It’s finally Fall! You can tell because the weather is no longer in the triple digits here in Arizona. We have cooled down to about 90 degrees. ;-) But even though we don’t officially need jackets over here, I still enjoy a lot of the traditional fun that comes with a changing season. Like these…
I love these Pumpkin Caramel Latte candles from Bath & Body Works. I have been burning them since October hit. I even bought several of them because I loved the smell so much. They make my house feel all warm and homey, like I’m baking away–which is nice because sometimes, I don’t set foot in the kitchen all day. I always grab a few when they are 2/$20, and I make sure to use my coupons so they are extra inexpensive. I love having a candle burning when I’m home.
I am also a big foodie, so when it is no longer scorching hot in my kitchen, some baking actually does take place. One of my favorite yummy fall treats is November Cakes. We made them back in August (here), but they are soooo gooey and caramel-ly (is that even a word?) that you just have to make them when the weather cools down. My kids love them with a mug of hot chocolate in the mornings.
Another one of my favorite recipes is the Loaded Baked Potato Soup from Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe. If you’ve never tried it, you must the next time you visit Disneyland. It is amazing, and this recipe is pretty perfect. Every time I make it at home, I get this overwhelming urge to go to Main Street USA. It’s perfect for a chilly Fall evening, and you can find the recipe here.
But my very favorite new Fall flavor is this…
Oh my gosh! This stuff is to die for. I’m not even a big gingerbread fan, and I could seriously eat this by the spoonfuls. You can pick it up at Trader Joe’s for about $4 a jar. I knew we had to make something yummy with this as soon as we found it.
I followed the recipe exactly, and they came out pretty dang good. They have a little more of a muffin texture, so we even ate a couple without frosting. My only advice would be to watch your baking time closely, because these will dry out fast.
We washed out a plastic berry container and packaged up a few for some friends. Add some ribbon, and you’ve got the perfect Fall treat. Yum-O!
How about you? Do you have any Fall favorites you wait all year for?