Fall inspired crafts & recipes to celebrate the season.

The night was not yet quite dark. The woods were dark, but there was a gray light on the snowy path, and in the sky there were a few faint stars. The stars did not look as warm and bright as the little lights that came from the lantern.” Little House in the Big Woods. Laura’s vivid descriptions have a way of making you feel as if you were right there with her. This fall, make your own simple version of Laura’s tin lantern with these step-by-step instructions and enjoy a beautiful evening outside.

“…Nothing could taste better than hot biscuits and applesauce.” –By the Shores of Silver Lake. Apples were an important harvest for pioneer families because they were used in so many ways, such as apple cider, apple molasses, apple butter, and apple jelly. Nothing went to waste. One of our favorite Little House-inspired recipes is this Homemade Applesauce. You don’t have to harvest your own apples to enjoy it! Just follow these simple instructions and you’ll be spreading it on your biscuits in no time!
Reading is the basis for learning. Every time we read with our children, we are cultivating a love of learning. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books continue to inspire generations of young readers. But there are many other books that can enrich children’s reading and educational experiences with different perspectives on the Ingalls family, the Little House world, American history and culture, or even the writing life. Check out our Recommended Reading List for Children & Young Adults here, curated by Pamela Smith Hill.
Michael Landon directed and acted in many television series throughout his career, but he is most remembered for bringing Pa Ingalls to life on “Little House on the Prairie”. This month we honor and celebrate his birthday by sharing his story with fans. Do you know much about his life outside of the show? What was his given name when he was born and where did he grow up? Read about these and other fun facts in this exclusive biography.
On October 12th, we celebrated “Old Farmer’s Day”, which honors the hard labor of farmers throughout American history. In her writings, Laura Ingalls Wilder gave the impression that farming was a life that she had chosen. But, in many ways, it was a life that was imposed on her, as it was on generations of Americans. In this exclusive essay, author Caroline Fraser explores how farming shaped Laura’s character and went on to define her work.
In many of the Little House books, you read about the Ingalls family’s everyday chores from gardening to harvesting to cooking.  It is easy to be inspired by the family’s dedication to preparing meals with the limited supplies they had on hand. If you feel inspired to cook and bake this holiday season, but you’re not sure where to start, these simple online classes can help. From pies and tarts to essential cooking techniques, these classes have something for everyone.
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