Pumpkins. Pumpkins to eat, pumpkins to paint, pumpkins to carve...so many pumpkins!
Autumn in West Tennessee: the weather alternates between summer-winter-summer-winter-summer-..., until it finally decides to let go of summer altogether and stay chilly for more than three days in succession. I am enjoying the cooler weather.
Other signs of fall in our neck of the woods include:
Hot spiced tea. My daughter says it smells like autumn in a cup.
Soup! Soups, chili, and stews are on the menu at least once a week, if not more. This week: "Hot Pot," made with smoked sausage, cabbage, onions, potatoes, and chicken stock. Mmmmm!
Pumpkin bread. My mom's recipe, made into sandwiches filled with pineapple-cream cheese spread.
Chex mix. I'm not sure why, but here at Kendallville, we only make this in the fall.
|Our baking project for this weekend.|
Real hot chocolate. Whole milk, cocoa, and sugar, simmered on the stove until steamy, then ladeled into mugs and topped with whipped cream. Yum!
Marshmallows. Toasted over a fire outside or inside in the fireplace. I don't stock marshmallows any other time of the year. Fall and on into winter, we sometimes go through a bag or more a week.
(Hmmmm, why do so many of our autumn traditions involve FOOD?)
Mums. My daughter just called to say she picked up several on clearance. We're having a planting party when she gets home from work this afternoon.
FIRE! Helen is planning our first conflagration of the season, hoping a special someone will be back home in Tennessee in time to enjoy a chilly October evening sitting around the fire with family and friends.
|Fall weather means: time for a bonfire!|
How does YOUR family celebrate the arrival of fall?