Some signs of the seasons changing are blatantly obvious.  Others are more subtle and require careful observation to notice.  Here are some of my favorite things about summer changing to fall:

~The colors of the leaves as they change from bright green to yellow to blazing orange and red.

This is my favorite tree in our neighborhood

~The smell and the crunch of the leaves that have already been shed.  Even with your eyes closed, the sound of the leaves crunching under your feet and the distinct earthy smell of the dry leaves is a sure sign that cooler weather is here to stay.

~The crisp cool air that puts some extra pep in your step as you find yourself scurrying back inside as quickly as possible to chase away the shivers.  Somedays in the spring/summer I feel guilty staying inside when I “should” be enjoying the nice weather outside.  Fall allows me to lose that guilt because in the Midwest, no one can fault you for staying in the warm comfort of your home.

~Tall fall boots:  functional and fashionable.  What’s not to love?

~Dates with my husband.  A simple drive to enjoy the fall colors, a trip to a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard and I’m one smitten sweet tooth.

~Snuggling under a blanket with my cat.  I get so giddy at the idea of curling up on the couch with my favorite Restoration Hardware blanket and allowing my cat to cast her spell on me.

 (Restoration Hardware blanket)

You know the spell where she nuzzles into me and gazes longingly into my eyes as hers get heavier and heavier until she finally succumbs to the draw of a catnap.  It is virtually impossible not to get drowsy myself watching her peaceful and limp little body.

~Pumpkin cookies!  This is a pretty classic recipe and my mom made them every year, but only in the fall.  So it can’t officially be fall in my mind until I have had these cookies!  They are so soft and not too sweet.  I like to add a little crunch and extra texture by adding nuts and/or chopped dried dates to the cookies.  And the brown sugar frosting tastes like maple and adds the most beautiful sheen to top off these classic fall cookies.

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cream together crisco and sugar
add pumpkin and vanilla
add dry ingredients
add nuts and/or dates, if using
drop onto cookie sheets
bake the babies
for the frosting, melt together brown sugar, butter and milk
after cooled for 10 minutes, add vanilla and powdered sugar
frost cookies immediately
I had a cute little one to help clean my spatula 🙂
What are your favorite fall things?
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8 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    My favorites!!!!! I’m drooling a little…

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  2. Nancy Jane Cashman
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    I made these last night, yum! Exactly what I was looking for. I added pecans and walnuts, love the texture too. I’ve made 3 recipes from your blog now, love it! I met your mom in Bismarck ( where I’m from) and when she heard I was a food- loving dentist, she told me to check out your blog and I love all the photos and tips, thanks!

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    • Mercedes
      Oct 23, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

      Thanks for reading Nancy! I hope you are doing well! I’m glad the pumpkin cookies were a success for you. Which other recipes have you tried?

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  3. Nancy Jane Cashman
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    the other recipes I’ve tried are the Salted Caramel Brownies and also the Heath Blondie bars, both were a huge hit. You weren’t kidding about watching the boiling caramel closely as it reaches 350degrees! what an art. I have a few of those Sweet/Salty Brownies to a nice guy on our third date recently and he said “Wow, you can really taste the fleur de sel. Yum!” — cool, huh? I was impressed he could taste that. My brownies weren’t as picture perfect as yours, they got a bit missy and gooey, but I chilled them in the fridge to firm them up a bit which helped neaten them up for cutting. They taste good cold too fyi. THe next recipe I’d like to try is the coffee/chocolate/graham cracker crust bars. Totally up my alley: salt, coffee, chocolate, thick crust. yum! keep up the good work Mercedes, I love your blog! –nancy jane

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  4. Nikki
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    Can’t wait to make these this weekend as fall continues to set in here in MN! They look great!

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    • Mercedes
      Oct 26, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

      Thanks Nikki!

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