So as we draw closer and closer to Thursday I just want to jump for joy. I love this time of the year. As discussed here are the list of my Fall favorites in no particular order:
Hot or cold I am here for it. To make it more adult like I would suggest the following recipe which I have had and it tastes great:
- 4 mug’s worth of apple cider
- 1 mug’s worth of caramel vodka (you can always use less (or more?) if you want, this makes it fairly strong)
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (mostly for rimming your glasses, taste the cider before to see if it needs sugar or not)
1. Mix all of the ingredients above in a large pot. (Edit: Heating up the cider before adding the vodka ensures that the alcohol doesn’t burn off! Heat it up to your desired temperature and then add the vodka.)
2. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until liquid just begins to steam (don’t over heat or else the alcohol will burn off).
3. While cider is warming up, take your mugs or glasses and rim them with brown sugar.
Oh and throw in some apple cider cupcakes and man oh man you got a winner!!
I am surprisingly not into pumpkin everything. I am more of a sweet potato chick but I have an aunt that makes the BEST pumpkin roll. Now I have had others, hers still stands tall but let me say if you can make an awesome pumpkin roll that is the one thing pumpkin I will super indulge in.
Me and Starbucks already have a love affair all year-long but when the Fall or Winter favorites come out that’s when my soul does a leap. I’ve already had the pumpkin latte which again I’m not a super fan but when you are a member and you get a preview coupon, I hopped right on it.
Now I can get a caramel hot chocolate anytime but I prefer to get one during the Fall. I also love the salted caramel hot chocolate too. I will eat a pumpkin munchkin because it again is small and I can handle a little pumpkin flavor but not too much.
I also love the smells that Fall brings. I love the smell of leaves. I really do. I love the colors. Red is one of my favorite colors and its one of the most vibrant of the Fall colors. So it’s another excuse to decorate on overload in my house. My kids love it too. We celebrate any and all holidays so that’s no surprise. My kids had me decorating for the Fall 2 weeks ago. So we are definitely ahead.
Clothing becomes more of comfort. I can wear boots, sweaters, and long sleeve shirts and my absolute favorite is my scarves. You can never have too many scarves. It’s like the seasonal go to. You can dress up or dress down an outfit.. I think it allows for pops of color and spice up a mood. I could be the only one who thinks that but nevertheless I am here for it all! Don’t forget a cute hoodie too.
Make goes to warmer and darker colors. I love a nice purple lip. I haven’t quite caught on to that vibrant I can see you across the street purple just yet but I love a deep purple or burgundy. I also like to switch out my bb creams, and moisturizer at the change of Fall. What works in the Summer will not fully carry you over into the Fall. It would be time for you to change eye liners, etc as well. There are lots of high and low-end of makeup you can grab. I tend to stick to more department stores or drug stores. One they have convenient hours than some of the higher end stores for me. Have you seen a mom towing 3 kids into MAC? Not this mom. If I can’t go on a solo trip even to Ulta or Sephora than CVS or Target here I come. I’m always there anyway why not.
I could go on and on especially since I haven’t even added my love for just apple anything. Also being an alumni of Penn State I absolutely loved when they brought back Banana foster icecream. That’s something you can throw right on top of a piece of apple pie. As you can see this is why my work outs mean so much. I eat and/or drink what I like but I have learned to scale back and find ways to do better. However if that means one more hour on the treadmill to get a piece of apple pie, than so be it. Oh and my cookie game, well you can ask the 3 that call me mom. I have many recipes even an apple tarte cookie I can’t wait to try this year as well. They don’t care. Anything that gets them to be my little helpers, they definitely love. Fall equals comfort and with that in mind I have to stay on my gym regime so I can keep my fluffy a little tighter. What are some of your Fall favorites? Tell me on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/toitimeladies/