Fall Favorites

It’s no secret that Fall is my favorite. I always feel more inspired to create and bake in my cozy house with hot cocoa and slippers and a cozy sweatshirt. Although it’s still hot here in southern CA (so so hot!!), I can’t help but dream about what’s to come in the next few months. Here are some of my favorite fall traditions that I’m looking forward to!

…Fall leaves…

I know we don’t have many fall leaves here, but when they come, I love it!!

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…Apple picking…

Every year we go up to an apple farm and pick apples and apple “seconds” (not as pretty apples, but perfect for applesauce)

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…Canning Applesauce…

And of course with all those apples we make apple sauce and apple butter! Post about that process HERE.

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…Canning Jam…

I always can in the late summer and early fall and use the jam for Christmas gifts! (Post on how to can HERE!)

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…Foamy Lattes…

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…Decorating Pumpkins…

Last year we made Gold Polka Dot Pumpkins and they turned out so cute! (DIY post on that HERE)

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…Front porch decor…

I love decorating our front porch for fall! Even if it’s still hot here it somehow makes me feel like the season is coming!

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…Pumpkin Spice Lattes…

I love coffee and Starbucks, so naturally the PSL is a fall favorite 🙂

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…Lighting Candles…

For some reason lighting scented candles is just so much more cozy in the fall! I usually pull them out early and make my house feel like its fall even if it isn’t yet 🙂 I love these scents from Bath and Body Works best: Leaves and Cider Lane.

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…Baking…

I love to bake year round, but in the fall it is my favorite. I like not only making seasonal pumpkin things, but also cobblers and crisps and muffins and scones… sooo many fun things I can’t wait to bake once it’s not so hot in my kitchen!

This photo below is of Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins. The recipe I used for these is HERE. For my other favorite baking recipes see my post HERE.

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Now, let’s stop this heat wave and bring on the FALL!! Are you feeling inspired? I sure am! I think I’ll decorate my front porch, light some candles and bake something this weekend and pretend it’s cool outside 🙂

DIY edible gift – Canning Applesauce

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What to do with all these apples?! Why, make apple sauce of course! We have a started a fall tradition of going apple picking and while we always get what we call fancy apples (for eating),  we also learned that getting “seconds” or the less perfect apples that go for cheaper are PERFECT for making apple sauce! While you have to pick through lots of apples to find the best, and you always end up with a random mixture, they work awesome for a really well rounded apple sauce.

Here’s what we used (although we ended up doing this several times) 🙂

…about 12 pounds of apples..

… 2 cups apple cider…

That’s it! It’s so easy and so tasty! It ended up making 7 pints of apple sauce. And no sugar added! The apples were perfect by them selves. We had a mix of jonagolds, pippin, braeburn, fugi, and others that I can’t even remember! It helps to have a mix of sweet and sour.

You can also add cinnamon if you like that flavor (we did for one or our batches) about 1 tbl was perfect!

It also helps if you have an apple peeler/corer and of course if you are canning it, you will need a canning pot and jars.

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All we did was peel, core, and slide the apples…

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And then put them in a giant pot!

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We added 2 cups of cider and just let them cook down! It think it probably took about 30 minutes to cook down. We continued to stir and then when it looked like a smooth consistency and there weren’t many chunks left we scooped it into the sanitized jars to can!

We filed the jars with 1/2 inch head space and processed for 15 minutes.

So tasty!!

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This also makes a great hostess gift or holiday party favor!  Happy canning oh and Happy Halloween!!!