Fall Question Challenge

10 Questions About Fall

I read this on post on Lana Cole’s Welcome to Our Campfire Blog, and thought it fun.

‘Cause Fall is fun. Heck I walk in the woods for fun in the Fall.

If you don’t dabble in fun, then go away.

Anyone who reads this should give these questions a shot; truth is, random trivia is how we actually start getting to know one another. It’s not like you sit down next to another person and start talking deep philosophy from the get go.

Or maybe you do. Are you that person?

What is one candle you MUST light every Fall? 

One of my favorite pieces of Fall is the smells. Apples, spices, leaves. I actually believe you can smell when it’s going to snow, and I’m not the only northern New Englander who feels that way. The air has such distinct smells certain times of the year, and Fall is one of them. We live about 2 hours from the actual Yankee Candle Factory, and there are stores everywhere. They make a few scents that are the essence of Fall to me:

  • Macintosh – the quintessential apple smell
  • Autumn Wreath – smells like the woods in the Fall
  • Farmer’s Market – smells like pumpkins and apples and spices

When you think of Fall, what does it remind you of?

Fall is one of the few times of year where we’re kinda slow as a family. Winter is insane with two children competitively skiing around the world, and summer is equally as crazy, as we generally have so little of it here in northern New England, that we’re trying to pack a ton into the few short months of warmth. When I think of Fall, I actually have the time to slow down and cook comfort foods – chili, soups, stews come to mind; I enjoy the cozy clothes – sweaters, boots, and wraps; of course the baking – anything that’s actually got real pumpkin in it, cinnamon, and apple anything.

What is your all time fall/Halloween movie?

 

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‘Nuff said.

What Halloween costume do you have in mind?

We tend to not dress up on Halloween any more or do the party thing. Last few parties we attended years when we were well into our adult and parenting years dipped into the realm of what a college party looked like, and we just decided no. But when our kids did trick or treat, we dressed our Bulldog up as a punk rocker and a Queen. Because she is Queen Fat Lucy, after all.

What is your favorite Fall trend?

I can unequivocally tell you it is not the whole pumpkin spice craze. Unless you’ve made the product yourself or gotten it from a bakery, the pumpkin in it is likely a fake flavor.

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Look, I can be a basic bitch you enjoys an occasional Starbucks drink, but I loathe their Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL). Someone actually tried to convince me that there was real pumpkin in it. I almost spit out my drink.

And no, it wasn’t a Starbucks drink.

I love baked pumpkin goods, however. LOVE them, but they must actually contain real pumpkin and that fruit – yes, it is a fruit – is enhanced by certain spices. Pumpkin spice is a mixture of some of my favorite spices, excluding ginger. Never been a massive ginger fan.

Good ole’ Betty Crocker gives us a great recipe for make your own pumpkin spice:

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves.
  • Mix the spices together in a small bowl and take a little whiff. (Smells like heaven, right?) Store the mixture in a clean small jar or spice container.

See? So easy. Truth is, this should be called Fall Spice, since it works with apples, sweet potatoes, pears. Not everything in the Fall is pumpkin. Fall is apples, pears, spices in general.

Let’s start a movement: Down with pumpkin spice. Up with Fall Spice.

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When you think of Fall, what drink comes to mind?

You now know my thoughts on PSL, especially from Starbucks, but I love warm apple cider. Fall spiced? Even better. [See how I’m already starting that trend?]

What is your go to fall beauty product? A must have staple!

I don’t know I associate Fall and beauty products together. I do wear makeup, so likely some deeper, warmer eyeshadow colors, but I haven’t been able to wear eyeshadow in a while because of my allergies.

I will start wearing darker hues, which is not the norm for me, when I get my nails done. I rather like this deep shade of red.

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Do you prefer apple or pumpkin pie?

I like them both, and my answer actually depends on who has made them. I know more people than not that make a bland apple pie. I want a spicy apple pie, and sadly not too many people properly spice their apple pie. I much like pumpkin pie, but again, I’ve had some poopy flavorless pies.

I want spice in my Fall pies.

Do you have any fall traditions? If so tell us all about them!

Fall means orchard harvest season in this house. We’re wrapping up making Peach Salsa, and using up the last of other people’s tomatoes (we never successfully have a tomato harvest) to make Tomato Flip. We’re attempting to pick our apples, Concord grapes, and Asian pears before Mother Nature’s furry freaks eat them to make Applesauce and Apple Cake, Grape Jelly, and Asian Pear Cake. The cakes freeze well, and the applesauce and jelly gets canned for the Winter. We occasionally make apple cider with our cider press. With any of this, the kids are a part of the mixture, from picking to baking to canning. They love the process and the end result.

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The moment of truth, is Fall your favorite season?

Hands down, without a doubt, Fall is my favorite season. Has been since I was a kid. The colors, the smells, the clothes, the food, the feel.

It’s almost an intangible home.

In literature, it is said that Fall is represents ripeness, maturity, beauty, change – so says the English major and former English teacher. Maybe this is why I’ve never been sad about getting older.

It’s kinda like I’m already home.

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I’d like to tag Brittany Bonnaffons from Ordinarily Extraordinary Mom to take this challenge. If you don’t read her blog, you should. She helps to keep me kinda sorta humble. Thanks Brittany 😉

How does a fall measure up for you? Take the challenge and tag me so I can read your answers 🙂

Have a wonderful Monday!

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