Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Five Special Things About Fall

I was not too excited about Fall being almost here because summer here in the Northwest was so fleeting. 
 Now that Fall is really here I am planning to enjoy it.
I want to share with you five things I think are special about Fall and I am grateful for these simple things in my life.
Cooking and Baking begins again

 Oatmeal Cookies

Making a big pot of  
Homemade Soup

Or who in Washington State doesn't love our apples

Or the wonderful treats we can make with them

Blankets and Throws come out of the closets

Here they are ready to curl up in on a crisp morning or evening, or all day for that matter.

Fall Decorations
the colors are so warm and inviting

The Scents of Fall Candles

I love candles but the Fall scents are my favorite.

Craft Fairs and Harvest Festivals 


Chick n' Coop Crafts Fall Bazaar

Starving Housewives October Holiday Harvest Craft Show

Vasa Park Fall Craft Show

Just some of the events I would love to go to.

Pumpkins Gourds and Mums in all of the colors of Fall

Cooking and Baking
Blankets and Throws
Fall Decorations
Craft Fairs and Fall Festivals
Pumpkins, Gourds and Mums
What are your favorite things about Fall?

I wrote this post as part of a Five Fall Favorites Link Party at Living and Loving in California go visit to see other Five Fall Favorite posts.

I am also linking to Gratitude Wednesday at House and Home
Are you your grateful for the simple things in your life this Fall?

I am back to add the recipe for the apple dessert pictured above as I have already been asked for it.

Deep-Dish Honey Graham Apple Cobbler

1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
7 cups peeled and thinly sliced Granny Smith or Jonagold apples
(or whatever kind of pie apple you like best)
Pastry dough for 2-crust 9-inch pie
2 tablespoons honey

2/3 cup coarsley crushed graham crackers, approx. 5 squares
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons coarsely ground rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2.  Stir together sugar, flour and cinnamon in a large bowl.   Add apples and toss to coat.
3.  Line a 13 by 9 inch baking dish with pastry dough and flute the edges.
4.  Fill the crust with the coated apples and drizzle the apples with honey.
Set aside.
5.  To prepare the topping, place crushed graham crackers, brown sugar, flour, rolled oats and cinnamon in a bowl and stir to combine.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apple mixture.
6.  Bake, uncovered for 40-45 minutes, or until the toping is golden brown.
7.  Serve warm with ice cream.  Makes 8 servings.

This recipe was taken from Favorite Recipes The Costco Way


  1. Love everything you mention! I should have added soup too:@)

  2. That was really good, I love all the photo's. What is that yummy dish in the fourth picture- it looks like a combination of apple pie and crisp all in one- please share! I love the blankets- especially the ones that ae homemade. My mom knitted me one for my birthday and my husband lived it so much she made him one for his birthday a few moths later. I wrap up all year rorund, but now they eally come in handy as the nights cool off. Thanks for participating!

  3. HI,
    Thanks for linking up! I like all the things on your list! I'm going to pick apples this afternoon, and think I will try your recipe, it's sounds delicious and I love apples baking -nothing beats that scent to say "Fall"!
    Have a great day,
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  4. I'm getting into it too, went out and bought a few small pots of mums today to add some color to my sitting room.

  5. Wonderful list! This is certainly the best time of year!

  6. Hi I'm Yoli coming over from Wednesday Gratitude. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! Autumn is my favorite season and you have decorated your blog gorgeously. I too love Yankee candles.

    Hope you a blessed week.
    Yoli :)

  7. I love all these beautiful things about fall...wishing it would relieve us from the heat in south Alabama! Candles are my fave...the smells of things cooking, etc...
    I made a glazed apple cake today and the smell was heavenly!!

  8. I had to drop back by and see your recipe again. Wish I was home to print this out. I'll do so when I return from vacation.

    I did the fall favs too. It's so fun.

  9. Sherry, what a treat your blog is. I'm still reading backwards but we are definitely kindred spirits. I can smell that cobbler already cooking tonight. I live in Western NC so we definitely have apples...I'm a happy follower and thanks for visiting me too. I'm a new blogger, crafter so the tutorials really help.

  10. Hi Sherry!

    Great post. You certainly captured the essence of fall. Your soup looks delicious and I am looking forward to trying your cobbler.

    Happy Fall! La

  11. I've never been to the Pacific Northwest, but I bet the fall is just beautiful there! And oh yeah, apple cobbler sounds awesome!

  12. I LOVE fall craft shows too! My fave that I miss terribly is the fall show at Oak Alley just south of Baton Rouge. It was always so much fun. Even my men enjoyed it!

  13. I love fall as well. I love to decorate the beautiful fall colors...(except we leave out the Halloweeny stuff). Aren't fairs so much fun? And apple bakings and pumpkin bakings? mmmm
    You just made me hungry!