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Month(s) Through My Lens: August & September

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I’m doing double duty with this post today since I have been a little belated with my Month Through My Lens posts and showing you two months!
Above is a photo from lunch out on Long Island. We sat right on the dock on a beautiful sunny day.
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At this lunch I had the largest lobster roll ever. I would say this is more of a lobster sandwich since it was on ciabatta, but still delicious and full of tons of lobster.
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This was the view leaving my last farmers market in State College.
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Awesome views driving from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.
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A good way to start the morning.
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Went into NYC and checked one thing off my bucket list.
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Perfect day for a Brooklyn Bridge walk. Continue reading


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Pumpkin Cranberry Scones

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Once the leaves start to turn colors and the temperature starts to drop, the first thing that seems to pop up is not halloween costumes, but pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Walking down the aisles of the grocery store, I’m pretty sure 1/4 of everything there is pumpkin spiced. Cookies, pasta sauce, coffee/tea, cream cheese, pancake batter, even mochi ice cream (you can find this at Trader Joe’s).
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I won’t lie, I do love pumpkin flavored things… to an extent. I don’t need everything pumpkin flavored, but there is something comforting about a nice pumpkin bread or muffins. So recently I made some pumpkin chocolate chip bread (one loaf flew all the way to the West Coast) that left me with some leftover pumpkin puree. I couldn’t let it go to waste, so I made some pumpkin scones. These turned out a little cake-ier, more like a mix between a scone and a muffin top. Not that there is anything wrong with that – just wanted to let you know.
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Using a pastry cutter to cut in the butter into the dry flour mixture. If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can use two knives, a fork, or your fingers. If you use your fingers, work quickly so the butter doesn’t warm up too much.
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Dry ingredients, wet ingredients, and orange zest.
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An ice cream scooper works perfectly for making similar sized scones.
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Perfect warm or room temp! Continue reading


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Apple Picking at Alstede Farms

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Fall is in the air! With the weather cooling down, I took a trip with J and his mother to Alstede Farms for some good ole fashioned apple picking! Alstede Farms has a lot to offer like hay rides, corn maze, pony rides, and play areas for the kids. They also have wine tasting for the adults which we definitely took advantage of. You can pick your own crops or you can go into their market and buy fresh produce from the farm.
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With apple sauce and pies on my mind, we headed off with our box in search of apples. Not only did we pick apples, but other fruits and vegetables as well. Here are some photos from our visit.
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Apple trees all in a row.
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J reaching for the hard to get apples.
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They also had raspberries, blackberries, and yellow raspberries.
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They also had a ton of veggies we could pick including all kinds of peppers. I love these purple peppers.
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Hot peppers!
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So many eggplants – big and small.
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I don’t know what these guys are, but they were begging for a photo.
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We did a good job filling up our box.
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They also had a ton of animals on the farm that you could feed and pet.
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This goat loved the carrot.
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This goat wasn’t so sure… Continue reading