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!