September is Apple Month, and it’s the time of year when thousands of families look forward to heading out to the local orchard for some apple picking fun. My family is no exception. In fact, we live in a part of the country where apple orchards abound. Picking our peck is a big deal, so we like to make a day of it.
An increasing number of apple orchards have expanded their offerings beyond picking fruit. Many have on-site cafes where you can enjoy a meal after you’ve spent time meandering the rows of apple trees searching for the perfect specimens. Our family prefers to take along a picnic basket filled with our favorite foods — chicken salad, crispy veggies, cheese chunks, and buttery crackers. Just in case the orchard we’ve chosen doesn’t have any picnic tables, we bring along our portable chairs — comfort is a must. Once we finish our picnic, we can kick back in our chairs and take in the crisp, clean pre-autumn air.
Orchards may not always have restaurants, but it’s not uncommon for them to sell baked goods containing the very treasure you came to pick from the trees. Apple pies, apple dumplings, and — our favorite — apple cider doughnuts provide the perfect accompaniment to our delicious picnic lunch.
At the end of the day, with bags of apples and packages of pies in hand, we head home with full and happy tummies until Apple Month rolls around again next September.
Family gatherings offer a fun, bonding experience for family members of every age. For my family, these gatherings often include outdoor games, such as horseshoes or volleyball. This year, I am adding a new game to the mix! The Murbles Game is a great way to get everyone involved and offers both fun and exercise. Murbles requires no set up! You simply open and play! The game is simple enough that even children can understand, but is entertaining enough to keep everyone’s attention. Even if you have trees, rocks, or irregular terrain, you can still play! In fact, these obstacles can even make Murbles more interesting! You can choose from 20 different ball colors to customize the game to your liking. It even makes a great Christmas gift! Friendly, family competition is sure to ensue at your next gathering with the Murbles Game!
As much as we all love being outside and enjoying beautiful weather, the cold temps do not have to take away all of your fun! You can find some really amazing indoor game tables to keep you entertained when going outdoors is not an option. They are great for all ages and will make the perfect bonding experience for multi-generational families. When my own family gets together for Thanksgiving and Christmas, we are always looking for fun ways to spend the day. These games are going to be a huge hit! Air hockey, pool, foosball, darts, and even a 20-in-1 game table are sure to offer something for every member of my family and yours. They also make perfect Christmas and birthday gifts! You will be entertained for hours – rain or shine.