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Farm Tots Weekend.

Dillon Beach

We are already almost to four weeks into summer around here and the lack of routines and schedules is making us all a little jumpy. I have to admit, I don’t love summer. Sleeping in, seeing friends and going exploring is cool for a while and then my tots start marching off the edge with boundless energy and opressive hot summer days.

This week we had a quick getaway to see some friends at Dillon Beach. I definitely want to share some tips with you since this was our second year vacationing there. If you haven’t heard of Dillon Beach, it’s a sleepy beach on the Marin coast where cool summer days becon those of us overheating in the valley.

This weekend we are unpacking and packing again for our next short trip to Sonoma wine country next week. So ready for some lazy days by the river. We are also going to try to get out for some blueberry picking, farmer’s market shopping and getting some house projects finished. Here is what we are obsessing over around here right now

Planning where to go blueberry picking this weekend in Apple Hill

Making a breakfast dessert tomorrow with this Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with our leftover strawberries from the week

The food blog that inspired our nacho night for dinner tonight

The cute summer sale overalls I bought myself by tagging onto my tot’s summer vacation clothing online order

The adorable summer barbeque hosted by a local mom and I want to steal all the perfect details

Farm Tots Weekend.

Pancakes and Strawberries

It’s been hot here in California this week and it got so nice yesterday we all took a quick icy dip in our pool for the first swimming day of the season. It didn’t last long, and now there are more storms headed our way. We are going to try to get out in between rain downpours this weekend to pick strawberries! Two of our favorite local organic strawberry farms opened this week and we have been waiting to get some of the juicy local berries for ourselves! I’m so ready to make strawberry jam and syrup. Two of my favorites! We got our outside furniture all set up last weekend so I even got to have breakfast out by the pool this morning. Pictured here. At least I got out while I could! Here is what we are obsessed with this weekend. What are you up to?

Want to know where to find local strawberries in the Sacramento area? Here is our guide from last year

Last year we were picking strawberries in March, this year the two local farms for picking organic strawberries are just opening this week

Since we are talking about strawberries we definitely are going to try these Strawberry and Vanilla pancakes

Why stop now let’s just say I’m packing some make ahead lunches with this Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Almonds and Goat Cheese

We are trying to figure out how to escape some of our obligations on the weekends to attend some food festivals and family friendly events this month too

Farm Tots Weekend.

Gap Kids

Last week was one of those weeks that finishes before it begins. With Spring Break and the holiday weekend we are all ready for a nap! This weekend I want to get ready for pool season and get myself amped up for spring. We are going to finish putting our patio furniture outside and buy some pieces we need to complete our set. We need to stock up for the week at the farmer’s market and do some meal prep for the week to keep us on track. What are you doing this weekend? Here is what we are obsessed with today

Completing our outdoor furniture set and making the outside just as comfortable as inside

We love cheese and some weekend nights we just slice some homemade bread and serve dip for our entree in front of a movie so I’m definitely trying this easy recipe for Goat Cheese and Basil Dip

Getting these stools to finish off our kitchen remodel and give our tots somewhere to have breakfast

Putting all the pictures from our recent trip to Daffodil Hill in a photo book to give to one of my oldest mom friends

This awesome new organic ice cream shop in Davis, CA that we have to visit soon

Getting ready for Passport Weekend in El Dorado Wine Country next weekend

Picture taken in our home as we got ready for our egg hunt last weekend. All the clothes from Gap Kids shoes from Nordstrom

Farm Tots Weekend.

Daffodil Hill

We have been trying to soak up the gorgeous weather we have been having this week by getting outside, going for hikes and playing tourist at some local farms. More rain is on the way this weekend so we are going to get out while we can and celebrate the start of little league and get some spring cleaning out of the way before break next week.

Here is what we are obsessing over this weekend.

How to get outside and where to go

Making this Sesame Soba and Ribboned Omelet Salad this weekend for lunches next week

Sneaking off to my favorite bakery for hot cross buns and coffee

Making these for National Oatmeal Cookie Day tomorrow

What to do with all the local asparagus I bought this morning

What are you up to this weekend?  Any farm finds or recipes you think we should try?  Leave us a comment and tell us what you think of Farm Tots!  We love hearing from our friends.

 

Farm Tots Weekend. December Week 3 Edition.

Our kitchen renovation continued this week. We had contractors come out to template for our new marble countertops and had our new farmhouse sink installed. We found a new Viking professional oven at a local appliance discounter so now our appliances are going to match. I highly recommend shopping around for the appliances you really want. After shopping for weeks we found our oven for less than the least expensive brands out there.

Today make sure to follow along as we take over the El Dorado Winery Association’s Instagram account. We are going to show you some of our favorite family-friendly wineries and secret places to visit. Wineries can be a family activity with some planning and flexibility. Our trips to wine country usually revolve around a country drive, a visit to a winery to purchase a bottle or two and a picnic outside. Sometimes I taste a wine or two and Ben sticks with non-alcoholic choices with our tots and serves as the driver. I try to visit wineries that I know are going to be kid-friendly with somewhere to eat and spread out and let our tots run around safely.

Here is what we are reading this week

The El Dorado Winery Association website has brochures and a map of the wine tasting region to plan a family-friendly wine country trip or a relaxing adults only day trip

Gift tags that would be perfect adorning homemade hostess gifts this holiday party season

A guide to food and local farm related gifts for locals here in our hometown of Sacramento, CA

Do you Elf on a Shelf? This might be the main reason I don’t

Farm Tots Weekend. December Week 2 Edition.

This week started of with a bang around here. It was our kitchen demo day. The whole kitchen, except for the floors, were taken out in one fell swoop (or 1,000). We have been in our house for a year now and we told ourselves we wouldn’t start any projects until we had been here that long. We are remodeling our kitchen without a contractor and I have taken on the role of general contractor (Mom, wife, blogger and student) for the duration of this project.

Demo took a whole day and the second day our new cabinets started to get installed. We hired professionals for this! Today our countertop fabricators are coming to take measurements and get going on making our new marble countertops. This means no kitchen for another week! I thought not having a kitchen wouldn’t be a big deal. It’s not a huge deal. It is just a real inconvenience especially with two kids and a puppy on the loose.

I’m trying to keep everything going and decorate and get ready for the holidays along with finishing my semester of school (last final tomorrow). Going to the tree farm last weekend was such a fun day and having a gorgeous tree we cut down ourselves sitting in our home definitely is forcing me to remember what is important.

Here is what is getting me inspired this week

 

If you are considering cutting down a tree and live in Northern CA there are so many farms to chose from. We posted this guide of local farms

Using materials found right outside to make a gorgeous holiday centerpiece

A while back we shared our homemade beet hummus recipe on Instagram, now we want to try a new recipe from a local blogger we love

Learning how to make dinners in the rice maker while we don’t have a kitchen including a recipe for rice maker mac and cheese

I am obsessed with making our own bread.  I tell friends constantly to get a bread machine.  Here is one for a reasonable price that would be a perfect gift

Farm Tots Weekend.

Struble Ranch Mandarin Farm Visit Placer County CaliforniaThis week at Farm Tots was full of exploring and learning about citrus farming in our area. This was the first year we were able to get out of the house and visit some of our local mandarin farms. My tots are obsessed with mandarins and call them orangies because they are a cuter smaller version of oranges. Instead of buying them at our usual store, Costco, I wanted to get outside and find where we could buy them locally.

We are getting ready for a Farm Tots style Thanksgiving and preparing for some upcoming travel. While I am doing laundry and organizing our household here is what I am thinking about and reading and what my weekend inspiration is this week. (more…)

Farm Tots Weekend.

It’s almost the weekend and since we have been housebound for a while we aren’t up to much. Trying to stay in and get organized for some upcoming travel, getting caught up on my studies, get our winter garden planted and our house clean and ready for the holiday season. Here is what we are thinking, reading and and listening to for our weekend inspiration.

How we are going to decorate for our annual Thanksgiving dinner. I got the idea for tree cutting candle holders when a friend was designing her brother’s wedding decor for his 4th of July wedding in Big Fork, MT this summer. Now I am totally obsessed with the idea of using wood chargers for a forest inspired dinner party (more…)

Shopping. Farm Tots Favorite Rain Boots.

Toddler Red Hunter Rain Boots

Farm visits can be dirty business. Especially after some much needed California rain. This weekend we visited some local apple farms right after the first thunder and rain of the fall and we were a mucky muddy bunch. I usually make sure our tots go out in rain boots whenever we visit farms or go outside this time of year. Here are the Farm Tot favorite rain boots.

Red Hunter and Strawberry Target Rain BootsAmazon $49

Strawberry Red Boots // Target $19.99

Boys Camo RainbowsAmazon $80

Camo Rainboots // Walmart $6

Farm Tots Women's Rainboot with DetailAmazon $143.32

Premiere Tall Rainbows // Target $34.99

Men's Bootie RainbootsAmazon 29.99Amazon $50

Farm Tots Friday Five. Apple Picking Weekend.

Apple Season Fashion Inspiration

It’s not quite fall weather here in California only I’m so ready for a change I’m jumping into fall fashion despite the heat! Here is my favorite go to outfit for a weekend day in Apple Hill.

Apple season fashion inspiration

Plaid Flannel Shirtdress // Nordstrom $58

Short Coat // ZARA $49.90

Rhinestone Apple Studs // Forever 21 $2.99

Over the Knee Boots // Ugg $300

Merino Wool Scarf // Burberry $395