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October 24th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Pumpkin Recipes

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‘Tis the season to enjoy all things PUMPKIN. Pumpkin lattes and baked goods are all over right now, but this ingredient is great for many different kinds of meals. These big orange things we all love to carve at Halloween are rich in fiber and low in calories. They promote good eyesight, can boost your immune system and can even help prevent some types of cancer due to the rich amount of beta-carotene. Even dogs benefit greatly from pumpkin… it helps calm their stomachs and aids digestion. Besides all that good stuff, pumpkin is the ingredient in some really delicious recipes! Here are a few classics and a few you might not have considered but should try soon!

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October 4th, 2013 at 8:53 am

Childrens Books about Fall

It just can’t be said enough – reading with your child is important!  It becomes more fun when you mix up the book selections. You can only read that copy of Green Eggs and Ham so many times. A great way to mix up the book selection is by using the seasons. The colors of fall come to life in books. These are some of our favorites.

Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

How many seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

I Spy a Pumpkin by Jean Marzollo

Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Dorren Cronin

The Night before Halloween by Natasha Wing

Remember, your local library would LOVE to help you find these on the shelves, along with suggesting some new ones! Does your child have a Fall favorite?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

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October 3rd, 2013 at 11:12 am

Fall Traditions

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As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized just how important traditions are. As a child, seasonal and holiday traditions were things I looked forward to all year. There’s excitement in knowing a special activity or outing is approaching…they are some of my fondest memories, and now as an adult, I love seeing the children in our family experience the same excitement. Here are some of our fall traditions to inspire you…perhaps you have your own or will start some new ones this year!

Apple and pumpkin picking

At the beginning of every October we pack the family up for a fun-filled autumn day of pumpkin and apple picking. We go to “pick your own” places where you can pick them right off the tree and vine. The kids love climbing the trees and picking the apples, and selecting their own pumpkins. The places we go to usually have a corn maze and other fun activities for the kids to enjoy. I, myself, love the seasoned corn on the cob and apple cider they sell…YUM! After a long day out, we come home and make a warm, hearty meal like beef stew or chili.

Baking pies and banana bread

The kids really love helping make pies from the apples they pick themselves! Apple and pumpkin pie are my usuals, but berry pies are delicious as well. My family has a chocolate chip banana bread (no nuts) recipe that has been passed down for generations, so we make a few loafs for the house and a few to give as gifts to friends and family. Here’s a popular recipe similar to mine (can’t give away all the family secrets!).

Pumpkin carving and painting

Needless to say, this is the most popular tradition with the kids…it’s a great way for them to get creative. Sometimes we use stencils we print online and other times they just let their imagination run. The little ones use paint to safely decorate their pumpkins instead of carving utensils.

Halloween books and movies

Since Halloween can be a somewhat scary time for kids, it’s nice to read books that celebrate and poke fun at the holiday. When I was little, my mother used to read me my favorite Halloween book, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. GoodReads has a list with other great titles you can see here. For the little ones, watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and the older ones will enjoy Nightmare Before Christmas (bonus, two holidays in one!).

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