Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Happenings

I can't believe it's been two weeks since I last blogged! Where has the time gone?

In typical fall fashion (for me, anyways), I have started baking all things pumpkin (click here to see all my pumpkin recipes). So far I have made pumpkin muffins and pumpkin pancakes. Next on my list, pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies! (As a side note, I just realized that if you type the word "pumpkin" enough times, it starts to look really strange...)

My favorite, pumpkin cookies, shown here with white chocolate chips although I actually prefer them with chocolate chunks or semi-sweet chocolate chips:

Earlier this week, the kids and I decorated the house for fall. I love putting out my pretty leaf garlands and pumpkins (there's that word again, what a weird word...). Every year the kids can help a little more, and this year Nathan remembered that last year we had strung orange lights in the kids' bedrooms. So of course we had to do it again! The fun thing is that no matter how uneven you string them and how tacky it looks during the day, at night it looks truly magical. It's turning into a fun little tradition for us. Right after Thanksgiving the orange lights will come down and the Christmas lights will go up!

One of the decorations we put up was this candle surrounded by pretty leaves. Nothing spectacular and original but I show the picture so I can tell a funny, kind of scary story. After decorating and having lunch, I put my kids down for naps and decided to light the candle. It smelled so good and I was enjoying it. So when Hannah woke up I decided to keep it lit for a few more minutes because she was keeping her distance and I was in the kitchen within eyesight of her.

I was wiping down my counters when all of a sudden I look up and see Hannah holding a flaming leaf and saying "Mom, help! Fire!" She dropped it on the ground and I quickly grabbed my glass of water and doused it. Fortunately she was fine and the floor was not damaged, but that got my heart beating a little faster! I won't be leaving candles lit around the kids for a few more years at least!

This morning we visited a nearby orchard and had a blast picking apples, pears, and pumpkins. The apples are so delicious, I can not believe the difference between fresh picked apples and those that are found at the store. I am excited to try the pears and to make some pumpkin goodies out of fresh pumpkin instead of from the can. But first I need to try this apple recipe that my friend Hanna posted: Individual Apple Streusel Pies. Doesn't the picture look divine?

photo and recipe by Hanna @ bouffe e bambini
The leaves are starting to turn and we are going to have family pictures taken for the first time ever. Something special to celebrate our first fall in New England. I am so excited!


  1. Who is in the picture behind the candle? I like that picture and want to know more :)

    1. Jill, that is a picture of Jared and me dancing at my sister Heidi's wedding. She had it framed and gave it to us as a Christmas gift last year. It is really unique and looks more like a painting than a photograph, I love it!

  2. awwww....your too sweet. thank you for the photo:) I feel like a celebrity! Pumpkin pancakes sound like they could be next up on my list. LOVE the photo of you and the hubs. too sweet and your kidoes could not be cuter.

  3. Heather, I'm making pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing for our October dessert special at the restaurant where I work. It has golden raisins and walnuts. It's from the King Arthur Baker's Companion.

    This week I made your recipe:

    Ken just loved it and has commented several times about how good it was. I told him where I got it and when you just "had" to have it.

    Thanks for all your good recipes.
    -Aunt Judy

  4. Hi Aunt Judy!
    The pumpkin cake sounds yummy! I am glad you enjoyed the soup, it's still one of my favorites even though I don't crave it daily anymore. :)
    I think I would enjoy eating at the restaurant you work at, are you in charge of just the baking, or do you cook there too?