Two Peas and The Summer Moon Festival

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On July 19th and 20th the Armstrong Air & Space museum in the small town of Wapakoneta, Ohio  put on the Summer Moon Festival celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

Chad the girls and I met up with my friend Erin and her daughter and made the trip.   It took us about and hour and a half to get there so we made sure to stop to eat lunch before we went over.  There were plenty of places to eat and you could see the Astro Theater from the road! We couldn’t miss it !

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  We went in and the kids were immediately drawn to Orbit Table it shows you how the moon and artificial satellites maintain orbit around the earth.   The girls thought it was like an air hockey table (-:   WP_20140720_009

Dad of two peas made a friend….

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Two Peas plus one ….who is tall enough to go to space???

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The girls had a fun scavenger hunt to do for the Festival, they loved reading about everything to searching for the answers.  Erin and Dylan the most!  The could do a scavenger hunt every where they go….Challenge accepted!  

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Future astronaut in there??

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The Gemini capsule Neil Armstrong’s first ship~

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Mr. Armstrong’s Gemini Space Suit….why is this Museum named after Neil Armstrong and have all his memorabilia?? Because Wapakoneta is the birthplace of the first man to step foot on the moon.   ” The museum opened on July 20, 1972, just the third anniversary of the lunar landing. The museum itself is designed to resemble a futuristic moon base. It is most beautiful when viewed at dusk and night.”  - Museum Brochure  

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You have to check everything out…but sorry Py you can’t go through that door….

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Photo ops a plenty!

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Hey what’s in there????

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Mr. Armstrong’s Apollo 11 suit!

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Hey are you allowed to touch that??

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Something in there must have been shocking!

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The walk way to the Astro Theater was beautiful, Phoebe called the theater the moon room AHHHHMAZING !

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The photographs alone are enough to get you to the museum but learning about them even better.

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Captains !

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The shop was packed full of the coolest things, of course we bought books, stickers and postcards

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Outside the Ohio Connection had quite the set up of fun for the kids (and adults!)

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The littlest pea stuck to the inflatables since she was just shy of age to do that moon walk the older girls did.

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The moon walk!

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Look at all those tents, just full of fun!

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NASA was here they showed Py how far you can jump in space!  Gave us stickers and some sweet pictures of the Ohio Astronauts and shuttles too!

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NASA printed out pictures of the girls in space!

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We saw and pet animals that have been sent into space….not these guys but the breeds (-: 

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Made Twirly Birds …

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Played Twirly birds!

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A book reading by the author Meaghan Fisher.

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She signed a book for the Phoebes.

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We met Author David Crawford, and had his book Delta G signed for Uncle Fred, he loves Sci Fi!  Mr. Crawford spoke to us for awhile about his book I can’t wait to read it.   You can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Played a little corn hole…

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Waited patiently for Face Paint….

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Round bubbles out of a triangle, yep!

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See !

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Can’t leave without face paint! Sun, Moon and Stars noooooo  not a Star but a Smiley Face LOL! (there is always that one kid!)

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Some last minute photo ops!

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We had a great time and can not wait to go ahead, be sure to check their website for the movie they will be playing when you go or for any special events coming up like this festival!

For My Scout friends, this place is awesome for learning and earning patches. They have a wall of patches in the shop that you could use as fun patches (Girl Scouts) the Scouts could even pick their own patch if they wanted to.   Not to mention tons of things to do in town here is the brochure for the museum, it has some neat things to go and see: http://www.armstrongmuseum.org/sites/default/files/aasm_bro_2.18.11_WEB.pdf

I hope you get a chance to see this year old treasure you are guaranteed to learn something!

 

Museum Website: http://www.armstrongmuseum.org/  

Social Media Accounts:  facebook.com/ArmstrongAirSpaceMuseum   facebook.com/ohiohistoryconnection twitter.com/ohiohistory instagram.com/ohiohistory

Two Peas and Pigeon Roost Farms

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Every year we take the peas to pick their pumpkins at Circle S Farms and it was wonderful and fun! This year we chose to go out and see what other adventures we could get into.  We wanted something bigger for our growing peas and boy did we find our new spot!  Pigeon Roost Farms in Hebron Ohio, yes it was a bit of a drive but not too bad and after posting we went there on Facebook I saw a ton of friends follow and they had a blast too!

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http://www.pigeonroostfarm.com/

The day we planned to go was an awful rainy day but we figured it may stop by the time we got there so lets go!  The girls wore their costumes (something Circle S doesn’t allow for some reason) because it was kids day and they encouraged it the girls LOVED that and so did I finally getting to wear costumes more than once is great.

Once we got there I was in awe I love crafty things and they had several barns just packed with things to enjoy and buy if you wanted too.  But that had to wait….the peas and Dad of Two Peas were there for one thing….The Great Pumpkin Fun Center!

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So big they had a map!  What to do first?? 

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Well to get down to where we needed to be …

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Py and Phoebe decided to go the fun route…

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Did I mention it was rainy?

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Once they slid on down they ran to see the farm animals goats, chickens and rabbits OH MY!

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More chickens …Phoebe wanted to get IN the coop for a closer look when that didn’t happen she ran off to the enchanted  forest !

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Now this was going to be interesting what enchantments did this forest hold??

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Just all thing fun! With a little warning we are in the forest after all BIGFOOT !

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Py spotted the first thing and took off running ….”NO RUNNING”!  But you can rope walk (-: Phoebe chickened out no farm pun intended  (:

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Phoebe then took off….”NO RUNNING”!  But how could she not look at this thing!

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The rain had pretty much just stayed an annoying mist and the trees kept up pretty dry in there not to mention they had so much to do.

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We even had photo ops EVERYWHERE so this was one camera happy Mom

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MORE for Mommy!

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Look who we found ! 

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After walking around and finding more and more we decided to leave the forest and see what else there was it was a fun center after all.  Spook Straw Tunnel anyone??

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Just Pyper (-:

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Phoebe found the corn pit

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then Dad found something and it was all over from there!

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GERBIL WHEELS!

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These were so much fun I had to bribe them to let other kids play!

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It took awhile …..

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They had these…

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Little pea would not give up until she got on one!

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It didn’t last long LOL!

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We decided to take our hayride next….BUT not before this!

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Spin your partner round and round! Do Si Do !

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HEHE  Not sure if I am prepared if this one is driving the hayride!

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Hayride ready! So was the rain….

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On the hayride we were able to see all the pumpkins, and the whole farm land and heard the history of the farm (they raise honey bees and make their own pumpkin honey!) it was wonderful even on a rainy day.  Hey Py let me get your picture…what is it Mom?   Oh you’ll see!IMAG0062

“MOMMY!”  We cried we laughed so hard I am very grateful to have kids with a sense of humor!

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It was raining harder and I just wanted to get to the craft barns….but there was no stopping this Pea crew!

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Could not walk past something without trying it!

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At least they were dry in there!

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We even learned some things too!  (not just on the hayride)

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We had to skip the ginormous Corn Maze this year just too long and the rain was getting cold, but this year HECK YEAH we are doing it!  Who knows what it will look like in 2014, 2013 was the Aliens Among Us…SO COOL!

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Now can we please get to the barns!

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I love this stuff, they had barns filled all over the place!  

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Phoebe was “caught” by one of the nicest employees for wearing her costume and got a ticket for a free pumpkin!

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Of course sissy had to run over too (:

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But not before we hit more barns!  We looked for bats but saw none….

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What we did see was ..AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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AAAAAAAAAAAAA! Oh it’s just you Peas…shoooo!

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We saw some of the honey bees pretty cool!

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And the honey ***big cheesy grin***

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We saw so much I couldn’t even begin to describe it all so off to pick our pumpkins…”Grab a wagon Daddy!”

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there is always that one guy!

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Yep  HAHA

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Coolest pumpkin tree ever!

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We had such a great time we can not wait to go again when the weather is perfect! 

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Until then we will flute our way home ! 

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Thank you to Pigeon Roost for making fall so fun even on a rainy grey day! We recommend this place to everyone, not just for kids it has something for every body my pictures do them no justice imagine on a sunday fall day go visit their Facebook page and see!  I have tons more but the post would go on forever so be sure to check them out visit their website  http://www.pigeonroostfarm.com/ and check out a calendar of events.  Hope to see you there!   We will be the ones bribing our children to let someone else have a turn at the Gerbil Wheel (-:

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Two Peas, Friends and Enchanted Apples

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I miss summer it has been one heck of a winter in Ohio….not that I am complaining but it made me want to blog about summer! So here it is (-:  

For the last two years my friend Jennifer has invited us to apple pick with her family at Fruit-Full Acres in Marysville, OH.  The girls and I love it here the owners Beckie and Thomas Congrove are always so helpful and so kid friendly.

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Their trees are pruned as such that little hands can pick the apples easily, this is why Jen always goes here not to mention the apples are the best! 

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They encourage you to try the apples just make sure you dispose of them properly  in buckets they have at the end of every row of trees to keep down the bees! 

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These two may have filled a bucket themselves EEK 

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While our littlest pickers enjoyed that part WAY too much our oldest girls were helping the Moms find just the right ones to make all things apple when we got home!

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Pyper had plans BIG apple plans she loves to cook and bake so this was pretty cool for her to get her own ingredients.

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What a lucky boy with all those girls around LOL!  SO off we went home first up would be apple pie filling YUM! 

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We took buckets in the car and transferred our bushel bags into them so they wouldn’t bounce all over the car. Easier to clean too! 

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We cut the apples, and filled the jars 

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then started the process  I looked at over 30 recipes all different so I decided to take from each and do my own…..

I used approx 8-9 pounds of apples we mixed Jonathan and MacIntosh about 40 medium sized (some were eaten as they were cut gotta love those little peas) 
I did not boil them half the recipes showed to boil half didn’t I like simple so I DID NOT boil the apples.

I ended up with 7 Quart jars full 

For the syrup (or whatever they call it LOL) this is where I got creative…

 9½ cups water; 4½ cups sugar; 1 cup cornstarch (most call for Clear Jel I admit they were out at the store so I had to do the starch I hear Clear Jel is a lot better!);  1 teaspoon salt; 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon;  ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg;  3 tablespoons lemon juice and here is what NO one had and I understand its because we added most on the spices individually but I added MORE ….

 

I love it it’s right next to the pumpkin pie spice and I had to try it….later I looked on Pinterest and saw where you can make your own and I will this year!

Put all the filling ingredients together in a large pot and simmer until thick 

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Once it has thickened you pour the mixture into the jars to the top if you have a funnel that will make it easier and less messy then place the lids on….make sure the sides are clear of any of the mixture or they may not seal correctly.

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Once the jars are filled start the canning process (that guy in the back was looking up the apple butter recipe!) 

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Since I do not have a canner, I simply get the largest pot I own and fill with water making sure at least two inches of the jars are immersed.  Bring to boil for at least 20-30 minutes you may or may not hear the tops pop.  Once the time is over wipe the jars clean they will be hot! place on a towel overnight you may hear the popping once they start to cool down.  Leave over night to cool down properly and if they “popped” you can store up to a year in a cool dry spot.

Next we made Apple Butter and Apple Sauce (more on that in the next post)  ….. this years apple recipes turned out amazing! I was so happy with the result we are currently down to 4 apple pie fillings from this first batch we ended up making about 14 jars, gave some away and ate some too! 

Welcome to Gnomeywood, USA

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It all started with Phoebe’s little rock collection that grew to not so little!  She never played with her sand box so we got rid of the sand so it wouldn’t get gross and moldy and used that for her collection.  Well it wasnt too long until that thing got full, she even had Pyper helping her collect and they just got bigger and bigger!

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After watching her play with rocks in our back yard a dozen times we decided to get creative, so I let the girls paint them.

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Phoebe wanted a garden that looked just like her real one too!  and it did not stop there…

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We did a Packer house because next year she wants to be a packer cheerleader like Pyper! …

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Gnome Depot anyone??? and you can’t have a Gnome Depot without….

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A gnome associate! and he needed friends to party with so….

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Population 11 with more to move in summer of 2013.

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Teddy Bear Snacks by Two Peas

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The oldest pea became a Brownie Girl Scout this year and when she was picked to bring the snack for one of the meetings she wanted to make it herself no store bought treats from her no way! So she grabbed her Silly Snacks Cookbook and found a recipe for the Teddy Bear Snack Mix and from there she made her own rendition.

First she added Golden Grahams -

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We needed two bowls because we have a lot of girls in out Troop (-:

Then chocolate chips -

LOTS of chocolate chips!

And pretzels the recipe called for potato sticks but we looked everywhere and couldn’t find them so we switched it up.

Then mix it all up!   (with CLEAN hands of course!)

Your hands may get a little messy

Doesn’t it look good?

She was so proud and did it all herself she even put it in the little individual containers for the girls.  Now shouldn’t there be a badge for that??

Now comes the youngest pea she wanted to make her own treats for Valentine’s Day so what better than the Teddy Bear Snack Mix?? and yes she did it ALL by herself.

A while ago Dad of 2 Peas bought a huge container of cheeseballs I kept the container for scraps of ribbon but hadn’t used it yet.  I pulled it out for Phoebe to make her mix it was perfect for her!

So again we used Golden Grahams ……

Teddy Grahams…….

She wanted to add marshmallows! …….

Lots of marshmallows!!!

We found the potato sticks ……

We used tiny cjocolate chips for tiny hands …….

Added more of EVERYTHING to fill to container……

And shook it up up to mix it now she was the proud pea and I am one proud Mommy !

So to sum it up here are each of the peas versions of the Teddy Bear Snack Mix :

Pyper:                                                            Phoebe:                                                  Golden Grahams                                           Golden Grahams                                        Teddy Grahams 2 kinds                                Teddy Grahams                                 Chocolate Chips                                            Mini Chocolate Chips                          Pretzels                                                         Potato Sticks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and then Phoebe had to out do her sisters mix and added the Mini Marshmallows~! 

Go ahead and let your littles make thier own version of the Teddy Bear Snack Mix they will be so proud to do it all themselves (-: