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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Apple- Peanut Butter Bundles!

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We all get it — that mid-afternoon craving for something sweet. It comes, and never goes. Not until we often end up stuffing our face with chocolate, or cookies, or whatever else does the trick. But in all honesty, there are better options. So make yourself a healthier alternative instead. These apple-peanut butter bundles pack plenty of crunch, sweetness, and flavour–all without added sugar. Try them out!

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp plain, unsweetened peanut butter

1 Granny Smith apple

4 tsp muesli cereal

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Directions:

  1. Wash and slice the apple into 3/4 inch thick portions. Make sure that the centre and seeds have been removed.
  2. Spread enough peanut butter to generously cover each slice.
  3. Sprinkle the muesli cereal on top of the peanut butter.

Now all that’s left is for you to bite in, enjoy, and kick that sweet craving to the curb with a great snack.

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Summermisu: The Surprise Twist on a Coffee-Dipped Classic

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Coffee, liqueur, and a fluffy mascarpone mix –what’s not to like about tiramisu? But in summer, I like to make a more refreshing version of this classic dessert.

The summermisu is a light and fruity flavoured option, perfect for cooling down on warm days. It still uses the same technique and similar ingredients as the original, but with a little twist –Limoncello liqueur, strawberries, and a whole lot of orange.

Read below for the no-bake, mess-free recipe!

Ingredients (makes approx. 6 individual servings):

238 grams Mascarpone cheese
473 ml (1 medium carton) whipping cream
1/2 cup and 2 tbsp sugar
1 container of strawberries
1/2 cup Limoncello liqueur
1 orange
1 package lady finger cookies

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Instructions:
1.Whisk the whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks. Carefully fold in the mascarpone then the 1/2 cup sugar and place the mixture in the fridge.

2. In a deep dish or bowl, combine the Limoncello liqueur with the 2 tbsp sugar and grated zest and juice of 1 orange.

3. Wash and slice the strawberries.

4. To begin the layering, quickly dip the lady finger cookies in the liqueur mix and lay on the bottom of the bowls or pan you have decided to use for serving.

5. Follow with a layer of mascarpone, then strawberries. Repeat until you are out of space. Make sure that the very last layer is the mascarpone mix.

Place you summermisu in the fridge for a few hours before serving, ideally overnight.

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Mint-Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches 

  

Summer is short! So indulge in ice cream because before you know it, you will be sipping on hot chocolate and tea to stay warm. 

There are many ways to enjoy the seasonal treat, including one of everyone’s favourite- the ice cream sandwich! If you have time on your hands, you can of course make your cookies and ice cream from scratch. But let’s face it, there are better things to do when the sun in shining. 

To cut down on prep, use ready-made ingredients. And no, this doesn’t mean sacrificing taste. The secret to achieving a gourmet flavour is coming up with fun combinations that give classic vanilla and chocolate some serious competition! The recipe below is oh-so-tasty and quick to make — as quick as it takes to bake and cool the cookies. 

Ingredients

Frozen oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough

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Instructions:

1. Bake the cookies according to package instructions.

2. Let cool completely. 

3. Scoop your ice cream on to one cookie, and place the other on top! 

That’s all there is to it –1, 2,3 and they’re ready to enjoy!

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Keep Your Cool: Pink Lemonade Ice Pops

  
T’is the season for steamy temperatures! To cool down, we often turn to a treat that has been enjoyed for generations –popsicles! But why run to the store and risk heading into the heat when you can make them at home? Plus, this was you can make whichever flavour you crave.  

Try these pink lemonade pops with a kick of limoncello liqueur –the grown-up version of a kids’ classic (and perfect way to keep your drink chilled)! To make them, all you need are three ingredient and five minutes. 

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

2 cups raspberry lemonade 

1 lemon, sliced 

Limoncello liqueur 

Popsicle moulds 

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Instructions:

1. Place the lemon slices in the Popsicle moulds, lining them up against one of the corners or twisting them to create texture.

2. Pour the lemonade into the moulds and place the sticks 2/3 of the way in. Secure with tape if needed. 

3. Leave them in the freezer for a few hours or overnight, and enjoy! 

What’s your favourite summer treat?

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