Yes, I am perfectly aware there is still a month left before it's actually fall. However, that's one of the Fall junkie symptoms. Do I ask my family if it's ok to burn pumpkin scented candles in late July? No. Do I ask them if it's ok to fill the candy dishes with candy corn? No. Do I care if I embarrass them in the store by squealing the first time I see the colors orange and black lining the aisles? Or when I hear the costumes stores are open? Nope.
They've learned to love me through it, particularly because there is no chance of my being rehabilitated.
The smell of spice, pumpkins, and apples lighten my mood.
The creativity of costumes and decorations make me feel young again, even for a short time.
The family meals warm my heart like no other time of the year.
As I sit with my A/C on high, and drink cold ice tea instead of coffee while my pumpkin candles burn in the background, I thought I'd share with you some of my musings that make me excited to be a Fall junkie and keep me motivated and on my author game.
A SAUCY HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST
So, yes. As some are dreading the loss of summer and will miss swimsuits and amusement parks, I shall be bouncing around the house in anticipation. Of course, shorts and flip-flops are year round in this house, so some things will always refuse to change with the weather.
What are you looking forward to as the seasons change?
I, too, love Fall. The colors of the leaves changing takes my breath away. And the crisp, cool mornings stir the blood! Spring is my next favorite with everything awakening. Love to watch the flowers peeking out of the earth. Both seasons energize me!ReplyDelete
Hi Karren, I love that word, energize. It fits perfectly!Delete
Yea! Wow. Awesome post. Bring it on.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Beth! I'm beyond ready!Delete
I'm just looking forward to a little cooler weather. Gosh those cookies with the creamy filling look delicious. I was hoping you were going to give us a recipe! *g* As if I need something that decadent and calorie-filled.ReplyDelete
Just for you, Joan! ;-)Delete
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling
3 cups AP Flour
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup Splenda (use could white sugar if you like)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 - 15 oz. can of pumpkin
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together brown sugar, Splenda, oil and pumpkin. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition, followed by the vanilla. In a separate bowl, shift together the dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
Using a pastry bag with a round tip, or a big zip top plastic bag with one corner snipped, squeeze out concentric circles of batter, starting from the middle and working outward until the circles are about 2 inches in diameter. Bake for 11 minutes and cool on a rack.
Cream Cheese Filling
1 - 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 - 16 oz. package of powdered sugar
about a capful of vanilla extract
a pinch of cinnamon (to taste)
Beat together cream cheese and butter. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Frost flat side of half the pies and top with another piece.
Enjoy right away or chill overnight.
Thanks, Kimmie! How nice of you.Delete
This gal is SO READY for fall!! Cool weather, a great time to enjoy the outdoors with my little man while he plays on his playground, I can sit on my swing with a good book. Makes for some beautiful scenery for picture taking, too. Yes, bring it, I say!ReplyDelete
You and me both, lady! I love the chill in the air. Thanks for stopping by, Nikki! <3Delete
That cream cheese filling recipe made me salivate. What I look forward to is the end of this heat. Love fall, winter, and spring. Hate heat of summer.ReplyDelete
Oh Caroline, you and me both. The heat is NOT my friend. A breeze would be nice. SOON! :-)Delete