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Happy fall y’all

October 15, 2019
Amanda Bohlen , MOV Parent

Autumn is officially upon us. The fresh-crisp air and warm colored leaves surround us. The fall is by far my favorite season. It's not too hot or cold, it's the perfect weather for hoodies, bonfires, fall fruit and football games. There are lots of fun activities to do in the fall and I've put together a list of things you can do either inside or out. Some of the ideas below are nostalgic and will take you back to your childhood. Others of them you may already do or maybe haven't thought of doing. Find something that's going to get everyone involved and create lots of laughter. I can speak from personal experience this year that laughter is the best form of medicine.

Jump in the leaves

Visit a local orchard and pick apples

Visit a corn maze

Carve a pumpkin

Have a sack race

Camp inside or out

Make a fort in your living room

Mix up some fall themed foods

Read a book

Take a fall foliage tour and look at the leaves

Bob for apples

Bake with fall flavors like apple, pear and pumpkin

Craft time with leaves, pinecones or scarecrows

Have a family night where you watch a movie or play some games

Cook up a big pot of soup

Have a scavenger hunt

Tell stories by the campfire

Drink apple cider

Thursday, October 10th is the Great Lakes Apple Crunch. In honor of National Farm to School Month, six states, including Ohio, register to crunch into a local apple at noon. Last year there were over 1.5 million participants and this year the goal is 1.6 million participants.

You can search "Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch" and register your family to participate. With over 7,500 varieties of apples it may be hard to decide which apple to select. Each variety has different qualities, think about how you plan to use the apples to help you in the selection process. The Ohio Apple website has a great guide to provide information about varieties, their taste, and what they are best used for. Go to to find out more. Apples fortunately have a great shelf life and can be used in numerous ways when cooking think salads, cake, muffins or bread, in pancakes, sandwiches, oatmeal, or hot in chili, stuffing, or with sweet potatoes or squash. Apples are a very versatile fruit. The USDA What's Cooking Mixing Bowl has over 140 recipes that are economical and most are healthy, find them at . Below is an easy recipe to get the kids involved and is a healthier take on hand pies.

Pocket Fruit Pies

Makes: 4 servings

4 8-inch flour tortillas

2 peaches, pears, or apples, medium

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 teaspoons brown sugar, packed

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons fat-free milk

sugar (optional)

Warm tortillas in microwave or oven to make them easier to handle. Peel and chop fruit into pieces. Place 1/4 of the fruit on half of each tortilla. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle over fruit. Roll up the tortillas, starting at the end with the fruit. Place on an un-greased baking sheet and make small slashes to allow steam to escape. Brush with milk and sprinkle with additional sugar, if desired.. Back at 350 degree in oven for 8-12 minutes or until lightly brown. Serve warm or cool.

Amanda Bohlen is the new family and consumer science educator for The Ohio State University Extension in Washington County. She received her bachelor's in family and consumer science education from Ohio University and her master's in curriculum and instruction from Ohio Valley University. For the last seven years she has been in the classroom teaching high school students' financial education, child development, nutrition and culinary skills.



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