Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fall is in the Air! How? Take a look....

You can definitely tell it's fall at our house.. (I say "our" because truthfully that's what it really is...only 2 more months until Andrew and I are under one roof!).  Yes, it's actually FALL here in Toronto. Contrary to popular belief we do get all four seasons!

Here is how we can tell fall is finally here:

  • Even thought it's just me here in Toronto right now, football is on 24/7!  Saturday it's college football, well, the games I get anyway.  It's scarce. I get most SEC games on Saturday afternoon and the games that are broadcasted on the major networks.  It's strange, I get Peachtree TV...I thought that was just an ATL channel, but we get it here in Toronto.  I follow my Hokies on ESPN's play-by-play via my iPad. Sunday is all NFL!!

  • Speaking of the beginning of the season our first game was against Appalachian State, my sister's school.  For the first time ever we were truly a "family divided" although we found ourselves rooting for both teams.  I could tell mom and dad just couldn't decide who to root for. Here are few pics from that weekend. We tailgated with my wonderful college & Europe friends Susan & Katie

  • While shopping on Saturday I bought a fall Yankee candle.  It's a Spice flavored one and it's been burning all day!  Mmmmmm, fall......

  • I started wearing some of my fall clothes...i.e. Boots!  Do you ever get "bored" of the current season wardrobe?  I do! I'm so tired of my summer clothes and I'm anxious to get my swathers and tights out of the drawers!  This may be weird, but I'm also ready to go running now that it's getting colder! I will run in the cold any day vs. the heat! 

  • I was very productive in the kitchen this weekend.  I stocked my freezer and made Chili, Black Bean Soup & Pasta Sauce.  I also made some Pumpkin Bread. You know those recipes you only bring out during certain seasons?  Well this is one of them.  I remember when I lived in California, my roommate, Katie Mack, who also works for Nissan, suggested that we make pumpkin bread as gifts for our co-workers in the office.  We must have made at least four batches in one weekend!  Anyway, this recipe is SUPER easy and I thought I would share it with you. Keep in mind, this recipe is for THREE (3) loaves of bread...
Pumpkin Bread
Mix the following ingredients in a small bowl:
3 1/2 cups of Flour
1 1/4 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Nutmeg
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon

Mix these ingredients in a large bowl: 
3 cups Sugar
1 cup Vegetable Oil (I use 1/2 Canola Oil and 1/2 water) 
2/3 cup water
1 - 16 oz. pumpkin
4 eggs

Gradually add in small bowl ingredients. Pour into grease pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour (each loaf). 

It is AMAZING...I assure you! 

So it's fall, but unfortunately (or fortunately for Andrew's sake) all of our decorations are packed away in storage. Andrew just loves decorating (sense the sarcasm? But truthfully, he is a good sport about it and will definitely partake!) So our condo is not decorated for the fall, but between football, candles & cooking it certainly feels like fall is here! :)


Meredith & Andrew

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