Picking Our Perfect Pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch

As I think I mentioned a few posts back, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with halloween. I’ve never been into the really scary side of it, but I love all the foodie and crafty opportunities. I also love traditions and making memories with the kids. The last couple of years I’ve taken the kids to a pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkins and this year I did it again.  Sadly Jess has a broken foot at the moment, so she stayed behind, but Lila and I managed to choose her the perfect pumpkin anyway.

We headed to Garson’s Farm in Esher, which I’ve blogged about before, as we love going to Pick Your Own anyway. Its always pretty busy at this time of year, but its great to see so many people having fun and making the most of the season. We were so lucky that it was such a beautiful sunny day too. The pumpkin patch was well stocked with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

We picked five fabulous pumpkins and somehow managed to carry them between the two of us – those things are not light! All 5 came in at £13, which is really great value. I think they’re a little bit cheaper than in the supermarket. You also get the added fun of picking them yourself.

Once we’d got them safely in the car, we wandered off in search of squashes. We always pick up a few squashes to use in my pumpkin recipes, as they usually have a better flavour. I used a mixture of the two in my Pumpkin Soup recipe from a few weeks ago. I also use squashed in my Pumpkin Pie recipe too.

I’ll pop a post up to show you how they came out after we carved them tomorrow. Do you enjoy Halloween? What are you’re favourite things about it? Do you go all out, or do you just choose a few elements like we do?

As I’ve not been doing ‘Week in Pictures’ posts for a while, I thought I’d start doing short posts about things we’ve been doing recently. I know a lot of my readers really enjoy those. We’ve had a few nice days out recently that I’d love to write about soon. There’s always lots going on over on my Instagram too. I’m constantly posting on there.

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