Friday, October 30, 2015

The Golden Days of Fall…Traveling Tote #4

The Traveling Tote #4

Welcome to 
"The Golden Days of Fall"

(my front door wreath)

Around the corner is the Pumpkin Patch.  We have been going there yearly for over 35 years!

They have the best selection of fresh pumpkins and over the years have added a corn maze, hayrides, and lots of fun for the local children.

My tote carried my hand painted pumpkin...

…for a few photo shoots!


A few weeks ago I took Miss Kenzie back to the "motherland": the Mackenzie-Childs store in Aurora!  
I wish I could fit this farmhouse inside my tote and bring it home with me!

It was a gloomy day, but it's always fun to treat myself with a few special gifts from the store ...

...and to tour the farmhouse...


Every fall we take a trip to the local wineries in the Finger Lakes region in NY.

We traveled around all of Seneca Lake...

 ...visiting 8 wineries and one cidery...

...we even "tailgated" with snacks and wine"!


Another favorite place we visit each fall is Beak 'n Skiff Apple Orchards

 It was just voted the best Apple Orchard in the US !  

It was quite exciting to be recognized by a reader of my blog while in the Orchard - She came running up to me asking "Is this the Traveling Tote?"  It was fun to see you Sherri!!

Six of us went apple picking, tasted beer, hard ciders, gin, vodka and bloody mary mixers!

And we also had lunch: Chicken salad with apples and celery - YUM!

The Empires were delicious and I came home and made a yummy apple sauce!

The third weekend in Oct we drove 7.5 hours to Ohio to see Carter!  The rainbow in the morning promised us a safe trip!  We went to his Karate ceremony, out to dinner, shopping, to the pumpkin patch, played games and even went to a winery!  It was a quick, fun-packed visit!

Throughout the fall I have been going to the Farmer's Market for fresh veggies and spices.  I made some delicious tomato sauce, canning some, freezing some and eating some!

There is nothing like fresh arrabbiata sauce:

To read about the Traveling Tote from the beginning, go HERE



Visit my other Traveling Tote friends:
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss CC @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Samantha with Christabel @ Samantha Stone
and our non-blogger friends:
 Colleen with Miss MacKenzie Joy
Tami with Miss MC la Mer

Sarah, at Hyacinths for the Soul is offering a giveaway - make sure you visit and leave her a comment:
All who leave a comment on her post will be
entered into a draw for a $25 Starbucks Card,
Miss Merri Mac's treat as a Thank You for
following along and joining us for
Tales of the Traveling Totes.
Winner will be announced November 11, 2015.

Happy Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by, 

Traveling Tote #5 will be published on Dec 15 and the theme will be:
Preparing for the Holidays!

Joining DIY by Design

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. Patti, love your watercolored leading photos! So fun that one of your readers recognized not only you but your mission, hahaha! And that chicken salad has my mouth watering - yum! Fun to see all your travels, thanks for taking us along.
    Rita C at Panoply

  2. Love your photos and the traveling tote. You are on my old stomping grounds there at Seneca Lake. Miss that area! xo Diana

  3. Patti, How exciting that one of your readers recognized you and Miss Kenzie!!! You have been so busy this fall. I must get to Aurora someday. I've been to the flagship NYC store many times, but I must go to where it all began. I haven't been to the finger lakes since I was a little girl so of course there weren't any stops at the wineries, but I see that I must put them on my list for future trips. I'm not sure I could handle all those tastings in one day, though! :) And now the tote is on sale! What a great deal for her. I hope some more friends join us for future traveling tales. Looking forward to hearing your next adventures soon! Linda

  4. Patti, you and MIss Kenzie are becoming world famous. The paparazzi is going to be following you! ;-)
    Miss Merri Mac and I are envious of the Aurora trips as well as all your fun trips to the great places in upstate NY. You two certainly keep on the move.
    Love the watercolor images. I need to remember to use that app again. Can't wait to see what you two have planned for Adventure #5. I know it will be filled with fun times and exciting places. I wouldn't be surprised if you two don't slip into the city again for a little Christmas shopping.

  5. Patti, I love your cute. That painted pumpkin is the best. I am going to try that next year. Your excursions looked like such fun. I love going to get apples. What a fun time. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo,Susie

  6. How fun to travel around with your cute is HUGE...much bigger than I thought when I saw it in the catalog.
    I bought apples today to make an Apple Pie.....

  7. I didn't realize how big your tote is - you can get a lot of things in there. Miss Kenzie and you sure have lots of fun traveling around. Great post.

  8. Wow that tote has a ball and takes you along with it! People have told us how beautiful The Finger Lakes are and we want to go there! I've got to get to Aurora too! Oh, the fun.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. There is always something to do in the Finger Lakes, and Miss Aurora hasn't been there with me yet. I spent a lot of time in the Finger Lakes and also at Madame Jumel's in Saratoga, but haven't been in a few years. Better change that! Your painted pumpkins are fabulous. I'm loving fall (and pumpkins) this year, and my mom's pumpkins have made it very special. Debbie

  10. Oh my Patti, how pretty you look in that beautiful warm wrap! Love your fabulous tote looks perfect with your outfit! We went for a boat ride on Seneca lake once and the scenic view is absolutely gorgeous! Bully Hill winery on Keuka is my favorite. Thanks for visiting me and for your wishes! Happy week ahead! hugs, Poppy

  11. Very pretty tote and pumpkin! Sounds like they both have had some exciting adventures and travels! Great blog... I'm glad you popped into see me and left a comment, now "I've met you," and are following! :) ~Rhonda

  12. Very pretty tote and pumpkin! Sounds like they both have had some exciting adventures and travels! Great blog... I'm glad you popped into see me and left a comment, now "I've met you," and are following! :) ~Rhonda

  13. You've certainly been one busy lady!


  14. Loved spotting the courlty check tote out of the thousands of people in orchard!! Plus I got to visit with
    Patti as well:) Thank you for sharing your adventures with us.
    Your the best!!

  15. This is beautiful! Sounds like they both have had some exciting adventures and travels! Don't get too busy!

  16. Susan sent me your way and I am smiling all the way. Lovely shares here and I am new following you. Have a beautiful weekend.