The Flavors of Fall

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Oh my, how I love fall!  The crispness in the air, the changing leaves, the pumpkins, the mums, the hay rides.  I love it all.  But what I probably love most about fall are its flavors.  And no, pumpkin is not the only flavor of fall, but it is the standout flavor.  They are pumpkin spicing everything now.  Cheerios I can understand, but I saw pumpkin spice Triscuits the other day while I was grocery shopping and well, I think they went too far this year.  Anyway, I digress…

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So, here is what I am baking this fall.  Most of these recipes are part of a yearly tradition that I only cook/bake this time of year.  None of them are original by me, but I have tweaked some of them to suit my family’s tastes.  If you want to add to your fall recipe repertoire, go ahead and give these a try.  They are for the most part simple, and usually a crowd pleaser.

  1.  Double Apple Whole- Wheat Scones with Caramel Glaze (I made these last night for breakfast.  Let’s call them what they are, though.  Cookies.  And I am okay with that.)
  2. Pumpkin bars (more like pumpkin cake…bad on the diet, but good for the soul)
  3. Apple Butter Pork Loin (I can’t wait to make this one this year with the apple butter I bought at Sky Top Orchard in NC)
  4.  Pumpkin Curry (trust me on this one…I usually make this a few times in the fall/winter. I use less red peppers and very little to no Cayenne- for the kids’ sake)
  5. Pumpkin cookies.  I made these the other day and used 2 eggs instead of 1. They were still delish!

There are several other dishes I like to cook in the fall like good ole chili and cornbread, apple dumplings, vegetable soup, baked potato soup, and well, a bunch of other soups.  Chicken tortilla soup is on the docket for next week.  I just love soup.  Don’t you?  I would be okay with eating soup every week.  That with a good loaf of crusty bread for dipping.  Heavenly.

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One last thing.  If you are into essential oils, try blending orange, cedarwood and clove in your diffuser and let fall fill your home.  I did this the other day and it gave all of us the warm fuzzy feels.  This was necessary since the roasted pumpkin seeds smelled and tasted like burnt toast according to Kara.  And, she was right.  They were nasty.  Well, I tried.  The thing with pumpkin seeds is that once you smell them they are already overdone.  Bleh.

Happy Fall, Friends!  I won’t say ya’ll…I just can’t. 😉

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