Adventures at The Pumpkin Patch

Us at the Pumpkin Patch

Adventures at The Pumpkin Patch

You know it’s going to be an interesting day when your honey thinks going to the Pumpkin Patch is a trip to the local super market to pick-up a few pumpkins. Yes, I gave him the side eye, but I truly do believe he was joking. I mean, YOU WERE JOKING….. right?!?!?!?

So, we jumped in the car and headed to Alstede Farms which is about 1 hour outside of NYC.  Alstede Farms  was founded  in 1982 and cultivates over 600 acres of land in Chester using sustainable and certified organic farming methods.  Apples, Peaches, strawberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, pumpkins, many specialty vegetables, corn and tomatoes are sold at their Route 513 retail market daily.  The farm has over 13,000 square feet of greenhouses.  Pretty darn cool!

We of course went for Family Fall Fun Day where we got to pick our own pumpkins and enjoy many of the activities listed below. This is a perfect day trip for the family to enjoy.

  • Giant Firefighter’s Corn Maze
  • Pick Your Own (PYO) activities
  • Hayrides
  • Giant Hay Pyramid
  • Long Hay Tunnel
  • Farm Animals
  • Bunny Run
  • Goat Walk
  • Pony Rides
  • Moon Bounce
  • Wagon Train Rides
  • Corn Kingdom
So what do do with all of our pickings? See upcoming posts for many great ideas!
Check out the website for additional details.
Alstede Farms
84 County Route 513 S, Chester, NJ 07930

GPS : 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester NJ 07930
(they are directly across the street from this location)

Fall Ride TreesThe ride to Alstede was just beautiful with all of the colorful leaves and pretty houses along the way

Hay StackClimbing this haystack is actually harder than it looks.

Top of the Hay StackWe made it to the TOP!!! Why is the Baby Bear doing a pageant wave??? lol

Hay Ride2The hayride to the pumpkin patch was about 5 minutes and it provided a quick tour of the grounds.

cool pumpkin patchToo cool for school.

scream and shoutUs acting silly.

Nike Dunk Sky Hi Pink SuedeNote to self… don”t wear cute sneakers. Your shoes will get dirty!

HayrideThe Hayride

The Great Pumpkin

My 2 LoVesWe scored with some great pumpkins!

alstede pumpkin patch 1The Great Pumpkin Patch

Alstede Corn MazeCan you beieve this is their Corn Maze?!!?  It’s called “Five Alarm” honoring their firefighters

bunny Rabbit FarmCute little bunnies.

alstede farm poseMy little farmer.

crawl hay tunnelThe final crawl out before we departed.

sunset pumpkin walkThe End!

A Few of My Favorite Things // Birthday Brunch

A Few of my Favorite  Things Birthday Brunch Tablescape

A Few of My Favorite Things // Birthday Brunch

I can’t believe a full year has passed since my BFF’s birthday! Happy Birthday Fallon! This story is dedicated to the surprise birthday party I had for her last year. Picture it! It was 2012 and we in the Tri-State area were still trying to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Her boyfriend and I were trying to secretly plan a party, but none of us even had electricity! We kind of lost hope and he decided to take her to dinner elsewhere. I just HAD to do something for my BFF as so many years had passed with no celebration. Rain, shine or hurricane it was on!

Literally, 2 days prior to her birthday my electricity came back on and the invitations went out. We surprised her with an Ice Skating date in Central Park – favorite thing #1 then followed up with brunch at my house. She had absolutely no idea we had this planned and it was such an incredible day filled with friends, fun and laughter!

Explore all the custom details below!


  • Event Production: pop! by YAZ
  • Venue: Private Residence
  • Catering: pop! by YAZ
  • Photography: pop! by YAZ &
  • Invitations: pop! by YAZ
  • Centerpieces/Flowers: pop! by YAZ
  • Cake: pop! by YAZ

A Few of my Favorite  Things Birtday Brunch  I thought the gold, peach and orange colors were perfectly Fallon. Soft and pretty, yet bold and makes a statement. Beyond that it was the best way to include her ultimate fall obsession – PUMPKINS!
PS. If you look really close you will see I also added a gold knitting needle to the centerpiece.

Peach Orange Flowers

Gold Tassel Giant BalloonI had to include these giant balloons and I tied the metallic gold streamers to create a tassle.

The Decor
My goal was to surround Fallon with all of her favorite things which includes Autumn, pumpkins, flowers, books, owls, books, sparkle, interior and fashion design. It’s a lot to get in, but I think I nailed it! The Birthday Girl was pretty pleased!A Few of my Favorite  Things Birtday Brunch Cake Caramel SpiceThe Cake
I customized the Caramel Spice Cake with a measuring tape to pay homage to Fallon’s love for fashion design and various Autumn flowers and branches.

A Few of my Favorite  Things Birtday BrunchCaramel Apple Parfait with Apple Cinnamon Granola
Mini Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Banana and Walnut
Bacon Skewers
Spinach, Feta and Turkey Sausage Frittata
Chicken & Waffles
Parmesan Hash Cups

Caramel Apple Parfait
Caramel Apple Parfait with Apple Cinnamon Granola

Mini Pumpkin Spice PancakesMini Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Banana and Walnut

Spinach Feta Sausage Jack FritattaSpinach, Feta and Turkey Sausage Frittata

Caramel Apples
Caramel Apples

The Food
I had fun creating little versions of her favorite brunch foods. Everything was mini and made by little ole’ me!

Apple cider Mimosa

pop Mimosa Bar

pop Mimosa BarThe Mimosa Bar
The Mimosa Bar featured
Apple Cider garnished with an Apple Ball
Pomegranate Ginger garnished with Candied Ginger Crystals
Spiced Chai Tea garnished with a Cinnamon Stick

Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes // Caramel Walnut Sauce // Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

DSC_0541Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel Walnut Sauce
topped with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

The first day of Autumn calls for a brunch that is sweet, savory and chock full of flavor. I must pat myself on my back because these Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes were simply divine! The warmth of the cinnamon along with the aromatic citrus notes of the cardamon will make you melt in your seat. The topper, literally, is a sweet caramel walnut sauce with a refreshing Grand Marnier whip cream. The best part? You too can indulge in this goodness!

The details are below!

DSC_0468All of the ingredients for the pancake mix.

DSC_0484Chopped Walnuts.

DSC_0530Whipping the cream… so yummy!

DSC_0538Drizzle the sauce…

DSC_0564… and enjoy!



  • 1 cup Buttermilk Pancake Mix (Not the just add water variety)
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup of Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 1/3 cup grated or pureed Pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger


  • 3/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lime Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Walnuts, toasted and chopped


  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier




  1. Heat skillet over medium-low heat or griddle to 375 °F.
  2. Combine ingredients for pancake and stir
  3. Pour batter for each pancake onto lightly greased griddle
  4. Turn when the pancake bubbles and bottoms are golden brown


  1. Place butter and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Melt together and stir frequently until creamy and smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool until warm
  4. Sprinkle walnuts and spoon over warm pancake then serve!


  1. Whip all the ingredients together until the cream peaks are formed
  2. Serve on top of the pancakes and sprinkle with pumpkin shavings

Fall into Glamour // Dinner Party

Fall into Glamour

Fall into Glamour // Dinner Party

For most, the idea of Fall automatically conjures up thoughts of leaves turning colors, warm sweaters and the sweet aroma of cinnamon. As we approach this incredibly beautiful season I thought it would only be befitting to create a dinner party for my amazing girlfriends slowly luring us from the heat of the summer to the coolness of Fall.

When approaching the Fall season it’s all about texture, deliciously rich flavors, glamorous metallics, and a few elements that whisper Autumn in approaching. Get ready… Fall is here!

Fall into the season with a glamorous and chic dinner party. See the details below!



P.S. Recipes and additional details in posts to follow.


  • Event Production: pop! by YAZ
  • Flowers: pop! by YAZ
  • Venue: Private Residence
  • Food: pop! by YAZ
  • Photography: pop! by YAZ & Sage & Sparkle
  • Cocktails : pop! by Yaz

DSC_0220The incredibly talented and beautiful women who inspired this dinner.




DSC_0330Us toasting to a perfectly chic evening with Moet Rose

DSC_0336The warm glow from the candles

DSC_0426The centerpiece featured glorious blooms of Ranunculus, Dahlias, Hydrangea,
Sea Holly Blue Eryngo, Calla Lily, Roses, Carnations, and feathers.

DSC_0435The place settings featured gold art deco chargers, white contemporary plates, black salad plates and the most beautiful antique hammered brass bowls which were made in India.

DSC_0444White Pumpkins, Anemones and crystal votive holders were scattered on the table which was covered in this gorgeous and glam black square paillette table cloth. I know what you are thinking “Yaz isn’t that sequins?” Apparently after taking a visit to the largest sequins manufacturer in the United States I discovered that there is a difference. Sequins are sometimes referred to as spangles, paillettes, or diamantes. Paillettes themselves are commonly very large and flat. You learn something new everyday.





DSC_0488Citrus Seared Scallops with Brocolli and Cabbage Slaw, Jalapeno Puree on Grilled Eggplant

DSC_0571Braised Oxtail Orecchiette


DSC_0555Pumpkin Seafood Paella with Mussels

DSC_0629Cinnabon Martini

DSC_0679Pumpkin Spice Mojito