Monthly Archives: October 2015

Cold Weather, Warm Food

Now that it’s getting colder, it’s fun to try some new meals and treats to warm up.  With all of our busy schedules, it’s nice to have some quick and easy recipes on hand.  Here are some of the best recipes from Rachel Ray’s website, Rachel Ray every day.


Pumpkin Quesadillas 


  • 2 cups canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 8 inches flour tortillas
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 


In bowl, stir pumpkin and cumin; season. Spread over 4 tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese and nuts. Top with remaining tortillas. In large skillet, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium-low. Cook quesadillas 1 at a time, turning once and adding more oil between batches, until browned, 3 minutes. Cut into wedges.

Applesauce Chutney


  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 24 ounce jar  chunky applesauce
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon minced crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme


In large pan over medium, cook onion in butter until softened, 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; cook 3 minutes, then season. Serve with pork.

Buffalo Popcorn


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • salt
  • 12 cups popped popcorn 


In small pan, melt butter; whisk in hot sauce, honey and 1/2 tsp. salt. Place popcorn in large bowl. Drizzle with butter mixture; toss and season.

Butternut Pudding


  • 2- 10 ounce packages  thawed frozen butternut squash puree
  • 1- 14 ounce can  coconut milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • whipped cream 


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Blend squash, coconut milk, eggs and syrup; pour into 8-inch baking dish. Put dish in roasting pan; pour boiling water halfway up dish to make water bath. Bake, 1 hour. Top with cream.

So embrace the fall weather and try one or all of these new warm treats!  These recipes and more great ones can be found at:

Harvesting Nutrients

It’s time to harvest the garden at Pathfinder. We have lots of pumpkins, zucchinis, and tomatoes to harvest from the garden. With harvest time comes a chance to try new recipes.

Here at Pathfinder we talk a lot about conserving the food that we eat because a lot of time and energy went into putting that food onto the table. When collecting food from the garden, we should also respect the time and energy that went into growing each individual plant. This harvest season, let’s respect that energy by using every part of the plant that we can.

When harvesting the pumpkins in your garden, don’t forget to harvest the leaves as well! Pumpkin leaves are not only edible, but they are rich in iron, protein, and vitamins A & C. They help us grow and survive! You could try to use pumpkin leaves in a salad, stir fry, soup, or even as a wrap ( Also, you could bake the pumpkin seeds up and add them to the salad that you put the pumpkin leaves in.

If you don’t have a garden, but you are looking for local harvest nutrients check out these farmers markets:

Harvard Street & Latham Street
Hemet, California 92543
Saturdays 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Old Town Temecula CFM
6th & Front Streets
Temecula, California 92590
Saturday 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Palm Springs
2300 E. Baristo Road
Palm Springs, California
Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

La Quinta
78100 Main Street
La Quinta, California
Sundays from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Palm Desert
Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce
72-559 Highway 111
Palm Desert, California
Wednesdays 4:00 pm to 8 pm

Our healthy harvest

Our healthy harvest


Falling for Family Fun

      This Fall, there are tons of great ways for the whole family to experience and learn about Southern California’s environment. From night hikes and outdoor festivals to book talks and conferences, there’s an event that anyone and everyone can enjoy! The list below is just the beginning; click the links to find out more information about these events and many, many more. 
We hope to see you there!
Joshua Tree is a great star gazing location!

Joshua Tree is a great star gazing location!

Family Outings:
Oct. 10: The Malki Fall Gathering features Native Cahuilla arts, crafts, games, and food! Learn more at
Oct. 16-18: Night Sky Festival at Joshua Tree National Park. Activities include night sky viewing, safe solar observation, guest presentations, model rocketry, a book signing, and special ranger-led programs. Moon rocks and meteorites will be on display.
Oct. 17: Archaeology Day at Hidden Valley Nature Center
Oct. 17: Trail of the Acorn from 10am-2pm at Idyllwild Nature Center
Oct. 17-18: 12th Annual Quilt Show in Idyllwild, “Where the Deer Play.”
Oct. 21: The Aqua Caliente Cultural Museum presents “Book Talks” with author Paul Chaat Smith at the Palm Springs Public Library. This free event begins at 6:30pm.
Oct. 26, Nov. 24,25: Full Moon Hikes at Joshua Tree National Park. From 9-10:30pm, discover the park after dark! Reservation required.
Nov. 14: The Pecan Festival at Louis Robidoux Nature Center features Folk dancing, line dancing, live music, hay rides, games, crafts, food, and more!
Dec. 5: Archaeology Workshop for Kids at Louis Rabidoux Nature Center. Pre-registration required.
Dec. 8: Holiday Open House at the Aqua Caliente Cultural Museum from 6-8pm.
Networking and professional development opportunities abound at these gatherings of environmentally-minded individuals. Pathfinder staff will be among them and we hope to see some familiar faces!
Oct. 15-18: The North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) is hosting their 44th annual conference in nearby San Diego. This year’s theme is “Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement,” which highlights
Nov. 6-8: The California Association for Environmental & Outdoor Educators 2015 Southern Fall Conference is being held at YMCA Camp Edwards of High Trails Outdoor School in Angelus Oaks. Interpreters and educators from all fields are encouraged to attend, exchange best practices, and make memories!