We spent the day at Thompson Farm in Bucksville, SC, and we could not believe that we had never heard of this place! Julious and Amanda Thompson (who had 15 children by the way!) began their life together here in 1845; the house pictured above was built in 1825 by SC Legislator, Cornelius Sarvis. It is still a working farm operated by the fourth generation of Thompson's.
They have a phenomenal 8-acre corn maze (pictured below) designed by the biggest corn maze designer in the U.S. Our fearless leader, Drew, led us through to the end...a journey which takes on average an hour and a half! And I am fairly confident that had I led our way, it would have taken at least two!
Just along the edge of the corn maze, was this lovely spot where we took some photos of our Sophie. Lanterns hanging from a large tree with a wagon set next to it, with vases full of beautiful flowers. Beautiful spot for an impromptu photo shoot!
The fun doesn't end at the corn maze! Pappy's Play Area was a quaint, lovely little spot filled with various activities for the kiddos: large corn bin (Sophie did not want to get out!), goat tower, hen house, duck races, and enough things for the children to play on to keep them very happy!
Here it is! The design is different every year and it is phenomenal. Would highly recommend this wonderful farm; I'm only sorry we didn't know about it sooner!
Well I finally broke down and bought Drew a lunchbox, not just any lunchbox for my kiddo...a Planet Lunchbox! You may think I'm crazy for spending this much ($70 including shipping!!), but I have my reasons: Planet Lunchboxes are eco-friendly (eliminates disposable containers and bags) durable, promote healthy eating, made of food-safe stainless steel, and it will last him for years. And you don't HAVE to buy the magnets or the carry bag, or the extra containers (I just did it for ease). I want my kiddos to eat as healthy as possible; I'm sick of kids being fed processed, frozen foods.
P.S. He was so excited when he got it last night that he made me serve his dinner in it!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla; mix well. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice; gradually add to butter mixture. Stir in the oats until incorporated.
Drop by tablespoon onto a baking sheet about two inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees until golden brown. (I left them in for 10 minutes and took them out when they were still a little gooey in the middle, they will bake a bit more on the pan.) Makes about 3 dozen. Enjoy my lil' pumpkins!