Monday, September 7, 2009


it's upon FAVORITE season! welcome fall. the things i most appreciate about autumn range from the perfect scented candle, ALL the decor, the colors, baking and feeling it's warmth in my home all day, the schedule and routine, the "quieting" of me. we had such a fun and crazy summer and i can easily say of it, the kids loved every minute. but, fall...fall is my time. it's like there is room in the day just for me. for a long bubble bath at night, moments to reflect and journal, time for a walking schedule, or to read a good book, time for my thoughts.

yesterday, i made my first batch of fireside coffee...awww fall has arrived! it's a coffee recipe i got several years from one of my girlfriends (who is a fabulous cook). it's a perfect companion to a slice of "candy bread" (that's what my daughters call banana bread and pumpkin loaves). for me, fireside is to autumn what the tree is to christmas. here is the recipe:

2 cups instant hot cocoa (hot chocolate for canadians)
2 cups dry coffee creamer (coffeemate)
1 cup instant coffee (erik likes it when i double this amount)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 cup cups sugar (i use less...about half that much)

mix well and then store in container of your choice.
add 2-3 tbsp. to hot water...enjoy! it makes such a great gift.

i would love to know what your favorite fall recipes are. whether they be something for the crockpot or a favorite loaf, a comforting casserole or a fabulous cookie...please share!


Dave/Deb Mom/Dad Nana/Papa said...

Awwww.....fall. What a beautiful season. The colors, the fireplace, the crisp sunny days, even the rainy ones when warming the house up by baking just feels so good!
You always loved my apple crisp honey, so I thought I would post it for you and your blog buddies!

Butter a 9x13 pan
Slice about 6-8 fairly large apples and toss them in 1-2 Tbsp. flour and 2 Tbsp. cinnamon and 1/2 cup of white sugar. Put that in the pan.
Soften but don't melt 3/4 cup of butter then mix in with that 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 white sugar, and another good sprinkling of cinnamon.
Use your hands to really break down the oatmeal and make the whole batch crumbly but sort of sticking together.
Sprinkle on top of the apples and pat down lightly.
Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes (or until apples feel soft and it is lightly browned)
Delicious with icecream and caramel sauce.

I sure do love you my girl...with all my heart. Enjoy this season. Life is Good!
Forever, Mom

3 little and 2 big liks said...

digging your super cute fall background. almost makes me want to go pick a pumpkin. :)