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Fall is in the Air

Autumn is my favorite season, I love the overall warm and fuzzy feeling I get when I think about everything Autumn. The thought of snuggling up on a crisp fall day, with a cup of tea or apple cider, sounds wonderful. The smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice, practically warm me up the second I smell them. The colors that take over the trees - the rusty reds and vibrant yellows - are all so beautiful. I just love fall. So when I take my girls for a walk in the woods this time of year, it is hard not to stop and have a mini impromptu photo shoot. The colors all around us were stunning, and the leaves crunching on the ground and falling around us made it feel like the perfect, stereotypical autumn day that made it so picture perfect. Here are a few snaps from our walk today...

While the girls napped this afternoon, I enjoyed a cup of coffee with coconut milk, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, which was delicious. It was a spontaneous decision when I saw a container of my cinnamon sugar just sitting on the counter staring at me as I took my first sip of coffee, but I may just be adding a pinch of cinnamon to every cup of coffee this fall. The primary reason I had the cinnamon out to begin with was to make some apple cinnamon toddler muffins for the girls (which they both gobbled up at snack time).

My youngest didn't nap long today, I think her incoming teeth, and all her new found talents, like walking and high fives, are keeping her awake and active. Today when she woke up and I got to spend some one on one time with her while her sister napped, we spent a couple moments learning to blow kisses. This didn't take long before she mastered it, and I took a video to send my husband, who has been away for work, and studying hard. I thought a kiss from his baby girl would lighten up his day a bit. I started the recording and asked her to 'blow a kiss for daddy', and she instantly puckered up and blew him a kiss. It was extra sweet because up until that moment, I had only shown her the hand to mouth action and the puckered lips for daddy's kiss was her own special touch.

I wanted to use squash for dinner to keep up with the 'autumn' theme today, and my options were either butternut, or spaghetti squash. I was inspired by an idea I saw on Pinterest a while back, to try making Spaghetti Squash Tater Tots. I have never used a spaghetti squash for anything except an alternative to spaghetti noodles, so it was exciting to try something new. While I was scooping out the squash to make my tots, I noticed my hands and arms were getting itchy, and I had to rinse them several times. This is nothing new to me, because every year at Halloween, my hands get itchy when I am gutting pumpkins. This has always been the case for as far back as I can remember, so much so that I have always just assumed it's totally normal and that everybody gets red or itchy when gutting pumpkins. When I explained this to my husband, he was pretty certain that what I was describing is an allergic reaction. I have to agree, because it certainly feels like an allergic reaction, however I do feel silly for having spent the past twenty some odd years, making an assumption like this... So, please try not to laugh too hard at me, because I know this is an odd question, but I would like to know: When you gut a pumpkin, do your hands get itchy and/or red?

I am all set to settle down now, with a cup of tea ready to go, and a recipe book waiting for me to browse some new dinner ideas. I am looking forward to another crazy, wonderful, autumn day tomorrow.



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