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September 1, 2011

Welcome Fall, Y'all!

I know fall doesn’t officially start for another three weeks, and it’s still hot as all get-out (as we say in the South), but I’m definitely getting in the spirit of the season already.

I am looking forward to trying the girls with apple picking at the orchard, and I can’t wait for our third annual trip to the pumpkin patch.

I have a few fall craft ideas in mind, too.

I’m working up my nerve for a couple of paint projects. I want to use some leaf cut-outs and give the girls red and yellow finger paint. I hope it will be a lesson in red + yellow = orange, as well as the changing colors of the leaves. And I’m hoping it might make a cute garland for the kitchen.

[Did I just say “garland”??? I may have officially entered Soccer Mom status now…]

I would love to do some apple stamps, too. (Thanks to reanbean for the great link!)

And I may even try our hands at making what I would call “pumpkin snowmen” (stacking a couple of pumpkins and dressing them up)…we’ll see how industrious I am, huh?

In the meantime, I’m trying to will fall here, at least with my taste buds.

I just discovered The Most Amazing Advancement in Candy Corn…the addition of Candy Apple and Caramel Corn flavors! I’m still partial to the tried-and-true original candy corn, alternately eaten with a few dry-roasted peanuts, but the new flavors are definitely worth a try.

In fact, I may have hosted an intimate candy corn tasting party for a couple of girlfriends last night. I may have served a “flight” of candy corn…along with crisp Granny Smith apples and homemade caramel dip…and extra sharp cheddar cheese to cleanse our pallets in between bites of sweetness. Of course that’s just a hypothetical...

And speaking of hypothetical, if this easy and YUMMY caramel dip doesn’t get you in the fall spirit, I don’t know what will…

Use a mixer to combine an 8oz. block of reduced-fat cream cheese, softened, with ½ teaspoon vanilla and ½ cup brown sugar. Melt 20 caramels with ¼ cup water in the microwave, stirring until completely smooth. Fold caramels into the cream cheese mixture by hand. Serve immediately, or refrigerate (it stays pretty smooth and spreadable in the refrigerator).

Welcome Fall, y'all! Oh, and ROLL TIDE...we'll be christening the girls' new football jerseys for the start of the season on Saturday!

It's just so cool that the girls are old enough to partake in a lot more festivities this season...and I intend to make the most of it!

9 comments:

Julia said...

I love that apple dip! I, too, am longing for fall. I think the girls will get a big kick out of the orchard this year. And I just can't wait till we can ride the tractor out to pick pumpkins. Makes me giddy just think about it!

Of course, it's supposed to be the hottest day of the year so far today, but I definitely have my sights on fall :)

Beth said...

Yummy! That dip sounds amazing. It will definitely be tested out this season :-) And the 'flight' of candy corn cracked me up!

I love fall! It is my favorite season. I hope we have a nice long one this year. We sort of got cheated out of spring (went straight from cold to hot), but I refuse to let that happed to my beloved fall. (I can control the weather with sheer force of will, can't I?)

Sounds like you have a fun season planned. Can't wait to see and hear about everything!

Deanna said...

Yum, that dip sounds great! I am a sucker for nearly anything with cream cheese.

I am looking forward to seeing the girls really experience and understand some of the fun seasonal things this year. They're SO different than they were at this time last year!

Hope y'all have fun watching the game this weekend! I am having a yard sale, so J gets the house to himself to watch game after game all day...at least I won't be subjected to watching the Auburn game. : )

ROLL TIDE!!

Andrea said...

Yum!! Sounds great!!

I think of you every time the new old navy commercial comes on...you know what I am talking about?!?!

reanbean said...

I'm not a big fan of candy corn, but the Candy Apple and Carmel Corn flavors sound intriguing. Do you need to go to a specialty shop to find them?

I'm a huge fan of fall myself. I don't share your interest in football (though I'll pretend to be a Patriots fan if necessary), but I love the apple picking, the pumpkin search and carving, and the oh-so-cute costumes for Halloween and trick-or-treating. My kids don't know it yet, but they're going to have so much fun in the coming months!

Barbara Manatee said...

I was excited to find candy corn in the store today. I had looked last week and couldn't find any but grabbed a bag today. They are actually for my students - as a reward (I have 1 boy who loves them) but I would be lying if I said I didn't nibble a few when I opened the bag today! ha!

I LOVE fall - so much about it. Its funny b/c I say I love spring the most when its spring...but truly, Fall is my favorite. The temps, the smells, the flavors, the festivities. The best!

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

You are hysterical...I love that you're making garland for your kitchen!

I'm so not ready for Fall yet, but it's coming whether I like it or not. I gotta be honest, I'm kind of sick of playing in the sandbox when it's 90 degrees out though.

Okay, I'm on board!

I'm still having issues with googlereader and your site, but I'll make it!

championm2000 said...

I was sad that summer was drawing to a close, but reading your post reminded me that there is so much to love about the fall. I never considered fall garland...hmmm...

strongblonde said...

:) yea! fall's my favorite! the colors, the crispness, the apple cider. oh. and FOOTBALL! :)

we got the kids shirts again. i'll try to post them on fb this year. i can't wait to put them in them on saturday! they've even started to chant a few lines of the fight song! wait...does that count as brainwashing??

so impressed with your ideas for crafts. i'll wait until you tell me what was easy. then i'll do THAT one :)