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Fall Flavors of Pumpkin and Apple Make My Heart Sing

Fall is finally here, and our temperatures are hovering around a comfortable 80 degrees this week. The leaves aren’t changing colors here yet, but I anticipate gorgeous foliage soon. The weather isn’t the only thing I love about fall. Fall flavors are everywhere you look.

I know pumpkin spice is all the rage. My husband is on his second box of pumpkin spice K Cups coffee. We’ve had two or three pumpkin rolls, and pumpkin bread is on the horizon. He’s already pestering me about a pumpkin pie. While I like pumpkin just as much as the next person, I look forward to apples more.

I just bought four and a half pounds of Paula Red apples. They are gorgeous and smell amazing. I will probably eat most of them raw. I may slather a few in extra crunchy peanut butter. One thing I must absolutely do to welcome the blissfully cooler temperatures is bake a couple of apples with cinnamon and sugar. Let’s not forget the apple pie. I have a friend who always requests apple pie when we have a big dinner.

I love making apple pie. Rolling out the crust, slicing the apples, mixing the filling, and weaving the lattice crust is the most relaxing activity I know. The aroma that fills my house as an apple pie bakes is better than any room spray. The air embraces me and soothes my weary soul with cinnamon and apple goodness.

Fall flavors aren’t the only things I love about the season. I am ready to wear my sweaters and boots. I long to hear the crunch of fallen leaves with each step as I hike through the woods with my husband. I’m ready for bon fires and cozy evenings curled up on the couch with a cup of hot apple cider.

Most importantly, I’m celebrating my 19th wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks. When Jim proposed and asked me when I’d like to get married, I told him it had to be in October. Most brides love June weddings, but I have always embraced the crispness of fall. I couldn’t imagine a better time to begin my life with my love.

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