Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Family Fun at the Fall Festival

Our trip to the corn maze finally materialized last Sunday. Remember what I posted about HERE? Funny thing is, we didn't go to where we intended to go in the beginning. The hubs got an invite from his high school buddy so off we went to this little town which is about a thirty minute drive from where we live. I have been to some parts of this little town before but that was my first time to explore the area where the farm is located.

We went to North River Farms in Mills River, North Carolina for their Fall Festival. The weather cooperated with us this time so it was totally perfect. Needless to say, you surely can't blame me if I exclaimed, "Finally!" The farm is huge and they had a lot in store for the whole family to enjoy.

Nothing says fall like mums and pumpkins. There's my little kiddo with me. I do wonder where his eyes were, just exactly what was he looking at. This was at the entrance of the farm. Gotta have that photo with the mums and pumpkins, right? Thanks to the hubs who is always ready to take a shot whenever I request him to. It's seldom so he has no reason to complain.(",)

We did the corn maze first. We enjoyed our first corn maze experience so much that it was what we've been raring to do again this fall. And there was certainly a huge difference between this one and the first maze that we experienced. The trails of this were narrower and it seemed creepy walking around all that corn. Or I probably just overreacted after the guys in-charge told us that we had to look for two men lost in the maze and bring them back. Knowing that Halloween is fast approaching, I was scared zombies might be waiting for us somewhere. LOL. The scaredy-cat in me again. But there were no zombies, or real men lost in there; just scarecrows.

The hubs and the little kiddo did the combine simulator. They harvested wheat on the TV monitor, and while they were doing it inside, I was also watching the TV monitor on the outside. See that little TV on the top left? That was where I was watching.

These were some of the fun that the festival offered. There was horseback riding and hay ride for kids and adults alike, train ride and inflatables for the kids, and live music for everyone. Toys for Tots was also there complete with Christmas decors raising donations.

They also displayed their farm vehicles which include this huge combine used to harvest corn. Look how tiny the husband looks beside it. And I would have looked teeny-tinier. 

That was a great family day for us once again although the hubs missed his buddy. He didn't arrive there until after we had left. Also, we enjoyed a sweet and delicious treat at the festival which I am going to talk about on Friday for our Food Trip Friday so watch out for that.

How about you? Have you visited a festival this fall?

Monday, October 27, 2014

If You Think Pink, You Care

The snapshooter and instagrammer in me strikes once again. It happened over the weekend when we went grocery shopping at one of our favorite stores. The hubs was on the verge of paying for our goodies when I spotted this bouquet of beautiful flowers plus the sign that was so hard to miss. It prompted me to go closer to where the flowers were and discreetly take a snapshot.

 Think pink!

I did, literally after reading the line, remembering my grandmother (my Dad's mother) who passed away years back due to pancreatic cancer. I know the pink ribbon symbolizes the breast cancer awareness month which is this month, October, but reading the word cancer brought me back to my grandma's time when she was still battling the pancreatic cancer. There is no history of breast cancer in our family, but I think it doesn't mean that we are already spared from the heart-breaking disease. That is why I make sure that I am aware of the possible symptoms through reading and I also do breast self-exam regularly. And since we don't have breast cancer history in our family, our family doctor told me that she will just give me a mammogram when I turn 40. I am definitely looking forward to that one.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also referred to as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in America is an annual international campaign every October to increase awareness and raise funds. And this little snippet on our blog is my way of sharing or spreading the pink ribbon. Also my way of saying that I feel for those women and even men who are suffering from breast cancer, and also to their families who I think are as heartbroken as they are.

How about you? How do you keep yourself aware about breast cancer? Do you do breast self-exam too?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Nothing Warms Chilly Nights Like Chili!

It's that time of year again where it's getting chilly in the morning and evening, and what better way to fill our tummies for supper than a hot soup or a hot stew. I don't think there is any other more popular recipe when it comes to this but chili.

The husband is the one in-charge when it comes to chili. He was actually the one who introduced me to this delicious dinner recipe. Using his late mom's recipe and his good buddy, the Crock-Pot, he prepared it for the first time this fall on Sunday.

I love this chili. It is so tasteful. And for you to taste it too and so you can agree with me, I am sharing with you my late MIL's recipe, with permission from the hubs, of course.

Chili a la June (June was my MIL's name; Hubby affectionately calls her June Bug)

1-1/2 pounds Lean Ground Beef
2 cups Chopped Onion
1 can Chili Beans
1 can Crushed Tomatoes (or 2 cups)
1 heaping teaspoon Black Pepper
1 can Tomato Pieces or 1 can whole Tomato Squashed Up (or 2 cups)
3 to 4 tablespoons Chili Powder
4 squirts Hot Sauce
2 teaspoon Chopped Garlic
1-1/2 to 2 cans Water

1) Brown the beef in the pan.
2) Once it's brown, mix it with all the other ingredients in the Crock-Pot.
4) Simmer on high for five hours.
5) Serve hot.

There you have it. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.