Adding Fall to Your Home One Dish at a Time
By Virginia Laird
Fall lingers everywhere you turn: It’s in the crisp air, the crackle of the leaves beneath your feet, and the light breeze that blows your hair just enough to make it messy. However, fall is not complete until you add the aroma of pumpkin spice and baking apples. As an avid baker, I just love this time of year. Like many, I spend much of my extra time (what little I have) in the kitchen throwing together various recipes requiring apples, pumpkin spice, and even a tinge of cinnamon. The smell that fills the house following a great cooking session is delightfully fall. If you are looking to add the smell of fall to your home, try the following:
- Add pumpkin spice
- Bake some pumpkin bread
- Bake an apple pie
- Enjoy warm apple cider
- Try a batch of pumpkin cookies
Add Pumpkin Spice
Try adding just a touch of pumpkin spice to your coffee, hot cocoa, or other favorite warm beverages. This can help welcome the smell and feelings of fall.
Bake Some Pumpkin Bread
Baking pumpkin bread is one of my all-time fall favorites. While it can be quite an involved process, the end combination of pumpkin in the air and a great snack makes it worth all the time it takes.
Bake an Apple Pie
The only dessert that holds a candle to pumpkin bread is a fresh baked apple pie. If you have never tried this with fresh apples, it is long overdue.
Enjoy Warm Apple Cider
A warm, simmering pot of apple cider can invite a wonderful aroma throughout the house. Another way to enjoy this treat is to cuddle up on the back patio with a fire in the pit, your main squeeze, and a cup of your cider in hand.
Try a Batch of Pumpkin Cookies
If spending a ton of time in the kitchen is not for you, but you love the smell and taste of pumpkin, try baking a quick batch of pumpkin cookies. Your home will be filled with the same pumpkin scent as if you were slaving over a loaf of pumpkin bread. Here is an easy recipe:
- 1 box of spice cake mix
- 1 can of pumpkin
- 1 bag of your favorite chocolate chips
Mix it all together. Spoon the batter in tablespoons on an ungreased cookie sheet, making sure to level out the scoop. Like other batters, this will not change shape as it cooks. If left in a ball, it could take more time to cook. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!
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