Baking - Audra's pick
As you have heard me say more than once, I love baking, especially with my kids! Fall is a great time to get into the kitchen and teach the long lost art of cooking. My daughter has become a fan of the Pioneer Woman, and I love joining her as she marvels over Ree Drummond's (The Pioneer Woman) ability to create fabulous dishes. Recently, she felt inspired and prepared these Apple Yum's for us with just 5 easy steps:
1. Cut apples into round slices
2. Layer crunchy or smooth peanut butter on top
3. Sprinkle oats on top
4. Mix together 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl
5. Sprinkle desired amount of cinnamon and sugar on top.
Pumpkin Patch - Laura's pick
As a family we love visiting a local pumpkin patch! There is just something about the crisp air and the falling leaves that make us want to venture out for our first pumpkin of the season! We love the live music, inflatables, hot apple cider, and hayride out to the pumpkin patch!
Family Time - Rebecca's pick
It's never too late to start a new tradition! This is the first year that my children have had a week long fall break. Suggesting all the places we can go and things we can do made me tired! Our color-coded calendar is begging for some down time and a packed "vacation" is anything but relaxing! So, we are embracing this free weeklong blank slate and planning quality family time in the mountains. No phones, lots of board games & puzzles, and a few hikes. Time away to bask in the beauty of God's creation and undivided time to enjoy one another!
Campfires - Tammy's pick
When the temperature starts to fall, I stockpile hotdogs and the makings for smores, so I'm (usually) ready at a moments notice. We keep a bucket full of hotdog roasting sticks and a collapsible table stored in the garage. A basket in the pantry is filled with all things smores! When friends come calling or the kiddos just want to hang out around the campfire, I'm ready.
1. I place the hotdogs on a plate, the hotdog condiment containers in a big bowl, and the basket of smores fixings, along with a container of Wet Wipes on the collapsible table near the campfire.
2. We circle the outdoor chairs around the campfire and roast hotdogs and marshmallows.
3. When the roasting is done and the fire is smoldering, we'll play games under the watching stars, such as 20 Questions.
It's one of our favorite fall outdoor family activities and an easy family memory maker!
Bonus - because it is family time, electronics are strongly discouraged. A momma win!
Painting Pumpkins - Amy's pick
We chose to do this so the kids could get involved very early and not have to worry about safety with carving pumpkins. Plus, it allows Justin and I to use some of our creativity.
You - What's your favorite fall activity? Comment below!