Right now, I am operation Fall. It’s officially September, so I think it’s safe to start celebrating. Right?
I just finished watching the first college football game of the year and I’m eagerly waiting for many more. I have two teams to root for this year, the Iowa Hawkeyes and Notre Dame (because that’s Nick’s team.) I’m contemplating on a trip home this year for an Iowa Hawkeyes football game. It’s been way to long since I’ve been home, almost over a year and a half. I think it would be cool to bring Nick back to my hometown, take him to an Iowa game, and let him get the real Iowa experience. I went back to his hometown, so it’s his turn. Iowa is beautiful in the fall, it’s one of the things I miss most. The trees are red and bright orange, the air smells of bon fire, and there’s nothing like roasting sweet corn over a late night fire. I also want him to try a big fat juicy breaded and fried tenderloin! You know, those tenderloins that are 10x bigger than the bun!
While I was on a walk yesterday, I noticed one little tree that stood out from the rest. It was yellow and orange…was that a sign Fall is getting near?
You know how all the Who’s that live in Whoville inside a snowflake are obsessed with Christmas? I belong in a tiny town inside a leaf with the Who’s that are obsessed with Fall.
I took a couple photos that I want to do a comparison on when the leaves actually do change. I know it’ll be a couple months or so, but they do change down here in the South. I don’t think I could live in a place that doesn’t have four seasons. I love that we get little snowfalls instead of massive blizzards though! I don’t miss those Iowa snowstorms!
This tree will be beautiful late autumn.
After taking some photos for my collection I lit the pumpkin candle, made dinner and whipped up some delicious pumpkin apple spice fruit leathers!
For dinner, I made breakfast. I do this a lot because its quick to whip up and my favorite meal of the day. I made fluffy scrambled eggs (2 eggs, 1 tablespoon half and half, garlic, salt, pepper) crispy potato hash (hash browns, shredded cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil) whole grain waffle with syrup and turkey bacon.
While I was browsing Pinterest, I came across a recipe for pumpkin fruit leather. It looked so delicious; I just had to try it out. I like recipes that don’t have a lot of ingredients and are quick to whip up. I’m sure you’ve noticed this by now.
I changed up the ingredients a little bit:
1 can 15 oz pumpkin purée
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup pure pecan maple syrup (you can use regular syrup)
Mix all ingredients together.
Heat oven to 200 degrees
Spread the mixture onto parchment paper. You don’t want it to be too thin, but not to thick either! Make sure you can’t see the wax paper underneath.
Cook it in the oven for 3 to 4 hours.
I started cooking mine at 7pm and then let it cool over night after taking them out of the oven.
I was a little nervous when I took it out because it was sort of gummy, but it “leathered” up overnight.
I cut them into strips and rolled them up.
I was really happy with how delicious these were.
They were sweet, spicy, and had the right amount of pumpkin. These make a great to-go snack and would be cute set out for Thanksgiving or a Halloween party.
Next time I make these, I’m going to add mango! Sounds weird, but pumpkin and mango is an awesome combo!
I’m excited to make another Fall recipe!