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 more. Go Hawkeyes! I’m contemplating on a trip home this year for an Iowa Hawkeyes football game. It’s been way too long since I’ve been home, almost over three years. 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 like a bonfire, and there’s nothing like roasting sweet corn over a late-night fire. And don’t get me started on the juicy fried breaded 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?
This tree will be beautiful late autumn.
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 it’s quick to whip up and my favorite meal of the day. I made fluffy scrambled eggs (2 eggs, garlic, salt, pepper) crispy potato hash (hash browns, shredded cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil) whole-grain waffle with syrup and turkey bacon.
After dinner, it was time to make some pumpkin fruit leather!
One 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.
Heat oven to 200 degrees
Spread the mixture onto parchment paper. You don’t want it to be too thin, but not too 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 7 pm and then let it cool overnight 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! <3