Love Pumpkin Spice? Here are a Few of the Best Dishes Using Everyone’s Favorite Fall Flavor!

October 5, 2016 12:01 pm

Now that fall is in full swing here in Dahlgren, many of our residents are taking to their kitchens to do some baking with pumpkin. If you're looking for new ways to incorporate your favorite pumpkin spice flavor this fall season, these delicious dishes will give you all the inspiration you need.

  • Pumpkin-Ginger Waffles. Get a crisp fall morning started off on the right foot with this recipe for spicy, sweet pumpkin waffles. The addition of crystalized ginger gives this recipe a gourmet twist that both kids and grown-ups will love.
  • Pumpkin Bread. This perfect pumpkin bread recipe is delicious at any time of the day. Whether you serve it warm out of the oven for brunch or with melted cheese as a savory dinner side, it's one of the most versatile pumpkin recipes you'll find this fall.
  • Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins. The combination of pumpkin spice and cream cheese is one that can't be beat, and these muffins have both in perfect doses.
  • Pumpkin Rolls With Cinnamon Butter. This simple and sweet side dish is a unique alternative to traditional dinner rolls. While the rolls themselves have more of a savory pumpkin flavor, the spiced cinnamon butter gives them a sweet twist that's just as good for dessert.
  • Cinnamon Pumpkin, Squash, Yam and Cheddar Pot Pie. Looking for a way to bake some pumpkin into your entree? Try these mini pot pies!

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10 Fun Things to Do in the Fall

September 22, 2016 12:00 pm

Fall is just around the corner in the Dahlgren area, and with the changing seasons come a slew of fun new activities. Here are 10 all-ages autumn activities that you can do outside, just in time for the first day of fall.

  1. Have a picnic in the cooler weather. Now that the temperature is starting to cool off, it's the perfect time to slip on a jacket, pack a picnic lunch and have a meal al fresco in your favorite area park.
  2. Head to your local animal shelter and walk the city's homeless dogs. Most places let you take the dogs for a walk simply by signing a release form.
  3. Go for a jog somewhere where you can watch the leaves changing. Even if you're not much of a runner, you'll enjoy getting out in the cool air.
  4. Go apple picking, pumpkin picking or pay a visit to a working farm in the area. This is the best time of year to bring home some local produce to use to bake pies or decorate your home.
  5. Hit a local football game — whether it's a professional NFL team or simply your local high school team, it's sure to be a great time.
  6. Rent a bike and take it for a ride. Even if you don't own your own bicycle, you can rent one from a local facility.
  7. Carve a jack-o-lantern. This favorite childhood activity is just as much fun when you're an adult!
  8. Learn to knit. If you get good enough, you may even be able to make some sweaters or scarves for holiday gifts.
  9. Try out your favorite fall weather recipes, such as hearty soups, warm salads and fresh breads. Set aside a few hours on Sunday to do some meal prepping for the week ahead.
  10. Visit an area zoo. The animals have different behaviors during different seasons, so it's fun to check out what they're like in the autumn season.

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Make the Most of the End of Summer With These 10 Things to Do Before Cold Weather Hits

September 9, 2016 12:02 pm

Summer may be coming to a close, but the warm weather is sticking around for a little bit longer. If you want to make the most of the remaining sunny days before the cold weather hits, here are 10 fun things to do outdoors in Virginia.

  1. Have a picnic. Pack a basket, grab a blanket and head to a grassy space for a meal al fresco.
  2. Go to a baseball game. Whether you spring for MLB tickets or simply catch a minor league game, going to a baseball game is one of the most fun things to do in the summertime.
  3. Clean the car. It may not sound like fun, but giving your car a thorough cleaning during the warmer months will make you feel relieved once the cold weather starts.
  4. Hit the drive-in. Looking for some old-fashioned fun? Take in a drive-in movie!
  5. Enjoy an outdoor happy hour. Instead of visiting your usual happy hour destination after work, check out a new place with an outdoor patio.
  6. Rent a boat. Whether it's a simple kayak or a large pontoon boat, renting a boat and setting sail is fun for all ages.
  7. Plan a road trip. On your next free Saturday, jump in the car and drive — whether it's to a nearby beach, camping in the mountains or just to the next town over.
  8. Take a bike ride. Set out on your trusty bike or rent one if you don't have your own.
  9. Do some good. If you're looking for a way to give back to the community, volunteer to clean up a local highway or walk the dogs at a nearby shelter.
  10. Attend an outdoor concert. It's not too late to see your favorite band play live, so check out who's coming to town before the summer ends.

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