Then there are the Fall Festivals. I love the time of Pumpkins, Colorful Leaves and Caramel Apples! Our annual Harvest Moon Festival takes place on 25th Street on the 19th! It is such a fun time when all the locals gather to celebrate the Season and prepare for the upcoming Winter! For the ski enthusiasts it is a prelude to the coming snow and a great time flying down the mountainside. For the farmers, it is time to celebrate the end of a successful growing season. The Farmers Market will soon be closing, and I will miss those Saturday mornings in the park picking out fresh tomatoes and other delicious fruits and vegetables. The beautiful horses and pianos that decorate our streets in the Summer will soon be removed, and in November they will begin putting together the Christmas Village.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but as my granddaughter reminded me the other day, FIRST is Halloween! The children are always to excited to put on their costumes and become someone or something else! Yes, Fall does have a lot of charm.
I am anxious to turn on the fireplace for the first time. Sounds silly, but I love the dancing flames taking the chill off the early morning air. This Summer has literally flown by, what with my trips to England, France, Maryland, Georgia and Norway! Lots of wonderful memories from all that travel though. I'm looking forward to a Holiday Cruise just before Christmas and celebrating the holidays with family. I love making memories with the kids.
I am reminded with each Season change how brief life really is and that each day is a gift. I remind myself that I must make the best of each day and spread positive energy all around. Funny how Spring, the time of renewal has it's own special feeling, and that Fall reminds us that things age, change and move on. I hope all of you have an amazing Fall. Enjoy these lovely days, the beautiful colors and the smell of smoke from the fireplaces. Remind yourselves to stay POSITIVE and enjoy the beauty around you.
I haven't shared a recipe lately, but here is one that is delicious and so appropriate for the season!
It is a great One Bowl Apple Cake
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup oil
6 medium Gala or Fuji or Honey Crisp apples
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and oil. Peel and slice the apples and add to mixture in bowl (coating as you go to keep apples from turning brown.) Mix together the baking soda and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl. Mix well (best with a fork) until all of the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients. Pour mixture into a greased one 9x13 or two 9″ round pans. Bake for approximately 55 minutes.-
I wish you PEACE, LOVE AND JOY