Saturday, September 20, 2008

It's the most wonderful time of the year

And I'm not talking about Christmas. I'm talking about Autumn.

Fall has begun and I am breathing a sigh of relief. The summer is over. Don't get me wrong, I love to play outside, I just don't like to do it in weather that is over 75. I'll take a partly cloudy, 68 degree, fall day anytime. Makes me want to light my pumpkin candle and start making cookies.

So what are my favorite things of fall?

*The changing colors of the leaves. Honestly, could it be any more beautiful?

*My birthday - it's in October. I'm not a big b-day person, it's another great reason to celebrate the season with friends.

*The pumpkin patch. It's really just a great photo-op for a picture that NEVER turns out right. You spend most of the time chasing those little ones around trying not to break your ankle on a pumpkin.

* Pumpkin butter from Trader Joes. Pair it with their pumpkin muffins...yumm...I can't wait to get there.

*Christmas pictures in the leaves, or at least an attempt to.

*Candles and oil burners with that great scent from the body shop..pumpkin/tangerine? I forgot, but I'll never forget the smell.

* Pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks. I'm giving this one a place on the list for all my friends. My defective stomach can't handle all the milk, but a sip sure is delicious. Maybe they should make pumpkin spice americano's. Hey, maybe I'll try that one.

*Packing away summer clothes and bringing out all the long sleeved shirts. No more shorts and tank tops.

*Soup. My favorite is cream of curried peanut at the Bagelry in Bellingham. I haven't had it in years and I wish I could find the recipe. It was amazing.

*Pumpkin anything. Cheesecake (made by Jodi), muffins, cookies with chocolate chips (I need to find that recipe - katie, your mom's is the best), breads, pies, name it. I do have a quick one for all those WW girls.

Pumpkin Mousse
2 pkgs instant vanilla pudding (the small box)
1 big can pumpkin
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
1 container of cool whip

mix everything except cool whip together until blended, then fold in cool whip. Chill for 2 hours. 1 cup = 2 pts. Enjoy!

What are you favorites of fall?


Cutzi said...

Oh how I love fall.

Try this: americano with 2 T cream and 2 pumps pumpkin spice syrup = 2 pts. Not quite as good, but close.

And thank you, thank you for the pumpkin mousse recipe. I'm definitely going to try it.

And my motto: I look better in winter clothes. I don't do shorts well. Or bathing suits but you already knew that. ;-)

TcH said...

Kate it amazes me that I love you so much when I hear you say things like you are glad fall is here, and you hate old navy. I love summer and Old Navy. I guess what they say is right "Opposites attract" :- )

Thanks for redeeming yourself with the yummmmeee recipe. I intend on trying that out!

It was great talking to you today at church. I have missed you!!

((hugs)) T

Shelby said...

I love Fall. Thanks for uncovering all those warm fuzzies that are soon to come! (;

Jodi said...

Well...this post made me a little more excited for fall. I'm still having a bit of a hard time letting go of summer. :)

And the fragrance oil you speak of is Pumpkin Nectarine. And I AM excited for that. ;)

amanda said...

i love fall :)

every single thing on your list. all of it!! just makes me soo happy!!

just this morning beans and i went for our walk, and we were walking on crunchy fall leaves!!

perfect :)

Kate said...

americano + one pump of pumpkin spice. Just enough to get the tast, but not too much! Love it love it.

amy said...

I made the pumpkin mousse this week and loved it! What a great treat. Thanks for the recipe.

kate said...

great amy! I'm so glad you liked it.