Don’t miss the beauty and wonder of this moment. There are SEVEN weeks left of this beautiful fall season, so here are SEVEN fun things you can do on your own or with the people you love.

Go APPLE Crazy…Embrace the favorite fruit of fall!  Make homemade candy apples – Apple crisp, apple chips, apple sauce, apple cider, or apple slices with caramel sauce. Yum Yum!

Pumpkins for everyone…Paint them, carve them, or cook them up. With pumpkins, your only limit is your imagination. From roasted pumpkin seeds to pumpkin bars, pumpkin soup, or even pumpkin ice cream – there are endless possibilities for eating, decorating, and enjoying this fantastic gourd.

Roast s’mores…Chocolate, Marshmallows, and gram crackers make smiles instantly appear. Whether you enjoy your marshmallows slightly roasted or fully charred, these fall treats can be made in the back yard, with a tabletop s’more maker, or over the stove.

Friday Night Football with a twist…We may not be able to enjoy a friendly game of high school or college football in person this fall, but on Friday night, there is still room for family football fun.  Pop up some popcorn, grab a warm blank and help the kids snuggle in and enjoy these positive, family-friendly classics: The Blind Side (PG-13), Rudy (PG), and Remember the Titans (PG).

Leaf Peepers Quad Cities style…Watching the leaves change this time of year is as easy as grabbing your comfy car clothes and a tank of gas. Hit the road for a few hours and check out the beautiful fall colors at one of these local state parks: Mississippi Palisades (IL), Castle Rock (IL), Maquoketa Caves (IA), or Geode State Park (IA).

Take a Hike…Lace up your walking shoes and a hoodie and get outside before the snow arrives!  Walk the river, walk your ‘hood, or check out a city park near you. Now is the time to stretch your legs, enjoy nature, and experience some fresh air before we all huddle up by the fireplace for winter.

Stargaze at night…Cool, clear, and crisp fall nights reveal some of God’s most amazing nighttime wonders! So, grab a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and your favorite person and go check out the stars in your own back yard.