I am enjoying so much seeing all my friends’ fall photos on Facebook. From pumpkin patches to corn mazes to pumpkin carving, I am seeing friends enjoying the lovely fall weather. I am reading tons of posts about pumpkin spiced lattes and seeing bunches of photos of pumpkin pies and pumpkin cookies baking.
We have been baking pumpkin-carrot muffins. The kids loved them. I was baking them for a friend who is diabetic and made a batch for us. I will definitely make them again. We also made pumpkin pancakes this weekend but they weren’t as good as the muffins.
Are you excited about Atlanta’s early drop in temperature? It’s been about 10 degrees below normal and a cold front is supposed to move in today.
I am so jealous of the fall weather in Atlanta. It’s still so hot here that it’s tough to get into the fall spirit. We did go away for a few days last week to Northern Arizona and southern Utah and had some crisp weather, which was lovely. (I will write more on that trip to Navajo country in a later post.) We were sleeping in flannel pj’s and wearing sweatshirts and then came home to 100-degree temps. It was a big bummer on my fall spirit.
Fall is definitely different here. There is no changing of the leaves and flowers are blooming everywhere as it cools down. The pumpkin patches in this part of the state are sad dusty fields where pumpkins have been trucked in and dumped. They were spraying the field down with water last year to help control the dust. (Big bummer!)
We did learn one important fall lesson here last year — don’t put your pumpkins outside except for on Halloween night. We had a pack of four javelinas (click here to see them) show up and ravage our front yard and they ate all of my fall pumpkins that were set out as decoration. We had no idea what they were. So now I have my big pumpkin and my my three sugar pumpkins inside.
How are you getting into the fall season? Are you slow-cooking some comfort-food favorites? Have you been picking apples or visiting the pumpkin patch? Are you baking pumpkin everything? Are you heading out to hike and look at fall leaves with your family?