Strawberries? Raspberries? Blueberries? Our family debate over which is the best berry may never be resolved, but that just may be because each time one of these berries is in season, it’s hard not to declare it the best. Our favorite this time of year? It’s the blueberry, by far. Blueberries just may be the easiest fruit to pick, prepare and serve. No peeling, no pitting, no coring, no cutting. Plus, they have few natural pests other than birds, so much is grown pesticide-free.
The pick-your-own blueberry season begins early July and continues through late August or early September. We’ve rounded up some farms in the Boston area which are beginning to open up for blueberry picking, plus we've included a few helpful tips. At the end of the post, you'll find a recipe for our favorite blueberry treat: the classic blueberry buckle.
Ah, the good ol' days. Remember roller-skating, ice cream sodas and drive-in theaters? These simple pleasures can still be found all over New Jersey. Relive your childhood while introducing your kids to some new-old activities this summer. We’ve rounded up 25 great ideas to get you started, everything from vintage train rides to living history farms. So put down that smartphone and step back in time. There’s plenty of old-fashioned fun to be had in NJ!
Summer is almost here, and festivals are kicking into high gear. There’s something to delight everyone this month, whether your family loves history, food, nature or a good, old-fashioned carnival. Highlights include the Privateers & Pirates Festival at Tuckerton Seaport, Chatham’s Fishawack Festival and the Strawberry Harvest Festival at Alstede Farms. You can’t go wrong with any of these awesome outings. So grab the family, slap on some sunscreen and start your season of fun at one (or more!) of these 15 fabulous fests. Check out our Event Calendar for even more wonderful family happenings this month.
We're big fans of the abundance and availability of fresh food at this time of the year. Being able to pick our own fruits and vegetables at local farms makes the bounty taste even sweeter. Not only is it a fun family activity, it's also a great way to teach kids about where their food comes from.
Right now it's berry-picking season and happily, there are farms all over Connecticut offering lots of different varieties. We've rounded up 15 top spots to pick strawberries, blueberries and other fruits with your family. For more pick-your-own options in CT, check out our posts about strawberry picking in Hartford County and blueberry picking farms. Happy picking—and eating!
If locally-grown food and warm-weather day trips are things your family enjoys, grab the little ones and take them strawberry picking! It’s an outdoor adventure with a sweet reward—what kid doesn’t love red, ripe strawberries? New Jersey may be known for its tomatoes and blueberries, but we’ve also got some great places to pick your own strawberries once the season starts in late May. Looking for more outdoor fun in NJ? Check out our roundups of May festivals and 25 things to do this spring with kids.
If you like peanut butter and jelly, you'll love these super-easy-to-make, healthy, gluten-free and protein-packed cookies. All you need is three ingredients and about 20 minutes. I made this recipe up, and while these cookies aren't going to win anyone a place on Iron Chef, they make for a great after-school snack with a glass of milk. You could even eat them for breakfast. Why not?<
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than by treating mom to a fabulous brunch? Whether you’re looking for a laid-back vibe or prefer something fancy-shmancy, the Jersey Shore has plenty of delicious options to choose from. Check out one of these local favorites for a wonderful meal the whole family will love. Relax, enjoy yourself and have a very Happy Mother’s Day! If you're looking for less pricey options (read: FREE), check out our Free and Discounted Treats and Outings for Mom, and for general shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.
I'm a little obsessed with chocolate and pretzels lately. The sweet chocolate and the salty, crunchy pretzels are a tasty combination. I just can't get enough. Last week we shared these adorable chocolate bunny and chick pretzels, but I have also been making chocolate pretzel rods as gifts. They look like gourmet treats, but are super easy to make, and are perfect party favors or presents for teachers, hostesses or holidays. You can whip up a dozen lovely gifts in under an hour.
Use any toppings you wish. I like to do an assortment, but my two favorites are crushed pecans and peppermints. The peppermint, chocolate and salty pretzels are so good together. 1,2,3, easy peasy gift idea.
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