There are so many things that I enjoy about the fall season it would be hard to pick just one. From the crispness in the mornings air, the warmth of the sun in the afternoon, to the crunching of the leaves under my feet, each one is a welcome reminder of all things fall that are here and arriving.
There is nothing like pulling on a warm wooly sweater in preparation to head out doors for a hike in the woods. All the sights and sounds of the season in full colour around me. Birds quickly gathering, squirrels chasing around for their nuts and seeds, to the geese honking over head has they practice for the long journey south that awaits them. All these things are a comforting feeling that I love.
I also love the cooler temperatures, it tends to draw me back to the kitchen to brew a pot of tea, throw together a crockpot of home made soup or bake up something yummy. It is a time of year that the kitchen once again starts to call.
This time of year also gets busier for everyone. New programs start, children head back to school and there is always the yard work that needs to be done.
I recently wanted to decorate our front yard for fall but I wanted to keep it simple, use what was on hand and not have to spend to much money. I found an old wooden apple container I bought one year at Cracker Barrel. I threw in some autumn silk flowers and placed it at the entry way. I went to the local dollar store and found a small scarecrow to add to the garden. While there I noticed that our local grocery store had out there pumpkins for under six dollars so I bought three and added them to the front yard and, voila I was done.
Knowing that I have a lot on in the coming weeks I decided to bake up some Pumpkin Loaf. The recipe makes three nice sized loaves. I wondered if there was a way I could change each loaf up a bit. So what I did was pour the batter into the first two pans then added a handful of pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate chips to the remaining batter. This batter I added to the last loaf tin. On one of the other two pans I made a cinnamon crumble topping to sprinkle on top. The same loaf recipe with three easy versions. This easy recipe takes no time to mix up and bake and freezes very well. I hope you enjoy it and remember to take sometime to enjoy this season.
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Creative Fall Tip: Visit Autumn themed fairs & shows.
You can see me at the upcoming Craftadian Fall Show, October 17 & 18 at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga
Here’s a pumpkin flavored taste of the jackets that will be available during the show.