Fall is a Time of Renewal

Fall Apple Bskt  Although in the latter portion of the year, fall has always seemed to be a time of renewal to me. It is a time of starting anew — a new school year, a new project, completion of the summer’s many responsibilities and chores, or looking ahead to a busy, new fall schedule.

Fall also seems to be a festive time of the year to me. The weather generally cools a bit initially, the days turn golden, and the colorful leaves make for a bright, happy time to celebrate!

Fall brings with it many traditions we anticipate and share…

Two Family Favorite Fall Recipes:

***Hot Spiced Cider***

Warm 1 gallon of fresh apple cider in a large pot, over medium heat.  

Thinly slice 1 orange and 1 lemon, and add slices to the warming cider.

Add 6 broken cinnamon sticks and a handful of whole cloves in the pot.

Cover, reducing heat to low. Simmer, allowing flavors to blend about 20-30 minutes.

Serve in pretty mugs. (Aromatherapy in a mug — and in the kitchen!)

***Roasted Pumpkin Seeds***

Cut a lid out of your chosen pumpkin. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp.

Rinse the seeds, removing the strings and pulp from them. Soak them for about 30 minutes in 2 cups of water with 1 teaspoon of salt added.

Remove the seeds from the salty solution and let them dry on clean papertowels.

Spread a single layer of pumpkin seeds on an oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle them with garlic salt, onion salt and chili pepper — or your favorite blend!

Bake 10-15 minutes in a 350-degreeF oven, until the seeds begin to lightly brown. Stir the seeds occasionally throughout the baking time.

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2 Comments

  1. David said,

    November 25, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Please make the music optional or atleast make to where once it’s turned off it stay’s off even when you go to another page.
    Thanks,
    David

    Thanks for your thoughts, David… I checked and unfortunately SongSpot only offers the option of “turning off” the music on the page you are viewing, resetting to “play” on the next page. This being the case, I have removed the SongSpot widget, so no more music. Your point is well taken, and I do appreciate your suggestion. With thanks, Becky

  2. Dina Hinckley said,

    November 25, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    These are also good with cinnamon and sugar or nutmeg sprinkled on.

    Sounds yummy, Dina — thanks for sharing! 🙂 Herbally, Becky


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