Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch in Lawrence, Kansas 2010

On October 2 my family and I went to Schaake's pumpkin patch. We go to Schaake's pumpkin patch every year. But this was our last year going to Schaake's. I got two pumpkins, Mikey got three pumpkins, dad got three, and mom got one. I will miss going to Schaake's pumpkin patch.

By Jacob

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    Mom’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

    Ingredients

    Crust:

    • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar (Homemade Brown Sugar Recipes)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 stick melted salted butter

    Filling:

    • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin
    • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    For crust:

    In medium bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

    For filling:

    Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.

    Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours. 


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      Holiday Traditions- Halloween

      Our family is big on traditions.  It starts in October with Halloween.  Better yet, the preparation for Halloween. We always go to a pumpkin patch.  When my husband and I were dating we visited a pumpkin patch and have been going there every year since.  Shaake’s Pumpkin Patch is the best.  It is a real working farm that began as a 4H project and developed from there.  They offer a hayrack ride to and from the patches.  Animals to check out. Play areas for the kids, like a couple of playsets, on where you slide into a bunch of hay. A haybale maze and now a pumpkin launch using big slingshots.  Of course, lots of photo opportunities.  Not to mention all the crafts and food items.

      We’ve done the same thing every year.  We start out wandering the grounds checking out the animals. They usually always have a young cow to get up and close with. We take our pics of how tall the kids are this year up against the giant measuring board.  The kids play some and go throught he maze.  We did the pumpkin launch again this year, in which dad got in on it this time.  Very close to a free slushy!  We eventually make it to the hayrack and head out to find the perfect pumpkin.  It is hard to find the very best one among the sea of perfect orange.  However, we manage to each choose the best.  Getting them back to start is sometimes fun too.  This year a 12 or 13 year old lost her flip flop off the side of the hayrack and jumped off.  Had a good laugh about that one. She did too.  After weighing, paying and loading the loot we head to our final stop on the farm.  We get cider, slushes and cookies at their concession stand.

      We can’t think of a better way to start our fall.

      What about you?


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