Thursday, September 23, 2021

Pumpkintown USA | Halloween Fall Fun | East Hampton Connecticut

If you're looking for some good old fashion family Fall Fun and things to do with kids, Pumpkintown USA in East Hampton is a must-see non-scary event for your Connecticut bucket list.

Pumpkintown USA East Hampton Connecticut 

One weekday afternoon I took my young grandson to Pumpkintown after school got out to let him run around and burn off some energy before we went back home.

Pumpkintown USA East Hampton Connecticut

Pumpkin Town USA East Hampton CT

Pumpkin Town is an annual even put on by Paul & Sandy's Too Garden Shop.

After you pay your entry fee, you enter for the activities through the obligatory gift shop that has Halloween trinkets, fall decor, beverages and souvenirs, and then get to wander through their "Pumpkin" town village.

Pumpkintown USA East Hampton Connecticut

Pumpkintown USA East Hampton Connecticut

Along the "streets" are sheds and mazes decorated for Halloween with scarecrows and not so scary people that have "pumpkin" heads.

We didn't find anything animated in the sheds - although I did follow a maze into the firehouse looking for my grandson - who escaped down a fire pole that I was unaware of - and found him wondering on the grounds.  Luckily it wasn't a busy day during the week.

Pumpkintown East Hampton Connecticut

Pumpkintown East Hampton Connecticut

There's also a farm tractor for picture-taking, a hay maze, cut-outs of apples and pumpkins for the obligatory picture, and a tire maze.

Pumpkintown USA East Hampton Connecticut

Pumpkintown East Hampton CT

Don't forget to wear a Face Mask!  Check out the Handmade Cotton Face Masks at Moomettes Crochet Shop on Etsy

Handmade Fall Face Masks

Weekends are usually busy and this year the entry fee was $6 and children under age 2 are free. No senior discounts offered.  Reservations are recommended.The exit is back through the Gift Shop.

Personally, in my opinion, I think it's a tad expensive, especially if there are multiple kids over the age of two.  However,  a portion of the admission goes directly to the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation, a LOCAL Charity Helping LOCAL Women.

A concession stand with food, beverages and apple cider in take-home pumpkin shape cups with plastic twirly straws ($3.50 each - my grandson wanted it so Grandmom bought one)  is on premises, along with restroom facilities.

Birthday Parties are available.

If you go, make it a daytrip event to the area and check out some of the other scenic sites for fall activities around the area!
Glastonbury Cider Mill
Ray of Light Farm

For More Info:
Pumpkintown USA

More Ideas for your Fall Decor!  Handmade Dish Cloths from Moomettes Crochet Shop

Opinions are my own.

© Frugal New England Kitchen

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Dill Seed Onion Bread Recipe | Yeast Bread | Homemade Dilly Bread

This Dill Seed Onion bread is my absolute favorite bread.  My mother always made it when I was growing up.  We called it Dilly Bread in our house, because of the delicious smell of Dill when cooking !

Dill Seed Onion Bread Recipe

Slather with real butter or some cream cheese and serve with some tea or hot cocoa.

Check out some of my other favorite homemade bread recipes to serve with dinner during cold winter months. Zuchini Bread Recipe Buttermilk Irish Soda Bread 

Wear a Handmade Face Mask from Moomettes Shop when out and about doing errands!

Easy clean up in the kitchen with Handmade Dish Cloths from Moomettes Crochet Shop!

Handmade Cotton Dish Cloths Yellow Washcloths



1 packet active dry yeast
1/4 cup    warm water
 1 cup    creamed cottage cheese, heated to luke-warm
 2 tbl    sugar
1 tbl    instant minced onion
1 tbl    butter
2 tsp    dill seed
1 tsp    butter
1 tsp    salt
1/4  unbeaten egg
 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cup flour


Soften yeast in water.
Combine in mixing bowl  cottage cheese, sugar, onion, butter, dill seed, salt,  soda, egg and softened yeast.
Add flour to form a stiff dough, beating well after each addition.  Cover.
 Let rise in warm place 85  to 90f. until light and double in size, about 50 to 60 min. Stir down dough.
Turn into well-greased 8 inc. round 1 1/2 or 2 qts. casserole.
Let rise in warm place until light, 30 to  40 min. Bake at 350 for 40 to 50 min. until golden               brown.
Brush with soft butter and sprinkle with salt.
 Makes 1 round loaf.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

German Chocolate Caramel Bars | Cake Mix Dessert Recipe

It' doesn't have to be Fall season to enjoy Caramel! Most people crave sweets or something salty when under stress.  Sometimes we have to indulge and give into our whims.

German Chocolate Bars Cookie Bars Brownie Mix

This recipe for a chocolate caramel bar was given to me by a coworker. It's truly a rich, chocolate creamy caramel goodness fix. And you wouldn't believe it starts with a doctored cake mix!

German Chocolate Caramel Bars Cake Mix Bars Recipe

Easy kitchen clean up with Reusable Cotton Dish Cloths from Moomettes Crochet Shop -

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Wear a Handmade Face Mask when out and about doing errands!

German Chocolate Caramel Bars


                  1     pkg. German Chocolate cake mix
                  1     -1/2 c. chocolate chips (1 bag)
                  1 bag caramels (melt in top of double boiler)
                  1     c. chopped nuts (optional)
                1/3     c. evaporated milk
                3/4     c. melted butter
                1/3     c. evaporated milk


               Combine caramels and 1/3 c. evaporated milk in
               saucepan and melt.  Set aside.  Mix by hand: Cake
               mix, butter, 1/3 c. evaporated milk, and walnuts.
               Batter will be very thick.  Spread 1/2 batter in
               greased 9x13 pan.  Bake 350 for 6 minutes.
               Sprinkle chocolate chips over crust, drizzle caramel
               over mixture.  Spread remaining batter over it (use
               hands if necessary).  Return to oven for 18-10 min.
               Cool and refrigerate 30 min. to set caramel then cut.
               use Swiss Chocolate cake mix.  Put cookie sheet
               underneath pan when baking.

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