A Hot Apple Cider Recipe

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In our neck of the woods, October has decided to start to show off.  Autumn so far has been gorgeous! Even the rainy days have had a certain coziness to them, as the rain adds a happy drip-drip-drop rhythm to our days.

My middle two kids, ages 6 and 8, seem to be especially impressed by the changing of the seasons this year and their enthusiasm is a nice reminder to slow down and take some time to observe this time of year through a child’s eyes.

As a family we’ve had a lot of fun going on nature walks, driving in the country, baking cookies, and doing activities like picking pumpkins from Grandpa’s pumpkin patch and we’ve gotten started making Halloween decorations together.

Springtime is magical, yes, but there’s something pretty special about Autumn, too.  If only all transitions could be as beautiful and smooth, right?  There’s a lot to learn from the way the natural world puts itself to bed this time of year and we have some favorite seasonal traditions.

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Come follow, follow us to … the Farmers Market

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I‘m so happy to introduce a new series here on the blog, all about our family field trips and adventures: Come Follow, Follow. Do you recognize one of the littlest Fleck’s favorite songs?

So, where have we been so far? First we went to Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last week we shared our adventures at Touch a Truck Day in Fishers, Indiana.

Today the kids and I wanted to share with you our recent trip to the Fortville Farmers Market.

As my kids get older and a little more interested in how things grow, including their own bodies, and where the food we eat comes from, the farmers market is the perfect place for a little family adventure and some tasty treats, to boot!

As a parent, I love that the kids can see from weekly visits to the farmers market over the course of the season what different things grow and how the offerings change. It isn’t like the supermarket with bananas on the shelf year round. It’s a hands on way to teach what concepts like “seasonal” and “fresh” and “locally grown” mean.

We loaded up the kids and Aunt Angela in the family minivan and headed out for some delicious adventures and to see what was available now.

So in today’s post, the kids and I invite you to come follow, follow, follow us to … the farmers market!

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Raddish Kids

RaddishKidsboxshotNote: we were given a Raddish Kids box to try, but this is not a sponsored post.  I’m not being paid to share this with you and all opinions are my own.

This week has sort of unintentionally become “the Fleck family’s favorite subscription boxes for kids week” but I can’t help it, when I find something my kids really love I want to share it with all of you.

A few weeks ago we were sent a Raddish Kids box to try and we loved it so much that we’re purchasing a subscription (and if you know our budget, you know that is saying something).  The story behind the company really intrigued me and I think the idea is a really unique take on subscription boxes for kids. Plus, their tagline of “kitchen. table. family” speaks to me as a parent.

If you aren’t familiar with Raddish box (rad dish, get it?) it’s a monthly themed box with recipes for families to make together, but more than that it gives parents tools to help give their kids a culinary education by:

  • learning basic skills
  • teaching culinary vocabulary
  • fun activities (everything from science experiments to art projects to foodie games)

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Kids in the Kitchen ebook sale

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Hello Monday!  A new week, a fresh start, and the very last day of September, which was a pretty lovely month for our family.

I wanted to draw your attention to this week”s Bundle of the Week ebook sale: Kids in the Kitchen.  Featuring ebooks with easy-to-follow recipes, guidelines and schedules for teaching kitchen skills, this bundle will help you and your kids discover the fun of cooking while teaching important life skills.

This week only, get all five ebooks for more than 85% off!

Included in the sale:

The Kids in the Kitchen bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 10/7 so if you”re interested, grab your bundle today!

5 Foods I never thought my kids would love (that your kids just might like, too)

5 Surprising Foods My Kids Love

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Here we are at the end of a another week.  That means that it is time for this week’s Friday Five.

For today’s Friday Five I’m heading into the kitchen and sharing five foods that I never thought my kids would even eat, let alone love, that your kids just might like, too.

Now, typical preschooler “yellow food only” phase aside, my kids aren’t terribly picky eaters (though they do, of course, have their moments).

In fact, they impress me all the time by trying new foods and by eating things that I’m not so sure I would have tried when I was a kid living on a steady diet of spaghettios and garlic bread. (We won’t talk about what I lived on as a teenager.  Good grief.)

Here are five surprising foods my kids love that yours just might like, too:

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