Autumn

Recipes:

Apple Pie Spice:

I recommend making this recipe at the beginning of the holiday season (late August or mid-September), because it only lasts about six months. You can use this spice in the next recipe or any recipe that calls for apple pie spice!🙂

(I like pouring it on top of applesauce 😉 )

You Will Need:

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:

Mix ingredients together in small bowl, then pour into a sealable container (I use glass spice bottles from Big Lots 🙂). Store in a cool, dry place.

Pumpkin Pancakes:

Recently, my sister has started bringing home pumpkin spice pancake batter from work. It. Is. Delicious!

So, I thought I’d share with you something similar (I’m not giving away my pumpkin spice secret recipe, no-sir!)😉

You Will Need:

1 1/4 cups flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 pinch clove

Alternative — Replace cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove with 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice from the recipe above.

1 cup 2% milk You can use any type of milk, but this is what I use 😛

6 tablespoons pumpkin puree  I use canned, but you can make your own!

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 egg

Directions:

Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, and salt in a medium to large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, (melted) butter, and the egg. Fold this mixture into dry ingredients.

Spray a skillet (or use a non-stick one, it’s up to you), put it on medium heat.

If you don’t know how to make pancakes from this point on, I recommend having an adult who does help you 🙂

(Whatever you do, don’t try to learn how to make pancakes as you go. It never ends well. Never. Trust me on this one.)

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies:

This is one of my favourite fall recipes. It’s like a pumpkin milkshake, especially if you put whipped cream on it!

You Will Need:

Pumpkin Pie Filling (Frozen)

Vanilla Yogurt

Milk

Optional:

Apple Pie Spice

Whipped Cream

Directions:

Pour the milk to the blender. I use about three cups to start, but I add more if it doesn’t blend easily at first. Next, drop in vanilla yogurt. I usually use about half a cup, but, again, I’ll add more if it doesn’t seem like enough.

After that, add in the frozen pumpkin pie filling! I use a can, which is 15 ounces, but you can make your own if you want (it’s just too inconvenient to make pumpkin puree every time you want a milkshake). Blend until the pie filling is broken up. No big chunks allowed!

Right now is about the time I like to add in the apple pie spice, but you can wait and use it as a garnish in each glass, if you’re feeling fancy.

Now, pour your shake into glasses and serve right away, or it’ll get frothy. I like adding a little bit of whipped cream, and sprinkling cinnamon on the tops of each glass.

Activities:

Squirrel Scavenger Hunt:

This is one of my favourite fall celebrations. Gather a group of friends or go at it alone!

For this scavenger hunt, you will need to find all the harvest season-themed things on this list!

(You can alter this list for your city/surroundings 🙂)

Squirrel-y Scavenger Hunt List:

3 Acorns

1 Orange Leaf

Two Red Leaves

Anything With “Spice” In It’s Name

1 Pinecone

1 Fallen Branch

2 Dandelions

1 Squirrel

3 Trees With Changing Leaves

Someone Wearing A Scarf Or Mittens

Pumpkin With A Scary/Silly Face

1 Leaf Pile

Someone With A Hot Drink

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