Fall Time is the Best Time.

It’s October, which means our weekly CSA has ended and my dining room table will no longer have fresh flowers on it; but it also means, changing leaves, crisp fall air, cozy snuggles by the fireplace, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, oversized sweaters, boots, and scarves!

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Preston and I braved the cool 40 degree weather today! After a 15 minute meltdown and a time-out because he didn’t want to wear a hat, he finally realized I wasn’t backing down. He’s still cute when he’s mad!

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Once we got outside he realized that he NEEDED that hat. The wind was so strong!! We took little BoBo on a walk and enjoyed the cool breeze. It was so refreshing.

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There is just something about the fall time that makes everything better! Even though, with fall, comes the fall turnarounds at Chad’s work. We don’t like when he’s gone, but we try to make the most of it! Preston is my little sidekick. He is with me so often, that when I finally get a chance to run errands by myself, it seems as if I’ve left my arm at home or something.

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We try to make the most of hubby’s time at home though! We’ve already been to two pumpkin patches, an apple orchard, and to The Berry Patch. Preston had so much fun picking the raspberries!

At The Berry Patch:

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At the Apple Orchard Preston ate so many apples he had a tummy ache for the rest of the evening. All he wanted to do was snuggle!!DSC_0989

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We had fun at Bloomsbury Farm. Preston was so tired though! We stayed the night at my SIL’s house and he woke up SO EARLY (6:30 a.m.)  because he wanted to play in his cousin’s toy room! I don’t blame him! 😛

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It was hard to get a ‘good’ picture of him. But sometimes those are my favorite pictures! The ones that show real life situations. That way when we look back, we will remember the not-so-perfect times as well! Parenting is hard. Motherhood is hard. Being a toddler is hard.

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Chad and I did sneak in a picture of just him and me. Posing with the Farmer Dolls or whatever they’re called. 😉

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We are thankful that Preston enjoys going in the bike trailer. We were able to ride our bikes to the farmer’s market–just hand Punky an apple and he’s good to go! haha 🙂

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We are going to another apple orchard this weekend. We want to pick more apples to make some homemade applesauce and possibly more apple cinnamon sangrias… 😛 They are delicious!!!!

The rest of the weekend we will probably spend a lot of time outside with Preston, teaching him how to use is new (to him) scooter!

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So far, Fall has been great to us! Hopefully it’s been great to you too!

….until next time! xoxo

Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you have a sweet tooth like me, you’re going to love this simple recipe!

It’s definitely a crowd pleaser and most people don’t even know that it is gluten free!! shh… 😉

Delicious #GlutenFree Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I use Namaste Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix (which is the best gluten free brand i’ve found, when it comes to baking).

The mix makes two 8×8 cakes. So I always make sure to divide the recipe in half.
Namaste Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix

Ingredients for the cake:

2 eggs

2 1/2 cups cake mix

1/3 cup oil

7 ounces canned pumpkin

1 packet of jell-o pumpkin spice pudding mix

Easy Pumpkin Cake Recipe

First, you’ll want to preheat your oven  to 350˚F. Lightly spray or grease your 8×8 pan.

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 eggs, 2 1/2  cups Namaste Spice Cake Mix, 1/3 cup oil, 7 oz canned pumpkin, and 1 packet of pumpkin spice pudding mix.

Blend well.

Pour cake mix into lightly greased pan and place in oven for 25-35 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center come out clean.

The perfect time to make the cream cheese frosting is while the cake is baking.

Ingredients for the frosting:

1 8oz package of reduced fat cream cheese – softened

4 Tbsp butter – softened

1 cup powered sugar

1 Tbsp (gluten free) vanilla

In a mixing bowl, combine 4 Tbsp softened butter, 8 oz softened cream cheese,  1 Tbsp vanilla, and 1 cup powdered sugar. Blend well.

Once the cream cheese frosting is done leave it out so it is room temperature.

When the cake is done baking, set on wire rack to cool. Once the cake has cooled, frost cake with the cream cheese frosting.

and Enjoy!!

Delicious #GlutenFree Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I like to keep the cake in the refrigerator because I think it tastes better that way. But, do what feels right 🙂