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First Day of Fall: Celebrate with Apple-Picking

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Happy Fall! Today's the first day of the season for cooler weather, leaves turning colors and, best of all, apple-picking. Here are three juicy tips for picking, eating and crafting with this autumnal fruit:

  1. Pick 'em: See if there's an orchard you can visit. A good place to search is Pickyourown.org, which has a state-by-state listing of farms where guests can harvest the produce.
  2. Bake 'em: Try this low-fat, fall-friendly dessert: Wash and core four Rome apples, then peel a strip about one inch wide from around the middle of each. Place them in a casserole or baking dish, let your children stuff the cores with caramels, and pour enough ginger ale into the dish to cover the apples halfway. Bake in a 325°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the fruit is soft.
  3. Stamp 'em: Cut some apples in half, then let kids dip them in poster paint and make prints on construction paper or paper bags. (If you halve them horizontally, the seeds will make a cool star shape!)

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