Today was rainy and cooler so my "Inner Fall" was finally awakened!
I can handle a few days of rain if it means the temperature is lower and we can open a few windows and enjoy the breeze. In honor of our first Fall-like morning, I treated the kids to a mug of chai tea, blueberry muffins, and a pumpkin-scented candle on the breakfast table. I'm definitely getting in the "Fall Zone"!
In order to keep the Fall-vibes alive, the kids and I put together the perfect "Welcome Fall" dinner. I had 'Texas Stew' simmering in the crockpot, pumpkin bread cooling on the counter, and so it was time for the group-effort applesauce making. If you've never made your own applesauce before, you really need to. It's VERY easy and so much yummier than store bought...and it's something the whole family can help with. Michael got the coring and slicing job--a great upper body workout when you're working through a 5lb. bag of gala apples.
Once I peeled the apples, Allen cut them into chunks and threw them in the kettle. It doesn't really matter how big or small your chunks are but I think the smaller ones are easier to mash in the next step.
Throw some sugar and cinnamon over your apples,then stir and simmer until the apples start to get a little soft. I cover them to speed things up and just check on them in-between the rest of the dinner prep.
Then you just continue to mash the apples until they get to the consistency you like. You may also add more sugar and cinnamon to taste! Nothing says Fall like homemade applesauce! :)
While the guys were helping me cook, the girls were playing in the living room (as it should be right? ha ha!) My niece comes over after school once in awhile to get her "Nadia fix". She's a huge help to me so I'm more than happy to pick her up and bring her over!
Josi and the other kids have worked VERY HARD with Nadia to get her to play with toys appropriately instead of throwing everything across the room. I still wouldn't give her one of our toy trucks or anything that could do some real damage, but she's definitely making progress. (There were no visible toys in her groupa at the orphanage so she's having to start from the beginning in this area.)
"Boys, is dinner ready yet? I'm getting kind of tired waiting."
Come and get it!
(Did I mention yet that Fall is my Favorite time of year???)
So how do you celebrate Fall?