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The Flower Farm Cafe (Loomis, CA)

A friend drove me by this place a year ago and I really don’t know why it took me so long to come back. It’s the perfect blend of quaint cafe and garden store all blended together in a seamless experience that is both inviting and satisfying. The property includes a cafe, bed and breakfast, wine tasting, event and wedding venue and garden store. We chose to just explore the cafe and some of the property for our first visit.

Driving into the parking lot I wasn’t sure what to expect. All I could see was that this was my sort of experience. The cafe is small and warm and has a simple menu of fresh and local ingredients put together in a homey comfortable way. There is a outside seating area that goes on and on and starts off with a rustic patio and stretches throughout the property. There are kids options that are served with probably the best fruit accompaniments I have encountered anywhere in this area. A display of different fruit all crisp and fresh and choices that kids want to eat. Strawberries, grapes and different kinds of melon.

We chose to sit outside and a friend and I were able to chat. Yes. You hear me right. We had time to chat while my tots were totally entertained by the kids garden tools spread around the ground in the gravel underneath our table. They were so entertained that they forgot to complain about being hungry. Not hungry. Bored. Ready to go. Or any other bevy of usual restaurant complaints. By the time lunch was served we were all hungry and relaxed.

The property has ample space to stroll and look at the gorgeous plants and outside decor. There is a pond to explore. There is a bocce court waiting for action. This is definitely a destination not to be missed and is the perfect starting place for a day of farmstand shopping and exploring.

The Flower Farm Inn is located at 4150 Auburn Folsom Rd., Loomis, CA and the cafe is open from 7:30 am-4:00 pm Wednesday through Monday and can be found online at www.flowerfarminn.com

Project. Bird Seed Cookies.

It’s spring!  We can be outside more and it is perfect weather for outside projects.  You know what the best part of outside projects is?  No clean up!  My favorite projects are ones that my tots can be involved in completely and this one fits that requirement.

My family loves to stand by the windows in our family room looking outside and trying to figure out what birds are visiting us that day.  Now that it’s nice outside we are getting lots more bird friends coming to see us.  I figured.  Why not offer them a snack?

One of the best part of having Farm Tots is that they start to appreciate the plants and animals close to home more and more.

This project is courtesy of one of the awesome bloggers I read, The Hungry Homemaker.

All you need to do this project is-

  • 4 cups bird seed
  • 3/4 Cup all purpose flour, we used whole wheat
  • 3 Tbs corn syrup
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • Twine
  • Straws
  • Cookie cutters
  • Wax paper

In a large bowl add ingredients, mix well until blended.  Let tots mix with their hands.  Should make bath time more interesting.


Line your work surface with wax paper and weigh down the corners.


Press seed mixture into a cookie cutter, press firmly so mixture is tight packed and insert a piece of your straw into the shape to make a hole in your “cookie”. Be sure not to make your hole too close to the top, or the yarn will break right through when it’s hung.  Cookies are easily broken.  Take it from us.


Let sit for one minute, then slowly slide your cookie out of your cookie cutter. Repeat until all your mixture has been used up.  Let the cookies dry over night and don’t move them!  Even if they seem dry.  They aren’t.  We know.  From experience.


String your twine through the hole and tie them.  Hang from a visible tree.  Watch your new friends arrive!