The weekend newsletter this week is focused on local fall activities and fun (not to mention yummy) fall recipes that you can bake. I had a baking kick this week, which never happens so I decided to share that with my followers instead! Who doesn’t love their house smelling cinnamon apples or pumpkin?!? I know I do – so bring on the fall recipes with these great ingredients!
Apple Bake BONUS ACTIVITY: Find a local apple picking farm and take your family. I for one love to pick my own apples and there is usually a fun little store where you can find treats (I am personally obsessed with apple butter) for purchase!
- 1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- 3 apples, peeled and cored, sliced 1/4-inch thick (2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Press cookie dough into a 9- x 13-inch baking pan, completely covering bottom of pan.
- In a medium bowl, mix apples with lemon juice, 2 tablespoons sugar, and the cinnamon, and distribute evenly over cookie dough.
- In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar, the flour and butter, and mix with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple mixture and bake 35 minutes, or until top is golden.
Pumpkin Spice Crescents
BONUS activity: cut the hole for the glaze super small – have your older child help decorate the crescents! These were super easy and super quick; what more could you ask for in fall recipes as a busy mom? Oh you could ask for one more thing; an easy shopping list! Literally I only needed to buy 2 things for this recipes (the rest is common ingredients)
- 1 roll Pillsbury Crescent rolls
- ½ cup canned pumpkin pie filling
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon/ sugar mix
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- ½-1 tablespoon milk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine pumpkin pie mix, egg yolk and spices
- Unroll crescents and place 1 slightly heaping tablespoon of pumpkin pie mix on each crescent.
- Starting with the large end, roll the crescent over once and slightly pinch the sides to contain the filling
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until browned.
- Combine glaze ingredients until smooth. Place in a small Ziploc baggie.
- Let cool on the pan 10 minutes. Snip off a corner of the Ziploc, and drizzle the glaze over the crescents
Ashburn Village Fest – Carnival rides, games, craft tent and for those of us with a DD; beer tent! http://www.ashburnvillage.org/info.php?pnum=75
Vint Hill Fall Festival – worth the drive! Big festival with lots of vendors, farm animals, crafts, corn hole and my favorite, Zumba! http://vinthillfallfestival.com/
Occoquan Arts Festival – spend the day in beautiful historic Occoquan with lots of arts and crafts: http://occoquancraftshow.com/
12th Annual Autumn Apple festival (Sterling): Need apples for the delicious recipe you are going to try!? Come to Sterling for this festival complete with kids activities and cider! http://www.americantowns.com/va/sterling/events/12th-annual-autumn-apple-festival-2016-09-24
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Family Fall Festival: Wine, Food and rotating kid’s activities! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alexandria-symphony-family-fall-festival-tickets-26487608149
Baltimore Book Festival: Bring your child for a literary day! http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/about-the-festival
Till next time,