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Two Peas and Indian Run Falls

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Two Peas and Indian Run Falls

 

It all started with a can we have a sleepover?????….and honestly I get this every weekend it was no shock LOL.  I normally would say clean your room and sure…only the weather had been so nice I wanted to go hiking the next day so I said no because they would have to leave early the next day and that’s no fun……So um yeah they had a sleepover….. I am a pushover this has been proven in so many ways but this was a good one I just took them all!

Phoebe was the first one up that Sunday so we made omelets and toast for the girls her sister loves to bake she loves to cook.  When they are old enough maybe I won’t have too *fingers crossed.

We packed up some water, apples and granola bars and set off to Dublin we hadn’t been to this one so we get to check that off our list of parks.

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It was a smaller park than we have been to but we found some amazing things while we walked.

Of course the girls felt the need…..OH…!

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Then the falls as usual Phoebe wanted to get in….it’s not that warm!  Py and I have a near death count for Phoebe on all our outdoor adventures the highest was at Hocking Hills with 30 something….this is where  she wants to do something that could potentially lead to very bad things.  Such as jumping over the gate to the falls….Near Death Count 1

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There was a longer trail we could have taken but they were getting antsy and since I didn’t pack lunches only snacks …..we just stayed a couple hours.

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We walked to the other side of the park which was an old cemetery and this http://dublinohiousa.gov/grounds-of-remembrance/  The Grounds of Remembrance.  The girls paid their respects we talked about what it meant went back then looked at the old grave stones. 

Some pics on the walk back to the car…..

I’d claim them all ~ I think they had fun they even let me take pictures so yeah! 

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As great as this park was as I mentioned before it was smaller and no kids playing area so we went over to Hilliard to Homestead Park.

 Let those kids run free! 

So as much I we hate global warming the nice days were very much welcomed.  This Mom needs to be outside and these kids all need to run around and not be on their devices all the time!   I can’t wait for the next place and maybe we will have more friends come……let me know if you’d love to come along! 

 

Two Peas and a Bubble Run

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Two Peas and a Bubble Run

Pyper had been begging me to do a 5K with her for as long as I can remember….well this girl doesn’t run, well a lot anyway. But when I saw the Bubble Run coming to Columbus I thought it was perfect it was a run/walk type 5K and since the Pheebs wouldn’t be running like we could it was the one to do.   So I signed us up….not long after telling some friends about it they signed up too!   Py was so excited we were going to practice we were going to run every change we got to be in shape for this….then the day came….we didn’t practice but she had volleyball practice literally every day this summer so she was good….me? I was going to have to fake an injury! (just kidding)

A week before the run I ran and got our packets, t shirts, headbands, bottles and a rubber ducky ….too funny!~

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The morning of the run we arrived pretty early we were pretty psyched our first 5K!~

So we put water in the water bottles we almost forgot we had and took some before pics yes Py is slouching to not be taller than me she’s a goofball ~ 🙂

Then our friends started to arrive!

We could see the beginning and all the bubbles, the letter we got about the run told us we needed to hold on to kids under 12 years old I think well my friend Lisa and I have some pretty independent 8 and almost 8 years old so they will be fine….but just in case we had all the girls hold hands.  Our littlest friends  were with their mom and dad (my friend Lillian and her amazing family!)

Then we lost all sight of anything and anyone ~ The first bubble color was pink! 

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and that my friends is why you hold hands ….those bubbles were 10 feet tall and got everywhere in your nose, mouth, and eyes you couldn’t see anything and 3 ft tall peeps could get lost so easy!  but on the flip side all the kids where laughing their  tails off!  (after my panic attack I was laughing pretty hard too!~ I hid my phone as not to get it bubbly and tried to take better pictures of these faces but trust me they were funny!

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Then Everything Green! 

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We had more colors but after about five the littles were just done ! And Lisa took them to the finish by a short cut while the bigs and me finished it out with only two colors to go! 

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DONE!!!  We grabbed some waters, granola bars and slowly walked back to the car we were tired! 

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One last selfie with one proud Big and one crabbie hungry Little LOL 🙂 

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That was a fun day and all of us can;t wait to do it again! 

Two Peas and Camping at Hocking Hills

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As as Girl Scout Leader I have camped with my daughters and our troop several times….but not tent camping.  SO when my friend Jen saw we were hiking Hocking Hills and all over she suggested we go camping at Hocking Hills just one night since it was our first real time tent camping. I mean we had spent the night in a tent but only in the back yard where we can run inside the house if ever need but TENT camping HOW FUN!  So we looked up different spots and she found this one ….

http://www.hockinghillscanoeing.com/camping.html  

We stayed at the Family Fun Center site so the kids could do go carts and mini golf.  It also had hiking trails and a creek to explore.

My girls and I got there a couple hours before Jen and her kids so I could stare at this and ponder how I was suppose to put the tent up because I never had before! and the ex had used it a lot so the directions were faded but it was cool there was three of us smart girls there between us …. we got this ! (even of there was some cursing and foot stomping by me not the girls LOL) 

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It took a few tries but….

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We did it! all while watching the sky turn from a beautiful sunny blue to grayer and grayer and this mom going into panic mode…rain whyyyyy??

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Once Jen and the kids got there they set their tent up in five minutes …show offs LOL ! 

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Then the rain…..we hid in the car the kids in the tents it was so hot….then the girls come running out of our tent….it leaks would have been good know it leaked before we went. Once the rain stopped we tried to get the fire started for hot dogs…for awhile Skylar tried to keep the wood dry 🙂 

We were able to get it going but the kids wanted to drive the go karts before it rained hard. So we walked over to the track ! 

Then the rain! I thought they would have to stop but they kept going poor Phoebe was in a kids cart so her car was super slow but she didn’t mind! They were all having a blast.

Ah camping…… we had another girl scout troop call us Troop Beverly Hills once I know it was meant to be funny in a mean way but you now what I’d rather be in a cabin yes, yes I would…

We got the fire going again after the rain stopped or the third time and made hot dogs.

 THEN I know it’s shocking but MORE RAIN this time we ran clean across the way to a pavilion….the moms stayed under it while the kids ran around Phoebes t shirt just kept getting longer the more it got soaked it was hysterical! 

We sent almost two hours under than pavilion it was miserable….my love of nature of the rain kind is loved mostly by watching it from indoors…back to the site Jen was able to get the fire going again for smores ….as for me….

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So we made it an early to tent night we let the bigs sleep in the leaky tent bu I had enough blankets that we were able to make a hedge so none of the water got on the girls. While the moms and littles slept in Jen’s bigger tent….somehow though the Pheebs had me all the way by the tent wall all that room and I had none…:( 

But I woke up to this sweet face…not so sweet morning breath LOL ! 

We woke up to a beautiful morning the sun was shining so we got up and had breakfast,cleaned up and decided we would ply a round of mini golf and then go to the creek before we headed home….

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Mini golf seemed like a great idea…they had fun the first half of the game ! 

Then I think they were just tired because honestly even I was done….I just wanted a shower….SO we drove down to the river site to eat lunch and wow that was the spot. While the others finished eating I walked over to the creek we couldn’t see it where we were.  It was breathtaking and the random canoe was pretty cool. 

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It was all over once the kids got down there thankfully I still had dry towels ! 

This was without a doubt the best part for the kids I couldn’t get Phoebe out of the water to leave! 

Eventually we got her out and back over the hill to the car.  We said our goodbyes to the Cashes and were on our way….

My favorite part….

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On our way back to shower AHHHHH …honestly if the weather was better it would have been a lot more fun just not being able to hike or explore kinda blew BUT we will try again and we will rent a cabin even our friends agree to that one!

 

Two Peas and Highbanks Metro Park

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Wanting to keep hiking and visit new parks we visited Highbanks Metro Park it had a ton of trails to hit so we were pretty excited, plus the girls love the natural playgrounds and they had one!

We went to the nature center first just to check it out and grab a map.  Outside the building they had an Eagles Nest that they encouraged you too add too…..it was all good and well until the littlest pea ran up to it and got stabbed in the leg…..needless to say she said they can build it themselves and ran off to climb the fallen branches.

Once the band aid was put on the stab wound we ran inside to get the map, it was pretty amazing inside too….

They had insects, snakes, fish and so much information about the parks and the girls could just go no need to keep saying don’t touch that because it was all there to touch and explore.

After about 30 minutes though it was time to start hiking, we went out the back door and saw a baby raccoon but he was so fast we didn’t get a picture….we did see about 40 people hunting Pokemon though it was kind of funny that they are looking for these things on their phones not once looking up to see the real animals right in front of them….luckily no one walked into the bee hive~ BZZZZZZ

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I feel so lucky sometimes that my daughters can appreciate nature and visiting these parks (stay tunes for a blog post later this month about a day we DID NOT appreciate nature while camping LOL!)

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Another 90 degree weather day ….. we didn’t care lets find that natural playground!

They made a tepee ( Pyper and I helped after Phoebe got stuck in this position! )

No pictures were taken of us all climbing the trees though, no hands to hold the phone and according to the girls I don;t have to take pictures of everything….which is untrue but whatever….so here’s more!

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It was seriously a beautiful day just look at those clouds!  We made our way to the creek Phoebe’s favorite part….until we saw a bazillion mosquitoes~

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Needless to say we stuck to the trails …..

 

 

Two Peas and Our First Hocking Hills Day Trip

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Two Peas and Our First Hocking Hills Day Trip

I have lived in Ohio all my life and never visited Hocking Hills, always wanted to but for some reason always thought it was so far away.  I didn’t realize when we moved to Grove City eleven years ago that it was literally an hour and ten minutes away.

So off we went!

We wanted to make this a summer of outdoor fun hiking, running and playing at different parks so we ran to Gander Mountain and bought new hiking boots (and yes those are my oldest daughters boots she is now 7 inches taller than her mama), to Kroger for the our trail mix ingredients and got ready for an amazing day at this beautiful park!

Phoebe loved making the mix the night before.  The day we went we got up super early, I got the backpack together the first aid kit and sheet we use to sit or lay out to eat, Pyper made all the sandwiches and got the chips together.  We grabbed our cameras so the girls could take pictures and water bottles then got on the road!  (did I mention it was early like 7:30 early see our morning faces LOL So we stopped for hot chocolates and chai latte to wake our butts up on the way).

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It was beautiful outside not too hot and as sunny as can be we could not have asked for a better day.

We changed into our hiking boots when we got there.

Once we tied our boots we were on a mission you see I follow Ohio Explored on Instagram   https://www.instagram.com/ohioexplored/  if you don’t follow them you really should they have the most beautiful pics and ideas where to visit close to home.  I just want to visit every single spot but the ones from Hocking Hills were always being posted and Old Man’s Cave looked like the spot.  Not to mention of friend of mine took his kids there and they loved it he told me about the Devil’s Bathtub so we had to find that! (note we found it and never took a picture! next time we will!)

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The girls were in heaven they were in awe of the views, the waterfalls little and big.

I have to say this trip was the best the girl’s got along so well not one mean word to each other we laughed and they even helped each other climb.  Py and I did have a Phoebe near death count I believe we got to 17 she tripped over every root climbed the highest rock ran through the woods like a Sasquatch and hung from a tree way to close to the edge.  Ok maybe not THAT close but if you know me at all that was still too close LOL

Of course we ate lunch there with the BEST view!

After lunch we just kept walking, tripping and laughing 🙂

After about 6 hours of hiking we were spent and super hot and sweaty (gross) so boots off flip flops on and back on the road!

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But on our way out we found an ice cream place !

Then we found an off road flea market place with tons of junk!

Once they found those rocking chairs and sat down we were completely done ….practically carrying the Pheebs to the car they were both out like a light not ten minutes down the road.  And we can not wait to go back now that it’s fall it will be even more beautiful!

Let us know if you’ve been and what part of the hills we would love suggestions for our next visit 🙂

Troop 1391 Sports Night

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Every summer our troop meets at a local park since we normally meet at a school and don’t have access when school is out. Not to mention who wants cooped up in a school when it is SUMMER!  So for our first meeting I just wanted the girls to have fun putting lots of thought into it I decided we would be as active as we could. (Unfortunately only 4 girls showed up to this meeting but it was still fun (-: )

We began with 

Jump Rope ten times then the Long Jump: Run until they get to the hula hoop then jump as far as they can Ms. Erin will then use a ribbon to measure.

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 I never saw it coming but all the girls kept falling luckily no one was hurt and they all laughed it off, my little pea falls all the time so it wasn’t new to her but boy she she love seeing the other girls do the same as her!

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 Who won??

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Simple Running with a partner from tree to tree three times  

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 Hula Hoop who can do hoop the longest best out of three chances

hulaTen jumping jacks then roll down the hill and run back up

rollingRing Toss best out of 3 chances

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 They loved this and I loved getting them so active so we decided this is how we will always have our first meeting after summer break! 

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 Snacks: Water bottles, apples, oranges and gold fish crackers although it was so hot that day the water bottles were used in a more fun way (-:  Since we were short half our troop we were done way early so the girls just let loose!

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 Here’s a print out of our activities if you want to have it, it was simple, clean and the girls had a lot of fun!

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Lessons in Gram’s Kitchen

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It all started with a trip to the Grove City Farmers Market (one of the best around !)

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We picked the perfect zucchini… 

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 And took it to Pap Pap’s house the next day!  I thought I grabbed everything I needed to make it easy.  But I forgot my shredder!  Now Gram’s used her fancy attachment to her mixer, I am not that cool.  So the hunt was on there had to be a regular shredder in that house somewhere…….then I saw it a box with pics of vegetables all covered in dust.  Eureka! A shredder!

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It was still in the original box never opened, it was perfect and worked so well!

So I originally intended on whipping up some zucchini bread real quick so Gramps could have a loaf, he loves my zucchini bread.   Next thing I know the peas where taking over!  All I had to do was talk them through it all.

The were learning to bake zucchini bread in Grams kitchen and Pyper couldn’t be any more happy.  She cooked with Gram every chance she got in this kitchen and even after 5 years remembers every time.  

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Today was special and even though Phoebe was 1 when she passed away, this gave her a little bit of Gram that she never had the opportunity to  share with her. 

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  I careful showed her how to peel a vegetable and then shred it, it took barely any instruction Py’s dream is to be a baker so she just dove into this. 

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 Then showed Phoebe how to crush the pecans, she did so well! 

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 It took a while longer than usual but they were so proud (-:  

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  The pecans were crushed a little faster than the shredding of the zucchini (-: 

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 Finally they were able to add the other ingredients.

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 Flour flour flour! 

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Cinnamon and my cousins Denise’s home-made vanilla extract 

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  Hey how about some bananas ??? YES! time to smash !

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 Keep smashing there sis….

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 Add it to the mix….

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 And let Pyper mix it all

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 While Phoebe sprayed the loaf pans (-: maybe a little too much LOL those loaves were never gonna stick! 

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 Yeah…a little too much maybe….

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 Done and read to put in the pans while one patiently waits  

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 Almost ready to bake! 

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 It got pretty messy ! they were happy to clean themselves up but you won’t see pictures of them cleaning the kitchen! 

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 One hour in here….

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  45 minutes for the mini loaf! 

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 We served it warm, it’s the only way!   Now getting a good picture is never easy….take one…(phoebe!!)

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 Take  two….uh good enough (-: Hope you loved the bread Gramps because the girls loved making it for you! 

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 Here is the recipe only we added three smashed bananas and a cup of chopped pecans (-: 

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 Happy baking!!

 

 

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! 

Reindeer Chow Now a Family Tradition

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This year the whole Riley gang got in on the making of Reindeer Chow!  The peas are a little older and insisted on helping and that got Dad of 2 Peas to help (:  That little pea is killing me with her faces they only get better LOL!IMAG2412

We gave the girls each a bowl to put the dry ingredients in, while I melted the peanut butter chips

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Daddy helped with the cereal

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And then he mixed in the melted chips (way too hot for little hands) ! and spread it out to dry.

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Meanwhile the girls are doing it all over again getting ready for the white chocolate (-:

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Yeah!! that was so much fun let’s get a picture…..DANG IT PHOEBE.

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Let’s try again….GUYS!

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Thank you good enough fuzzy and all (PHOEBE!)….sheesh.

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Here is a printable version on Reindeer Chow for all that have asked for the recipe

REINDEER CHOW FROM MOM OF 2 PEAS

and for the original post with pictures of each stuff visit my old post here

https://momof2peas.com/2011/12/08/its-that-time-of-year-again-reindeer-chow/

Enjoy!!