Apples & Hayrides

On Tuesday my mom, sister and I took Ella to Linvilla Orchards. This was her first trip to the pumpkin patch!



I was very trigger happy so prepare…


I love Halloween. The smell of hay. The whole feel of the season. It brings back so many fun memories as a kid—playing with my cousins and siblings—haunted houses, hayrides and filling our pillow cases with endless amounts of candy.


Halloween just doesn’t seem like it’s the same as it was when we were kids. I have noticed less trick or treaters in the neighborhoods as the years went on.  Growing up we would run out of candy every year. Now my mom doesn’t even get one knock at her door!

Now it’s time to start some new fall traditions with Ella Weez!  First things first…off to the hayride!


Ella had to bring her new pumpkin along…



Big bird and I were both picking hay out of areas that should no be entered.


We stopped for some funny face photos…Ella knew just how to pose with Grammy and Aunt Carly:


best. picture. ever.

Then we picked out some pumpkins and went to the shops to see what goodies they had…




I was excited to see blackstrap molasses for $4.00. It’s always good to have for baking, especially for the baby! It’s loaded with iron and it a good alternative to sugar in moderation.


I was salivating looking at the apple butter and pumpkin butter..but held off on buying any. I plan to possibly make some in the slow cooker with the apples we picked.


We did grab a little produce for the road! All Ella was interested in were her kale chips that she brought along. That baby and her kale chips, I tell yah.


After that we drove over to pick some apples!




Ella was in heaven!


It was a perfect day.


We all had such a great time.


I was all about the Fuji’s and the Honeycrisps…and Granny Smith for baking of course!



It was so nice to go during the week, no crowds!



I just adore her to pieces.


We have lots of apple recipes to get working on! Prepare yourselves!


PS—check out the awesome pumpkin we picked out! I don’t even want to carve it I think it looks so cool! However..that thing probably has lots of yummy seeds!


Off to watch American Horror Story!

Who’s in?????

What’s your favorite fall apple recipe???


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  • Reply Allison

    Looks like so much fun!! i wish I could go apple picking here but the nearest orchard is hundreds of miles away:(

    October 18, 2012 at 7:46 am
    • Reply laury

      Oh bummer! Someday you will have to take a trip in the fall somewhere to go!

      October 19, 2012 at 11:38 am
  • Reply blackhuff

    Do you know why this tradition is dying and fever children are participating?
    Would you mind sharing the apple butter recipe with us please?
    Such an awesome time you had with your little girl.

    October 18, 2012 at 8:24 am
    • Reply laury

      I think times are just changing! Nothing is safe anymore!

      October 19, 2012 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Alisa

    Adorable, just plain adorable.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:52 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Alisa 🙂

      October 19, 2012 at 11:43 am
  • Reply the delicate place

    ah look at lil ella in the patch! cuuuute! omg that pic of carly, your mom and her. tooo muchh hahaha. orchards are so pretty but i swear so many little fleas around!

    how is american horror story? worth watching or no?

    October 18, 2012 at 11:37 am
    • Reply laury

      I love it! Watch season 1 though. This season is interesting, but I think I liked 1 better so far

      October 19, 2012 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Kimmie

    Looks like you have started a tradition with Ella and you will get to take her to this place every year! Now she can grow up to recall the great memories just like you are recalling about your youth.

    I don’t think Halloween will ever be like it was when I was a kid. Wonderful memories for sure! Times have changed and it seems nothing is deemed safe enough any more.

    You mentioned the Honeycrisp apple…one of my faves as well. Did you know the Honeycrisp was created here in my home-state of Minnesota? I am surrounded by orchards and love the access to all of it this time of year.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:59 am
    • Reply laury

      How interesting, Kimmie! I never knew that–you learn something every day 🙂

      I completely agree about it not being the same. Now even with Megans law and all too I know many parents just take kids to relatives homes and that’s it!

      October 19, 2012 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Lisa

    Oh gosh, Ella is just precious! So adorable. Honeycrisps are by far my favourite apple during the Fall season! They get so tasty! I love American Horror Story!! I’m so excited for the new season! I haven’t had a chance to watch the first episode yet, but can’t wait to catch up!

    October 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes you need to catch up!

      October 19, 2012 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn

    Oh, how I love apple picking! I’m going this weekend 🙂 I think going to the pumpkin patch was my favorite as a toddler, too. My parents would take me to this place down the road with pumpkins, farm animals (goats! sheep! piglets!), and homemade ICE CREAM. Some of my best childhood memories came from those times, and I’m sure Ella’s will too 🙂 xo!

    October 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm
    • Reply laury

      So much fun!! We have a dairy farm near us that we would go to as kids too. Goats and sheep and that smelly stuff you paid a nickle for to feed the animals. And Ice cream. Fresh from the farm…so yummy! Have fun!

      October 19, 2012 at 11:47 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Aww I can’t wait to do stuff like this with Hannah! We tried goingapple picking this year but places were all out already (this was a few weeks ago) I guess the crop was bad this year!

    October 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    Ella looks SO happy!!!!! 🙂

    October 23, 2012 at 1:33 am
  • Reply Susan

    Wow what a cool activity to do with Ella. Love the photos.

    October 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm
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