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6.11.15

Pumpkin Destruction @TheRockRanch #Georgia

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The Rock Ranch also offers the fun challenge of navigating a corn field maze. This year's corn maze celebrates "Georgia Grown" produce, products and livestock. The Rock Ranch itself produces Brangus beef that is grass-raised, grain-finished with no steroids or hormones. The ranch also grows fresh produce including strawberries, blackberries and fresh corn just to name a few. This produce is sold in the farm's Georgia Grown certified Farm Market. U-Pick experiences are also available from spring through the fall.
 
"We're very excited to celebrate Georgia's diversity in locally grown food and products, this year," said Jeff Manley, general manager of The Rock Ranch. "An experience at The Rock Ranch is going to be a full day of activities and memory making for families, and our visitors are going to have fun learning about Georgia's largest industry, agriculture, which contributes billions of dollars to the state each year.  



WHAT: The Rock Ranch, (about an hour south of Atlanta, Ga) will host National Pumpkin Destruction Day during its Nov. 14 Fall Family Fun Day. This signature event is highly visual and continues to grow in popularity allowing guests to destroy pumpkins in nearly every way imaginable.
National Pumpkin Destruction Day (The Saturday after Halloween) is now listed in the 2015 Chase's Calendar of Events. The Rock Ranch pioneered this concept and event, growing in popularity across the U.S. Pumpkin-bombing airplanes, monster trucks crushing pumpkins   (and crushing cars), pumpkin archery, reverse pumpkin darts and more.

Guests can bring their own pumpkin to recycle through fun methods such as: the pumpkin cannon, pumpkin bowling, the hammer smash and the 40 ft. lift crane pumpkin drop. We'll demolish pumpkins from The Rock Ranch until they're all destroyed.
Rides in a professional monster truck will be available for $6 per person.
The Rock Ranch keeps about 6,000 pumpkins out of landfills each year by using them for a fun and memorable activity and then composting them or feeding them to The Rock Ranch cows.

4.11.15

Pumpkin Pancakes at @Ihop Until January 3, 2016

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We were recently invited to go and try out the new Pumpkin Pancakes that are available at IHOP for a limited time.  IHOP has always had tasty food, so I knew that it was sure to taste great.  The problem was that they also had the Sweet Peach Crepe, so I was torn! I wanted them both!   I ordered one for me and the other for Marc... that way, we could share them both and not worry about the crisis at hand over how to satisfy our taste buds that wanted it all!  
Eggs, Sunny Side Up, Sausage Links, Hashbrowns and Pumpkin Pancakes.  

Scrambled Eggs. Bacon, Sausage, Hashbrowns and a Sweet Peach Crepe.  

As always, the service was great and the food was fantastic!   The pancakes were so light and fluffy... Like heaven on a plate!  

Here are the details:
Each order of IHOP restaurants’ signature pumpkin pancakes, made with real pumpkin and spices, comes crowned with creamy whipped topping. Guests can order pumpkin pancakes alone, or as a combo served with two eggs, any way they like ‘em, hash browns, and a choice of crispy bacon, pork sausage links, or sliced ham.
And, for the first time ever, guests at participating IHOP restaurants can order a cup of piping hot pumpkin coffee that combines IHOPrestaurants’ 100% Arabica International House Roast Original™ coffee with a touch of pumpkin syrup, made with real pumpkin, and then crowns the cup with whipped topping and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice sugar.
Marc and I both commented that it was a great breakfast and the pancakes ( and crepe) made for a tasty breakfast dessert!  Both were delicious and we decided that we need to enjoy the pancakes while we can, before they are gone!  If you are a pumpkin fan, head on in and try them out!   
Tell me, don't they look amazing?  

While this doesn't deal with Pumpkin pancakes, I did want to share that IHOP will be honoring Veterans this Veterans Day:  
In celebration of Veteran’s Day, participating IHOP restaurants across the nation will honor the brave men and women who have served, and are currently serving in the United States Military. From 7am to 7pm on November 11, IHOP will offer free Red, White, and Blue pancakes to veterans and active duty military to, in some small way, thank them for their bravery and service to our country.

Do you ever eat at IHOP?  

Monsters aren't scary! They can also help teach!

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I shared a few monster books with you the other day and today I have two additional ones to share!  As I mentioned, Monsters aren't just for Halloween, they can also be friendly creatures and are also great to help in teaching things.  While Broxton knows his numbers, letters and colors, everyone struggles with feelings from time to time.  (Not to mention the manner thief comes and goes, as it seems he steals Broxton's manners from time to time!) Savannah will be learning all of this soon, so these are great to have to add to our growing children's library for her (and Broxton) to enjoy!  These are both great books and I am sure your little monsters will love them too! 
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We teach toddlers to identify colors, numbers, shapes, and letters—but what about their feelings? By illustrating such common emotions as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm, this sensitive book gently encourages young children to open up with parents, teachers, and daycare providers.
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Vampires and werewolves and zombies—oh my! It's a monster invasion, and the stinky-smelling creatures are destroying Wally's peaceful little town. They scare the kids, knock over the lampposts, and make a mess of everything. And no one can stop them—until, fed up, Wally says . . . the magic word, "PLEASE." Learning good manners has never been as monstrously fun!

Which book sounds like one you would like to add to your library?  

2.11.15

Troubles and Dining... All with MONSTERS!

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Halloween might be in the past, but that does not mean that our love for monsters has to end... Especially when they are cute ones in books that makes you realize there is nothing to be scared of.  While I love books that go with the holidays, it is great that you can have books that "tie in" with the holiday, but don't have to be put away once the holiday has passed. That can be said with the books that I am about to tell you about.   We were sent a few books to check out, with the whole Monster theme going on and they were super cute!  So cute that Broxton has asked me to read them to him over and over again!  
Today I will tell you about two of them.

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Nothing frightens Winifred Schnitzel—but she DOES need her sleep, and the neighborhood monsters WON'T let her be! Every night they sneak in, growling and belching and making a ruckus. Winifred constructs clever traps, but nothing stops these crafty creatures. What's a girl to do?

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What do hungry monsters like to eat? 1 spider swallowed whole, 2 leaping frogs, and 3 entire whales for the ogre with gigantic claws and scales! And for Mr. One-Eye, four mice are very nice. Kids will enjoy this fun feast of a counting book, with 10 colorful creatures and their meals of grasshoppers, scorpions, owls, and prickly porcupines. 

Both of these books were filled with monsters, but neither were scary at all!  Broxton and I enjoyed reading Dining with Monsters, as we were guessing what was coming up on the next page!  With Monster Trouble, we kept trying to figure out what Winifred was going to do to FINALLY solve her problems!   Grab these books to see if you can figure it out!  
 
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