Elemental Kids - Fall Fun Favorites

Happy Fall Everyone! Here in Alabama the weather likes to tease us. One day it is hot and then BAM! it feels like a cool Fall day. To help us enjoy this Fall season, I would like to share my top three Fall Fun Favorites for the whole family to enjoy.

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1.Nature Walk

What will I need?

  • Comfy clothes and shoes

  • Nature walk check-list( great for children)

  • Binoculars

  • Water

  • Blanket and snacks for a little picnic

What to do?

  • Walking meditation(Walking quietly together for five minutes or more then discuss what you saw, smelled, heard, felt, or maybe tasted.)

Price? FREE!

Where? Top Ten Parks to visit in Birmingham.

Why? Our bodies can crave to be outside. The smell of the crisp air, the sound of the birds, the views all around, being able to move our body, and the feeling of the cool Fall breeze on our skin can be healing for the soul. Go outside and listen, feel, smell, and see what nature has to offer for you and your family.

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2. Pumpkin Carving

What will I need?

  • Pumpkins

  • Pumpkin Carving Kit

  • Carve outside for easy clean up OR put a bunch of newspapers, magazines, old sheet, or small tarp down.

  • Bowl to keep the seeds for a yummy snack.

What to do?

  • BE CREATIVE! and HAVE FUN!

  • I understand if you might need some inspiration. I know I do at times :)

For Who? ALL AGES

Why? Embracing our inner child and creativity is refreshing.

3. Cooking Sweet Treats

What will I need?

  • Your families favorite Fall sweet treat recipe. My favorite is candy apples.

  • Don’t forget to add a pinch of love, is what my mom always says :)

  • Utensils(Kid safe)

  • Music to cook and dance to

  • Aprons

    Why? Because who doesn’t love sweet treats!!!! :)

    But really, cooking can be fun, creative, relaxing, and bring everyone together.

I shared my top three Fall Fun Favorites, now share yours with us!

Yoga for All
Love for All,

Laura

The Fall Crowd-Pleaser

My Momma’s Chili: A Fall Crowd-Pleaser

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons by JaBB

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons by JaBB

Fall is a great time to come back to your roots. With the return of structured school days and the hubbub of the holidays just around the corner, it is a time for family meals shared around the table at the end of busy days. As soon as the outdoor temperature dips below 75 degrees (…okay 80 if I’m really antsy), I make my first big pot of chili. I use the recipe my mom has always used. It’s simple, classic, and delicious.  We eat it until we are almost sick of it, then I freeze the rest for a day when the craving rolls back around.  It’s perfect for weeknight dinners, rainy day lunches, tailgates, or potlucks. 

This annual chili preparation marks the advent of soup season in my house. Soups are easy to prepare, easy to customize, easy to freeze, and (of utmost importance to me) easy to clean up. Let me be honest about something upfront: for me, soup is all about the extras. I would probably turn my nose up at a bowl all by its lonesome, but slide over a grilled cheese, garlic bread, tortilla chips, or parmesan crisps, and I’m all in… Spoon, please!

Momma’s Classic Chili
SERVES: 6-8

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 lbs lean ground beef
2 packets chili seasoning (or you own combo of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper)
2 cans black beans
2 cans chili beans
2 cans dark red kidney beans
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
½ bottle of beer, optional, but my mom swears by it
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Toppings: shredded low fat cheese, greek yogurt*, chopped green onion, whole grain crackers or tortilla chips

Photo: Creative Commons, Jeff Clark    

Photo: Creative Commons, Jeff Clark

 

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Brown onion and green bell pepper. Add beef and cook until brown. Add chili seasoning to the beef mixture and mix. Pour in beans (with their liquid), tomatoes, and beer. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for as long as you can wait (give it at least an hour to get good and flavorful).  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with toppings of your choice. 


*I always use greek yogurt in place of sour cream in everything. My husband probably thinks they don’t make sour cream anymore… ;) 

- Melissa