Spring is in the air and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy all the season has to offer. This year many are opting for staycations and activities that are close to home. We are huge fans of activities close to home that you can enjoy together. Are you looking for ideas for great activities near your home? Here are springtime activities near home.
Springtime Activities Close to Home
Plan a Picnic
Springtime is the perfect time to get out and enjoy a picnic with friends or your family. Not only will you get a chance to spend time together, but you will also get a chance to enjoy all the springtime weather has to offer. Even better, you can pick a variety of areas for a picnic in your area from a local park, nature reserve, or even your own backyard. In order to make your picnic even better, we have a great picnic recipe you should try out.
For the Pork:
- 1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 2 3/4 – 3 lbs boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed and cut into 3-inch chunks
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and black pepper
- 1/2 cup Noble Made Citrus Herb Marinade & Cooking Sauce
For the Slaw:
- 4 cups cabbage, thinly sliced (may substitute bagged coleslaw mix)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, diced small
- 1/2 medium red bell pepper, diced small
- 1 small jalapeño, finely diced (remove seeds and membranes for less heat)
- 2 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- juice of 2 limes
- 2 tbsp avocado oil (or other light tasting oil of choice)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- pinch of black pepper
For the Sweet Potato "Buns":
- 1 very large sweet potato, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds (white or orange-fleshed will work)
For the Pork:
- Place sliced onions in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Place pork on top of the onions.
- Sprinkle with garlic, salt and pepper.
- Pour Noble Made Citrus Herb Marinade & Cooking Sauce over all.
- Place lid on slow cooker and cook on LOW heat for 6 to 7 hours, or until pork is tender and shreds easily with two forks.
- Shred pork and keep warm until serving, or cool and store in the fridge until ready to use.
For the Slaw:
- Combine cabbage, pineapple, bell pepper, jalapeño, green onions and cilantro in a bowl.
- Whisk together lime juice, avocado oil, salt and pepper.
- Pour over slaw and toss well to mix.
For the Sweet Potato “Buns”:
- Set the oven to Bake at 375°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash and dry sweet potatoes.
- Without peeling, slice into 1/4-inch-thick rounds.
- Bake on a baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender.
- Assemble by scooping some pork onto one slice of the “bun,” then slaw, then cap with another slice.
Take a Hike
Hiking is a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy the spring weather. It is cool enough to enjoy yourself but not so cold that you need jackets. Pack up a backpack full of snack mates, water bottles, and binoculars for some great time out this spring. Even better, you can walk a variety of trails depending on your area and discover a different side of your hometown. Here is a great recipe to make to take with you on your hike or enjoy when you get home.
- 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
- 1/2 cup white onion, diced small
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 to 2 tbsp The New Primal Classic BBQ Sauce
- 2 packages butter lettuce
- 2 large tomatoes, sliced thick
- 1 large red onion, sliced
- Preheat grill to 400°F. Meanwhile, add olive oil and onion to a skillet over medium. Cook 4-5 minutes or until softened and tender.
- Remove onion from skillet and add to a mixing bowl. Add burger, pepper, sea salt, and The New Primal Classic BBQ Sauce to the same mixing bowl. Mix with hands until combined; don't overwork the meat. If you want to add more BBQ sauce, feel free. It might make your burgers less sturdy though.
- Form about 8 burger patties. Spray grill with avocado oil and grill for 4-5 minutes per side.
- To assemble: top butter lettuce with burger, a thick slice of tomato and a slice of red onion.
A lot of attractions and venues have moved to drive-entertainment. This can include things like a drive-in movie, a concert in a large open field, or walk-thru market or craft fair. Many of these activities are a great way to get out and have some fun while enjoying the new great weather. Even better, you can have fun checking out a new way to have fun that you might not have considered. For some of these events, tailgating is a must, and we have just the recipe for you!
- 2 racks of baby back ribs
- 1 large lemongrass stalk
- 6-8 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 tbsp apple cider or apple juice
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tbsp black pepper
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp Noble Made Classic Marinade
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tsp arrowroot flour
- 2 tbsp warm water
- Flip the baby back ribs meat side down. Run a sharp knife under the membrane. Take a paper towel to grip the membrane and pull it off the ribs. Set aside.
- To prepare the lemongrass stalk, remove the woody outer layers. Thinly slice it with a sharp knife.
- In a food processor, add in the sliced lemongrass, garlic cloves, apple cider, kosher salt, black pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the Noble Made Classic Marinade. Pulse until a rough paste forms and everything is well combined.
- Rub the rough paste all over the baby back ribs making sure all sides are coated. Marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight.
- Instant Pot method: place trivet into the Instant Pot, add ½ cup water, place ribs on top of the trivet. Close lid, seal the valve, and cook at high pressure for 20-25 minutes depending on how tender you want the ribs. Once done, let it naturally release before removing. Remove ribs from the Instant Pot and place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper
- Oven method: preheat oven to 350°F, place ribs on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet and bake for 2-2 1/2 hours. Remove from oven.
- During the last 10 minutes of the ribs cooking, regardless of which cooking method used, add 1 cup of the Noble Made Classic Marinade and fish sauce into a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, and then lower the heat to bring the sauce to a simmer. Meanwhile, mix the arrowroot flour with the warm water to create a slurry.
- Add the slurry to the marinade, mix until well combined, and simmer until sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
- Brush the marinade onto the baby back ribs on both sides (a little goes a long way), and then add the baby back ribs into a preheated 450°F oven. Roast for about 5-7 minutes to help caramelize the marinade.
Regardless of which activity you decide to do, get outdoors and enjoy the springtime weather!