Sunday, August 29, 2010

Falling for Fall Again

Autumn begins September 23rd this year. It can't get here soon enough in my opinion. I do enjoy summertime...drinking lemonade, swimming in the pool, eating homemade ice cream, late sunsets...but fall is by and large my favorite season.

The weather gets cool enough to don a jacket and a light scarf. Who doesn't like looking dapper with a scarf around their neck?!

Apples are in season and I can't wait to try out a new recipe I saw today for apple pie pops (a mini apple pie on a stick!).

The colors of the trees surrounding our farm turn various shades of yellow, red and orange...gorgeous!

The deer come out in droves to fatten themselves up on tree leaves and grasses before winter comes.

The squirrels and chipmunks are busy gathering their walnuts and acorns for a snowy day meal.

We like to go for hikes in the woods in the fall. The bugs have disappeared and it makes for a much more pleasant walk when you aren't constantly swatting at yourself because something is buzzing by your ear or trying to get a blood meal out of your calf.

I began the task of cleaning off all of the boots to prepare for the fall season. They have lined the steps of the basement since the spring and they got a thorough washing in preparation for our upcoming hikes.

Fall is also the time of year when we like to build lots of bonfires in our backyard and have weenie roasts, complete with hot dogs and s'mores, all while dressed up in cozy jackets, sweatshirts and hats.

Pumpkins are in season and I LOVE to make, eat and buy pumpkin flavored foods...cookies, pies, bread, lattes, risotto, list goes on and on.

We always head to The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, IL. We are growing our own pumpkins this year so we will probably buy mums and pumpkin flavored foods this year, leaving the pumpkins for others to buy.

Halloween and Thanksgiving are fun holidays when you have small children...the costumes, the crafts, the food.

What are your favorite fall activities or foods?

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