FALL FESTIVITIES

Being from the east coast my absolute favorite time of year is fall!  I love living in sunny California and I really don’t miss the snowy winters, but I do miss seeing all the beautiful fall foliage!  Despite the fact it’s often quite warm during the September & October months in Los Angeles, somewhere around late October you can still sense the seasons changing.  The crisp cool sunrise and sunsets remind me that autumn is here and with it all my favorite fall festivities!

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Visiting the pumpkin patch always kick starts our family fall fun. I love all the warm, vibrant colors that come along with this season. Today we decided to make the entire weekend filled with autumn themed activities.
Loving all the pumpkins 💗
Loving all the pumpkins and my mini. 
So many pumpkins to choose from...
So many pumpkins to choose from…

After lunch and activities we selected our pumpkins and headed home for some carving and cooking!

Pumpkin fun
After lunch it was time to select our pumpkins and head home for some carving and cooking!
I found this at Trader Joe's last week and I've been waiting for the weekend to try it out. I'm thinking brown butter, sage and some Parmesan Reggiano for the kids to enjoy.
While out shopping last week I found this at Trader Joe’s and I’ve been waiting for the weekend to try it out. I’m thinking brown butter, sage and some Parmesan Reggiano for the kids to enjoy.
After we scooped and carved out pumpkins I quickly roasted and seasoned the seeds. Love using these for salads and snacking!
After we scooped and carved our pumpkins I quickly roasted and seasoned the seeds. I absolutely love using these for salads and snacking!
Arugula, fennel bulb, clementines in a herb yogurt lemon dressing, garnished with the pumpkin seeds we roasted today.
Time for dinner.  I’ve been thinking about my fall inspired family friendly dinner all day.  Arugula, fennel bulb, clementines in a herb yogurt lemon dressing, garnished with the pumpkin seeds we roasted today.  Okay this is more for us adults but our 8 year old LOVED so win, win!
Meatballs and pasta, fruit and veggies is a dish often created for our busy families. Tonight I wanted a version us adults can enjoy as well. Here is the pumpkin pasta I found at Trader Joe's cooked in brown butter, sage and Parmesean Reggiano. Delish!
Meatballs and pasta/fruit and veggies is a dish often created for our kids because we are busy parents. Tonight I wanted a version us adults can enjoy as well.
From many years of IKEA trips what have I learned? I LOVE Swedish meatballs. I've always wanted to make a version at home and tonight was the perfect opportunity. These meatballs were simple to make and the gravy is rich and perfect to accompany a cool fall evening.
After many years of IKEA trips what have I learned? I LOVE Swedish meatballs. I’ve always wanted to make a version at home and tonight was the perfect opportunity. These meatballs were simple to make and the gravy was rich and perfect to accompany a cool fall evening.

Ending the evening with chocolate pumpkins and a happy family. Looking forward to many more activities.
Ending the evening with chocolate pumpkins and a happy family. Looking forward to many more fall inspired evenings.

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