Archive for October 2013

Pomegranate 101

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.

Kids and pomegranateAfter 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.

eating pomegranate

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.

pomegranate kernels

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.

pomegranate stained shirt



Stade’s Farm Over the Years

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:

Petting zoo at Stade's Farm

Nickolas with his big cousin Brennan:

Picking pumpkins at Stade's Farm

And with his cousin Anna–how CUTE are these guys??

Sitting on pumpkins at Stade's Farm

My boys–Ken has this one framed and in his office at work:

My boys at Stade's Farm

Oh, my sweet boy! Love those cheeks!

My boy at Stade's Farm

Fall 2008–So much cuteness!

Stade's Farm 2008

Fall 2009–The Cousins

Kids at Stade's Farm 2009

Fall 2010–My boys again  🙂

My boys at Stade's Farm 2010

Cousins again–The year of the princess.

Cousins at Stade's Farm

Fall 2011–A new addition to our family! Heading to Stade’s with Grandma and Grandpa Groh.

Family at Stade's Farm 2011

My kids–playing in the corn. One of the yearly highlights.

Playing in the corn at Stade's Farm 2011

Our family of four!

Family of 4 at Stade's Farm

Fall 2012–The Family. Extra chilly day, but beautiful, nonetheless.

Family at Stade's Farm 2012

Fall 2013–The cousins together again this year.

Cousins at Stade's Farm 2013

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.

Stade’s Farm and Market

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.

Grohs at Stade's Farm and Market

Groh kids at Stade's Farm and Market


king of the tire mountain at Stade's Farm

Tire swing at Stade's FarmMy favorite kind of spider web.

Spider web at Stade's FarmTrying out the new zipline ride.

Zipline at Stade's Farm

Thumbs up at Stade's FarmPicking the perfect pumpkin.

The perfect pumpkin at Stade's FarmThis year’s top choices.

Pumpkins at Stade's Farm

Perfect pumpkin at Stade's Farm

Hauling our pumpkins to the car, with a little help from Grandpa Groh.

Hauling pumpkins at Stade's Farm

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!