My goodness, here we are at the end of September. Crazy!!! October is for sure the beginning of fall for me. Campfires, leaves falling, cooler temps, sweatshirts............
I really do like this time of the year. I think Spring is my favorite followed up with fall.
We had a conversation Tuesday about not having power or being without lights. I noticed something the other day with a new neighbor. Remember that yard I showed a while back with the full dump truck in the backyard? (Oh that place was awful). Well it has been cleaned up and there is a small family living there. She obviously does not have a dryer and there is no clothes line - but that doesn't stop her! She has figured a way to dry her clothes. No power needed!!!!
I think of different foods when cooler weather comes along. I am a seasonal type person. I can't wait for a pot of chili!!!!
There are some inexpensive food that can be had this time of the year to stretch that budget. Now ids cabbage time and many farm markets have it and it is usually a cheaper ingredient. I love chopped and fried cabbage (in bacon grease). Mmmmmm!
Another favorite is sauteed cabbage with a little ham or smoked sausage or chopped Spam with rice added. It is so good and comforting - and very filling and frugal.
Smores are also a fall favorite - remember you don't have to buy all kinds of ingredients. Just keep it simple and you can even enjoy them in the house!!!!!!
FRIED CORN OR HOMINY
If you haven't tried this you need to.
1 can corn or hominy - drained
chopped peppers and chopped onion
Fry all together in butter or bacon grease (yes) until the peppers and onion are tender and corn or hominy has a lightly golden color.
A favorite of mine. Makes for a nice side dish and something different.
EASY GLAZED CARROTS
1 pkg. baby carrots (16 oz.)
1/4 C apple cider
1/4 C apple jelly
1 1/2 tsp. dijon-style mustard
Place carrots and cider in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer until carrots are tender and liquid is pretty well gone. Add jelly and mustard. Jelly melts and glazes.
These are so easy and tasty.
Now is the time to think about adding new and different dishes to your meal plan. Keeps things fun and you don't get bored and your family tries new things.
Now is the time to start looking for the ingredients to make up jar recipes - whether meal or spices - coffees or teas or chocolate - so many great ideas to be had. I will do some posts of jar recipes in coming days. They are nice to have on the pantry shelves and they are nice to have for gifts. Jar recipes make great gift baskets.
Super nice to have on the shelf in case that unexpected person drops by around the holidays and you want to give them something. Makes nice hostess gifts as well.
Now is orchard time - apples, cider and pumpkins and gourds! I love apples and cider! The orchard I go to has a sales building that has a huge fireplace - on a cold day a fire will be roaring! That is their only heat and it is just so fun to go in.
Fall is in the air!
What are your favorite fall ideas? Favorite foods or traditions?