Visit a Corn maze was one of the items on my Fall Fun Activity list that I was looking forward to the most. I had heard of Hanes Corn Maze last year but we did not get the chance to go. I was not going to let that happen this year.
I expected to just be walking through paths in a little corn maze but my expectations were far exceeded. This place was huge, covering over 20 acres, and they had a puzzle game to go with it. They had 17 checkpoints on their map, 6 of which were hidden, that you could find throughout the maze. Each checkpoint had a code and you used the code to solve the riddle at the end to win a prize.
It was tricky at times, my lobster and I got lost on occasion, but we had so much fun. It is definitely becoming a fall tradition.
Thanksgiving is not complete without pumpkin pie and since ‘bake a pie’ was on my fall activity list I can now scratch another item off. Okay I actually just made tarts instead of a full pie but in order to cross it off the fall fun list lets just call them mini pies!
Over the past few years in my journey to eat healthier I have adjusted many favourite dessert recipes to have less sugar, or at least contain a more natural sweetener, as well as no dairy. It was time to come up with a new pumpkin pie filling. With the clock ticking I crafted a new recipe. It took a couple tries to get the spices right but other than that it was a great success.
Pumpkin Pie Filling
*makes for 2 pies or 1.5 dozen tarts
- 3 1/4 cups of pumpkin puree ( 1 can of pumpkin puree)
- 150 ml pure maple syrup
- 100 ml almond milk (can substitute with the milk of your choice)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbs arrowroot powder
- 3 eggs
- Heat oven to 350*. Beat eggs in a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Stir until blended.
- Pour filling into unbaked pie or tart shells.
- Bake for approximately 25 minutes for mini pies or tarts. **I have not tried the recipe in a full sized pie yet. Not sure about baking time, probably around 30-40 min.** To test the pie insert a knife, if the knife comes out clean its done, if not bake for longer.
- Let pie cool before serving.
Normally at Thanksgiving our family takes turns saying what we are thankful for before having our dinner. This year I wanted to make a list of things I was thankful for.
As I was making my list I realized I have so many things to be thankful for. There are days that I forget how much I have. I don’t always appreciate what I have and I need a little reminder to help me. A couple years ago I started a gratitude diary. Every day I wrote down one thing I was grateful for. I am going to start doing this again. We shouldn’t only be thankful once a year when thanksgiving comes around. We should be thankful all the time. With life things get busy and you can get so focused on your day to day schedule you forget what you have around you. So take a minute out of each day and think of something you are grateful for. Try it while your waiting in line or stuck in traffic, it might even help brighten your day a little.
Play dough is one of my favourite things to do with my kids at work. I love the feel of it in my hands, squishing it, it is so relaxing. Normally I make pretty boring play dough, usually just adding some colour. Sometimes I have gotten a little adventurous and added jello to the mix for a little extra sensory. This time I wanted to try something new. My favourite spice is cinnamon, I use it in everything. I thought why not try adding it to play dough. So I added it to my Fall Fun Activity List and brought some cinnamon to work.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup salt
- 1 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 cup cold water
- food colouring
*I added 1-2 tbsp of cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. May need to add more water or flour so it is not to dry or sticky.
Keep in a sealed container or bag to prevent it from drying out.
Will last 2-4 weeks outside of the fridge.
The kids and I made play dough as usual and added some cinnamon.
It smelt so delicious. It made me think of cinnamon buns and I almost wanted to eat it. It was definitely a successful experiment and the kids loved it too.
Plus one more thing to cross of my list!
I love fall, you might even say it is my favourite season (my lobster would agree). The colours, the weather, Halloween! There is always so much to do. Last year I missed a lot of my favourite fall activities, they got pushed to the bottom of a busy schedule. Not this year. This year my Lobster and I will be enjoying fall to the fullest and to keep us on track I have created a fall fun activity list. The list consists of 21 activities which we plan to complete by October 31st. Some activities are our yearly favourites and some are new adventures.
To start our fall adventure we have completed our first item on the list, #9, have a picnic in the park. My lobster and I packed up our picnic basket and headed out to the park. It was a beautiful fall day to start our adventures and our picnic was yummy!