Melissa's Top 5 Favorite Labor Day Activities

Melissa's Top 5 Favorite Labor Day Activities

Labor Day weekend: The unofficial farewell to summer and a time of leisure that calls for celebration.
Labor day is like a moment of respite before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is in full swing. That's why I LOVE Labor Day. The weather is still nice enough to enjoy the outdoors, and there's no better way to embrace the transitional beauty of this season than by using this time to indulge in some of our favorite activities.
Join me in relishing in my Top 5 Labor Day Leisure Activities, where we combine creativity in the kitchen, outdoor escapades, and a whole lot of nature-loving fun!  

1. Get Creative in the Kitchen: A Culinary Labor of Love
What better way to kickstart our Labor Day extravaganza than by getting our hands deliciously dirty in the kitchen? Our culinary creativity knows no bounds as we whip up delectable treats that tickle our taste buds and warm our hearts. From savory grilled dishes to tantalizing desserts, the kitchen becomes our playground. 
Labor Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to get your grill on! Here are a few of our favorite suggestions that are simple and delicious:
  • Marinated Skewers: Mix and match your favorite veggies and proteins, marinate them in herbs and olive oil, then grill them to perfection.
  • Gourmet Burgers: Craft your own burger masterpieces with an array of toppings that cater to every palate.
  • Sweet Corn Euphoria: Grill fresh corn on the cob, brush it with a mixture of butter and herbs, and sprinkle with a touch of Parmesan for a burst of flavor.

2. Visit an Apple Orchard: Harvesting Memories and Apples
As the sun peeks through the morning mist, we embark on a charming journey to an apple orchard. Rows of trees laden with ripe apples invite us to pluck the juiciest specimens. The crisp air is filled with the sweet scent of ripe fruit and the promise of apple pies and crisps.

Here's an idea for a fun family activity: Orchard Olympics!
Engage in friendly competitions like apple picking races, apple tossing, and even a "guess the apple variety" challenge. The winner gets the honor of choosing the first apple-themed dessert to bake!

3. Outdoor Fire Pit Magic: S'more Stories and Cozy Conversations
As the sun begins to set, we gather around a crackling fire pit, our faces illuminated by the warm glow. With marshmallows in hand and a twinkle in our eyes, we toast them to golden perfection and assemble our beloved s'mores.
Tip For Some Added Fun: S'more Remix!
Experiment with different chocolate varieties, add a smear of peanut butter, or sprinkle some crushed graham crackers for a unique twist on the classic s'more.

4. Go Explore - Into the Woods: Embracing Nature's Embrace
With our appetites sated and spirits high, we venture into the depths of the woods. The forest becomes our playground, as we hike, explore hidden trails, and discover the beauty of nature in its rawest form.

Organize A Nature Quest: Scavenger Hunt!
Create a list of items found in the woods and split into teams. The first team to find all the items wins a nature-themed prize. Remember, the journey is as rewarding as the destination.

5. In the Garden: Where Tranquility Meets Cultivation
A Labor Day celebration wouldn't be complete without basking in the beauty of a garden. Here, amid vibrant blooms and lush greens, we find solace and inspiration.
A Crafty Garden Activity: DIY Flower Crowns
Gather an assortment of blooms from the garden and craft your own ethereal flower crowns. Embrace your inner woodland nymph as you fashion these botanical masterpieces.

Just a personal extra that I'd love to encourage...Be Barefoot in the Grass: Simple Joys and Uninhibited Freedom
As the day draws to a close, we kick off our shoes and revel in the simple pleasure of being barefoot on the soft grass. We connect with the earth beneath us, grounding ourselves in the present moment and cherishing the bonds we've forged.

Labor Day becomes more than just a holiday; it's a tapestry of experiences woven from creativity, exploration, and connection. As the stars twinkle above and the fireflies dance around us, we're reminded of the magic that exists when we merge our favorite activities with the embrace of the great outdoors.
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Hello, I do have to say I still watch, “Little house on the Prairie”. Its the best show ever!!!After reading your story, I come to realize that after I did my own family history(Genealogy), I found a more connection with you and your life. Nothing beats , peace and tranquility, love from a good man, and children. I an glad you got away from sick Hollywood. You picked the right lifestyle that everyone needs in life and you seem and look so much happier. With my family history I found a connection to Pepin county where the real Ingles family grew up and went to school with my great grandmother. So cool!! I researched just to see if they went to school together and the dates fit!!
Someday I would like to meet you and your family now because we all are getting alittle older . I plan to go visit my family that lives up North next year and chase my roots! Life is short so enjoy every moment with your family. Teresa

Teresa Cunningham

Hello Melissa
First, I have to say I have always loved watching you on TV. And now, I am so glad I have stumbled up this blog and website. I absolutely love it and just what I needed. I live in a town and nowhere to plant a garden unless it is in the back yard, so maybe one day. Who knows! I love all the products you have for sale.
Will definitely will be purchasing. Have a good day all.

Sherrie Radloff

Hope you are having a great day Melissa. I had to work the weekend (I am a nurse in an Assisted Living Facility). But have today and Tuesday off. But today on Labor Day we are just relaxing. No real plans. My husband and I are just enjoying the day off together. (He is an Army Veteran.)

Jennifer Arndts

After almost 20 years working as a vendor at an outdoor trade show, I’m happy to trade in 90 degree days in a tent for a relaxed family weekend. We celebrate my daughter and mother’s birthdays and enjoy leisurely yard and garden time. This year my younger daughter and I are also planning a baby shower for my older daughter who is expecting our first grandchild at Thanskgiving. Lots to do, lots to love.


I love the Fall that first clear crisp sunny day when the air is filled with leaves.


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