Falling for Autumn: Activities That Will Make You Love the Season

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Fall –for many, that word can only mean one thing: the transition into a chiller season. But think about it, autumn brings along the perfect temps for sweater weather, and an excuse for all things pumpkin-spiced. So it’s not that bad after all, right?

To make the most of the season, here are some activities to get you outdoors and to become a fan of fall.

Venture out for Apple-Picking: Pies, flans, and crumbles. These are the staples of fall desserts and have one thing in common –apples. The season’s best fruit are a must-have if you’re going to be baking. But where’s the fun in getting the ingredients from the grocery store? Head out of the city and on to a farm instead to pick your apples. Not only is this a fun activity, but you’ll be enjoying the fresh fall air and

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Pay a Visit to the Pumpkin Patch: Pumpkins are multi-purpose. They can serve as an ingredient for some of the season’s iconic foods, and are equally great for decorating. Much like the apples, you can definitely pick these up at a store nearby. But venture out to a pumpkin patch and make a day of it! You’re also bound to find more varieties, shapes, and sizes.

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Appreciate the Beauty of Parks: We often get so caught up in the concrete skyline of the city, that we forget there’s nature all around us. Fall is a season when you’ll find an especially striking display as the tree crowns change colours. To see for yourself, check out nearby parks, conservation areas, and various geological sites –they’re sure to impress (and who knows, maybe inspire the palette for your fall wardrobe)!.

What’s your favourite fall activity?

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The Busy Girl’s Apple Pie

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With so much on our plate –from yoga, to assignments and work, it’s often difficult to fill it with something tasty! I mean, do we really have time for three layer cakes,  or struggling to make the perfect creme brulee? The answer to that would probably be a blunt NO. But I, much like you, still prefer a home-made treat and not to mention the heavenly scent of fresh baked goods.

To get the best of both worlds (a recipe that’s quick enough to fit a packed schedule, but no less delicious), try The Busy Girl’s Apple Pie.  These fritters are coated in a crisp outer layer, and are great served with a big scoop of vanilla or praline ice cream! They taste so good you can hardly tell the difference.

But you be the judge! This is what you’ll need to try it:

1/2 cup of flour

1 pinch of salt

2 tablespoons of sugar

4 teaspoons of cinnamon

80 ml of milk

1 egg, separated

3 apples (any kind)

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To start, sift all the dry ingredients (the flour, cinnamon, salt, and the sugar) in a bowl. Then add the egg yolk along with half the milk and keep stirring until it’s turned into a smooth paste –work those biceps! Add the rest of the milk and stir until incorporated, and stick it in into the fridge for 30-40 minutes.

This doesn’t mean you get a break though! In the meantime, peel and core your apples, and cut them into 1/4 inch thick slices. Beat the egg white until it has a hard consistency(similar to whipped cream), and fold this into the batter that has been taken out of the fridge. Dip each slice into the mix and drip off any excess, placing them into a pan of hot oil. Leave them here to fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown on each side. When ready, shake off any excess oil and place the slices on a paper towel.

Now take out that tub of ice cream, and enjoy!

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