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ON THE COVER
ON THE
COVER
By Lisa N
Nowicki
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October 2011 • www.familytimemagazine.com • Family Time Magazine
GREAT FALL FUN AND MORE!
all brings colorful leaves, crisp
nights and Daylight Saving
Time (Sunday, November
6th). But for many, the best time of
the season is the excitement leading
up to Halloween. Trick-or-Treating,
dressing up in costumes and collecting lots of candy is just part of the
fun. If like me, you are on the hunt
for the perfect pumpkin or enjoy
apple picking and corn mazes, this
roundup below is sure to please.
Butterprint Farm
Garden Patch Farms
24936 S. 80th Avenue
Monee, IL
(708) 534-8801
www.butterprintfarm.com
14154 W. 159th Street
Homer Glen, IL
(708) 301-7720
www.gardenpatchfarms.com
County Line Orchard
Jonamac Orchard
200 County Line Road
Hobart, IN
(219) 947-4477
www.countylineorchard.com
19412 Shabbona Road
Malta, IL
(815) 825-2158
www.jonamacorchard.com
Apple Holler
Forest View Farms
Lambs Farm
Haunted Harvest
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5006 S. Sylvania Drive
Sturtevant, Wisconsin
(262) 884-7100
www.appleholler.com
16717 S. Lockwood
Tinley Park, IL
(708) 560-0306
www.fvfarms.com
I-94 & Rt. 176
Libertyville, IL
(847) 362-4636
www.lambsfarm.org
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Oak Brook
Park District
1450 Forest Gate Rd.
Oak Brook, IL
(630) 990-4233
www.obparks.org
Odyssey Fun World
Tinley Park, IL
Naperville, IL
(708) 429-3800
www.odysseyfunworld.com
Apple Picking
Pumpkin Picking
Corn Maze
CARVE UP SOME SPOOKY DELIGHTS!
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arving vegetables into scary
faces then lighting them is
an odd kind of custom that
just has to have an interesting origin.
I was shocked and delighted to
find out that the Irish are responsible for what has evolved into a
fun and family friendly activity
originating from an ancient Celtic
custom.
In Ireland children carved out
potatoes or turnips as “Jack-O-Lanterns” and lighted them from the
inside with candles. As the Irish
myth is told, the carving started
because of a drunken farmer nicknamed “Stingy Jack” who was condemned to wander the earth for
all eternity. To guide his way in
the dark, Jack made an o’lantern
from a turnip and lump of burning
coal. Every Halloween, Irish children would make their own “Jack
O’Lanterns. Now, it’s even more
fun than ever with so many amazing patterns and kits available today. Carving decorative pumpkins
has even become an art form.
Safety is Key
Pumpkin Masters at www.pumpkinmasters.com likes to remind everyone that
while carving pumpkins, the use of common
household kitchen knives can be dangerous.
That’s why Pumpkin Masters offers a wide
variety of carving tools designed specifically
for children. Adult supervision is recommended. Kits include a variety of patterns
and are available at major retail and grocery stores nationwide. For more information please visit
pumpkinmasters.com.
Invasion of the Zombie
Pumpkins!
Photo courtesy of Zombie Pumpkins
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Don’t
let the name scare you. This
amazing website offers over 240
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printable pumpkin carving dep
ssigns. Young children will enjoy
““Kreatures for Kids” that includes
ssuch loveable characters as Buzz
Lightyear, Thomas The Tank EnL
gine, Spongebob Squarepants and
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my personal favorite Cinderella.
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Older children might enjoy Sonic,
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Avatar, Harry Potter, or Batman.
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Adults can get in on the fun with
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tthe Monster Movie section or their
ffavorite Rock Star. The cost to join
iis only $5.00 to have access to 25
patterns that you can print right
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at home. There are also a few pata
tterns available that you can downlload for free. For more information
please visit zombiepumpkins.com.
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GLAZED APPLE COOKIES
Photo courtesy of allrecipes.com
Ingredients
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1/2 cup shortening
1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup apples - peeled, cored and finely diced
1 cup raisins
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
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1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
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ple and raisins, then stir in remaining half
of dry ingredients and milk. Mix well.
4. Drop from tablespoon 1 1/2 inches apart
onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in
a preheated 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove cookies to racks and while
still warm, spread with glaze.
5. To make Glaze: Combine powdered sugar,
butter, vanilla and enough cream to make
glaze of spreading consistency. Beat until
smooth. Spread on warm cookies.
Recipe and photo courtesy of allrecipes.com
Directions
ondering what to do with all of those ap- 1. Beat shortening and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in
ples from the orchard? These warm and
egg and blend thoroughly.
cozy cookies feature all of our favorite fall
2.
Stir together flour, baking soda, salt,
alt,
spices that will fill your home with sweet aromas
cinnamon,
cloves
and
nutmeg.
coming from the kitchen. They also make the per3. Stir half the dry ingredients into
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creamed mixture. Stir in nuts, ap-pes,
please
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allrecipes.com.
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A apple a day really does keep the
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doctor away!
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Let’s face it. if it’s not fast, convenient, and
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fun
people will not bother to take care of themsselves. That’s one of the reasons why the apple
iis considered the perfect fruit.
1. Apples contain Vitamin C which greatly
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assists your immune system in keeping you
healthy.
2. Apples prevent tooth decay by killing up to
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80% of the bacteria in your mouth. The se-
cret ingredient is the juice in the apple.
3. Apples can be very helpful in maintaining a
healthy colon because of the fiber they contain. Let’s just say they help to keep things
moving along in that area of the body.
4. Apples taste great! There are so many kinds
to choose from. Please note: organic is
best. According to the Environmental
Working Group, non-organic apples contain
a very high amount of pesticides.
Corn Maze Craze!
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t’s irresistible. You have to conquer the corn maze. Loved by
families big and small,, mazes
mazzees
have become increasingly
singly popular
populla
ar
through the years. Like a giant
gia
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physical puzzle, they require
requirre you
u to
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apply your skills of memory,
memorry, intuinttu
uition and logic. Families
lies can
ca
an work
woorrk
together to solve the puzzle
puzzzle while
wh
hille
having fun at the same
me time.
tim
me. They
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heey
can be a little spooky too!
Whatever your mot
motivation,
tivatioon
n,
now is the time to get out
and
enjoy
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nd enj
jooy
a maze in your area. Many
farms
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ny farm
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open during the fall season
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to apple orchards and pumpkins.
Our roundup feature
features
es the corn
symbol
next to all locations
locat
a ioons featuring a corn maze.
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