I think I've complained about this endlessly of late, but there's still no real signs of autumn on the horizon yet. It will be up to 101 degrees this Saturday, and aside from that one red leaf I found on the path while walking to the car a couple of days ago, I'm still hearing birds chirping, there's a bright yellow thing blazing in the sky, and flowers hanging over the back fence. Sounds positively dreadful doesn't it? It's not really, I actually love the summer, but once the kids head back to school it immediately puts my mind in fall mode.
But, even though there's no signs of autumn yet, it doesn't mean I can't burn the pumpkin spice candles, and pretend that fall will be here soon ... right?
For now though, there will be no spiked apple cider, or pumpkin hot chocolate, instead there will be after school treats such as cinnamon apple slush.
This is so fun, and such a perfect fall themed after school treat for the kids. It's one they can make too. I'm going to show you two different methods, one that you can make while they are at school, and one they can make when they get home.
Halloween is over, and boy was it fun. Mike and I spent the whole day baking while the kids were at school. We made three pumpkin pies, froze 6 bags of pumpkin and 3 bags of pumpkin pie mix and puree to use over the coming weeks, and then made ribs for dinner. This was after making sausage rolls, and an apple pie. We clearly love to eat, especially all of the fall goodies. Once the kids were home from school, fed, and a Halloween movie watched, we headed out to trick-or-treat. Mike couldn't help but get dressed up in costume to scare our neighborhood friends as they came by to collect candy. If you follow me on Instagram, my Insta Stories should still be live for the rest of the day.
The weather is actually beginning to feel a little like fall too. After being in the 100's last week, this week has been much cooler in the 60's and 70's. It's perfect! Although we are still waiting patiently for rain which seemed to successfully dodge our house yesterday. We've been getting into the fall spirit though and adding a little fall decor. Last week the kids and I made this fall paper chain garland, but the best part is that even though we made it in fall colors and prints it can be left up year round to remind everyone of the things we are grateful for.
I'm sharing the free printable, and details on how to make this fall garland over at MyPrintly.
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With the changing of the seasons comes the lists of fun activities you can do with kids, and I really do love all of the activities over the fall season. The weather is cooler here in Southern California, the leaves are changing, and everyone is decorating for fall and Halloween, which is quickly followed by lots of family activities surrounding Thanksgiving.
So, not only am I sharing my epic fall bucket list of 100 things you can do with kids this fall, but I'm also sharing a recipe for pumpkin scones and pumpkin flavored tea to get you started on number 24 'eat pumpkin everything'.
So grab a cup of tea, sit back, and let's get started on making those scones and planning our fall checklist. Because everything is better when you have a cup of tea in hand.
Tip: To turn your Chai Vanilla Bigelow Tea into a delicious pumpkin flavored chai simply add 1 teaspoon of pumpkin puree along with a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. It's that easy, and it's delicious too. Top with a little milk too, and stir.
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I might love every season, but it's not until summer officially ends that I can truly get into all things fall. Which also means pumpkin EVERYTHING! Although, I had to draw the line at pumpkin flavored pasta sauce the other day when my daughter gave me the 'not pumpkin again' look because she's been kind of getting over the 'pumpkin everything' phase I've been going through. I'll get it next week though.
Last week I made pumpkin scones (recipe coming), so this week I made pumpkin donut muffins. Because what could be better than a donut and a muffin in one delicious pumpkin treat?
They may not be the prettiest little donut muffins, but they sure are tasty. And they are mini's too, so perfect for entertaining.
Serving size: makes 36 mini pumpkin donut muffins