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Ah, Fall!

My favorite season! It has the colors, the coziness, wool sweaters, crackling fires, aromatic baking…

With the expected hustle and bustle of the next couple of months it is important to “leaf” plenty of time for fun.  With the day-to-day scramble to stay ahead it is more necessary than ever to find moments in the small things. So grab a nice “cuppa” tea, some leaves, glue, paper, scissors and an iron. Get creative!! As boomers we have learned there are few to impress but ourselves. Well, we care to possibly impress our grandchildren.

A couple of activities that are enjoyable for old and young alike include collecting fall leaves and making leaf rubbings on construction paper, or using an iron to press your leaves between two pieces of wax paper.

Another great thing to do in the fall is November is “National Novel Writing Month”. You can log on to www.nanowrimo.org to submit a 175 page novel within the month of November. This is a good way to take the time out to be creative.  And for us that love to fill our homes with the smell of baking, here is my Pumpkin Roll recipe.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Roll

3 eggs
1 c. sugar
2/3 c. pumpkin
1 t. lemon juice
¾ c. flour
1 t. baking powder
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. ginger
½ t. nutmeg
1 c. chopped nuts
powdered sugar as needed

  • Beat eggs on high for 5 min. then gradually beat in sugar. Stir in pumpkin and lemon juice. Add rest of ingredients. Spread in greased and floured cookie sheet top with nuts. Bake @375F for 15 min. Turn onto towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Roll on towel, cool & unmold.

Frost with:

1 c. powdered sugar
6 oz. Cream cheese
4 T. butter
½ t. vanilla

Blend until smooth. Spread on cake, roll and chill

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Fall is here from the Impatient Gardener

Fall has finally come and the trees are turning, so where is the best place to see beautiful color this time of year? Since the trees need cold nights to change here are few places you might consider.

The New England area always comes to mind when considering the fall foliage. Possibly Massachusetts, New Hamphire or Vermont?

I live in Alabama and we’ve got some fantastic views at the Cheaha State Park. October – November is peak season for this park which is surrounded by the Talladega National Forest.  The drive is breathtaking any time of year but in the fall …

So slip on that sweater, grab some warm drinks and head out to enjoy the trees. Except for gas to get there it is virtually a free escape from all the cares of the day.

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