One of my favorite things about fall (besides getting to wear sweatshirts and the cooler temperatures) is all the pumpkin flavored (and scented) products that are available. It has gotten to the point where almost everything comes in pumpkin varieties! However, you don’t need to spend tons of money buying the premade products, you can make your own! Here are a few recipes for pumpkin spice flavored things to make yourself (or to give as gifts) for those of us that can’t wait until the pumpkin spice products come out!
I do not know about you but the summer months with long days spent outdoors in the heat often sapped my energy to make unique meals so my family’s dinners became a monotonous cycle of the same rotation of foods and combinations. Now with the cooler fall weather, I will still be spending considerable time outside, enjoying the beauty of the seasonal changes and the activities that come with them. This too will cut into my ability to be creative with food. To combat this, I have begun to take meal planning seriously. Something that once was a bit daunting has now become life-giving.
My in-laws own a commercial farm growing many different crops including strawberries, blueberries, beans, corn, hazelnuts, and various grasses. One of my favorite activities to do in the summer is to take my daughter to her grandparent’s farm for picking and the general farm experiences.
Okay, I like pumpkin pie as much as the next true blue, fall and Thanksgiving loving American. There is nothing like a flaky buttery crust (or graham cracker for those of you who enjoy that), thick creamy pumpkin filling, and that dollop of whipped cream (or Cool Whip for you non-dairy types). Or more than a dollop. Okay fine, I cover the entire pie slice with a triangle of whipped cream. Don’t judge me! But things have truly gotten out of hand.
Where I live, it is the time of the summer where certain garden vegetables are in abundance and it can be overwhelming. Sometimes it is hard to know what to do with all the vegetables! Whether you have a garden, go to a farmer’s market or just the regular old grocery store, here are some fun and healthy snacks the entire family will enjoy and that will put that garden produce to good use:
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is becoming more and more popular as a way to eat healthy, save money, and support local farms. CSAs are a great option for families to try, and this blog explains more about what CSAs are and why you may want to join one.
Every culture has parties and celebrations of some sort. American culture has many of these, most with a focus on a specific holiday, event or season. But we also have a little something called the “Block Party”. A neighborly get-together and food-fest that usually coincides with absolutely nothing at all, except everyone’s desire to share food and fun.
Summer heat means that you may not want to spend a lot of time cooking indoors. Instead of spending all day by a hot stove, these quick summer snacks can help you eat well while staying cool.
Now that summer is here, it is the perfect time to break out the popsicle molds and make frozen treats to help beat the heat on hot summer days! If you are like me you may be a little tired of the standard and basic popsicle flavors made from juice. Here are some ideas and recipes for some imaginative and flavorful combinations so you can mix it up. Popsicles are easy enough for kids to help make and fun enough for kids to eat, and depending on the ingredients, they can also be relatively healthy. The recipes below are made with natural ingredients and don’t contain any added sugar.