Thursday, September 22, 2016

PUMPKIN RECIPES FROM LOCAL SACRAMENTO BLOGGERS

SEP 22, 2016

It’s officially pumpkin season! This time of year, we’re inundated with pumpkins at the grocery store, pumpkins at the farm, pumpkins on our porches, and even pumpkins in our lattes.
Join the masses by preparing some delicious pumpkin dishes at home — whether it’s time for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. (And let’s be honest, it’s always time for a pumpkiny dessert.)
The best part about these tested-and-approved recipes is that they were created by local Sacramento area bloggers! Who knows? You may find yourself following a recipe from one of your neighbors…

PUMPKIN BREAKFAST RECIPES

PUMPKIN WAFFLES + PUMPKIN BISCOTTI

Simply Recipes Pumpkin Waffles and Pumpkin Biscotti
Photos Courtesy of Elise Bauer via Simply Recipes

PUMPKIN WAFFLES

Simply Recipes has masterfully created this Pumpkin Waffles recipe, which will completely change the way you do waffles for breakfast. Use some pumpkin purée to create these crunchy waffles lightly spiced with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

PUMPKIN BISCOTTI

Try this delicious Pumpkin Biscotti created by guest author, Garrett McCord, on Simply Recipes. During the fall, this is the perfect warming, rustic, and not-too-sweet treat to dip into your morning coffee.

BRÛLÉED PUMPKIN FRENCH TOAST STICKS + PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE BREAD

Dinner Then Dessert Pumpkin French Toast and Pumpkin Chocolate Bread
Photos Courtesy of Dinner, Then Dessert

BRÛLÉED PUMPKIN FRENCH TOAST STICKS

These Brûléed Pumpkin French Toast Sticks from Dinner, Then Dessert are quick and easy to make, and taste absolutely delicious. They are comprised of French bread soaked in a pumpkin egg custard flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE BREAD

Dinner, Then Dessert has also created this wonderful Pumpkin Chocolate Bread recipe, making the perfect dessert-for-breakfast muffin of sorts that perfectly complements your coffee. Warning: This is not a light or healthy option, but it sure tastes amazing — with the help of the milk chocolate disks and of course, the pumpkin purée.

PUMPKIN APPLE SMOOTHIE BOWL + PUMPKIN SPICE COFFEE CREAMER

Well Floured Pumpkin Apple Smoothie and Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
Photos Courtesy of Well Floured

PUMPKIN APPLE SMOOTHIE BOWL

Do something a bit out of the breakfast norm with this Pumpkin Apple Smoothie Bowl from Well Floured. It’s a little less indulgent than a pie in a bowl, but tastes just as good! In fact, this recipe might just be the breakfast you need during cold season, as pumpkin is in fact an immune-boosting superfood.

PUMPKIN SPICE COFFEE CREAMER

All of these breakfast options would not be complete without some homemade pumpkin spice coffee! Well Floured has you covered with this Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer. Because this simple creamer is not packed with sugar (in fact, it has none whatsoever) and is made with real pumpkin, it is a delicious way to enjoy fall flavors without loading up on sugar first thing in the morning.

PUMPKIN SAUSAGE EGGS BENEDICT WITH PUMPKIN “CREAM” SAUCE

Healthy Happy Home Pumpkin Sausage Eggs Benedict
Photos Courtesy of My Healthy Happy Home
My Healthy Happy Home has another healthy breakfast option we’re particularly excited about. This Pumpkin Sausage Eggs Benedict With Pumpkin “Cream” Sauce uses pumpkin in an unexpected way, with pumpkin purée combined with pasture-raised pork sausage from Alpine Ranch in Reno, Nevada.


PUMPKIN LUNCH/DINNER RECIPES

CHIPOTLE PUMPKIN SOUP + PUMPKIN SOUP WITH SMOKED PAPRIKA

Simply Recipes Pumpkin Soups
Photos Courtesy of Elise Bauer via Simply Recipes
Carmichael-based Simply Recipes has a myriad of pumpkin soup options, any of which would be the perfect addition to a meal — or make up the entire meal itself. We’re particularly excited about the savoryChipotle Pumpkin Soup and Pumpkin Soup with Smoked Paprika, each of which provide just the right amount of spice.

SQUID INK PASTA WITH PUMPKIN, SAGE AND BROWN BUTTER

Simply Recipes Squid Ink Pasta
Photo Courtesy of Elise Bauer via Simply Recipes
Think outside the box with this unique Squid Ink Pasta With Pumpkin, Sage and Brown Butter from Simply Recipes. Enjoy the rich flavor of squid ink pasta with sage browned butter sauce nestled inside of a hollow pumpkin.

PUMPKIN RISOTTO WITH BROWN BUTTER AND SAGE + PUMPKIN WHEAT DINNER ROLLS

Well Floured Pumpkin Risotto and Pumpkin-Wheat Rolls
Photos Courtesy of Well Floured

PUMPKIN RISOTTO WITH BROWN BUTTER AND SAGE

This Pumpkin Risotto With Brown Butter and Sage is another wonderful pumpkin recipe involving brown butter and sage. Well Floured, formerly known as French Press, created this exceptional dish for FIJI Water, and the full recipe can be found here.

PUMPKIN WHEAT DINNER ROLLS

Complement your fall meal with these Pumpkin Wheat Dinner Rolls from Well Floured. These light and fluffy rolls are slightly sweet, thanks to a touch of honey in the mixture.

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS + PUMPKIN RICOTTA GNOCCHI

Simply Recipes Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi
Photos Courtesy of Elise Bauer via Simply Recipes

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS

Simply Recipes is at it again. These Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are the simple solution you’re looking for, as it allows you to utilize each and every component of your pumpkin. Prepare this addicting snack in minutes for the family to munch on while dinner is in the oven!

PUMPKIN RICOTTA GNOCCHI

Guest blogger, Hank Shaw, teamed up with Simply Recipes to create some Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi. This flavorful dish is both sophisticated and comforting, combining the tastes of Italy with the fall flavors we all crave.


PUMPKIN DESSERT RECIPES

PUMPKIN PUDDING PIE + SPICY PUMPKIN SHEET CAKE

Spicy Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pudding Pie
Photos Courtesy of Glam Hungry Mom + One Hot Oven

PUMPKIN PUDDING PIE

Turn your idea of the traditional pumpkin pie upside-down with this no-bake Pumpkin Pudding Pie fromGlam Hungry Mom. The kids will love making this simple and tasty creation, and it makes a wonderful grab-and-go dessert for a party or gathering!

SPICY PUMPKIN SHEET CAKE

One Hot Oven proves the uncomplicated nature of sheet cakes with this delicious Spicy Pumpkin Sheet Cake. She adds some excitement by topping the white chocolate cream cheese frosting with dried cranberries, candied ginger and pecans.

PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP MINI LOAVES + PUMPKIN SALTED CARAMEL CAKE

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Loaves and Pumpkin Salted Caramel Cake
Photos Courtesy of Gluesticks + Glorious Treats

PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP MINI LOAVES

These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Loaves from Gluesticks taste as good as they are adorable. This easy-to-make dessert confirms the unbeatable combination of pumpkin and chocolate.

PUMPKIN SALTED CARAMEL CAKE

Wow your guests with this show-stopping Pumpkin Salted Caramel Cake from Glorious Treats. This moist and flavorful pumpkin cake is dressed with layers of salted caramel frosting and garnished with candied pecans and caramel!

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE POPCORN + COCONUT LOVER’S PUMPKIN SPICE OATMEAL BARS

Crazy for Crust Pumpkin Spice Popcorn and Coconut Pumpkin Spice Granola
Photos Courtesy of Crazy for Crust

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE POPCORN

This Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn from Crazy for Crust is perfect for guests or kids to snack on throughout the evening. This combination of salty and sweet is absolutely to die for!

COCONUT LOVER’S PUMPKIN SPICE OATMEAL BARS

Speaking of pumpkin spice, Crazy for Crust created another delicious dessert in these Coconut Lover’s Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Bars. And it’s somewhat healthy, as it lacks flour, but maintains all of the flavor and wow factor you’re looking for.

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE DIP

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
Photo Courtesy of Dinner, Then Dessert
This Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip from Dinner, Then Dessert is a unique addition to your fall party dessert table, as guests dunk cookies or fruit into this delicious pumpkin cheesecake dip. And if you’re sick of pumpkin by now, there are several pumpkin alternatives mentioned that you can try instead!

CINNAMON AND SUGAR COATED PUMPKIN PRETZEL BITES + PUMPKIN CAKE POPS

Cinnamon and Sugar Pumpkin Pretzel Bites and Pumpkin Cake Pops
Photos Courtesy of Well Floured + Clever Housewife

CINNAMON AND SUGAR COATED PUMPKIN PRETZEL BITES

The title “Cinnamon and Sugar Coated Pumpkin Pretzel Bites” alone makes us hungry for this delicious dessert from Well Floured. This soft, sweet and buttery concoction is the perfect snack to enjoy during the fall!

PUMPKIN CAKE POPS

Clever Housewife has crafted up these adorable Pumpkin Cake Pops that the whole family will enjoy making — and of course, eating. Using Pillsbury’s Traditional Vanilla cake mix, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin purée (among some other ingredients), you can create these tasty treats in a matter of minutes!

WHAT PUMPKIN RECIPES DO YOU HAVE UP YOUR SLEEVE?

We’d love to know what delicious pumpkiny dishes you’re making this year!
 Courtesy of Lyon Real Estate

Monday, September 12, 2016

YOUR GUIDE TO APPLE HILL FARMS DURING THE FALL

SEPTEMBER 2016

Fall is truly one of the most magical times of the year. It means cozy sweaters, roaring fires, and all things apple and pumpkin. One of the most autumny activities is a trip to a nearby farm, where you can pick your own apples, go on a hayride, pet farm animals, and pick out the perfect pumpkin for your front porch.
Apple Hill Farms is the ultimate destination for the abovementioned fall rituals, in addition to so much more. And better yet, they have something going on throughout every season! However, fall is their most popular and busy season, so it’s a great time to visit if you haven’t already.
Apple Hill Farms, California
Photo courtesy of Apple Pantry Farm
At Apple Hill Farms, you’ll find a huge variety of apple and fruit farms, bake shops, wineries, a spa, flower gardens, wedding spots, berry farms, and Christmas tree groves. Explore their winding roads and scenic beauty that has been a destination for families for over 50 years!
To make the overwhelming task of visiting Apple Hill during the fall a little less daunting, use our guide to narrow down your desired activities, depending on the specific needs of your family.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

Apple Hill Farms is comprised of a network of over 50 farms spaced out all over the Placerville region. As each farm offers a variety of features, attractions and special produce, you will never run out of things to do at Apple Hill Farms. In fact, the main trouble you’ll have is narrowing down what you can include in a day’s visit, which is exactly why we created this guide!

WHERE CAN I PICK APPLES?

While the farms at Apple Hill provide a number of activities during the fall, apple picking is one of the most popular reasons for a visit, which can be inferred from the name!
There are several apple farms that grow fresh apples, available to purchase or to pick straight from the tree yourself. Either way, you’re guaranteed to get some of the freshest and juiciest apples around, perfect for turning into apple cider, baking an apple pie, or simply sinking your teeth into!
Apple Hill Farms

ABEL’S APPLE ACRES

September 2–December 24
Daily 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

APPLE PANTRY FARM

September–November
Friday–Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (September & November)
Wednesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (October)

APPLE RIDGE FARMS

August 26–November 14
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Apple Ridge Farms, Apple Hill Farms
Photo courtesy of Apple Ridge Farms

ART-N-APPLES

September 24–October 30
Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Sunday 12:30–3 p.m.

BODHAINE RANCH

September 2–December 11
Daily 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (September 2–November 23)
Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (November 26–December 11)
Bodhaine Ranch, Apple Hill Farms
Photos courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

BOLSTER’S HILLTOP RANCH

Weekends Only (September)
Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (October–November 25)
Weekends Only (November 26–December 13)

24CARROT FARM

September 3–November 27
Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. September 3–November 27

DENVER DAN’S APPLE PATCH

August 27–December 1
Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Denver Dan's Apple Patch, Apple Hill Farms
Photo courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

FUDGE FACTORY FARM

September–December 18
Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (September & October)
Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (November)
Friday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (December)

GOLDBUD FARMS

July 15–December 15
Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

GOYETTE’S NORTH CANYON RANCH

September 3–November 4 (Apple Season)
Saturday–Sunday & Holidays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Goyette's North Canyon Ranch, Apple Hill Farms
Photo courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

HARRIS TREE FARM

June–December
Thursday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (June–August)
Daily 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (September–December)

HIGH HILL RANCH

August 27–December 24
Daily 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

KIDS INC./DELFINO FARMS

Labor Day Weekend–December 4
Friday–Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Daily in October)
Kids Inc./Delfino Farms, Apple Hill Farms
Photos courtesy of Kids Inc./Delfino Farms

LARSEN APPLE BARN & BAKESHOP

September 4–December 4
Sunday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

MILL VIEW RANCH

Year-Round
Daily 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

O’HALLORAN’S APPLE TRAIL RANCH

Labor Day Weekend–December
Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
O'Halloran's Apple Trail Ranch. Apple Hill Farms
Photos courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

PINE O’MINE

June 11–October 9
Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

RAINBOW ORCHARDS

September 12–December 11
Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (September 12–November 27)
Weekends 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (December 3–11)

SLOAN WINTERS MOUNTAIN ORCHARD & GARDEN

Labor Day Weekend–December 4
Friday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sloan Winters Mountain Orchard & Garden, Apple Hill Farms
Photo courtesy of Valerie Buell via Sloan Winters Mountain Orchard & Garden

SMOKEY RIDGE FARMSTAND

Friday–Sunday Year-Round 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday–Sunday During Fall 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

WINDMILLER FARM

September 3–November 6
Friday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE PERFECT PUMPKIN?

There are a myriad of fall activities available at the farms, from drinking farm-fresh apple cider to picking the perfect pumpkin. While several Apple Hill farms grow pumpkins, these are a handful of the best for your pumpkin-pickin’ adventure:
Bluestone Meadow is growing five varieties of pumpkins this year, including their most successful Challenger Pumpkins, which have deep ribbing, a long and thick green sturdy handle and a dark orange color, ranging from 20–26 pounds. Bluestone Meadow can be found here.
Cardinini’s Pumpkin Patch is an authentic pumpkin patch, where you can cut your own pumpkin straight from the vine in their 6-acre field featuring several varieties of carving and specialty pumpkins! Don’t forget a trip through their corn maze for the full fall experience. Cardinini’s Pumpkin Patch can be found here.
Apple Hill Farms Pumpkin Patches
Mill View Ranch hosts an enormous pumpkin patch, which grows in size each year (no pun intended). With so many other fall elements on site, like pies, jams, apples, popcorn balls, a live scarecrow and more, this is the perfect destination for picking pumpkins! Mill View Ranch can be found here.
O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch has a 3-acre pumpkin patch featuring pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. All of their pumpkins are ready for you to cut off the vine to turn into a jack-o-lantern or decorate your home with! O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch can be found here.
Looking for more patches filled with pumpkins? Check out all the farms with pumpkins in the Apple Hill Farms region.

HOW DO I FIND THE FARM I’M INTERESTED IN?

Use Apple Hill Farms’ convenient Farm Finder to locate a farm you’re interested in. In fact, you can filter your search by apples, bake shops, Christmas trees, flowers, food, gifts/crafts, kids’ activities, other fruits, pumpkins, spas, u-pick farms, and wineries!

WHAT ACTIVITIES DO THE FARMS HAVE SPECIFICALLY FOR KIDS?

While arguably any destination is suitable for children (besides the wineries and spa), there are several activities specifically geared towards kids. Check out their lengthy collection of farms the kids are sure to enjoy, featuring all sorts of activities from scavenger hunts to gold panning and corn mazes to pony rides!
Kid Activities at Apple Hill Farms
Photo courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO?

As can be predicted, weekends during the fall are quite busy at the farms. If your schedule allows, consider visiting the farm during the week, especially if you have little ones who aren’t in school yet — or don’t have little ones at all! Otherwise, consider following the farmers’ lead and getting to the farms early in the morning order to beat the mid-day crowds.
It’s also important to keep in mind that each farm follows a different schedule, so make sure you check their hours of operation before your visit!

WHICH WINERIES CAN I VISIT?

If you’re after a relaxing kid-free activity at Apple Hill, want to embark on a romantic date, or simply desire to unwind after an afternoon spent picking apples, a visit to one of the area’s wineries is your answer. And thankfully, they are not in short supply.
Apple Hill Farms Wineries
Boeger Winery is open daily year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This picture-perfect winery rests on a historic homestead with a breathtaking backdrop. Boeger was founded in 1972, and is the oldest commercial winery in El Dorado! Stop by their intimate tasting room to sample some quality wine in a historic setting.
Fenton Herriott Vineyards is a Placerville winery with a long-standing passion for exceptional wine. Their attention to detail from grape to glass is evident with each sip. Stop by to experience this first-hand from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. any day of the week, year-round.
Sample Lava Cap Winery’s wines in their tasting room then enjoy a picnic in the gardens overlooking their vineyard. Sip on their premium estate bottled wines, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Barbera and Syrah. Lava Cap is daily open all year long from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Need more winery suggestions? Stop by Madrona VineyardsWofford Acres Vineyard or Honey Bear Ranch. You can’t go wrong with any wines crafted in this region filled with rich soil and educated winemakers!

DID I HEAR SOMETHING ABOUT A SPA?

You sure did! Time Out Spa and Resort is the perfect place to rejuvenate your body after a long day spent on the farms — or a long week at work! Indulge with a massagefacial, manicure, pedicure, or any of the spa’s additional luxurious pampering servicesBook your appointment, keeping in mind that Time Out is closed on Mondays, open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and open Friday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Apple Hill Spa
What did we miss?
With so many farms and fall-loving activities, it’s likely we missed one of your favorite components of Apple Hill. Let us know, and we might just add it to our guide!

Courtesy of Lyon Real Estate 2016