Fall Activities

Try out one of these activities with the whole family on a nice fall day!

Apple picking

Go apple picking to get some of the freshest apples of the season.  Once you have all your apples at home, use them in a classic fall recipe, such as candy apples or apple pie.

Have a bonfire

Build a bonfire in your very own backyard using a fire pit or a safely dug out hole surrounded by stones or bricks.  Roast marshmallows or cook hot dogs and enjoy a cool night.

Hiking

Don’t let the cold weather stop you from getting outside and exercising.  Enjoy the crisp fall air with a nice hike at your local hiking trail.

Hayride

Hayrides can be a fun fall activity for anyone to enjoy.  Take your kids out for a fun day or have a date night with your significant other.

Make a holiday decoration

Using fallen leaves from your backyard you can create your very own holiday decoration.  Attach them to a circular ring to create a festive fall wreath to hang on your front door!

Go to a football game

Tailgate at your favorite football team’s game with friends then enjoy cheering them on at the game!

Make sangria

Spice up your typical sangria with cinnamon, apple slices, and/or caramel to turn your normal sangria into a festive drink!

Drive through fall leaves

As the leaves are changing color, go get a sight of them before they fall.  Take a drive down any local road that is full of large trees to get to see the beautiful fall leaves.

Activities to do in Atlanta

Moving into the Atlanta area?  You need to try out some of these activities to get to know your city a little better!
Atlanta Braves Game
Everyone can enjoy a baseball game with friends or family.  Go watch a game to support your new home team!
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Learn about all the different aspects of history including dinosaurs, cultures, hands-on science adventures and more!
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park
Learn all about the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and his leadership in the civil rights movement.
Piedmont Park
Enjoy a nice walk through a forest while staying within your city.  Sightsee, get some exercise, take your dog to the dog park, get local produce at the farmer’s market and more!
Six Flags Over Georgia
Channel your inner adventurer with dozens of rides including roller coasters, water rides, and rides for the kids too!
The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
Shop at over 60 designer stores and boutiques for all the latest new trends.
Zoo Atlanta
Visit for activities such as learning about the animals and their conservation efforts, zoo yoga, treetop climbing trails, and more!
Atlanta Nightlife
Check out all the fun festivities Atlanta has to offer at night.  This includes restaurants, bars, concerts, and so much more.

Fun Activities for a Rainy Day

With all this rain we have been getting this summer, try out one of these activities with the whole family on a rainy day.

Build a blanket fort

Use sofa cushions, pillows, chairs, and blankets to make a big fort for everyone to play in.

Visit the library

Get a few good books to read to learn about something new or read an interesting story.

Game night

Play cards games, board games and more to pass the time.

Make a mini movie theater

Grab some popcorn, a lot of blankets, and pick out some of your favorite movies to watch together.

Bake

Baking is a fun activity to do with everyone, plus you get to enjoy a sweet treat at the end!

Perform a play

Odds are that your kids would love to create and perform a skit for you.  Don’t forget to take pictures!

Make art

Whether it is coloring or painting, set up an art station for your kids to create masterpieces.

Indoor scavenger hunt

Make a list of items that can be found throughout the house and have your kids see who can find the most!

Photo albums

Whether you are making a photo album of current times, or looking through old ones, both will be enjoyable.

7 Essential Grilling Tips You Need to Know

1. Clean your grill

Before even starting to grill anything, you must make sure your grill is clean. Scrub the grill grates with a grill brush to remove any leftover debris. Make sure to clean out the grease tray too.

2. Marinate

Marinate what you are cooking. This simple step doesn’t require much time and will bring out the flavors in your food.

3. Keep it closed

It is very tempting to check on your food while it is cooking but try to avoid doing so. Opening the lid lets the heat escape which will make it take longer to cook as well as possibly dry out the meats.

4. Perfect burgers

When grilling burgers, make an indentation in the middle of the burgers with the back of a spoon. The center will rise as it cooks, allowing the burger to puff up perfectly.

5. Soak your skewers

If you’re making kabobs, soak your wooden skewers in water for an hour prior to grilling to prevent them from burning on the grill.

6. Tin foil

Wrap your food in tin foil when using a saucy marinade that you do not want dripping down into the grill. This will keep the flavors centered around the food and will allow the taste to be at its full potential. This also makes for an easy cleanup.

7. Remove from heat

The food will continue to cook briefly after removing it from the grill. Take your food off the grill slightly before it is cooked to perfection.

10 Refreshing Summer Drinks

Enjoy a hot summer day with one of these invigorating cocktails!

  1. Mango-peach Sangria

In a pitcher, combine 1 cup orange liqueur, 1 bottle of white wine, 2 peaches cut into thin wedges, 1 chopped mango, and ice.

  1. Classic Mojito

Combine 8 mint leaves, 2 ounces white rum, ¾ ounces lime juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker.  Finish with a splash of club soda.

  1. Strawberry-lemon Mojito

In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 ounces rum, ¾ ounce lemon juice, ½ ounce sugarcane syrup, 1 strawberry, 2 lemon wedges, and ice.  Top it off with more strawberries, lemon wedges, or mint sprigs.

  1. Watermelon Sangria

In a blender, puree 1 pound of watermelon until liquid.  Transfer the puree into a pitcher and add 1 bottle of white wine, 6 ounces vodka, 4 ounces Triple Sec, and 4 ounces citrus syrup.

  1. Blackberry Cabernet

In a pitcher, combine 20 blackberries, 12 ounces orange liqueur, 4 ounces Cabernet Sauvignon, 8 ounces orange juice, 2 ounces lime juice, and ice.  Top with fresh orange or lime slices.

  1. Cucumber Margarita

In a cocktail shaker, add 2 ounces cucumber-infused tequila, 1 ounce lime juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, and ice.  Garnish it with a slice of cucumber.  Dip the margarita glass in water and line the rim with salt.

  1. Pineapple-raspberry Refresher

Combine 1 ounce coconut water, 1 ounce pineapple juice, 2 ounces light rum, 2 tablespoons raspberries, and ice in a cocktail shaker.  Top off with a mint sprig.

  1. Long Island Iced Tea

Fill a cocktail shaker with 1 ounce gin, 1 ounce vodka, 1 ounce white rum, 1 ounce tequila, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ cup iced tea, and ice.  Shake well and top it with a lemon wedge.

  1. Pina Colada

Combine ½ cup diced pineapple, 2 ounces pineapple juice, 2 ounces coconut cream, 2 ounces white rum, 1 ounce dark rum, and 1 ½ cup ice in a blender and blend until smooth. Place a pineapple slice on your glass to finish it off.

  1. Spiked Root Beer Float

Combine 2 ounces bourbon with 2 dashes of orange bitters in a tall glass.  Fill the glass halfway with ice.  Add ¾ cup root beer.  Slowly add 1 ounce heavy cream and watch it float to the top.

Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois Participates in the Frontier Days Fourth of July Parade

Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois proudly participated in the Frontier Days Fourth of July Parade! The team decorated their Zippy Shells with red, white, and blue patriotic decorations. Zippy Shell joined numerous military units, marching bands, dancers, and parade-goers to celebrate the fourth.
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