Fall Fun Day 2020 (feat. Apple Oat Crumble Bars)
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Last month, I organized my family’s 5th annual Fall Fun Day! I can hardly believe the tradition’s been going on so long. Fall Fun Day started back in 2016 as my 18th birthday celebration. I had a day off of school a few days before I turned 18 and wanted to spend it doing every fun fall activity from my childhood. Five years later, we’re still going strong and I’m already anticipating next year!
With me as a food blogger, a critical component to FFD is the menu. I spent much of the day before in the kitchen making tons of fall recipes. Here’s a list of what was on the menu!
Fall Fun Day 2020 Menu
Miniature Pumpkin Pies & Homemade Whipped Cream
Homemade French Bread
Apple Oat Crumble Bars
Activities for the Day
The day started out windy and cold, but we met at the Dane County Farmer’s Market to pick up some staples like baking pumpkins, fresh cranberries, and of course, squeaky Wisconsin cheese curds. From there, we drove to Sutter’s Ridge Ridge Farm for apple picking. Usually at this time of year, there isn’t much left to pick, but we found a huge selection of golden delicious apples still on the trees!
The farm has a lot of other activities such as a pumpkin patch, animals, and play areas for kids. There’s also a small shop inside with fresh apple cider donuts (which I hear are amazing) as well as Lauren’s favorite–the caramel apples.
The next stop was just down the road to Donald County Park. By this time, the sun was coming out and the wind had died down. It was perfect for our hike and picnic. From there, we went north to Treinan Farm for an intensely intricate corn maze. We did manage to get out and found all the bonuses hidden within the maze!
After the maze, we ventured back to my parents house to carve some pumpkins before our lasagna dinner. Then we closed out the day with a bon fire, so I made some homemade graham crackers and peanut butter cups. The homemade marshmallows I tried were a flop, but conventional ones always work best for roasting anyway and were quite delicious paired with the rich, buttery graham crackers. I don’t have recipes posted for these yet, but the peanut butter cups were based on my Peanut Butter Chocolate Truffles.
Apple Oat Crumble Bars
Of the many treats we enjoyed during Fall Fun Day, Apple Oat Crumble Bars are a new one, so I wanted to share the recipe! They’re similar to my Refined-Sugar Free Date Bars and Rhubarb Oat Crumble Bars except with a spicy fall twist! The top and bottom crust are a blend of oats, flour, butter, sugar, and cinnamon with spiced apples inside. These bars are rich and gooey with a fresh fruit filling, making them perfect for a day filled with fall activities. Enjoy them warm for a cozy treat by the fireplace!