There are so many reasons to love Fall, but I thought I'd share a few of our family's Fall favorites.
It's been a tradition of ours every year to go pick out a pumpkin for each member of our family (including our dogs!) at a pumpkin patch. That means seven different pumpkins. The kids love it. This year, we found a beautiful pumpkin farm with a hillside full of every size, shape, and color pumpkin that you could imagine.
They look so welcoming and festive sitting on our front porch.
These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins have recently become a Fall favorite. I just discovered this recipe on Pinterest earlier this year and it's definitely a keeper! If you're a fan of pumpkins and chocolate chips, you'll love these. They are delicious! Go here for the recipe. (Side note: I've never put the full two cups of sugar in that the recipe calls for. It's plenty sweet with just one cup.)
And if you're a pumpkin pie fan, this pumpkin cheesecake was pretty darn good too!
Another favorite is grabbing a cup of hot coffee (or hot chocolate or hot apple cider) and getting cozy by the fire ... especially if there is a sweet puppy to snuggle up with.
Since our real fireplace is in the basement, we have a fake heater fireplace upstairs so we can stay warm and cozy up there too. It's kind of the best of both worlds. If I have the time, I can go downstairs and build a real wood-burning fire to enjoy, but if not, we just push a button and we have an instant faux fire that blows out heat. So it not only looks real, it feels real too and it's perfect for warming up on cold Fall mornings.
The turning leaves this time of year are definitely a favorite. I'm from the South and I grew up mostly with just pine trees. The only thing that happens in the Fall down South is that all the pine needles fall to the ground. And there's nothing pretty about that. Fall in the North is sooo much more beautiful. And we happen to live in a neighborhood that is just full of big gorgeous trees, all changing into a variety of bright reds, oranges, and yellows. It's so enjoyable to go on walks right now.
The apple picking poles were so big and heavy that Hudson was happy to let Tyson and Peyton pick the apples and then he would take them out of the little basket and put them in the bag. But right at the end, he asked if he could try to pick an apple before we left.
It was so cute to watch him try to get those apples with that long pole.
With a little bit of help from Tim, he got his apple! And boy was he excited!!
And one final favorite of mine is how much the kids are playing outside this time of year. Every afternoon, they meet outside with the neighborhood kids and just play and play for hours, riding bikes up and down the sidewalks, playing games of hide and seek and tag (with a play bow and arrow that they shoot to "tag" each other), climbing trees, or hitting baseballs. It's just the way childhood should be...hours spent outside running freely and playing with friends. My kids have been having so much fun. And I know in just another few months, winter will set in and they won't be spending as much time outside, so I am loving this season.
Hope you all are having a wonderful Fall. Stay warm and cozy!!