Fall Treats, Treasures & Decor!

I think the fall season is my favorite time of the year! Pumpkin pie, fall spiced candles and of course the movie “You’ve Got Mail”.

I love to hit the Dollar Tree… Target Dollar Spot, thrift stores and any other local stores for some new fall decor and goodies for the house.

The house is usually filled with faux pumpkins, lots of fall scented spice candles… And white twinkling lights throughout the house. Candles are lit every evening, mood lights are turned on… and we sit and enjoy some pumpkin spice coffee while watching a good movie. I have quilts and throws over the chairs to make it a cozy home for us to enjoy during this season.

Here is some of my new goodies for this year that I will be using around the house as well as some fun Fall day trips, and some adventures of the season. I love watching some of my YouTube friends who  I like to call my friends… and to see what they post on their channel, for some new Fall items that they get for their homes as well. It gives me some great ideas of what stores are selling each year and where they shop….before I head out to look for my goodies.

What do you use to decorate your homes? Do you have traditions that you do when it comes to decorating for the seasons? Send me some comments and pictures below so that I can get some ideas from you as well.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Fall color trees are a Favorite!!!
NJ Fall skies are fantastic.
Hubbard Squash from the Amish country.
Crisp Fall leaves.
Family road trips
Scenic sites on road trips.
Seasonal produce.
Traditional places to visit.
Beautiful views from where I work.
Halloween fun times.
Fall harvest.
Pretty backdoor goodies.
New Fall centerpiece.
My famous pumpkin bread.
Harvest festivals.
Apple picking
Fall decor at local farms.
Sunflower patch.
Freshness

Bonfires
Friends gathering
Hayrides
Smores…Yummy

Hubbard Squash and pumpkin Goodies

At one point we became members of a 4H group… for a fund raiser they would make pumpkin pies to sell at a annual fall festival. People swarmed over to our table to get these homemade pumpkin pie’s as if they were something really special. Being new to the group I couldn’t figure out what was so interesting about these pies… since it didn’t looked any different from any other pumpkin pie I’ve seen in the local supermarket. So I had to ask them what the secret was… and they shared it with me, it was Hubbard Squash.

First of all I have never heard of that style squash… and when I went to look for it here in New Jersey I had a hard time finding it. One fall afternoon we were in Pennsylvania… and I spotted this weird looking blue colored squash, when I asked them what the name of it was lo and behold it was “the Hubbard squash”. Absolutely overjoyed that I found it… I picked it up for just a couple of dollars and brought it home.

At first glance I thought I would just cut it into chunks and cook it down like I would for a pumpkin. There was no way in the world unless I got an axe that I could actually cut into this thing. So I decided to put the whole thing in the oven and cook it down and it took about 12 hours. So I have continued doing this for the past 12 years or so.

One of our favorite outings is to go to Pennsylvania and hit the Amish farm markets in the Fall. There I can get a 5 to 7 pounds Hubbard Squash… anywhere from $3 to $5 dollars. This is a good size to make several loaves of bread, muffins, soup and or cookies. It freezes well… And taste just like pumpkin but even better!

Here are a few pictures of it going into the oven, what it looks like coming out of the oven, cutting it open and scooping up the pulp etc. I will put it in freezer bags… and freeze it for when I need to bake. Check out this funny looking squash… try it out and taste and see how delicious it is! Let me know if you have any good pumpkin bread recipes to share!

Before going in the oven…

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After cooking on 200 for about 10 hours…

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The first cut before cleaning out the pulp…

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Cleaning out the seeds….

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all cleaned out….

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yummy pulp for pumpkin pie, bread, soup, muffins and cookies….

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Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

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Apple Picking, Homemade Applesauce and Homemade Applesauce Muffins….YUMO!!!

 

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Happy Fall everyone!!!…..Have you been apple picking yet? We just did our annual visit to a semi local farm for a hayride into the apple orchard fields to pick our apples for the season. I think I enjoy this more that our kids ever did…I think they go just for me. But my whole family loves the benefits of fresh, crisp apples, apple pie, a sliced up apple with peanut butter, or our favorite ….homemade applesauce and homemade applesauce muffins.

This is a real treat for us. Great for a fall morning breakfast, a snack during the day or a “just because I need a little something, something” as we say in our family.

Here are my two favorite recipes….I hope you enjoy them. Share your favorite things that you make with apples and feel free to share your recipes with all of us too in the comments below.

I usually do this in the crock pot overnight on low and you can also do this on the stove top until the apples are soft and then blend together in a food processor or blender.

Let it cool down and then I put the applesauce in zip lock sandwich bags…lay them flat and freeze for future use.

Applesauce:

  • 6 apples (I like to mix and match different apple selections)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (brown sugar is extra yummy)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Dump everything in the pot and cook on low stove top or crock pot and then blend together until a sauce texture.

Applesauce Muffins:

(You Can Also Use a Bread Pan or Bundt Pan Too)

  • 2 ½ cups flours
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar (¾ if you like your muffins really sweat)
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 – ½ cups of applesauce

Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes for muffins

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

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