What are your favorite fall traditions? (Hint: Mine involve food)

Autumn is officially here and Sunday was the first reasonable day in Phoenix since May. We had friends over to swim after church and then sat outside watching football and the Emmys.

I love the fall – college football, fairs, fire pits, Halloween costumes and of course the comfort food. I’ve been cooking like crazy lately. Here are some of the fall recipes I’ve made during the last two weeks:

Chicken and dumplings – This recipe is pretty fast and could be done on a weeknight.

These are the chicken pot pie hand pies I made last Friday night for dinner. I made the filling and dough the weekend before but never got them put together. So Friday night, I rolled out the dough and added the filling and baked. Three out of the five of us liked them.

These are the chicken pot pie hand pies I made last Friday night for dinner. I made the filling and dough the weekend before but never got them put together. So Friday night, I rolled out the dough and added the filling and baked. Three out of the five of us liked them.

Chicken pot pie hand pies – This took forever, but can be made on the weekend for a meal during the week. I made double the recipe so I have eight hand pies frozen for another meal. This dough is very forgiving and could be made ahead and then you could finish pretty easily with almost any filling you like. I want to try like an empanada filling next.

Pumpkin pancakes – This is pretty fast, and I actually like to make it for dinner instead of breakfast. We have the pre-cooked bacon from Costco that heats up in about two minutes with very little grease to clean.

Pasta with turkey sausage and broccoli rabe — I was shocked that the kids loved this. They all ate it and wanted it to have more broccoli rabe in it. I used sweet sausage instead of spicy.

Easy sticky buns – This one was OK. I really wanted homemade sticky buns, and am leery of working with yeast bread recipes. This called for sheets of puff pastry instead. My friend Sabine who writes the DIY blog for the AJC, and who is an amazing cook, says she thinks the puff pastry is already so laden with butter that it wouldn’t soak up all the good stuff.

Peach Crumble — I can’t find a link for the one I made but this one is similar. I added oatmeal to the topping as well.

So what are you favorite fall traditions? Are you planning to go to fairs? Are you having fire pits on the weekend nights? Are you going to camp? (We are wanting to go camping before it gets too cold.) How are you decorating? (I bought some cute seasonal fabric from Joann to make table runners.) What are you cooking? Do you change out pillows or add throw blankets to couches or beds? How do you celebrate fall?

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September 23rd, 2013
5:32 am

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P Nussman

September 23rd, 2013
5:57 am

Autumn is officially here


It is?

Don’t confuse the Autumnal Equinox with a sudden change of season. The Autumnal Equinox designates Earth’s position in space in relationship to the sun. Certainly cooler weather will follow, but there is not some big toggle switch that activates and suddenly, were experiencing autumn weather,

Please, stop perpetuating spurious information.


September 23rd, 2013
6:00 am

FOOTBALL! Hanging out with friends and neighbors, grilling, drinking beers, etc. I ,ove the crispness in the air. I love Fall.

PS I have Woldgang Puck’s Pot Pir and Pastry Maker. Makes the best pot pies, with ready made pie crusts. Much easier than making your own dough. Makes 2 pies at a time. I freeze several pies at a time. I also made mini meat loaves, and froze them.


September 23rd, 2013
6:01 am

Geez…. Wolfgang Puck pot pie maker. Stupid auto correct. lol


September 23rd, 2013
7:23 am

Apple picking in Ellijay or Blue Ridge. My parents went two weeks ago to R & A. My neighbors brought us back some Mutzu’s from BJ Reese Apple House (and we thank them!). I am not able to go up before October, end of season I know. I will probably hit Mercier our favorite orchard.

Pumpkin Latte hit Starbucks early. Ihop will have pumpkin pancakes (YUM!). I have tried doing pumpkin pancakes at home but it is not the same.

Soups are a big hit on the weekends. Taco Soup in particular. And so easy! Brown ground turkey or beef with 1/2 packet taco seasoning. Drain fat, if any. Add other half of taco seasoning, 1 pkg ranch dip seasoning (the dry stuff), 3 cans Rotel tomato with green chilie’s, 1 can pinto, 1 can northern beans, and 1 can of corn. Simmer for 30 min. Top with cheddar, sour cream, and corn chips. Great with college football!

Mine just asked for stuffed peppers too. I will probably spend a couple of weekends stockig the fridge. At least they ask for healthy stuff :)

The leaves will start changing in a few weeks (all the better for that trip to Blue Ridge!).

My Mum’s are blooming (and I will get a couple more). All my favorite colors are back in season at the stores. We put the cinnamon scented soap from Bath and Body Works out this weekend.

I adore Autumn.

K's Mom

September 23rd, 2013
7:41 am

I love going to the pumpkin patch with my boys and football!!!!!!

Autumn - the best southern season

September 23rd, 2013
7:45 am

My favorite thing to do is to just stand outside in the breeze and not sweat. What a delightful season.

Taking a long drive up through the N.GA mountains to Helen, Dahlonega, some waterfalls, etc. and enjoying the changing leaves is another favorite thing to do.


September 23rd, 2013
8:18 am

The little church of my ancestors celebrates its anniversary every September. Cloud’s Creek Baptist Church in rural Oglethorpe County was founded in 1788 and became a historic 225 years old this year. Members and guests dressed in the style of our forebears. Descendants traveled here from ID to FL. And a great time was had by all, especially our indulging in the traditional Southern covered-dish dinner.


September 23rd, 2013
11:38 am

Let the fall baking begin! Baked my first batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread to share with my coworkers today. Also made homemade Italian Chicken Soup and Pecan Pie Bars. Yummy!


September 23rd, 2013
11:46 am

I love getting out my fall decorations: decoupaged pumpkins, wreaths, etc. In October I will do a pumpkin display & flowers outside. The weather in Atlanta is lovely right now: cool nights and warm days! Also I love apple cider and anything pumpkin.


September 23rd, 2013
11:53 am

I like the fall displays of pumpkins and so on. I loathe Halloween. My kids always seem surprised by this statement. I will happily buy them candy. Costumes…well we have not stopped that kind of play. We have themed parties or themed nights for shows etc. They did a luau with their Dad. We had a Marvel night for the Phineas and Ferb Marvel show.

(the other) Rodney

September 23rd, 2013
11:56 am

Taking my niece and nephew on a day trip to Mercier Orchards for fried pies and the tractor tour. A nice, brisk fall day is perfect for that, and they’re still young enough to enjoy it. ;)


September 23rd, 2013
11:57 am

We always go to the huge fall festival in Blueridge & Helen mid October but most of all I’m excited for camping trips in N. Georgia! Nothing like watching the leaves change and a nice fire to sit around at night.


September 23rd, 2013
1:11 pm

Going to Helen, Dahlonega and all thru the North GA towns..We go to Blue Ridge to the drive in movie.. Ellijay apple orchards, the apple festival..We usually go to Piegon Forge for a weekend..Bert’s Pumpkin farm..

Cooking good old southern comfort foods..Stews, soups, pies, cakes..Outdoor fires watching TV..

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 23rd, 2013
1:32 pm

The pumpkin patches in Phoenix are just the saddest things in the world — they are just pumpkins dropped down on really dusty dirty fields. they have to spray the fields down with water because they are so dusty — very disappointing!! Poor Lilina doesn’t remember what a real pumpkin patch looks like. I have photos of her as a baby at a pumpkin patch with Walsh for his kindergarten field trip and they are just adorable!!!!!


September 23rd, 2013
2:00 pm

I want Theresa to cook for me! :-)

We go apple picking and pumpkin patch playing. Nothing beats a “real” pumpkin patch.


September 23rd, 2013
4:06 pm

Wow! FCM, your family/neighbors met at least 4 of my former students! I like to go to Fort Mountain State Park and walk around the lake or climb the remains. Of course, going to Amicalola is great! I steer clear of Burt’s and the Apple Festival because the traffic is unreasonable and worse than annoying! I treat Apple Festival weekends like snow days and stay home!


September 23rd, 2013
4:10 pm

Making apple butter or jelly is tops, too!

Seventh Scent of a Wayward Tire.

September 23rd, 2013
4:38 pm

I like bar brawls.

Sk8ing Momma

September 23rd, 2013
6:52 pm

1. Apple picking, with the requisite reading of How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, and make an apple pie (time permitting!)

2. Make chili.

3. My daughter makes pumpkin bread.

4. Hang seasonal hand towels in our powder room

5. Use seasonal dry towels in the kitchen

Seventh Scent of a Wayward Tire.

September 24th, 2013
6:07 am

No blog today? I’m staying home until you post one!


September 24th, 2013
6:19 am

I love the fall leaves. While we have some amazing sites nearby ATL, two of my favorite are Marquette Michigan and Hayward Wisconsin. I was invited there for meetings and the scenery took my breath away. I also love sharing my Pumpkin Time show with the kiddos. It is one of my most popular months. The children are adorable. I do donate $5 per show for breast cancer research in honor of my neiighbor, who is a survivor.

I love looking at the fall decorations that people set out! Some are so clever. I am good at writing fall songs but not particularly good at decorating. A flag, pumpkin and a few lights…I am good.

I am not a football person and have never been to a college game. It is wrong…I know. ( I have been to college basketball and love it also baseball games). I do not like unorganized/rowdy crowds. I also do not like Disneyworld. I mentioned this to a person who had hired me for a meeting in Utah. She replied, ” Um you have 800 teachers coming to hear you tomorrow!” I replied, ” Well, we have a plan and an agenda. No one is going to be wandering aimlessly around the room or bumping into each other. They will also get to leave before they get over tired or belligerent…. it is only 2 hours. ” I CAN tolerate the ATL airport as most people do not go there to wander around, even though many do get lost. HA!

TWG…there are certainly wonderful regional things to do in your area too! Just not pumpkins. I remember seeing people take pumpkins on the airplane in Seattle, for Anchorage. The overheads were filled. I asked the flight attendant. She told me that pumpkins are expensive in Alaska and that when you came down to the lower 48, you may be asked to bring a pumpkin back if it was fall. News to me…I am always learning things I do not know and love it!


September 24th, 2013
7:18 am

@motherjanegoose: You also wouldn’t have beer spilled on your head at the teachers’ conference like you would at a football game!


September 24th, 2013
7:49 am

Other than college football there is nothing at all that we like about fall – and winter is even worse! Give me a warm spring and a hot summer anytime over the other two seasons. At least while I “suffer” in my depression of summer being over, I can be happy for all of you who really seem to emjoy the fall colors and cooler weather!!


September 24th, 2013
1:12 pm

@Kat…so true!

Warrior Woman

September 26th, 2013
9:43 am

High school and college football; making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin cream muffins; apple picking (and the associated eating apples and cooking with apples); leaf peeping; making chili; carving pumpkins; and fires in the fireplace. Autumn is also a great season for camping!