My First Tastes of Fall

It might be my imagination, but I SWEAR fall was in the air this morning in Central Texas! Temperatures in the 60s? I’ll take it! Of course, it’s in the 80s now, but we’re not talking about that. : )

I grew up in Pennsylvania and went to school in New York state, so autumn temperatures in the 80s are going to take some getting used to.

six mile creek in ithaca is gorgeous in the fall

I took this last year on my favorite running trail in Ithaca, NY. My happy place!

However, I loved Emily (My Healthyish Life)’s ideas for making it feel like fall, despite warmer southern temps. Definitely going to borrow some of those tricks, starting with fall scented candles!

Another way I’ve been making it feel a little more like fall is by, of course, enjoying pumpkin and apple themed snacks and breakfasts.

Last night, I made Kyle (Immaeatthat)’s Single Serving Chocolate Caramel Stuffed Pumpkin Cookie, which was amazing and so easy! I love the idea of using dates as a sweetener, which she does a lot in her Single Serving Cookie eBook.

kyle immaeatthat single serving pumpkin chocolate cookie

While I had the oven on, I also made myself some baked oatmeal for this morning. I love my overnight oats, but baked oatmeal is so comforting when the weather starts getting cooler. I followed Amanda (Running With Spoons)’s Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bake recipe, subbing ground flax for oat bran.

pumpkin pie oatmeal bake by running with spoons

By adding flour to the batter, it came out more cakey than other baked oatmeal I’ve made. I topped it with Greek yogurt/pumpkin butter and enjoyed it alongside a cup of black coffee on my porch this morning. Perfect!

Yesterday at work, I also did a little premature preparation for the flavors of fall …

IMG_3103What can I say? I’m embracing the cliche-ness of it all. I won’t tire of pumpkin everything!! 🙂

Your Turn- 

  • Have you ever lived in a place where the temperature doesn’t reflect the seasons? How did you deal with it?
  • What’s the best pumpkin recipe you’ve tried lately?

2 thoughts on “My First Tastes of Fall

  1. That picture is amazing! I just love Fall colors and how nature transforms during this season!
    I love, love dates….it is the perfect sugary treat!
    Once I celebrated Christnas in South America where it is actually Summer so going to the beach was kind of strange when I usually tend to play with the snow where I live!


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