I have a confession. Fall is by far my favorite time of year!
Who could blame me? The trees are every shade of red, orange, and yellow imaginable, you can stock up on pumpkin-flavored-everything, and can enjoy my all-time favorite fall activity… apple picking. There are plenty of creative ways to enjoy fall, these are just a few. Another thing I really enjoy about fall is the wide variety of fall produce! Pumpkin, Spaghetti Squash (makes a great pasta substitute!), Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash… They’re all great and there’s tons of Pinterest boards dedicated to recipes using fall squash. For those doubters of pumpkin-obsessers like myself, here’s a recipe you and pumpkin-fanatics, alike, will love. This recipe from blogger Kristi of the blog “I Should be Mopping the Floor” won me over as my top pumpkin recipe this week (click her delicious photo for a link to the recipe).
Photo credit: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/
So while we’re on the subject of pumpkin… what’s your favorite pumpkin flavored product or recipe?
Right now, mine is pumpkin peanut butter. They sell a version of this at the grocery store (JIF), but you can easily make your own at home with no added preservatives or unwanted ingredients.
Simply add 1 Tbsp of canned pumpkin, 1 Tbsp of Peanut butter, a dash of cinnamon, and stevia or a drop of honey/other sweetener. Combine all ingredients and make a pb and pumpkin sandwich (add sliced bananas and more cinnamon if you wish!) or use as a fruit dip for apples and pears.
Hope you feel inspired to try some of your own pumpkin dishes this fall! Be sure to share them with me in the comments.
Fall is the sign that winter is coming and summer has gone. It is a time for change. But that is not what this post is about; it is about my favorite fall activities. There are a lot of things to pick from, but for me, there are only a few great things about fall. I have my top five things I like about fall:
5) Number five is the weather. It isn’t too hot or too cold, it just stays in between. The windows can be left open for most days and nights. It saves some money when to comes to the a/c and heat bills.
4) Coming in at number four is Ohio State football. The Buckeyes return and play amazing games. Their seasons are always great to watch, even if they don’t win it is a great game.
3-1) Numbers three through one are too close to call. Bonfires heat up at number three. It is so much fun to sit back and have some soda around a fire. I enjoy talking face to face with my friends instead of texting them. There are s’mores and jokes that are shared throughout the night.
Number two is………the releasing of video games. A lot of games come out around this time of year, or as I like to call it: the era of Tim being broke. HaHa. It was great to see them in the summer, but playing them is even better.
Number one is The Walking Dead. The new seasons kick off, giving us the return of characters that we love. I love seeing where the characters end up, and how they deal with the problems or people that come along. There are parts that are used from the graphic novels, but are still made differently.
Fontbonne University offers an amazing Fashion Merchandising major, and last semester I was able to take two classes from this program: Fashion Merchandising 101 and The Fashion Industry. I really enjoyed both courses, as they were an introduction to the fashion world’s ins and outs.
As a business major I am not only interested in finance, which is my concentration, but I also like to immerse myself in the world of fashion and look for opportunities to learn. This is the reason I volunteered for Saint Louis Fashion Week last Thursday!
At 4pm when I arrived the atmosphere at Union Station was relaxed; models were hanging out and getting their makeup done, volunteers were learning their tasks for the day and the DJ was testing the equipment. At 6pm people started arriving and that is when it turned really hectic!
The atmosphere was amazing, people were dressed to impress and they were talking and enjoying the lounge that was set up to receive all the guests. At 7:50pm we started ushering people to their seats, at 8:05pm sharp the show started.
There were three fashion designers showing that night: Yigal Azrouël, Tess Giberson and Timo Weiland. Their collections showed a wide range of pieces, from classic sweaters to edgy lace blouses, crop tops, pants, jumpsuits, etc. I was fortunate to meet Stan Herman and Fern Mallis, very influential people in the fashion world.
I really liked the experience and I learned a lot, I am looking forward to volunteering again next spring!
As I browsed through my various social media accounts during multiple homework breaks, I noticed so many photos from the balloon race a few weekends ago. Sadly I was unable to participate in the festivities myself though compared to last year, my experience was quite the opposite. Last year I entered a contest/drawing to have the chance of working with Fontbonne’s hot air balloon on the day of the balloon race. Four people were selected, including myself to work with the hot air balloon. The neat thing about each of the people picked is that they were part of my freshman class at the same time. In addition to the four of us, another person was chosen to ride in our hot air balloon.
The weather that day was so windy our pilot decided that it would not be a good idea to fly because landing would be very difficult, even with his experience. Even though we did not release the balloon, it was an amazing day anyway. There were so many people present see all of the balloons filled with hot air, as well as some of the few that did release into the horizon. I do not remember exactly how many balloons there were last year but I do know that at least 60 balloons were present this year. The Energizer bunny balloon was so huge, I could barely believe its actual size. At one point when we had the balloon filled with hot air, I got in the basket to add weight to it, even though there was a rope from the balloon attached to a larger pickup truck, I felt as if I was going to blow away like everything else that day. Overall though, if I could relive that adventurous day, I would in a heartbeat. I highly suggest that anyone who has not attended the St.Louis Balloon Race in the past should take a leap of faith and see the wondrous sights!