It’s hard to believe that in less then a week two of my three children will be in school full time! It feels like only yesterday we were imagining all the fun we would have over the course of the summer and creating a must-do summer bucket list. Now as school bags are finally packed, first day of school outfits are chosen and all of the essential back to school shopping is completed, its time to celebrate summer one last time!
Here are five ways my family are going to celebrate the end of summer:
1. Backyard family camp out – Four years ago when we moved into the house we currently live in, my DH created an annual tradition of camping in the backyard. What began as a “test run” to see if the kids could handle sleeping in a tent, became a much anticipated family adventure. Each year, we pitch our tent, eat dinner outside and enjoy the natural surrounds of our backyard. Convenient if you forget something or it begins to downpour (yep it happened one year!), this overnight camp out is always on the top of the bucket list. As one last hurrah for summer, the kids will be having their infamous backyard camp out this long weekend.
2. Backyard BBQ and Campfire – One of the best parts of summer is eating outside! There is nothing better then a smell of meat cooking on the BBQ, allowing yourself to get messy while enjoying the warm summer breeze! One of my kids favourite things to do is roast marshmallows and make s’mores over our table top fire pit.
3. Water events – Summer’s hot days is a beacon for all things water! Why not celebrate the end of summer with a slip and slide water race, water gun fight or good old fashion fun running through a sprinkler!
4. Summer Treats – One of my favourite summer fruits are peaches. Soft and fuzzy on the outside, sweet and juicy on the inside, this fruit perfectly represents summer in all its glory. To create the perfect end of summer dessert, I used some home grown Ontario Peaches and made a fantastic Peach Crumble.
- For the topping:
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons gluten free flour
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon fine salt
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- For the filling:
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1½ teaspoons cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- ⅛ teaspoon fine salt
- 5 medium peaches
- Preheat the oven to 425 F
- Mix brown sugar, oats, gluten free flour, cinnamon, and salt until well combined. Then add cold butter, chopped in small pieces. Mix until the butter is completely incorporated.
- Refrigerate mixture while you make the peach base.
- In a separate bowl, add brown sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt until well combined.
- Add the peaches and coat evenly .
- Transfer mixture to a baking dish and top with crumble mixture.
- Bake until the topping is browned and crisp, about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Let completely cool before serving.
5. Must see Family movies – Like every season, Summer can be unpredictable. This summer, we have had many, many rainy days. On these days, my kids and I like to cuddle on the couch and indulge in some oldy, but goody family fun movies. This year, we have indulged in classics like Honey I shrunk the kids and “Jamunji”. Here are a few favorites we are contemplating for this weekend should it begin to rain.