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Pick of the Patch Pumpkins and ABC Farms

October 21, 2016 2:00 pm

Greetings and Happy Fall to you all! Can you believe it is just about time for the holidays again?? I feel like we just rang in 2016 like a second ago, yet here we are again! My, my how time flies!

I know that we are supposed to get a few more days of hot temps, but I will enjoy the slight nip in the air while it is here. It reminds me of Fall back East where I grew up! Lovin' all the Pumpkin Spice, sweaters, and cute pics of people decorating pumpkins! It made me want to take a look-see around town to see who has fall festivals, and anything pumpkin. This place looks fun and I have actually heard good things about it:

Pick of the Patch Pumpkins and ABC Farms
2205 Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

Let me know what you think and enjoy the chill in the air! Have a wonderful week everyone!


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Haunted Aquarium!

October 18, 2016 2:01 pm


October 21 & 22 6–9 p.m.

Enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Discover a sea of glowing beasts(big and small), get sticky with slime,and enjoy shipwrecked stories, all while BOO-gieing down to live music and having a monstrous good time. Recommended for ages 2+


•Scripps Institution of Oceanography Scientists showcasing exciting, and sometimes spooky, research!
•Slime: Make your own seaweed slime to take home
•Frankensquid: Get up close and personal with a huge Humboldt Squid and learn what makes it unique inside and out
•3-D microscope: experience the smallest amazing 3-D microscope developed by Scripps Oceanography scientists.
•Spooky species including skeleton shrimp and sea spiders
•Community organizations will be coming with their own games, activities, and giveaway
•Family-friendly costumes are encouraged, especially if they are ocean themed!
•Glowing critters witness creatures that create their own light and glow in the deep, dark ocean.
•Story time youngsters can gather around and listen to a spooky (but not too spooky) shipwreck tale.
•Enjoy creepy crafts that are fun for all ages!
•BOO-gie down all evening to the live music of Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters!

Splash! Cafe will remain open until 8:30 with a variety of selections including ghoulishly gourmet sandwiches & salads, nightmarish nachos & and howling Halloween sweets!

Members: Pre-Sale $13.50
Public: Pre-Sale $18.50
Door (all): $20
Free for children 2 and under

Purchase tickets at 858-534-7336 or online.

PLEASE NOTE: No discounts or coupons, including the October Kids Free in San Diego offer, can be applied to Haunted Aquarium or other special events.

Questions? Call the Education Department at 858-534-7336.

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Pumpkin Yummies!

October 17, 2016 2:02 pm

I have to be honest – I'm not a huge fan of all the pumpkin that comes out this time of year. I enjoy toasted pumpkin seeds and I love pumpkin bread with butter. But, I don't get into the Pumpkin Spice anything and everything. Sorry! Don't hold this against me. I will eat pretty much anything else. With that being said, I wanted to share with you this tasty pumpkin bread recipe. It reminded me of my childhood growing up. My mom did all kinds of breads- pumpkin, banana, and even zucchini. YUM-MY! I hope you will love this too! Enjoy! –JP


Pumpkin Bread:
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
16 ounces canned unsweetened pumpkin
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 2 9 by 5 loaf pans. Stir together sugar and oil. Stir in eggs and pumpkin. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Blend dry ingredients and water into wet mixture, alternating. Divide batter between two loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool.

Recipe Courtesy of Food Network Kitchens

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