Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

When the days grow shorter and the temps colder, I know it’s time for the slow-roasted goodness of this soup. The apples add sweetness while the cayenne provides a touch of heat, and pureeing it in its entirety gives it a rich, silky texture.

I could tell you I make this soup entirely for its flavor, but the truth is I equally adore the warmth and aromas that arise from the oven as the vegetables slow roast. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds from that recent pumpkin you carved or baked. Enjoy with a loaf of crusty bread smothered in fresh cream butter. Hello fall! Continue reading

Slow Cooker Savvy: Pumpkin Spice Granola

Mmmm… Granola. When it comes to the homemade kind, I can’t eat enough of it! I’ve already posted one very versatile granola recipe for the slow cooker. This one is special though, filled with the flavors and aromas of autumn. I can’t think of a better fall snack, cereal or yogurt topper than this. Filled with pumpkin, apple sauce, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice, it’s an autumnal pantry must-have. Continue reading

Falling Gracefully into Autumn

Happy Monday! As a Leo, I am always amazed that I re-charge by being at home and quiet. For someone who thrives on adventure, I definitely balance that with being a homebody at heart.

Friday brought our first snowflakes of the season, a cold snap that continued on Saturday with drizzle and overcast skies. I can’t tell you what a blessing that is here in Colorado where we have 350 days of sunshine a year.

Seriously, sometimes you just crave those cold, dreary fall days as an excuse to be inside with the warmth of flickering candles, wearing pajamas until 4 p.m, cooking, baking, and coloring paper pumpkins with K-bear. These sorts of days relax my mind and fill my heart with gratitude. Continue reading

Hike and Seek!

According to National Wildlife Federation, today 25% of kids play outside daily—as opposed to 75% a generation ago. Wow! Hopefully, you all are already helping to change that, but if not here’s your chance.

Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, Hike and Seek is a 1-2 mile nature hike and scavenger hunt for children of all ages, but is especially suited for toddlers to age 10. In addition to exploring what nature has to offer, this fundraising event helps families discover the health benefits of an active, outdoor childhood experience.

But you already knew that right?

You and your kids will enjoy the fun activity stations set up along the way featuring live animals, naturalists, crafts and more. Hope you can join the fun on one of these upcoming fall weekends in a city near you:

  • Chicago: September 29
  • Denver: September 29
  • Seattle: October 13
  • New Jersey, October 13
  • Washington, DC: October 20
  • Atlanta: October 27

Happy hiking!

Corn Mazes and Pumpkins and Goats, Oh My!

I have found that becoming a parent gives you the opportunity to take excursions that you might not otherwise. Come fall, that includes visiting a local farm, where bushels of Indian corn, acorn squash and funny-shaped gourds signal the end of another harvest season.

Bursting with dried corn stalks and of fields of pumpkins, these farms beckon with the opportunity to make memories. From taking a hay ride to the pumpkin patch and choosing that perfect one, to wandering through a corn maze and petting the farm animals, there is no better way to spend an autumnal family day. Continue reading