Once upon a time I used to do weekly “what to do on the weekend” posts. Maybe it’s time I got back into the swing of things? Thursday night is a good time for this – you still might be wondering what to do this weekend, and it’s something I can write while watching Grey’s Anatomy!
So in case you haven’t noticed, it’s fall. Summer is pretty much over. But that doesn’t have to mean you curl up and hibernate all winter long – keep getting out there for adventures!
Around here it’s the time of year for visiting farms, especially pumpkin patches and apple orchards. Put on your boots in case it’s muddy, and find one for some fun and adventure. Maaayybe consider bringing a rain coat if you’re on the west coast. No, you don’t have to do the corny stuff, but why don’t you give it a try? Take some kids, and ham it up. Find a corn maze. Pick the perfect pumpkin, or a bushel of apples. Grab some leaves in bright colours while you’re at it. Ever played hide and seek in an orchard? Okay, might be challenging, but could be fun? Buy a jug of apple cider to take home with you.
About those things that you picked up? How about trying some indoor culinary adventuring? Fry up some apple rings to go with pork chops for dinner. Or try making apple sauce! Hot apple cider with a bit of spice is delicious (and for the grownups, a splash of rum wouldn’t hurt, would it?). The pumpkins most farmers grow for jack o’lanterns aren’t really that great for pies and soups, but if you found the ‘sweet’ or ‘pie’ variety, give it a go. The texture will be different from what you’re used to, if you’re used to canned pumpkin for pies.
If you’re like me and have a few squares of beeswax hanging around, maybe try pressing the leaves a bit while you cook or bake, and then melt the wax carefully over a double boiler (a pyrex dish over a pot of boiling water works fine too). This is probably something you wouldn’t want the kids to help you with. Then dip the leaves in one at a time, hang to dry a minute, then set carefully aside until the wax cools. Then you’ve got a crumble-resistant nice-smelling bouquet of autumn leaves! Or you could do what Cameron did in art class this week, he tells me. Put the leaves vein side up, and cover with paper. You can then do a rubbing of them, with crayons or pencil or charcoal. Nice!
Whatever you do, find some way to play outside, and some way to have an adventure. A walk in the woods or around the block, find some bugs or leaves or flowers, fly a kite (ha – the wind around here is teasing us, hasn’t picked up since we bought kites), dig up the garden (on my list of tasks this weekend, clean out the garden pots), rake some leaves and jump in the pile.
We’re heading to an apple festival, I believe, plus probably an afternoon watching a hockey game, and maybe a walk in the woods. For sure, some baking. What are your plans for adventure this weekend?