My fall memories are full of men and woman lacing up their shoes and heading to starting line. The brisk air hitting you as you walk around to see t-shirts being sold, runners stretching, and food being talked about. This is the sport of Cross Country and it has been a part of my fall since I could remember. Whether I was a tyke at my sister’s races or a bundle of nerves for my own, I think of fall as a time of running. The races have a community atmosphere and this helps the tension before the race. Team activities are the best to do, especially when they involve food. The team becomes a family and it’s amazing. Running in general takes up my fall, but it isn’t fall until I watch a race with a blanket wrapped around me and I’m cheering on my teammates.
My fall is also consumed by coffee shops because I’m addicted (I’m not bothered by this at all). I always want to try the new drinks and choices given during the fall. Starbucks is usually my go to, but recently I’ve discovered more and more coffee places. It has been amazing and fun to go to a new coffee place. I have always loved trying new things and I also love coffee, so this is the best season for that. Fall is filled with running and coffee, I can’t complain.
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.
The trees are finally starting to change colors and the air is getting a little more brisk- fall is here! I absolutely love fall weather and everything that goes along with it: pumpkins, apple cider, Halloween, apple orchards, and the farmers market! Yesterday I went to the Soulard Farmers Market in St. Louis and it was SO much fun. The market began in 1779 as a big grassy area where farmers could come and sell their local fruit, vegetables and livestock; today, the Soulard Famers Market is one of the largest in the area and sells a wide variety of items such as candles, carpets, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, spices, scarves, and so much more!
The atmosphere of this farmers market was lively and exciting. There was a live band playing, people walking around and vendors trying to sell their products to the people passing by. Some even used little riddles, like “a tisket, a tasket, you know you want my basket!” that one lady sang regarding her basket of broccoli. I spent a few hours there while I walked around the main buildings and sipped hot apple cider. The prices were amazing too! The fruit and vegetables were very inexpensive- I want to go there from now on to do my grocery shopping! I purchased some apples, pumpkin bread, a candle, and a pomegranate. I would highly suggest going to the historical Soulard Farmers Market if you are in the St. Louis area and looking for a great time and great food!
The market is open year-round Wednesday-Saturday with the following times:
For more information about the Soulard Famers Market, click on the link: http://www.soulardmarket.com