Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Hi, guys! Happy Tuesday to you!
On Saturday afternoon, our little family went apple picking at C.N. Smith Farm in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts and, as expected, we had quite the nice time. We visited for the first time last year, and we were pleasantly surprised by how much it had to offer. It’s definitely our go-to place for family fall fun now! 🙂
First up, of course, was apple picking. There were only a few varieties ready for picking (Macintosh, Macoun, Honey Crisp), but they were some of our favorites, so we headed into the orchard and got right to work!
Of course, we needed to sample a few apples right off the trees! 🙂
Outfit details: BP Plaid Shirt via Stitch Fix //Jagger Ripped Ankle Skinny Jeans ($40) // Keds Women’s Double Decker Twill Stripe Jersey Sneaker ($45 via Amazon) // Cuyana Classic Leather Tote // Kohv Sunglasses ($20)
On the way out of the orchard, Quinn and I snapped this photo. He really liked the idea of being a “good apple!” Haha!
After apple picking, we visited the farm store, which was a short drive from the orchard. The farm store might actually be Quinn’s favorite part of C.N. Smith Farm because there’s an entire room devoted to Halloween decorations and other creepy stuff – like mechanical spiders with light-up eyes and cackling witches that jump out at you when you walk by. Quinn loves anything related to Halloween, so we spent quite awhile inside checking out everything. I also had a chance to pursue all of the delicious seasonal food items – everything from caramel apples and pie to fresh corn and squashes. The farms store even had quite the selection of jarred goodies, including salsas, jams, spreads, hot sauces, and more. I didn’t end up buying anything, but I could have seriously done some damage!
After spending some time in the farm store, we headed outside again to get cider donuts and apple cider, which were obviously a necessity for a family fall fun day! 🙂
We took our donuts and cider to enjoy on a hayride around the farm. It was quite the nice ride with treats in hand! 🙂
It was such a nice way to spend the day with my boys, especially after not seeing them for 8 days. And, of course, we love all things fall, so we were very happy to enjoy all of the activities available at the farm.
Question of the Day
What are your thoughts on apple picking? Love it? Think it’s a waste of money?
I had a friend who refused to go apple picking because it’s so expensive, but you pay for the experience, right? I love apple picking! 🙂
P.S. Did you go apple picking recently and have one million apples to eat? Make THIS RECIPE for apple crisp! It’s seriously THE BEST. I actually made 3 batches on Sunday afternoon!
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On Sunday a handful of my girlfriends threw us a co-ed baby sprinkle aka a party to get together to enjoy lunch and cake. The original location at a vineyard was rained out, but Castle Hill Cider was so very kind to let us use their big event barn. The barn turned out to be such a perfect venue sheltered from the rain but with plenty of space for our large group and a dozen or so kids to run around.
Sarah gave the shower a woodlands theme, which also turned out to be perfect for our barn setting. I loved her veggie tray owl!
We had meatballs, veggie and cheese plates, pesto kale salad, mini sandwiches, a lovely barley and peach salad made by my friend Emily, and fruit.
Plus chocolate lollipops my mom brought from Matthew’s Chocolates in Hillsborough.
And the MOST delicious cake!!
Locals if you’re wondering, the cake was from Foods Of All Nations, and they are my new favorite spot for party sheet cakes! We’ve used them for events a few times, and the cream cheese frosting is a unique style. I’d call it a cross between traditional cream cheese and buttercream. It’s not too sweet, but also not too cream cheesey either. Everyone raved about it, myself and end piece included : )
We also bought lots of cider, and had lavender lemonade for the kids and pregnant ladies : )
Mazen had a great time running around. I think that cheese slice and cracker were all he had for lunch before he ate cake! :wide eye emoji:
There were a host of men/husbands/dads and kids, but they weren’t camera friendly : ) We didn’t want an emphasis on games or gifts – just time with our dearest friends.
My friend Carly is due 3 weeks ahead of me! “We are the women in black” (sung to the Men In Black theme song!)
We opened some gifts at the end, and Baby B got some super cozy sweet outfits, swaddle blankets (because Mazen isn’t sharing his!) and practical items that I needed after being out of babyland for five years.
Photo credit: Mr. Patrick Collins, baby shower photographer extraordinaire
Thanks to my BFFs for all the love <3
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