It’s not always easy to tell it’s fall here in Arizona. The weather is still in the upper 90’s, and there aren’t any beautiful maple or oak trees turning red and gold around the valley. But we all know it’s fall. You can just about feel the excitement in the air. It may be in the 90’s, but it isn’t 110 and for that we are thankful. We are also holding our breath. Have we had our last day of 100 plus degrees yet? It’s too early to tell. Even so, we know it will be soon. But, there are other ways for us to feel like it is fall. Here are just a few that help get us into the spirit:
1. Hang your dish towel with the fall leaves on it in the kitchen.
2. Go to the dollar store and buy as many fall leaf garlands as you can afford. Place them all over the house.
3. Get out your cookbooks and bake every pumpkin recipe you can find. Take some pumpkin bread to share with your neighbors so they will know it is fall, too.
4. Go to Starbucks and get a Pumpkin Latte. Make sure to drink it with the air conditioning on high in your car.
5. Watch the movie, “You’ve Got Mail”. Enjoy all the colored leaves and pumpkins at the beginning of the movie. Be like Tom Hanks and send someone a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.
6. Go to the grocery store and buy a cute little mini pumpkin to decorate your kitchen. Try not to look at the Christmas trees that are right next to them, so you don’t think you missed fall completely.
7. Get out your red apple scented candles, and light them at night to experience that fall coziness.
8. Stick scarecrow lawn ornaments all over your yard.
9. Buy orange, yellow, and burgundy colored mums and plant them in your flower pots outside.
10. Turn the air conditioning down in your house so it feels a little cooler and remark, to the nearest family member, “I think the weather is starting to cool off, don’t you?”
So you don’t need to feel sorry for us. We have plenty of fall here. And, anyway, it doesn’t matter, because we are just happy we made it through another summer!:)
World’s Best Pumpkin Bread
1 c canola oil
- 3 c sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger
- 3/4 c water
- 3 1/3 c flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 small can pumpkin (or 1 2/3 cups)
- Mix all ingredients together until just moistened.
- Pour into 2 loaf pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour. Time varies due to size and shape of pan and oven. Check often with toothpick for doneness, and do not overcook for best results.
- Let cool, then wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use. Freezes well.
Recipe courtesy of Vicki Poor