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Welcome to the NH.com Spring Fun Page and welcome to spring in New Hampshire! The air is crisp and the trees and flowers are a budding! Use the NH.com Spring Fun page as your one-stop source for what to do in spring in New Hampshire!

NH Hiking Trail Map

Click on a Hikers image for more information about each hiking trail. Some trail and information are provided by NH.com fans and users. If you would like your favorite New Hampshire hiking trail added, or if you would like to add more description to a listed hiking trail, email: jjordan@nh.com. Use the + / - buttons to zoom in/out.


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NH Covered Bridges Map

New Hampshire has many covered bridges scattered throughout the state. Some of these bridges are a couple hundred years old. Some of the covered bridges are not safe to drive on, but visitors can walk on them. There are even covered bridges that host dances and other events each year. Click on a Bridge image for directions and information about each covered bridge. Use the + / - buttons to zoom in/out.


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Spring Recipes

Do you have a spring recipe you would like to share? Email ingredients and instructions to jjordan@nh.com!

Sauteed Asparagus

Ingredients
1 pound asparagus
3/4-pound sugar snap peas
2 tablespoons good olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Rosemary, garlic powder to taste
Sea salt, for serving

Directions

1. Cut off the tough ends of the asparagus and slice the stalks diagonally into 2-inch pieces. Snap off the stem ends of the snap peas and pull the string down the length of the vegetable.

2. Warm the olive oil in a large saute pan over a medium heat and add the asparagus and snap peas. Add the pepper, rosemary and garlic powder, to taste. Cook for approximately 5 to10 minutes until al dente, tossing occasionally.

3. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve hot.

Grilled Pizza

By: Erica, NH.com Community Blogger

Ingredients
Pizza dough
Favorite pizza cheese and toppings

Directions

1. Take your favorite pizza dough and roll it super thin on a floured surface. Be aware that when you put this on the grill it will puff up!

2. Brush one side of the dough with oil and turn the rolled out dough, oiled side down, onto an upside down sheet pan (covered with aluminum foil or you can use a silpat mat). Brush the other side with oil. Carefully turn out the pizza onto your preheated grill (for extra non stick issues you can spray the grill with a grilling spray if you would like); turn down the temperature immediately!

3. Put the cover down and let the pizza dough get to work cooking. Check this at around 2-3 minutes. At this point you can rotate the dough for cross marks if you are feeling fancy. Flip the dough and leave it for about 2 minutes. Leave this side slightly 'undercooked'....you will put the loaded pizza back on the grill with this side down and it will finish cooking then. There is no use for burnt pizza crust here!

4. Remove the partially cooked crust back onto the upside down cookie sheet.

5. Take preassembled toppings and top away. Go easy here - it is a tricky balancing act to get it from the cookie sheet back onto the grill! Carefully slide the pizza back onto the grill to gently reheat and melt the cheese.

6. Take the pizza off the grill and let it cool slightly. Slice it up and away you go. Dinner is served!

Kale chips

By: Amy Lowe, NH.com Community Blogger
Ingredients
1 Bowl of Kale
Olive Oil
Salt (optional)

Directions

1. Wash one bunch of kale, then remove tough stems and tear into bite-sized pieces.

2. Put into a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt (optional).

3. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. We think they taste best fresh, but you can put in an airtight container and eat over the next few days. Don't be afraid to try chili powder or other seasonings on them, too!

Fruit Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Ingredients
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups any flavor fruit jam

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

2. Combine the margarine, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and quick oats. Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the preserves over the top and sprinkle with the remaining crumb mixture, gently pressing crumbs into jam.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool, cut, serve.

Bacon maple biscuits with maple glaze

By: Amy Lowe, NH.com Community Blogger

Ingredients

Biscuits:
5 of bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
5 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
⅓ cup very cold butter
¾ cup milk
½ cup maple syrup

Maple Topping:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

2. Stir dry ingredients together, then add cold butter, and using your hands, break into smaller pieces and mix thoroughly with dry ingredients until it resembles small peas.

3. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and mix to create soft dough that rounds into a ball.

4. Separate into 8 pieces and form each into a ball, then flatten gently until about 1” in thickness.

5. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown on the bottom.

6. While baking, prepare the maple topping by combining both ingredients in small ball and mixing well. Drizzle over biscuits once out of the oven.

Spring Pages

NH.com has many great spring-fun information resources and tools for you! From maple sugar season sweet-spots, to community playground reviews, to the begining of pick-your-own farms, use our maps and guides to best enjoy springtime in New Hampshire!

Maple Sugar Season

March in New Hampshire is full of maple sugaring activities and events! From sugaring tours, to demonstrations, to samples and other goodies, Maple Sugar weekend offers fun for the whole family and will be sure to sweeten your day! Visit our maple sugar page and sugarhouse map to find activities in your area!
Maple Sugar
Playground

Free Things To Do In NH

Find information on very low-cost to FREE attractions and events in New Hampshire. Read NH playground reviews from our fans, plan a picnic with our state parks map, find great local discounts and deals, and free community events in your area!

NH Pick-Your-Own Farms

Pick-Your-Own season in New Hampshire! If you are lucky, you may find some early strawberry crop harvests at a nearby farm. Visit our pick-your-own page and find picking tips and a farm near you on our interactive map.
Strawberries




Coloring Pages

Click on an image below for a large, printable version for coloring!

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