With the seasons changing, there is always something to do with your little ones. There are so many places to go, recipes to try out and fun things to do! We’ve got a couple of suggestions to help keep your children entertained and excited for Fall.
Things to do around your neighborhood:
- Leaf jumping – Make a pile of leaves as high as you can, then jump in!
- Start a leaf collection – Can you tell the difference between an oak and a maple leaf?
- Start a nut or pinecone collection – How many different nuts can you find? Walnut, acorn… careful, you may be in competition with squirrels!
- Make a collage with your new leaf, nut or pinecone collections.
- Photo collection – take pictures of different trees, can you name the ones in your neighbourhood?
Go Apple Picking
Andrew’s Scenic Acres is a great place to take any member of the family, especially your little ones!
What to Pick?
Right now is a great time to go picking apples, pears, corn, squash and pumpkins! Click here to take a look at their seasonal calendar for fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Need some time to relax after picking fruits and veggies? Why not take a little ride on the tractor wagon? It will show you around Andrew Scenic Acres and bring you to difference patches of produce.
Andrew’s Scenic Acres is located at 9365 10th Sideroad, Halton Hills, Ontario. Click here for a map and specific directions. Starting September 15th, Andrew’s Scenic Acres also offers a “gently haunted forest,” a straw mountain to climb and a cornfield walk. From Sept 15 to Oct 31st, there is a $4.00 fee for admission. At the end of the day, if there are things that you haven’t picked, you can by them at the Farm Market (open May 1st weekend to December 21).
Here are a few fall recipes that your little ones can help you make and enjoy! They are very simple and delicious! You could even go to Andrew’s Scenic Acres for these ingredients!
Why not bake something yummy with the apples you just picked? This recipe takes 30 mins to prepare, and 1 hour and 10 mins to cook.
Ingredients for Apple Crisp
- 5 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced.
- ½ cup melted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup oats
Directions for Apple Crisp
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- In a large bowl, mix the apple slices with the melted butter, brown sugar, flour, salt and chopped walnuts. Stir until mixture is evenly over apple slices.
- Pour contents into a 9×13 inch baking dish and pat down until there is an even layer.
- Sprinkle oat on top of mixture.
- Drizzle with maple syrup.
- Bake in oven for 50-70 ins or until apples are tender and topping is golden.
- Take out and let cool for 10-15 mins.
Butternut Squash Purée
Not only can you use different kinds of squash to decorate your home, but they are also nutritious! This recipe tastes delicious whether it’s hot or cold!
Ingredients for Butternut Squash Purée
- 1 butternut squash peeled and cubed.
- 4 cups of water
- ½ onion, diced.
- ½ cup melted butter
- Large pinch of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped.
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Directions for Butternut Squash Purée
- Fry the onion, butter, pepper, cumin, nutmeg, garlic and butternut squash until golden.
- Pour the contents into a pot and add the water.
- Boil for 30 mins or until squash is tender.
- Remove from stove and puree with hand blender. Ladle portions in bowls.
- Mix sour cream and maple syrup together. Dollop this garnish in the middle of each serving.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
After carving a pumpkin, why not use the seeds as an easy tasty snack!
Ingredients for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 3 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon olive/sunflower oil
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
Directions for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a pot, combine, water, pumpkin seeds and salt. Let seeds simmer for 10 mins.
- Strain seeds and pat them dry with paper towel.
- Oil a baking sheet.
- Mix seeds with sugar, cinnamon and ground ginger.
- Spread on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 40 mins, stirring every 10 mins.
- Take out of oven and let cool for 5-10 mins.
Whether it’s in your living room, making a leaf collage, walking around your neighbourhood collecting nuts or exploring a farm and picking apples; there is always something fun and exciting to do in the Fall! Don’t forget to dress for the occasion, stay warm and have fun!