Thursday, November 08, 2012

Fall Recipes that Helped me to Not Eat a Candle

I have seriously thought about eating a fall candle before. The smells transport me to a brisk New England lighthouse where a candle dimly lights my Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a raggedy young girl who sells lemon drops to feed her family during the Depression. Seriously, candles have a weird effect on me. With that type of insane quirkiness now out there for the world to read, I will say that I have never actually eaten a fall candle. Instead I ran to this website and made these this past week:

Pumpkin Granola made with fresh pumpkin and all the wonderful spices that smell like your grandmother's apron at Thanksgiving. I love this because it has no oil. I was putting almost 3 cups of oil in our granola to feed our little band of warriors. That is an unacceptable amount of oil. This recipe uses none and I like that. 

I also made this Apple Spice Granola that can pretty much be turned into any type of granola if you tweaked the fruit puree you put in. 

Note: I did have to cook mine a lot longer than what her recipe called for. I have no idea why.

I made this Pumpkin Pie. It's insanely delicious and is a super easy recipe that your 10-year old daughter and her friend can knock out together. We used "Wheat Digestive Crackers," some butter and sugar to make the crust. For those non-China-living readers, I'm sorry you had to read the word "digestive cracker." They really are better tasting than they are named. Kind of like meatloaf and meatballs. Balls should never be in the title of a recipe. It's just wrong.

The rest of my large batch of pumpkin puree went to making a super simple Pumpkin Spice Syrup for coffee. I didn't turn it into a latte like the recipe called for. I just put a little normal powdered creamer in it and a Tablespoon or so of this syrup. You could probably eliminate the powdered creamer, I just have issues with my coffee being a certain color. 

I also made some Gingerbread Syrup. See, notice the obsession with fall. Both of these were wonderful. Every morning I've used these I have closed my eyes for a second and smelled it. And then smiled. I feel like I've been filming a commercial. 

I hope you enjoy your fall recipes as much as I have. And for the love of all things good, please never eat a candle. By the way, if you are in the need of a great candle for the holidays, check out Tim's Candles.  The proceeds from your purchase will go towards helping fund 6 young men as they travel different places in the world bringing light and hope to a lost world. 

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