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The Rest of the Story

Many people have asked how Dave and Cooper are doing since the accident.  Thank you!  We received so many prayers and well wishes that we definitely felt cared for over the past 10 weeks.  Dave’s recovery is going really good.  Believe it or not, his recovery may actually take about the same time as Cooper’s.  Dave’s injuries […]

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Up, Up, and Away!

So, it’s hot. That seems to be all I can focus on right now. I mean slap-you-on-the-face hot. Our pumpkins are doing well, but they would not complain about having a little rain. Our corn field looks a little bit like a pineapple field, the leaves are standing at attention, reaching for the sky. They […]

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My Kitchen Has a New Look

Life at the Handsaker house has looked very different in the last 2 weeks than what our life normally looks like this time of year. This changed A LOT! Here’s the first difference. My kitchen counter looks like this! Man, oh man am I thankful for Amazon Prime! When dealing with the injuries we’re dealing […]

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Drum Roll….

You are all rock stars! Thank you for taking my survey on Facebook and helping us decide what free special events we should add to our season! I’ll get to work on scheduling right away! Here are the results… Face Painting 62% Live Music 60.8% Kids Crafts 60.8% Super Heroes/Princess 47% Demonstrations 40% Magician 20% […]

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Work and Fried Chicken

Hasn’t our weather the past several days been amazing? And we even got rain yesterday! We took advantage of the great weather Saturday morning and worked outside. We cleared the area to the west of our barn and plan to repurpose it. Honestly, it looked junky and needed some new life! When you own your […]

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Good Eats!

I get asked all the time about cooking and eating squash and pumpkins.  I LOVE pumpkin flavored anything, I always have.  When fall rolls around and Starbucks brings back their Pumpkin Spice Latte, I’m in heaven! I believe the number one key to cooking or baking with pumpkins and squash is roasting, roasting, roasting!  When […]

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If I had time….

I would decorate pumpkins for all of you that look something like these.  Really and truly I would.  These are so amazing!  I would like to see them everywhere around The Ranch!  Anyone want to decorate them for me?  🙂 And here’s some more!

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2012 General Admission

There are new activities on the horizon at The Pumpkin Ranch for 2012.  There’s one in particular that I’m so pumped about…but can’t announce yet!  We are still ironing out the details!   HOWEVER, here’s one of the smaller activities that we’re adding.  A Trike Track!  The new track will be included in our general admission price […]

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A little gadget

I am not technical…at all!  Seriously, I know just enough to keep myself texting, blogging and on facebook.  And that’s it!  Owning The Pumpkin Ranch is a joy for our family, but we’re just a small business.  This means that we are the web master, crop specialist, baker, pickers, payroll, purchaser, tax specialist, accountant…you get […]

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