Every fall, we have to visit an apple orchard, pumpkin patch, farm, cider mill, etc. Fall in Michigan is beyond breathtaking and by far my favorite time of the year (except for Christmas). We can knock all of these activities off the Fall Bucket List in one “fall swoop” at Westview Orchard and Adventure Farm.
And, often times, after a fun filled fall day, we take the kids back to our house for some fun activities and Mummy Hot Dogs. Keep reading for a recipe for Mummy Hot Dogs (the kids look forward to these every year), & a recipe for the Special Spooky Sparkling Slime I made this year. This should be lots of fun! Enjoy!
Westview Orchard in Washington Township, Michigan has been a tradition since our little nephew (who’s now taller than me 😭) was a little 3 or 4 year old. I remember the day we took him to Westview like it was yesterday. He was so proud of himself when he climbed to the top of the straw mountain, rode the train to the apple orchard, and picked out the perfect pumpkin in the patch. Ever since that year, we’ve tried to return every fall for more family fun and memory making.
This year, my sister and I took Brianna to Westview and she was ecstatic to say the least. She didn’t think know which activity to do first! We missed this annual tradition last year because Adam and I were road tripping around New England. So, Brianna could barely remember her last time at Westview. But, the memories came flooding back to her once we started exploring. And, she said repeatedly at the end of the day, that “it was the best day ever”.
She started out on the play equipment…which on one hand she could do at the park down the street, but their playgrounds aren’t “normal”. There are so many play structures to play on from a castle, to a train, to a fort. They are so stinking cute! A little kids paradise, really. We let her play while we finished our coffee and watched the horse drawn wagons and tractor rides return from the apple orchard.
It was a beautiful late October day. The skies were a deep blue and painted with hundreds of fluffy white clouds. The trees were various hues of gold and red and orange. The leaves danced to the ground in the brisk autumn breeze. And the smell of cinnamon and sugar filled the air from the cider mill.
I felt like the epitome of Pinterest that day. I don’t know what was more Basic about me that day?! Perhaps the riding boots, or the Essie polished nails named Mochachino, or the enormous blanket scarf that kept me nice and toasty. Or, maybe it was the fact that I was taking photos of my Starbucks coffee with the barn in the background, or with the leaves on the grass.
I did get some compliments about my outfit, though, which made me feel like a million bucks. And since most days is a hoodie and stretchy comfy pants for me, I was pretty proud of myself for at least trying to look like I cared. I was feeling pretty hot to trot and totally trendy! 😂 But, enough about my attire! Let’s get back to the memories of this day, shall we?! 😉
Brianna loved the petting farm and taunted the donkeys with a “hee-haw” in her big boisterous voice. And a goat started nibbling on my sisters sweater…yummy!
Bri slid down the giant slide…shrieking the entire way! It was hysterical! And for the girl who used to be fearful of “high things“, it was a proud moment that she actually took the plunge. In fact, she went down the slide 4 times!
She climbed to the top of straw mountain, rolled down dirt hills (which was lovely 😬), and we conquered The Black Hole without lopping over or puking! Winning!
We watched the apples being washed and pressed, and feasted on cinnamon sugar donuts and apple cider. There’s nothing like that first taste of donuts and cider every fall. It’s so nostalgic. My mouth is watering as I type. 😜
We took a wagon ride driven by a huge tractor out to the corn maze. We passed rows and rows of apple trees and glistening lakes and ponds.
We made it out of the corn maze alive and pretty quickly. But, what time we didn’t spend in the corn maze we definitely made up for in the pumpkin patch as Bri searched high and low for the perfect pumpkin.
After hemming and hawing for what felt like forever, she finally settled on a large pumpkin that weighed in at 19 lbs!! Thankfully we found a wagon to lug that heavy sucker back to the car. Holy Moly! 😅
After these busy fall days, we usually hang out at our house and warm up on chili and cornbread, and carve our pumpkins (or paint in the kid’s case….don’t trust them with sharp objects just yet 😂).
One thing I make for the kids every year is, Mummy Hot Dogs. I first saw the idea on Pinterest, of course. But, we’ve taken the recipe to new heights by using peppercorns for the eyes. And the kids actually eat the peppercorns!!! Gross! 😝
The recipe is super simple. I use a can of crescent rolls and cut the dough into long strips. I then wrap the hot dogs in the strips of dough. I then place them in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes until the crescent rolls are golden brown. After they are done baking, we use mustard to make dots for the eyes, and place a peppercorn in the mustard to add dimension.
They are super fun and super easy and super fast!
This year I also made Spooky Sparkly Slime by mixing Borax, water, and orange Elmer’s glitter glue. My hope was to scoop out pie pumpkins, roast the seeds, make the Slime, and surprise the kids with the sparkly Slime inside the pumpkins….but I just didn’t get that far. I feel like I spent eternity searching for Borax at Target (it’s in the laundry/cleaning supplies).
Here’s the recipe….
Spooky Sparkly Slime
In first bowl mix 1 tsp of borax and 1 cup of water. In second bowl mix 1/2 cup of Elmers glitter glue and 1/2 cup of water. Pour together and mix with hands until Slime forms. Pour off excess water, and store in a ziplock bag in the fridge. Add some water before playing after being stored in fridge. Have fun!
I think my husband had more fun with the Slime than anyone else did! 😂
What are your families favorite fall traditions? Please share with us your ideas, and recipes, and favorite places to visit!