Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BlogPal: Weekend Activities

Fall is upon us in Wisconsin - fields are changing color, leaves aren't looking as vibrant of a green and getting ready to turn orange/red and drop from the branches, and pumpkins have arrived at some of the stores. This is my favorite time of year as I feel mother nature is at her prime. Days are warm for a tee (long or short-sleeved) and jeans and evenings are cool for fleece jackets and bonfires.

My BlogPal and I decided to focus on Weekend Activities for this next posting because there are just so many things that we can do on the weekends. 

I also think that there is a ton to do in Fall on weekends. Maybe this is something more exclusive to Wisconsin because we know our evil winter of snow, rain, sleet, freezing rain, bitter winds and below zero temps is coming too soon, so we try to get out and use up every ounce of daylight we can.

Some of my favorite things to do in Fall on the weekend are:

Local Farmer's Markets (Here is a county-wide guide) - These usually go thru October and squash are plentiful and cheap. I love making soup with Butternut Squash and I can't wait to make it by the gallons and freeze it this year for all winter-long enjoyment. (Speaking of Butternut Squash - I did buy a few store brands of soup to compare to mine and see what different flavors those provide, but I'm really digging my Butternut Squash Apple soup.) 

Pumpkin Picking - Soon enough the hay wagons will be out and it will be time to pick your pumpkins and begin carving them for Halloween. These trips are best done on weekends, when there is no rushing around and you can enjoy yourself in the field and really pick out your favorite pumpkin.

Hiking - Beautiful leaves on scenic trails make the Fall one of the best times in Wisconsin to go on hikes. And trails are a plenty in this area. This Friday, my boyfriend and I are going to walk on the Fox River boardwalk. The boardwalk isn't extremely long, but it does walk you over the Fox River in Waukesha and you get to see nature in it's natural environment.

Homecooked Meals - I have time on the weekends to usually go into a bit more of an elaborate production of a meal than on weeknights. Sometimes I'll even let the crockpot do the work so I can still run errands and such on the weekends, but making a large pot of chili, lasagna, beef stew or something nice and filling is what I do on the weekends.

Tomorrow I hope to share with you my recipe for Crockpot Cashew Chicken. It's pretty simple and really flavorful. I modified a recipe that I found from a fellow blogger.

Watching Football - Yep I'm a CHEESEHEAD from Wisconsin and a large part of my Sunday is dedicated to watching my boys, The Green Bay Packers, cream their opponent. I'm sure some of you root for other teams and I'm sorry (jk jk) but isn't a lazy Sunday and football on the tube a perfect way to end the weekend? And last year, I was lucky enough to see my boys play live at Lambeau and I hope to have the chance to do that again this year.

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