fall treats + traditions

I love fall. It’s the combination of the leaves changing, fall fashion, fall food and creepy Halloween movies and decor that make it my favorite time of the year.

This past Sunday, we had what I would consider to be the “perfect fall evening.” We carved pumpkins while watching Hocus Pocus (a staple for the season, if I do say so myself). After we gutted our pumpkins, I decided to cook the seeds. I rinsed them, and then coated them in melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. I put them on a baking sheet and popped them into the oven at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Once I put them in the oven, I went back to carving and watching the movie. The apartment filled with the delicious smell as they baked.
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image (6)Our pumpkins – mine is the Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Jeff’s is Wreck-It Ralph.

I usually go all out for Halloween – deck my apartment out in Halloween decorations, dress up, pass out candy at my family’s house, and go pumpkin and apple picking. Since we are in a new state, we are laying a little low this year. We are sticking with two traditions – halloween movies and fall cooking. Some of my favorite movies to get in during the season are: Scream, Hocus Pocus, Monster House, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice and of course, Halloween.

For our fall cooking this year, I decided to make apple butter this season. I found this recipe from Changing My Destiny and adapted it a little bit by using six large Fiji apples, rather than 12 small ones. It turned out incredible.

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Do you have any fall traditions?


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