Friday, September 23, 2011

Welcoming Fall 2011- Jackson, MS Fall Activities

Autumnal Equinox
Today is the first official day of Fall! The autumnal equinox began this morning at 5:04am, signaling the start of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere. The Fall equinox marks the time at which the sun shines directly over the equator. Until the winter solstice in December, the sun will continue a southward migration towards the Tropic of Capricorn, bringing increasingly shorter daylight hours. By September 30, the sun will rise 26 minutes later and set 46 minutes earlier than it did at the beginning of the month. See images of the equinox here.


Favorite Fall Recipes
Sabrina's Apple Crisp
Filling:
7 peeled and sliced fresh green apples
1 1/2 sticks of butter
1 C brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Optional:
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp clove
1 1/2 C walnuts
Dough:
2 1/2 C self rising flour
1 C brown sugar
1 C granulated sugar
2 1/2 - 3 C milk
Additional Items:
1 stick of butter
Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Using a 9x12 glass dish, place 1 stick of butter in the disk and place in preheated oven. Take out when butter is melted.
Filling- Saute the peeled apples with the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. You can also add the optional ingredients at this time. Saute until the mixture turns a caramel color and the apples are tender.
Dough- Add flour, brown sugar and granulated sugar together in a bowl. Stir in the milk until the dough is the consistency of pancakes, light but not loose.
After the butter is melted in the glass dish, add the dough mixture. Then place apple mixture on top of that and all the liquid from the filling mixture on top of that.
Place in preheated oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove from oven and pull mixture away from the sides, the helps with an even baking. Place back in oven for final 15 minutes.

Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
Ingredients:
1/4 C powdered sugar (to sprinkle)
3/4 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 C granulated sugar
2/3C Pure Pumpkin
1 C chopped walnuts (optional)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 C powdered sugar, sifted
6 T butter or margarine, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. Grease 15x10 jelly roll pan, line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle towel with powdered sugar.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.
Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.


Fun Family Activities in Jackson
October 1-2 Hawkins Field Air Show-
A day of family fun- enjoy planes high in the sky. Free
More info
October 1 Spencers Theatre of Illusion-
Show filled with magic, illusions and mystery- people levitate, walk through walls, vanish and reappear. More info
October 5-16 Mississippi State Fair-
From chicken-on-a-stick and funnel cakes to rides galore, the Fair is a tradition for many families in Mississippi. More info
October 12-14 Pumpkin Adventure (Ag Museum)
Visit with Farmer Ed, take a hayride tour, enjoy refreshments, and take home a small pumpkin pie. $6. More info: 601-432-4500
October 25-November 6 Dracula (New Stage)
Classic Dracula Tale- just in time for Halloween!
More info

Check out more Jackson events, here.