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The Ultimate Pumpkin Patch Guide: 10 Pumpkin Patches in Yolo County and Beyond

The Ultimate Pumpkin Patch Guide: 10 Pumpkin Patches in Yolo County and Beyond

Living in Northern California, we are surrounded by farms and naturally, great local pumpkin patches. And these aren't just parking lots with pumpkins thrown on the ground. These are real working farms that grow the pumpkins. And also happen to have fun kid-friendly activities. 

Below I've listed 10 great local pumpkin patches in the Yolo County and the Sacramento Valley area, including some in Davis, Woodland, Dixon, Sacramento, Wilton, Elk Grove and Wheatland. The farthest one from Davis is only about 45 minutes away. You could go to a different pumpkin patch every weekend in October and still not hit every one!

Spice It Up: 5 Ways to Use Mulling Spices this Fall

Spice It Up: 5 Ways to Use Mulling Spices this Fall

There's nothing quite as festive in the fall as walking into a home that smells of apples and spices. You could achieve this feeling by making an apple pie. Or you could do what I do and put a pot of mulling spices on the stove!

Mulling spices are quite versatile in the kitchen and around the home. And in case you don't believe me, here are 5 ways to use mulling spices to spice up your life this fall.

September Calendar of Family Friendly Fun Events

September Calendar of Family Friendly Fun Events
The weather is finally starting to cool down here in Northern California, school's back in session for everyone, and it's feeling a bit more like ...

Market Recipe: Peach and Burrata Salad

Market Recipe: Peach and Burrata Salad
It's summer in Northern California and that means it's also stone fruit season at the farmers market (and countless roadside fruit stands)! Peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and my personal favorite, pluots (a cross between plums and apricots). And while these are great to munch on fresh as a snack, I also love incorporating them into savory meals. One of my favorite salads to make is a peach and burrata salad that was inspired by a special weekend ten years ago.

Meet the Maker: Meghan Wright of Figs and Feathers Farm

Meet the Maker: Meghan Wright of Figs and Feathers Farm

Meghan Wright from Figs and Feathers Farm was actually one of the first vendors I contacted about being included in our boxes. And she sat right next to me when I attended my first ever pop-up event in 2017.

Meghan lives in Sacramento, but has family in Grass Valley and it was those family members' garden that inspires many of her creations. And in fact led her to what Figs and Feathers Farm is today.

Scents are inspired by the Northern California flora, and she also harvests many of her ingredients from her family‘s property.

It was actually a family member’s suggestion that led her from ordinary soap-maker to community gathered and grown.

August Calendar of Family-Friendly Events in and Around Davis and Sacramento

August Calendar of Family-Friendly Events in and Around Davis and Sacramento
It's back to school month for most of us, but before you pack up that backpack, squeeze in a little more summer fun with these family-friendly local events in and around the Davis and Sacramento area.

A Favorite Summer Treat: The Peach Milkshake at Whitey's Jolly Kone

A Favorite Summer Treat: The Peach Milkshake at Whitey's Jolly Kone

You know it's not officially summer until the peach milkshake makes an appearance at Whitey's Jolly Kone. The West Sacramento drive-in is apparently quite an institution (opened in the 1960s), but I'd actually never tried it until I was working in Sacramento.

And while the food is fine, what I make a trek to Whitey's Jolly Kone for is the seasonal fresh fruit milkshakes. HOLY MOLY.

Summer/Fall 2018 Reading List

Summer/Fall 2018 Reading List

I used to be a voracious reader when I was younger, but somewhere between working a 9-5 job and chasing after two energetic boys, I've been pretty consistently reading less and less. In an effort to get back on the book horse, so to speak, I've tried to join book clubs, both virtual and in town. But my attempts are usually thwarted due to the challenges of coordinating mid-week evening schedules with childcare and work.

So in an effort to read a few more books each year, I'm committing to a quarterly reading list. It's not much, but it's better than nothing.

And I realized last year I only read non-fiction books. Strange I know. But parenting and business books are what's speaking to me at this season of life. So I'm picking three books to read each quarter: one parenting, one politics or business, and one fiction book.

July Farmstand U-Pick in Northern California

July Farmstand U-Pick in Northern California

My two boys love almost nothing more than running around outside and getting dirty. So as you can probably imagine, they are big fans of any opportunity to explore the local farms here in Northern California.

It's now July and while the U-Pick strawberries are mostly done for the season, there are still plenty of local u-pick options, including flowers, peaches, and some berries.

Cold Brew Coffee: My Summer Staple and a Recipe for This Easy-to-Brew-at-Home Drink

Cold Brew Coffee: My Summer Staple and a Recipe for This Easy-to-Brew-at-Home Drink
If you know me well, you're probably aware of my love of coffee, and specifically Flat Whites. And while I continue to drink these on cool summer mornings, I often turn to Cold Brew coffee as my mid-day and weekend drink of choice during the hot summer days here in Northern California. There's just something about a refreshing glass of Cold Brew coffee on a warm summer morning out on the patio. Bliss!

Bonus? Cold Brew is SUPER easy to make yourself!

July Calendar of Family-Friendly Events in and Around Davis and Sacramento

July Calendar of Family-Friendly Events in and Around Davis and Sacramento
July is almost here which means we are deep into summer fun! Here are some events going on the last few days of June and into July. Stay cool and ...

June Calendar of Family Friendly Events in and Around Davis and Sacramento

June Calendar of Family Friendly Events in and Around Davis and Sacramento

June is bustling with fun family-friendly events! School is almost out (anyone else counting down the days?!) and Father's Day is just around the corner.

Below is a list of just some of the fun family-friendly events in and around the Sacramento Valley, including Davis, Sacramento and beyond.

What are you looking forward to doing this summer?