I love fall. (In fact, I have a Pinterest board for that... You knew it was coming, didn't you?) And as tolerable as these 85-degree days have been, they are nothing compared to a cool 65-degree day. Or 55-degree day. Or a snowy winter day, but that's another season. (Well, not always, but I do want a chance to enjoy fall first!)
This weekend, I decided to treat the family to a taste of autumn, even if it's a bit early. Pumpkin muffins! Big Sis and I use this recipe, but we make three changes. We substitute coconut oil for vegetable oil, use 3/4 cup all-purpose flour and 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, and use 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup butterscotch chips. This is one of our favorite brunchy things in all the world.
And they are that good. Truly.
I asked the girls for some of their favorite fall book titles. We want to save some for later, since we have another month until the season actually arrives, but here are two of our favorites. I know both of these books are super-popular selections, but when two books are so beloved, there are reasons for that, no?
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Big Sis has fond memories of this book from her preschool days. She was simply enchanted by it. I used it for a storytime at my old bookstore job. I loved making fall crafts with the kids. (Stained glass leaves using crayon shaving, wax paper, and an iron? Awesome sauce.)
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper has been on my mind lately. I am a pumpkin fiend, and pumpkin soup is one of my very, very favorite things. Last year, I made a divine pumpkin soup with a Queensland blue pumpkin. It was magical. And I made large garlic croutons to float in the bowls of creamy soup... I'll share when the time to make it again rolls around.
Now I'll leave you with a little Disney.