Welcome to part two of my Blog series called "Fall can be Fabulous!" This week it's all about PUMPKINS!
Fall is such a colorful time of year, a wonderful feast for the senses with the beautiful foliage, gorgeous red apples, and of course, PUMPKINS!
DESTINATION: MILFORD NH PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Celebrate everything pumpkins at the Milford Pumpkin Festival in Milford New Hampshire. It's fun for all on October 11-13, 2013.
Events include the Pumpkin Catapult, Pumpkin Weigh In, Craft Fair, music food and Fireworks!
Check it out here: http://milfordpumpkinfestival.org/
RECIPE: BAKED STUFFED PUMPKINS
This recipe is the answer to what to have for a Fall dinner party. Delicious and the presentation is wonderful.
If you search online you can actually find lots of stuffed pumpkin recipes, I like this one because it has sausage, apples and cranberries, which are great together.
This recipe is unique and you have to try it!
Check it out here: http://candriangirls.blogspot.com/2010/10/baked-stuffed-pumpkin.html
CRAFT: PRECIOUS PUMPKINS!
There are so many creative ways to decorate pumpkins, and there are so many varieties of pumpkins! My personal favorite is the white pumpkin but check out these crafty pumpkins below. Hey if you decorate your own, please comment and send me a pic, I'll post it!
Click the photos for the link to each one! Each link has many more pumpkins to choose from. Happy Precious Pumpkin Decorating!
As you can see by the pictures above, pumpkins come in many different varieties, shapes and sizes. You should really try using the more unique varieties, , like the white pumpkin (my fave) or the Cinderella pumpkin, or even green pumpkins. Pumpkins are great for décor, eating, stuffing, carving, chucking (in contests) and are easy to grow in your own backyard too!
Want to learn more: http://www.kitchenproject.com/history/Pumpkin/
Want to find Pumpkin Patches: http://gonewengland.about.com/cs/halloween/a/aagreatpumpkin.htm
Be sure to come back next Thursday for Fall can be Fabulous Part 3!
Welcome to my new 5 part Blog series called "Fall can be Fabulous!" For the next 5 weeks on Thursdays, I'll highlight something to do with fall. You can expect anything from apples, pumpkins, scarecrows and more.
Today it's all about the APPLE! Are you going apple picking? Taking the kids? Or are you planning to just go and buy them at the orchard? Planning to bake something apple-delicious? Feeling apple-crafty? Read on.
DESTINATION: HONEY POT HILL, STOW, MA
For your trip to the orchard, you have so many options. I recommend Honey Pot Hill, in Stow. It's a wonderful apple orchard and farm. It's family friendly.
Picture yourself on a nice warm Fall day, with apples and pumpkins and the glorious smell of the hot cider donuts cooking. I love this place.
The kids can enjoy the farm animals; roosters, bunnies, ducks and goats. There's a huge hedge maze and hayrides. You can pick your own apples or just go to the Appleshop where they have lots of varieties of apples for pie, donuts, cider, peaches and more. And of course - they have lots of pumpkins!
Check it out here: http://www.honeypothill.com/
RECIPE: CARAMEL APPLES WITH TWIG STEM
These caramel apples would be perfect for your dinner party. Or make them for the kids use other candies and confections.
Get the recipe here: http://www.woohome.com/food-drink/cute-caramel-apples-has-real-twigs#more-11310
The link also has lots of other wonderful recipes so check it out!
CRAFT HOME DECOR: APPLE VOTIVES
You have to love Martha Stewart! She has so many great ideas that are really very easy to do. You don't have to be a wizard at making crafts to do this one. Just be careful of this around the kids.
Find out how here: http://www.marthastewart.com/273609/apple-votives
Of course, there are many other awesome ideas on the site as well.
I've offered my own recommendations here but if you are looking for other apple orchards to visit, please go here: http://www.pickyourown.org/massapples.htm for a huge listing.
Want to learn more about apples? Go here: http://www.newenglandapples.org/index.php?catcont=orchard&state=MA
Be sure to come back next Thursday for Fall can be Fabulous Part 2!
Welcome to the fifth and final week of New England Precious Places!
Fall is upon us and there are great places to get to! You may not want to go swimming, or do those summer things, but Fall has so many wonderful things to experience.
Here's a few to get your Fall started.
This series ends today, got an idea for a series? TELL ME!
photo from http://foodtruckfestivalsofne.com/photosvideo/
Food Truck events are happening all over the country and you can experience them right here in New England! Check out Food Truck Festivals of New England.
There are Food Truck Festivals coming up in Barnstable, MA, Newport, RI and more. Your ticket will include great food such as gourmet grilled cheese, spicy tacos, brown sugar hot dogs, lobster mac and cheese - hungry yet?
The goal of Food Truck Festivals of New England is not only to introduce communities to the wildly popular phenomenon of gourmet food trucks, but to support the small business owners who run them.
Go here for the schedule: http://foodtruckfestivalsofne.com/photosvideo/
KEENE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL SATURDAY OCTOBER 19TH
KEENE, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Keene, NH, is a quintessential New England community. There's a pristine church at the head of a welcoming square. Get ready because on October 19, 2013, the square will be full of jack-o'lanterns carved by area school children!
The bandstand will come alive with entertainment and a tower of pumpkins so spectacular it is called "spell-binding" will rival the church steeple. The Food & Craft Court will send forth thw e glorius smells of apple crisp and maple cotton candy and the streets will be lined with pumpkins. Eight world records and 22 years later, Keene Pumpkin Festival is the darling of New England events. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per adult plus a carved pumpkin. Check it out here: http://pumpkinfestival2011.org/index.html
APPLEFEST AT WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN
October 19-20, 2013 10am - 5pm
499 Mountain Road - Princeton, MA
AppleFest features over 75 Craft Fair & Farmers' Market Booths, Family Entertainment, Scenic Foliage Skyrides to the Summit, Mountainside Barbecue, Pony & Hay Rides, Clowns, Climbing Wall and Euro Bungee, Jugglers & Magicians for the Kids. Applefest also features an Oktoberfest Celebration complete with authentic German cuisine, a variety of beer in the Beer Garden and LIVE music. There's an apple pie contest, a BIG pumpkin weigh-off, a Lumberjack show and more. Sounds awesome! Check it out here: http://www.wachusett.com/EventsActivities/CalendarofEvents/AppleFest/tabid/362/Default.aspx
SPOOKY WORLD NIGHTMARE NEW ENGLAND Litchfield, NH
Well, being scared isn't really my thing, but I had to include this because I know there are so many of you who love this stuff.
I remember when Spooky World first started out in Berlin, actually in my neck of the woods. It was an old farm house and the line of cars waiting to get in was so long and the neighbors hated it I'm sure.
The Spooky World of today is MUCH BIGGER and SCARIER than ever. SpookyWorld has joined forces with Nightmare New England in one location to create the most terrifying haunted house & Halloween attraction in all of New England! Check it out here: http://www.nightmarenewengland.com/index.html
This is the end of the New England Precious Places series. Be sure to go to the links listed in the blog and 'like' their Facebook page if they have one. You can find a wealth of information on any of the state visit.com sites. By doing a little research, you can find all that New England has to offer.
Next week a new blog will start - I'm still throwing around some ideas in my head so stay tuned!
It's me, just trying to get by.