National Day of the Deployed & Pumpkin Day
Hey, Everyone, It’s October 26th and do you know what is celebrated today? Well, don’t worry I’m here to help. Join me for a quick holiday update on paying tribute to the men and women serving our country deployed overseas. Also I provide you with some valuable pumpkin recipes to celebrate national pumpkin day.
Throughout the many years, the U.S. has been the U.S, there has always been those brave men and women who go out and serve our country by defending it. We all know a family member, a friend, a friend of friend, but for certain we have come across someone that has been in the situation of sacrificing their life, or having to leave their family as they go out to keep them safe. Today we come together to take acknowledge of the courage they had and to let them know we are supporting them and waiting for their return. Starting back in 2006 in the state of North Dakota today was just another day till the Governor Hoeven took the idea a local citizen, and began the tradition to honor those who left with a day marked just for them. After 6 years of trying to spread the day to everyone, on October 26th, 2012 all 50 states came together and marked this as being National Day of the Deployed. So if you know anyone waiting for their family member or friend to return, let them know we are here for them by letting the day be in honor for the deployed.
National Pumpkin Day
We all know the pumpkin is a favorable decoration for autumn and for the delicious use of the inside, but did you know today we also celebrate this plant? That is right, today marks the day we commemorate the pumpkin. So what better way to do that, than to head to your local store and buy yourself a pumpkin to carve out with the kids and practice to make some delicious recipes for the upcoming holiday in November? Below you’ll find some recipes to make use of those insides as well as some pumpkin patches in case you want to have that pumpkin picking experience a lot more entertaining.
Venegas Family Farms
13835 Euclid Ave, Ontario, CA 91762
The Pumpkin Factory
1545 CIRCLE CITY DR.
CORONA, CA 92879
Stu Miller’s Pumpkin Patch And Christmas Trees
12400 Limonite Ave.
Eastvale, CA 91752
National Chocolate Cupcake Day
That’s right chocolate lovers, we have a day dedicated to some delicious treats that we could eat
and celebrate about as well! Here are a few recipes gathered from different food blogs that will
definitely have you to commemorate this day as one your favorites.
Jamielyn Nye’s Best Chocolate Cupcake Ever Recipe
For 20-24 cupcakes:
1 box (15 ounce) devils food cake mix
1 (5.9 ounce) box instant chocolate pudding (dry)
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup hot water
8 oz sour cream
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 325°.
In a large bowl combine the cake mix and chocolate pudding.. Stir until combined. Next mix in
the eggs, canola oil and water. Stir in the sour cream and then chocolate chips.
2. Pour cake mix into the cupcake liners (about 3/4 the way full). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until
they Spring back when touched. Do not overcook. You can also test with a tooth pick to make
sure the centers are cooked all the way through.
3. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool on a cooling rack
As for the top off, you could go ahead and put what frosting you fancy to finish it off.
Ashley’s Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
For 18 cupcakes
For the Chocolate Cupcakes:
3 tablespoons coconut OR canola oil
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, not packed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup full fat sour cream
1/2 cup hot coffee OR hot water
18 peanut butter cups (I used the full-sized ones, but think the minis would work, too)
For the Peanut Butter Frosting:
1 and 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup (2 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
9 peanut butter cups, cut in half (I used the full-sized ones, but again, minis could work
For the Chocolate Cupcakes:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Line a 12-cup cupcake/muffin tin with cupcake liners
and lightly spray the liners with non-stick spray (optional but it does help them peel right
off). Set aside.
2. Melt the oil, butter, and chocolate together in the microwave, heating in 30 second
increments, stirring between. *You can also melt the oil, butter, and chocolate over very
low heat on the stove top, but I find the microwave to be much easier. Whisk mixture
completely smooth and set aside to cool.
3. In a medium-sized bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and
salt; stir together until thoroughly combined and set aside.
4. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, yolk, sugar and vanilla together; beat until smooth.
Add the cooled oil/butter/chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Add half of the flour
mixture, then half of the sour cream. Repeat the process until everything is added, and be
sure to mix until JUST combined. Quickly stir in the hot coffee/water. It's important not to
over mix, here! Just stir until evenly combined.
5. Scoop 2 tablespoons of batter into the bottom of each cupcake tin, press a peanut butter
cup into the batter, then top with another 3 tablespoons of batter; each cupcake mold
should be 3/4 full. You will have leftover batter (enough to make another 6 cupcakes).
6. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool
completely before frosting.
For the Peanut Butter Frosting:
7. Using an electric mixer, beat the peanut butter and butter on medium-speed until
completely smooth. Beat in vanilla. Reduce the speed to low and add in the remaining
ingredients, beating until fully incorporated. Increase speed to medium-high and beat the
frosting for 1-2 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
8. Once the cupcakes are cooled, spread or pipe the frosting on top then press half of a
peanut butter cup on top.
Amy’s Marshmallow Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes
For 12 cupcakes
1¼ cups flour
½ cup cocoa powder
¾ teaspoon soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup buttermilk
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
(12 large marshmallows)
1. Combine dry ingredients.
2. Beat together sugar, oil, egg and vanilla.
3. Whisk in dry ingredients and buttermilk, alternating, begining and ending with the dry
ingredients. Beat until smooth.
4. Stir in chocolate chips. Scoop into prepared muffin pan.
5. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back lightly when touched.
6. After cooling 5 minutes spoon or scoop small indent in center of cake and insert large
marshmallow. Marshmallow Stuffed Cupcakes!
As we near Halloween more and more options on what to do on your free day are coming up. Here are a few spots to hit up if you are in the mood for a scare or just a fun and family friendly event:
GHOST WALK RIVERSIDE
Date: October 27-28 th
Location: 3746 University, Riverside 92501
At the Ghost Walk Riverside you could find 4 different tours, all different in their own way,
where various writers, storytellers, actors, musicians, and vocalists from all over come together
to collaborate. Each one has different level of fear so if you are just looking to entertain the
kids, they got you covered, or if you are looking for a bit more of frightful one them you could
try them all out and get a good spook toward the end. Live entertainment will also be a part of
the walk including UCR’s Taiko Ensemble which is a traditional form of drumming with the large
drums in a group known as kumi-daiko. The event will also have a kid’s carnival with games, and
kid’s Halloween costume contest from ages 10 and below. If you are hungry there will be food
vendors around as well little boutiques to keep you busy.
Mistress Yvonne’s Haunted House
Date: October 27-29 th , and October 31st
Location: 19206 Bergamont Drive, Riverside 92508
Looking for something free to do? For the past 10 years the owner of Y Karaoke Kompany has
held multiple mazes on her property ranging from the faint of heart to the fear seekers. Each
room has a different theme and as for this year, the themes will be Fool’s Funeral Home,
Zombiesteria, The Lost Mummy’s Tomb, Circus De Kill, The Morgue, The Meat Locker, Love
after Death, the Butcher Shop, Freddie’s Junk Yard, and more! If you have children to worry
about, no worries here, there will be options for them where the ghouls and goblins are
controlled when popping out as to not scare the faint of heart.
Happy Hauntings Halloween Activities
Date: Saturday and Sundays throughout October
Location: Castle Park
3500 Polk Street
Riverside, CA 92505
Castle Park has an event from 3pm-5pm for your little one, Happy Hauntings Halloween
activities will offer plenty of fun activities for the children, and including pumpkin painting, a
costume contest, as well as a great trick-or- treat street. Up and running this year will be their
House of Halloween where kids 12 and under can go into a friendly Halloween maze and get
Field of Screams – The Haunted Stadium
Dates: October 6-31 st (selected dates)
Location: 500 Diamond Dr, Lake Elsinore 92530
If you are interested in something a bit more on the adult side, you could find all that at Field of
Screams. Children below 12 are welcome, but are recommended to come in with a parent or
guardian. At the Field of Screams you will find 4 all new mazes, each one as scary as the next.
Devour, Witch Way, High Lake, and The Damned all have a unique theme which gives you a lot
to walk through. For an additional $10 you could enjoy the just added Zombie Outbreak Laser
Tag, which provides realistic prop weaponry and has you out and about trying to survive a
zombie attack. If you are looking for a drink to calm your nerves you will also find that this even
is one of the few maze attractions to provide beer for you.
Human Roast House
Date: Open Thursday- Sunday all through October, and Halloween Day
Location: Corner of University Ave. and Maine St. in Downtown Riverside
Admission: $10- $25
As you walk through the house, you are given a look into the mind of a fictitious serial killer
Austin Reed Trebbe. Here you’ll meet with his victims and see the clowns that pushed him to
the edge of murder. As you dive deeper into the maze, you’ll come to the horror of who these
victims were and who will be his next. Due to graphic scenes across the maze, children are
recommended to come with an adult.
Halloween Riverside Light Show House in Riverside
Date: Thursday through Sunday Until Halloween
Showtimes: 7PM, 7:45PM, and 8:30PM
Location: Orange Terrace Park
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