corn right on site. lol i bet if u said to them "thats ok, we'll just try it at home" theyd say "no dont bother mom, its not the same" haha


  13. What a fun day at the pumpkin patch! How cool that you guys get to pop the corn the the kids picked. Aaahh, DD is already taller than me! I'm jealous, lol! :)


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