Colder weather and wicked winds are in full swing, providing a big challenge when entertaining kids. Going out at home, or while away, may not always be the safest or best option, so why not stay in and bake — without making a mess or cookies by the dozen.
Try your hand at individual mug cakes for each of the kids — you and your partner included. Get a microwavable mug for everyone, various cake mixes, a small mixing bowl, a whisk and get started.
For Classic Hot Chocolate Fans
Grab a small bowl and mix in 1 tablespoon angel food cake mix and 1 tablespoon devil’s food cake mix. Then add a half-tablespoon of instant pudding powder, cheesecake flavor, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Finally, add a half-tablespoon of mini marshmallows, 1 tablespoon chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons water. Once all of your ingredients are mixed thoroughly in your small bowl, pour into your mug and put in the microwave for 60–120 seconds, or until the top is dry.
All-American Apple Spice
For something a bit more homemade, try an apple spice mug cake. In a small bowl, mix 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, one-fourth teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon sugar. Whisk in 1.5 tablespoons of milk, a dash of ground cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of applesauce. Once everything is whisked together, add a few small cubes of chopped apple and bake in the microwave for 60–75 seconds.
For Pumpkin Spice Lovers
Begin with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and one egg. Then add half a cup of pumpkin cake mix and, optional for flavor, a half teaspoon of instant espresso powder. You can opt for decaf or replace with pumpkin pie spice to add the flavor without the caffeine. Once these ingredients are blended together, pour the batter into a mug and microwave for 60–90 seconds. Once slightly crackled on the top, add a dollop of whipped cream and caramel sauce to taste.
Host a friendly competition and bake a few flavors for everyone to taste. Whether traveling or on a staycation, enjoy a cozy night in with the kids and kick back with a mug cake and a clean kitchen.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.