Family Fun, Paleo Pumpkin Hummus, and Giveaway winner!

Family Fun, Paleo Pumpkin Hummus, and Giveaway winner!

Good morning!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We had one filled with lots of family time and lots of fun festivals!  I just love this time of year and all the fun things around our area there is going on.  I’m sharing some of our fun from this weekend today with  you for Marvelous in my Monday!

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To start, The Hubby took Friday off so we could drive up to Apple Hill to spend the day.


It gets crazy up there on the weekends in October so we tried to miss the crowds by going on a weekday.  It was still actually pretty busy but we found a few fun places that weren’t as crowded.



A huge pumpkin that The Love Nugget thought was a slide


Goats that poke their heads through the fence to get some food.  The Love Nugget didn’t mind that they got up close and personal with him.  He said he wants a goat.  Ummm… no way!


Posing for pictures 🙂


Lots, and lots of apples!

I bought 1/2 a box plus more as well as pears.  I’m going to make applesauce, pear/applesauce and hopefully apple butter.  Someday when I find the time 🙂

My mom came down to stay Friday and The Hubby had a work event so The Love Nugget and I hung out with her all evening then woke up Saturday morning and headed to the Farmer’s Market.

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They had so many harvest items I almost couldn’t contain myself!  Gourds, all sorts of squash, popping corn on the cob and of course, pumpkins!

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After the Farmer’s Market we managed to make it to Sprouts and Costco for groceries which was definitely marvelous to get done early in the weekend!

Then we rushed home to head out to a Family Fun Fest in Roseville.

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There were lots of local booths, activities for the kids, music, and bounce houses!

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His first time down one of those huge blow up slides.  He was a little hesitant to climb up (he just wanted to bounce), but once at the top he rolled over and slid down on his tummy.  He loved it!

Later we had family movie and pizza night.

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He was hilarious laughing at this funny little cartoon character on the movie.   It took him forever to eat his meatza pizza since he was so into the TV!

After he went to bed The hubby and I watched Gatsby which was really great!  I had heard good things about it but was surprised at how much I liked it.  I haven’t seen a good movie in so long so it was definitely marvelous!

Sunday I woke up and headed to the gym for a quick GPP workout then home to get started on meal prep for the week.


Roasted Kabocha, roasted sweet potatoes with apples, roasted brussel sprouts, turnips and broccoli, hard boiled eggs, chopped veggies, rinsed grapes, ground turkey, bacon and egg cups (recipe to come).

Plus,  Paleo Pumpkin Hummus, homemade Paleo mayo (watch this tutorial if your interested in attempting), and a bacon and egg salad for The Hubby.

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I was so happy with the Paleo Pumpkin Hummus I made so of course I just had to share the recipe with you!

Paleo Pumpkin Hummus

Paleo Pumpkin Hummus


  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy.
  2. Scrape down sides as needed then refrigerate until ready to serve.

The Love Nugget and I munched on quite a bit of this last night while making dinner.  So good!

After meal prepping and the massive clean up I had to do.  We headed off for some more Fall fun!

First stop was Halloween pictures (coming soon!).  Followed by a trip to The Fountains for their Fall Festival where someone had a blast playing all the carnival games,

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and doing the little crafts they had for the kids.

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Decorating his piggy bank 

Then we headed off to the Farm to Barn tour that PlacerGROWN puts on every year.


Of course we had to find some tractors!

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We also searched for pumpkins but didn’t make it to as many farms as we would have liked to.  Instead we came home to carve our pumpkins!

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That’s his “cheese” face 🙂

Carving pumpkins withe a very curious, inquisitive two year old is not as fun as we thought it would be.  Thank goodness we had some really awesome Pumpkin Masters Carving Kits that helped make things quick and easy!   Stay tuned for a full review later this week 🙂

Speaking of Pumpkin Masters, it’s time to announce the winner of the Carving Kit contest!

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Congrats girl! Message me your information when you have a chance!


  • What was marvelous about your weekend? 
  • Do you pick apples during the Autumn season?  
  • Do you carve pumpkins every year? 

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  1. What a fun weekend! Your food prep is always so impressive… I need to get to work on mine. I also love your paleo pumpkin hummus recipe… definitely need to make that (when I find the time too). Happy Monday girly!

  2. I’ve heard about Apple Hill from my best friend that lives up in the Sacramento area! Sounds like you guys had a great weekend – family time is always the best! 🙂

  3. We loved Gatsby too! It actually got us out to the theater when it was out, which is rare for us.

    Our weekend was marvelous because we speant it watching a beautiful wedding!

  4. I’m with your little guy — I’d love to have a goat 😀 They’re especially cute when they’re tiny and all rambunctious. But what a great looking weekend. I haven’t been to a pumpkin patch or orchard in a good handful of years, but I’d absolutely love to go, especially since I’m completely obsessed with pumpkin and apples right now…

  5. That pumpkin hummus sounds fabulous!! I also love that it is low fat..very cool!

  6. My parents moved to Roseville almost 3 years ago from the Seattle area! I love that I actually know some of the places you talk about or that I have ideas for when we visit in the future. I love the rest of your blog too, especially the food and eating out! Keep it up. 🙂

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I hope you get a chance to visit Apple Hill sometime! Especially during the Fall, it’s gorgeous!

  7. What a super fun and adorable weekend. I love all your fall adventures! And that pumpkin hummus looks delicious, I am definitely pinning to make this week or next 🙂

  8. Awww what a fun fall weekend. 🙂 I love the Nugget going down that giant slide!! haha!

  9. What a fun weekend! Family time is definitely the best! We spent some time with the family this weekend and it’s always my favorite thing to do. Love the hummus recipe! It looks so delicious!

  10. Busy weekend, but looks like a lot of fun! I can’t wait to carve pumpkins 🙂 Your food prep looks great too!

  11. You wicked looked very fun and action packed! I had a similar type weekend at the Topsfield Fair in Masachusetts! Anyways do you prep like that every week? Super cool I need to start doing that more.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      October festivals are so much fun! Yes, I prep weekly so that I’m all prepared 🙂

  12. What a perfect weekend! Looks like The Love Nugget had a blast!

    I really liked The Great Gatsby too. Leo is the best. 😉 I thought some of the music was a little off at times but I think they were just trying to make it modern, kind of like Romeo & Juliet with him and Claire Danes.

    That pumpkin hummus sounds delicious! I love hummus.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Ahhh… Romeo and Juliet was so good! I loved that soundtrack and actually just heard one of the songs from it last night and have been wanting to watch the movie since!

  13. Looks like a fun weekend full of Fall activities! Those egg cups you made look good! Can’t wait to see the recipe! 🙂

  14. Love the pic of him sliding down the slide. So funny! Fall activities are so much fun!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Thanks Brittany! He loved it which was actually surprising since he’s kind of a sissy 🙂

  15. Wow! Can I just start by saying how adorable your family is?? Seriously soo cute! Also, I LOVE pumpkin hummus! It’s my favorite kind! And it’s pale?! Very nice!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Awe thank you so much! The Pumpkin hummus is a hit this week! Even my son gobbles it up!

  16. I read this post while I was laying in bed last night and was in Aw by how much fun y’all had this weekend. So many fall festivities happening on your end. Glad Love Nugget enjoyed the big slide. At first I thought you were going to say he hated it. Ha Ha!

  17. Looks like such a fun weekend! Your hummus recipe looks delicious, too. Spending time with friends and having some quality family time was marvelous about my weekend!

  18. looks like you had an awesome weekend!! 🙂

  19. It looks like you had a great weekend! I love carving pumpkins to make pumpkin seeds but usually give up on the carving and leave that to my boyfriend. This hummus sounds really good!