Fall Fun in New Jersey

The seasonal transition between summer and winter, fall is as beautiful as it is cozy. During this temperate time, night arrives earlier, the temperatures begin cooling, and the colors of the world around us start to change from vibrant greens to bright variations of reds, yellows, and oranges as the vegetation prepares for winter dormancy. There’s a burnt feeling to fall – a warm glow emanating from campfires and candles.

This is also the season for going back to school and for fun holidays, as Halloween and Thanksgiving are fast approaching. And while we’re always sorry to see summer go, over here in New Jersey, we’re excited for sweater-weather and pumpkin-flavored treats. After all, what better place than in the state that hosts one of the most magnificent Monarch butterfly migrations each fall. New Jersey is packed with nature-centered activities and other fall fun – there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy, kids and adults alike.

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Back-To-School: Weekly Lunches and Dinners

It’s that time again — the summer heat is dying down and the air has a certain crisp feel to it. The leaves will change just as quickly as the kids will run out the door to head to a new year of school. Morning and nighttime routines in the fall can be simple and fun, but they shouldn’t have to be stressful.

Meal prep on the weekend is a great way to get your week started on the right foot, and to send your kids off with delicious and healthy lunches. When they come home, pre-prepared dinners will give you the time you need to run your errands, tend to your children, and get your necessary “me-time.”

Back-to-school can be busy, but it can also be productive and enjoyable. Check out our recommendations for quick, easy, and most importantly — tasty! — weekly meals for school lunches and nightly dinners.

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Summer Cleanup: Preparing For a New Season

Before you know it, autumn scents (hello, pumpkin spice!) and cool temperatures will replace the sweltering summer heat. Leaves will be in bold fall colors, and cozy sweaters will be in abundance.

With every new season, we’re ready to make some practical and fun changes. “Summer cleanup” is a way to say goodbye to summer by sprucing up your home in anticipation of fall. This year, think of it as a way to declutter your living spaces and embark on a fresh start.

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Summer Dinner Parties That Aren’t BBQs

While backyard barbecues are always a hit, let’s face it — sometimes we want a delicious summer meal that doesn’t involve charred food and sweating over smoking hot flames. There’s more to explore when it comes to summer food staples, and for the remainder of summer 2017, we urge you to try something new! Put down your spatula and basting brush, and whip out the wine glasses, pasta bowls, and flower vases. Check out our recommendations for a summer dinner party that doesn’t involve burgers and hot dogs.

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Your End-of-Summer Bucket List

The time always comes — the hot weather starts to cool, children go back to school, and the salty scent of the beach leaves our clothes and sandals. The end of the summer will be here before we know it, but we’re not ready to throw in the (beach) towel just yet…

We’re looking to make the most out of our last summer months with Jersey outings, great recipes, and awesome DIY projects. Check out our bucket list for the top things to do in NJ before we say goodbye to our beloved summer and welcome the fall weather. Have a great time!

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Cool Treats to Beat the Heat

In the thick of summer, we’re completely obsessed with anything that keeps us nice and cool. There’s truly nothing sweeter than a delicious frozen treat on a hot day, and the possibilities go way beyond popsicles (although we’ve included those, too). Welcome the chilly vibes under the sun with these drinks and desserts guaranteed to give you the best kind of brain freeze!

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Ultimate Independence Day Menu

Break out the stars and stripes, and get your grill fired up — it’s almost our beautiful country’s birthday! Celebrate America’s independence the best way we know how, with delicious food, outdoor fun, and quality family time.

Head outside with a drink or sparkler in hand, and check out our top picks for this year’s 4th of July menu. Happy birthday, America!

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Father’s Day Feast: Kid-Friendly Recipes to Make for Dad

With the sun shining and summer vibes blooming, we know it’s almost Father’s Day! This Sunday, we’re ready to spoil the incredible dads in our lives with a little home-cooked happiness. What better way to start out the day than to cook a special breakfast or lunch with the kids? Check out these deliciously fun recipes that your kids can take part in and feel proud of — after all, we want to celebrate Dad and give back some of the love and kindness he’s shown us. Grab the whole family and get the feast underway!

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How to Grow Fresh Veggies and Herbs at Home

The sun’s out, the birds are singing, and the fresh scent of spring warmth is in the air. What better way to enjoy seasonal fare than by growing the ingredients yourself? This spring, add your skillful touch to home-grown veggies and herbs to make your dishes all the more special.

Growing herbs and vegetables can be simple and rewarding, whether you’re using raised beds or container gardens with new soil, or the soil in your yard. Of course, you’ll want to be sure your soil is safe for growing, [1a] particularly if you live in an urban area. Once your growing location is primed and ready, it’s time for a spring awakening — brush off your gardener’s gloves and get growin’!

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Backyard Bonanza: 5 Great Grill Recipes for Summer 2017

Oh boy, here comes the sun! We’re getting our patio furniture out of the garage and ready for another summer of sunshine and barbecues. This week, we’re taking you to the backyard for some good old fashioned grilling.

An open flame does wonderful things to food, and this time around, we’re skipping the hot dogs and burgers and trying these slightly more sophisticated recipes with some real flavor! Your taste buds will thank you later.

Whether you’re cooking with gas or sparking some charcoal, entertaining guests or just having an outdoor date night — these grill recipes are perfect for any occasion.

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