Apple, pumpkins, and donuts, oh my! Weekend Recap

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Hi friends, so good to see you today!  How was your weekend?  We had a pretty great one over here, with lots of fall activities with the babies.

The weekend started out pretty mellow.  The hubs worked late, so the babies and I had a clean out the fridge dinner, relaxed and went to bed pretty early.  I got in a little reading time (still working on Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King) before bed, but that is about it.

I am glad it was such a restful evening because Saturday was go, go, go from the onset.  The little guy woke me up before 5:00am.  We did a little yoga together and made a banana coffee cake.  It tasted great, but the texture wasn’t quite what I wanted.  I’m going to try a couple tweaks and hopefully share soon.  We also did some grocery shopping before it was time for me to teach my class.  After class, the hubs whipped us up awesome burgers for lunch.  These were green chile turkey burgers with guacamole and bacon, so good!  It had been a while since I had a good burger and it totally hit the spot.


After lunch, I had an appointment to give blood.  They had me in and out pretty quickly.  This year, I have been trying to make sure to donate more often.  I feel like it is a way I can make a difference, and since there is a donation center near me, it really isn’t that difficult to work into my schedule.

Then it was back home so we could get ready to head to a local Oktoberfest with some friends.  It was at this adorable little restaurant and shop area called Pinnacle Peak/Trail Dust Town (I think Pinnacle Peak is the steakhouse located there and Trail Dust Town is the place as a whole.

It was a blast!  They had German food, beer, and rides for the kiddos.  I enjoyed sharing a soft pretzel with the little miss and going on multiple carousel and train rides with the minis.  Also, I stumbled across a whole bunch of kids books I now want to add to the kid’s collection (only kinda/sorta for me).

The kids were worn out from the festival and went to bed pretty quickly after we got home. The hubs and I then spent the evening watching a movie and reorganizing the pantry.  Cleaning out the pantry might not sound especially exciting, but I love organizing and cleaning out closets.  I feel so much better now that it is done.

Sunday morning we got up and at it as soon as the babies woke up.  We had a fun trip planned to Apple Annie’s to pick apples and pumpkins.  We had such a good time during our last visit, and I was super excited to take the kids again.  Our first stop was at the produce area.  The little guy had a great time picking out his pumpkin!  (Not our first visit, but our first time picking pumpkins.)

We then picked zucchini, crookneck squash, green chiles and green beans.  Turns out my little dude is a huge fan of green beans!

After picking produce, we headed over to the orchard for apples.  The orchard is always fun, but I think we waited a little too late in the season.  It was pretty slim pickings on the trees.  We were still able to snag some Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Braeburn varieties though.  Here is our haul.  Some of these apples are destined for homemade applesauce later this week/next weekend, so that recipe will be coming soon.  The tortillas were just because.  The hubs and I have a hard time passing up freshly made tortillas.

At the orchard we also picked up some apple cider donuts.  It was my first time trying one.  The verdict?  Delicious!  The whole family loved them and on the drive home we were both happy and sad that we only got half a dozen.

The rest of the day was spent hanging out at home.  We painted pumpkins with the babies.

Then dug into this delicious dinner: roasted turkey breast with roasted root vegetables (courtesy of Trader Joe’s), and our freshly picked green beans.  We also had warm bread with herb butter on the side.  It was a perfect fall dinner.

How was your weekend? Are there any Oktoberfest celebrations in your area? Are you planning to decorate or carve pumpkins this year?  Since the kiddos are so little, we decided to stick with decorating pumpkins, but I love carving as well.

Hope you have a great day!


50 thoughts on “Apple, pumpkins, and donuts, oh my! Weekend Recap

  1. I’m really awful at all things crafty, but I plan to buy a variety to stick in front of my door 🙂 This looks like such a fun weekend! I love fall activities like that!

  2. What a fun packed weekend. We plan on decorating pumpkins. We went apple picking early this year (late August), which I think helped beat the crowds. We still have a few apples left over.

    1. Nice! Yeah, when we have gone in the past it was usually early in September and there was a lot more fruit and less people. It was still a lot of fun though. Hope you have a great day!

  3. What a perfect weekend of fall fun! I love homemade tortillas too. Those look delish!
    So cool that you donate blood too.

  4. Sounds like a fun weekend! I’m not sure if I’ll carve a pumpkin this year but we are going to get one and I’ll definitely be making pumpkin seeds. Cider donuts are seriously the best!

  5. What a fun weekend! Apple cider donuts are the – so good! And that burger…I need to make that asap.
    Good for you for donating blood! Last time I went I came up low iron 🙁 I have struggled with iron deficiency anemia for a while so I’m working on getting it back up!

    1. Those donuts were amazing. That burger totally hit the spot, it is always nice to have someone cook for you and I hadn’t had a good burger in ages. Hope you have a great day!

  6. Awesome that you donated! I’ve been doing it on and off since high school, but I’m trying to make sure that I’m doing it as often as possible these last couple of years. It can be tough depending on how your body responds!

  7. That sounds like a fun weekend! We made a trip to the apple orchard already but I would love to go back. I just hate how busy it is on the weekends! The painted pumpkins look great!

  8. I am going to have to check out that book! This time of year I love a good, spooky book! But I am drooling over the apple cider donuts! Back in Michigan, my favorite thing to do in fall was go to the apple orchard. I want to reach the screen and go nibble apples and donuts with you!

    1. Stephen King is always good for something spooky. The apple orchard is always such a fun activity and I do not understand why it took me so long to try an apple cider donut. Hope you had a great weekend as well!

  9. YES!!!! The orchard we go to in the Fall makes donuts like that too and they are soooooo good! I could totally eat a dozen in two days…by myself! lol

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