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BRIGHT ORANGE PUMPKINS AND CORN MAZES ANNOUNCE AUTUMN IN CHARLOTTE October 7, 2012

       

Bright orange pumpkins are beckoning to be taken home for decoration, jack o lanterns and tasty treats. Corn mazes are waiting to challenge families and friends, and wagons are hitched to the horses for hay rides.  It is another beautiful fall in Charlotte, N.C.!

Family fun abounds in Charlotte during the fall months! Hunting for that perfect pumpkin is an annual tradition for a lot of families in the weeks before Halloween. Hall Family Farm features pumpkin picking with a musical hay ride, http://www.hallfamilyfarm.com. The farm is in the Ballantyne Area, at the intersection of Johnston Rd and Providence Rd West.  Hodges Farm on Rocky River Road has over 10 Acres of Pumpkins!  Hodges also offers hayrides, Hay Mountain, farm animals, and pony rides only on Saturday and Sunday, http://www.hodgesfarmnc.com.  Carrigan Farms is offering weekend Pumpkin Hayride Tours to the public. Hours of operation are Saturday & Sunday, from 9 AM to 4 PM (SHARP), with hayrides leaving out about every 15 minutes, http://www.carriganfarms.com. Guests enjoy a hayride to visit farm animals and to the patch to pick a pumpkin. Don’t forget all the local roadside pumpkin patches! One of the most popular roadside pumpkins is outside Carmel Commons shopping center on Pineville-Matthews Road and Carmel Road.

Did You Know?
That Jack O Lantern is a nutritious way to celebrate the fall season! Originating in Central America, pumpkins are fruits – a type of squash in the family of cucumbers, squashes and melons.  They are 90% water and are great for much more than carving! For delicious and nutritious recipes go to http://tarheeltastebud.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-pumpkin-bucket-list.html.

Corn Mazes are an exciting adventure for all family members! The Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill located in Huntersville, N.C. is a favorite family challenge. Get lost in the giant seven acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths, http://www.ruralhill.net. One of the largest in the Southeast, the maze is sure to please! Looking for an even bigger challenge? Do the maze in the dark during one of the Family Friendly Friday or Saturday Night Mazes! Bring your own flashlight.  With a new design each year, the maze at Aw Shucks® at 3718 Plyler Mill Rd., in Monroe, NC is a popular attraction. The maze claims to never be overwhelming and even young kids do well,awshycksfarms.com/maze. Most visitors take 25 minutes to emerge from the corn! Be sure to bring a flashlight for the maze at NIGHT!  Hall Family Farm boasts a new 5 acre corn maze and Hodges Farm also offers corn maize fun to go along with your pumpkin picking and hay rides.

Whether choosing the perfect pumpkin, getting lost in a corn maze, or taking an evening stroll, fall is the perfect time to enjoy beautiful Charlotte, N.C.!

 

Pass the Pumpkin Please! Still time for Great Desserts November 23, 2010

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 Maureen says –

What’s Thanksgiving without pumpkin, and lots of it!  There’s still time to open a can or two of that great fall vegetable and create some holiday magic!  Depending on the time you have left in your schedule before the big happy day, you may be able to whip up one or both of these tried and true EASY (I promise!  I only make EASY!) yet scrumptious desserts!

(Easy) PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE (of course, keeping in mind that easier would be to run up to Trader Joe’s at Piper Glen and buy one out of their freezer!)                                                                                                                                            

You’ll need:

10″ springform pan (I line it with parchment paper)

Crushed crunch gingersnap cookies, approx. 25

1/4 C butter or margarine, melted

(stir into crushed cookies and line bottom of springform pan – stick in freezer until ready for filling)

4 – 8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened 

1-1/2 C sugar

2 t vanilla extract

(mix these ingredients together until smooth)

4 eggs (add to above, ONE AT A TIME, mixing well between each)

2/3 C half & half (mix into above until combined)

1 can pure pumpkin

2 t pumpkin pie spice

(mix in last two ingredients and beat well, until combined; pour into prepared crust and bake in oven for one hour at 350 degrees – let sit in hot oven for 1o – 15 more minutes – center should not be fully set when done; cool on baking rack, then chillax in the fridge overnight – remove springform pan and place on serving plate – I’m sure you’re going to want to put this one on a pretty cake pedestal plate!).  Top with some delish whipped cream (just use the can!!) and voila!

Ok, if that sounds like WAY too much trouble, but you’d still like a little pumpkin sumpkin to serve your guests – try this one and they will THINK it took hours!

Rose Marie’s (Incredibly Easy!) PUMPKIN PIE CAKE

Start off by greasing a 13×9″ cake pan

To that, add 1 large (or 2 small = 15 oz) can of pumpkin pie filling

Over that, sprinkle one regular-size box of yellow cake mix

On top of that, layer 1/2 – 3/4 C chopped nuts (your choice – walnuts or pecans!)

Melt 2 sticks butter (ooh ooh ooh, now you’ll know why it’s such an ooey-gooey crowd pleaser!) and pour , somewhat evenly, over the other ingredients

Bake in 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.                                                                                 

 be the hit of the pumpkin patch with these easy-breezy delights!

Catch us tomorrow for our helpful hints on holiday shopping!  Now, back to the Kitchen….

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