Halloween Eve

Friday, we took Kaili out of school so we could make our annual trip to Bates Nut Farm. Going the day before Halloween was a big WIN! There was hardly anyone there, meaning no lines for pony rides, plenty of room in the petting zoo and you could actually browse the store without being shoved by the person behind you.

IMG_6386 IMG_6393The kids enjoyed themselves, you goat to believe it.

After the pumpkin patch we went to a restaurant on our to-do list and I was honestly miserable the entire time. Kaili was so good and so easy to take out to restaurants. But Averi, well she isn’t. There is whining, so much whining and she isn’t happy unless she is eating or walking around. It wasn’t a very “kid inviting” restaurant and I just felt horrible for her screeching while others tried to enjoy their lunch. Meanwhile, Kaili fell off her chair hitting the ground head first, causing gasps from everyone around us…she was fine. My blood pressure was not.



After lunch we hit a few new wineries nearby because after that lunch, we all needed a drink. The first winery, Deer Park Winery and Auto Museum was like walking into the past. Everything in the “museum” had a layer of dust on it. The wine bar was something out of the 70’s as was the decor. The wine though, the wine was atrocious. The whole experience was strange. Yes, Averi is eating off of old dirty carpet.

IMG_6406After that experience we hopped into another winery but I think we were all done and ready to head home. After baths, finally able to relax we enjoyed dinner outside while  the men watched baseball and the girls played until dark.


Brigadeiro Recipe With Healthy Stuff Thrown In

I woke up this morning and it dawned on me that we should have gotten our Farm Fresh To You delivery, it was like Christmas morning, well if  I were a vegan.

I signed us up for the farm delivery last week and have been anticipating our box of goodies.

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I was impressed with what we got. The same items I would choose to buy at Sprouts, all organic and delivered to my doorstep while I sleep. I see nothing wrong here. The other nice thing is that our delivery day is Wednesday so it’s perfect for my weekend meals.

Now that we got all the healthy stuff out of the way, let’s talk about candy.  Brigadeiro ” { Portuguese for Brigadier; also known in some southern Brazilian states as negrinho, literally “blackie”} is a popular candy served at birthday parties in Brazil. Since my mom spent some of her youth in Brazil she made these for me throughout my childhood. Actually now that I think about it  she probably made them for herself but knew I would like them.

Who better to turn to when you need a recipe then your mom right? Well unless your mom can’t cook.

These are like balls of delicious chocolate caramels and SO easy to make! This is my mom’s recipe from Brazil, the only substitution is Cocoa powder for Nestle chocolate powder.

3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp Cocoa powder
2 Tbsp Karo syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 tsp salt

Cook in small pan until mixture rolls off bottom { about 10 minutes}

Pour onto buttered plate until cool enough to handle.

Roll into small balls and dip in sugar.  Store in airtight container in cool place.