Fall has officially arrived! We’re ready to jump in with:
- Pumpkin Spice everything,
- brisk walks through Burnsville Parks,
- scarf & sweater shopping at the Burnsville Center,
- BOOTS (Am I right, Ladies?),
- fall foliage,
- candy apples from Abdallah Candies,
- the Burnsville Halloween Fest
- and oh so much more!
To celebrate our love of this amazing season, we have put together a list of our fall favorites from recipes to crafts to area events! Feel free to share your fall adventures (stories and photos) on our Facebook page and we may re-post them!
Caramel Apples from Abdallah Candies
Maybe we’re biased, but we’re pretty sure Abdallah Candies in Burnsville makes the best candy apples ever. And they only bring them out once a year – in the fall! Take our advice on this one and be sure to make a stop in Burnsville to pick up yours before they’re gone! While you’re there, get an early start on your holiday shopping by browsing their factory Chocolate & Gift Shop for some world-famous chocolate.
From our friends at Lunds & Byerlys, here’s a great recipe featuring fall’s most readily available food headliner – apples. This one is perfect following an afternoon at the apple orchard. Lunds & Byerlys in Burnsville has everything you need for this delicious dessert!
- 6 small firm apples, cored
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup granola
- 1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
- 2 tbsp Chopped Pecans
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 3/4 cup apple cider
- Arrange apples in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold apples without touching.
- Combine maple syrup, granola, dates, pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Spoon into apples and scatter the rest into baking dish.
- Dot each apple with butter and pour in apple cider; cover tightly.
- Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for 25 minutes.
- Remove cover and baste.
- Bake, uncovered, until tender but not mushy (about 10 minutes longer), baste often with juices.
Fun “BOO” Garland!
Get crafty with the kids
There’s nothing like fall to get your creative juices flowing and bring out the DIYer in you! Here is a fun, easy craft you can do with the kiddos to make your Halloween décor that much spookier. Head to Michael’s in Burnsville for all the items needed to create this spooktacular craft!
Source & Photo Credit: http://www.michaels.com/
- black permanent marker
- white acrylic paint
- palette paper pad
- black yarn
- assorted wiggle eyes
- black construction paper
- 2” black felt letters
Add a large amount of white paint to the palette paper.
Lightly tap your right hand into the paint and then gently press it onto the black construction paper.
Repeat Step 2 four more times on separate pieces of paper. Let dry.
Cut out the five handprints.
To create the two “ghosts” in the banner, take two of the handprints and place wiggle eyes on each palm (fingers should be pointing down). Use a marker to draw a small round mouth just below the wiggle eyes to create the ghost’s mouth.
Take the remaining three handprints and place them in front of you, fingers pointing down. In the center of each palm print affix one alphabet sticker to spell the word “Boo”.
On all 5 handprints, punch two holes about ½” apart, at the base of each palm print.
Cut the black yarn to the desired length for your garland.
Line up your handprints in this sequence: ghost, “B”, “O”, “O”, ghost. Thread the yarn through the holes in the palm print to string them together and finish your garland.
For project supplies and more fall-inspired craft and project ideas, visit http://www.michaels.com/.
More Ways to Embrace Fall Right Here in Burnsville
There are enough fall fun events in the Twin Cities to fill your calendar, but here are a few you can check out without ever having to leave Burnsville!
Fall Craft Show at Burnsville Center
Nothing says fall quite like a fall craft show. Shop for your favorite artists and crafts at the highly anticipated “Fall Season Spectacular Craft Show & Sale” coming to the Burnsville Center October 9-11!
Ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes of all ages flock to Nicollet Commons Park each October for the annual Burnsville Halloween Fest. This year’s festival will take place on Friday, October 23rd and will include an illuminated treat trail, music, Porky’s Roadster food truck, fire dancers, roaming magician and more! Families are encouraged to attend in costume. Parking is available at the Ames Center parking deck or the Heart of the City parking ramp. $5 per family. Photo credit: Sue Lund Photography
Masters of Illusion Halloween Spooktacular at the Ames Center
Get tickets to see Masters of Illusion at the Ames Center on Thursday, October 29th! You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers…everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible – all rolled up into a live show!
Hit the Trails
With over 20 miles of trails and 76 parks, Burnsville offers numerous picturesque and scenic ways to enjoy the crisp fall air and catch some beautiful fall foliage! Trees in this region typically reach their peak color season from late September to Mid-October, according to the Minnesota DNR.