Fall Flavors & Activities
Fall has arrived, but it won’t be here for long! We’re celebrating the best this short and sweet season has to offer, from limited time flavors to activities that are best enjoyed during these chillier months. Looking to get your fall fest on? We’ve got you covered.
Festive Fall Activities
For being such a short season, fall sure can pack in a lot of fun! If you’re looking for something memorable to do with your family or spouse to celebrate autumn, we have plenty of ideas to get you started. From using fall-forward ingredients to getting in the car and going on a mini road trip, fall is a season that’s full of adventure.
Tour the Changing Leaves
It’s time to pile the family in the car and go for a drive! Hunting down a rainbow of colorful leaves is a great way to spend a chilly fall day, but it’s going to take some time to find the best colors, so make sure you’re prepared. Before you start, plan out your route so you’re not aimlessly driving around. Explore Minnesota has a handy list of the best routes for leaf-viewing, and Travel Iowa has all the info on when the leaves are at their peak beauty.
Because you and your crew will be on the road for a while, snacks are key! Before you hit the road, bake up a batch of Pillsbury® Chocolate Chip Cookies® (now safe to eat raw!) and once cooled, store them in an air-tight container for the road. Cheddar and caramel popcorn also pairs well with backseat leaf viewing, so be sure to pick some up from Cub’s Popcorn Shop. And if you’re in the driver’s seat, you’ll want to stay toasty and alert for your mini road trip, so pour yourself a pumpkin coffee and keep warm in a travel mug.
There’s no rule that says you have to wait until October to start carving pumpkins. Pick up a few orange squash from your local Cub (keep an eye out for pumpkin carving kits too, available while supplies last) and while you’re there, pick up supplies for snacks, too! No one wants to carve pumpkins hungry, right? We recommend a spread of Artichoke & Spinach Dip using Heluva Good!® Dip, Pizza Bombs or Taco Skillet Dip made with Dean's Dip, plus plenty of soda pop.
Before you get started with the carving, cover your workstation with newspaper or brown paper bags for protection—pumpkin carving is a messy activity! When scooping out your pumpkin, save the seeds in a separate bowl to roast later as a tasty treat.
Go Apple Picking
Fall means it’s time to harvest crops—make a day of it! Head into the country for a day of apple picking with your family or spouse. All apple orchards are different, so make sure you do your research before you go!
You’ll need to fuel up before a day of harvesting fruit. Start your morning with a balanced breakfast of fresh fruit paired with Pillsbury® Grands!® Pumpkin Spice Rolls. Make sure to wear layers of clothing that you can take on and off, depending on the weather. Pack a thermos full of hot cider to stay toasty during your adventure and be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
After a full day of picking apples, you might be wondering what to do with your abundant bounty! Check out this recipe for Butterscotch Apple Muffins using Coffee-Mate® creamer for a treat the following day.
Have One Last Bonfire
Before it gets too cold, make use of your firepit one last time. Fall is the perfect season to enjoy a last hurrah outdoors while staying cozy and warm. Be sure to clear your pit of any dead leaves before you fire it up. Don’t forget to grab a few blankets that you won’t mind getting the scent of bonfire on and wear some thick socks.
Turn bonfire night into an event by enjoying a dinner of hot soup or chowder while you’re curled up by the fire. We recommend a hearty White Chicken Chili with a dollop of sour cream! To cap off the evening with something sweet, keep your hands and bellies warm with some hot cocoa.
Make Your Own Beer Sampler
Seasonal beers are as fleeting as fall itself. Enjoy the flavors of the season while they’re available by creating a beer tasting event right at home! Head to your local Cub liquor store and pick up a variety of pumpkin ales and coffee stouts. You’re going to need some carbs to eat with all that alcohol, so pick up some snack supplies while you’re out shopping. Pick up some Kemps sour cream to make Roast Beef Pinwheels, some Top the Tater® to go with this Potato Skins recipe and some soft pretzels.
Do Some Fall Baking
The start of fall means it’s officially pie season—or muffin, bread loaf, cupcake and crisp season! The changing of the winds is a perfect opportunity to get back into the kitchen to bake warm, sweet, comforting treats.
From now until November 14th, 2020, stop by your local Cub to collect every piece in the USA-made Patriot Pan collection. We’ll be running special week-by-week deals so you can save big on all the pans you’ll need to carry you through all the way into the holiday season.
The hardest part about fall baking is just deciding what to bake. Flavors like apple and pumpkin are traditional go-tos, but if those flavors aren’t your style, try your hand at recipes that use cinnamon, maple, pecans, or anything toasted. Looking for recipe inspiration? We have lots of fall-flavored inspiration for you to browse depending on what pans you have in your collection.
Don't have time to make a whole pie or cake? Cub has lots of easy solutions to get your fall fix, like ready-to-bake Pillsbury cookies!
Fall Dinner Favorites
With the weather cooling down and the nights getting longer, now is a great time to find comfort in the kitchen. Dig into these cozy dinner recipes made with seasonal finds.