Notes from the bizzy front line of child rearing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Pumpkin Patch Cookies, Snoqualmie Falls, and Salmon Hatchery

I keep hearing about these fabulous pumpkin cookies, and that they are only 3 ingredients. I think to myself, is that really true? Are you sure there are no eggs, oils, anything else? But the ingredients say- box of spiced cake mix, small can of pumpkin puree, and 1 cup chocolate chips. Mix together, plop on a cookie sheet, and bake for about 12 minutes at 350 degrees. It was super easy, a bit gooey, but pretty tasty! My kids loved them, the baby was covered from head to toe in orange goo, and I ate the rest of them all up. Try it some time!

Erik-pumpkinWe had quite a day on Saturday- a whirlwind Eastside tour of family oriented activities. First up was a visit to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. We learned about the life cycle of a salmon and saw the adult salmon coming home to their roots. After having lunch on the go, we drove to Snoqualmie Falls. Baby Erik took his first hike (in the baby Bjorn pack). We went down the steep trail to the bottom of the falls. We just had to tune out a bit of the constant 3 and 5 year old complaining that they were too tired to walk. Peanut butter crackers saved the day! And then on our way back into town, we stopped at Remlinger Farms to visit the pumpkin patch.

A few things we learned about Pumpkin patches. Go there to have the tractor ride experience, touch, feel and smell the pumpkins, and take a few pictures. THEN… go to Safeway and actually buy your pumpkins. We couldn’t possibly carry more than one pumpkin plus a baby, plus other kids, and there were no extra wheelbarrows to be found. So, Brian hauled a huge pumpkin on his shoulder, all the way past the corn maze, and we were exhausted! We learned the next day that going to Safeway was super easy, AND the pumpkins were better quality- perfectly rounded, and cheaper!


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