The other day I noticed that pomegranates were on sale. So I picked one up, just for fun. Thought the kids might get a kick out of it. I have only purchased one other pomegranate in my life and it was when I was in my 20’s. For some reason I thought I’d try one. Little did I know that I should have put on some old clothes or worn an apron or bib or something. I had pomegranate juice everywhere!! Splattered on my clothes, the table, my face, the wall! It was insane!
So after dinner last night I announced that I would be cutting the pomegranate and told the kids to make sure they were wearing “play clothes” and then called them over to the counter. They were actually very excited about it and it held their interest for a long time.
After my initial cuts, I let them dig at the pieces for a while and eat what they wanted. It was like their own little science experiment. They couldn’t get over how juicy it was and how each little seed burst in their mouths.
The kids really want me to buy another one. We talked about how you can use the seeds to sprinkle on a salad or dessert. I think I want to try making some juice next time. Shouldn’t be too difficult.
So if you need to entertain your kids for a while, and maybe even yourself, plan a pomegranate event. You won’t be disappointed–unless, that is, you forget to put on an old shirt.
As promised, here are some shots of the Grohs through the years, on our annual fall trek to Stade’s Farm and Market.
Fall 2007–our first trip with our son:
Nickolas with his big cousin Brennan:
And with his cousin Anna–how CUTE are these guys??
My boys–Ken has this one framed and in his office at work:
Oh, my sweet boy! Love those cheeks!
Fall 2008–So much cuteness!
Fall 2009–The Cousins
Fall 2010–My boys again 🙂
Cousins again–The year of the princess.
Fall 2011–A new addition to our family! Heading to Stade’s with Grandma and Grandpa Groh.
My kids–playing in the corn. One of the yearly highlights.
Our family of four!
Fall 2012–The Family. Extra chilly day, but beautiful, nonetheless.
Fall 2013–The cousins together again this year.
As you can see, the weather has really varied over the years, with this year being one of the warmer ones. And Stade’s has changed soooooooo much. The first time we went with little Brennan there wasn’t much more than a small petting zoo and a ton of pumpkins and gourds. Now there are so many activities for the kids and and the location has completely shifted from their original farmyard to a huge area with an enormous shed and store with a separate covered eating area. We are surprised with something new each year. Glad it’s been our yearly go-to place.
Fall has arrived! I often feel reluctant to let go of summer, but then fall rushes in with all its beauty and I quickly get caught up in it, which makes moving on from the previous season much easier.
Ever since our nephew was 1 year old, the Groh side of the family has annually headed to Stade’s Farm and Market in McHenry, Illinois, for their Shades of Autumn weekends. Our nephew is now 11, so it has become quite a tradition. Through the years, we have had hot weather, cold weather, windy weather and as of this past weekend, rainy weather. But it really only sprinkled on us a couple of times and the day was otherwise quite perfect. The threat of rain seemed to keep the crowds away. We arrived early and felt like we had the place to ourselves for the first few hours–just the way I like it! That spoils my kids though. They haven’t learned how to patiently wait in lines.
My favorite kind of spider web.
Trying out the new zipline ride.
Picking the perfect pumpkin.
This year’s top choices.
Hauling our pumpkins to the car, with a little help from Grandpa Groh.
Since we’ve made so many trips to Stade’s Farm, tomorrow I will post some pictures from over the years, just for fun. Come on back and check them out!