A lot happens in the fall that is worth getting giddy over. You know that feeling when you get giddy and you just want to roll & jump around the bed (I call it getting wiggly) that happens a lot to me when the temperature starts to go down. NOT winter down though! ICK!! just Fall temps.
So far in the last 3 days I have done 3 things that scream Fall goodness (4 if you count the last, but that happens all the time, but it is something i just love)
1) Popcorn Balls!!!!
I don't remember exactly when i started loving them, but i have loved them for as long as I can remember. We used to get them at the mall in Boulder when I was a kid and at school Halloween parties and maybe even trick or treating, but I can't imagine that that is a "safe" treat. So I made my own. Stuck to a simple recipe and they were FANTASTICALLY sweet and gooey.
2) Carving Pumpkins
I bought this little guy weeks ago and was glad I had time today to turn him into what he was meant to be all along. A perfect little Jack-O-Lantern. I am not one who has a vast artistic ability (I drew an Easter picture for josh this year and when we just came across it again this month, he thought one of the kids I baby-sit for made it). That being said, every pumpkin i have ever carved has looked EXACTLY like the one I made today.
3) Pumpkin Seeds
The second best part of carving pumpkins is getting to play with the slimy innards and the third best part are making baked pumpkin seeds. This is easy. Just put them on a baking sheet (mostly dried, just a little damp), sprinkle with salt and bake for 15-20 min. You can also coat them in melted butter first that is good too, but i forgot that step today.
4) Clean Sheets (again, this is not privy to Fall- just one of those nice things)
Oh laundry day can be a daunting chore (when you are on a 5th floor walk-up and have to walk a block to the laundromat)! But the end result is so wonderful. Today I did a few select loads of laundry (josh usually handles this- maybe that's why today was extra gratifying) and when the sheets come out of the dryer and they are still warm and you bring them to your face to smell, I can't help but take the longest breaths right into the sheets and comforter. It. just. smells. so. good. I remember this feeling going back to being just a little thing. When my mom had cleaning to do she would send us off to go play outside. After a long day of playing we would take a bath and go to sleep on super clean delicious smelling sheets with freshly washed fluffy blankies and special stuffed animals!
Oh the simple joys in life. I love you.