Falling In Love With Autumn

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.  Ecclesiastes 3:1

I have a confession to make, I am a Michigander and I really don’t like the fall season.  So many friends and family (my own Mister included) LOVE fall!  They can’t wait to haul out the hoodies, sweaters, plaid, cozy boots and of course the Michigan/Michigan State gear!  Visits to the pumpkin patch, apple orchard, cider mill, and football games are fall must dos!  Apple crisp, carmel apples, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, gorgeous orange, yellow and red foliage, what is there not to like?

I can’t quite decide why I get a little down in the fall, but I suspect it is because #1-I am a teacher and the long, schedule free days of summer have ended and things are super busy with all of us heading back to school/work.  #2-I know that we have many long, bitter cold months ahead of us.

This year I’m challenging myself to fall in love with autumn.  I realized that even though going back to work/school is busy and somewhat stressful, it is kind of nice for us all to be back on a schedule.  Also, as much as I dread those bitter cold days of winter, I can’t “borrow trouble” and fail to enjoy the splendor of this beautiful season God has given us to enjoy.  Who knows-maybe it will be a mild winter!  Some of the most beautiful weather of the whole year happens in September and October in Michigan.

We have been blessed with some spectacular sunsets this fall and the days and evenings seem to cast a golden glow over everything.  The stars seem to shine a little brighter in the inky sky and  the faint smell of bonfire smoke lingers in the crisp air.  There is a calmness and stillness in the air as the evening darkness settles in earlier each night.  So although autumn might not be my favorite season-I will always prefer the warm weather and spring flowers-I think I am starting to fall in love just a little, with autumn and appreciate it for the unique, and special season it is.  I will try to enjoy each season (even winter) and be on the look out for the wonderful gifts God gives us throughout the year.

How about you?  Do you enjoy autumn? What is your favorite season?

I’m off to enjoy a cinnamon spice tea!  Here are a few photos from this fall!

 

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Photos From my talented sister Jules:

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~Blessings,

Jen

Apple Pie In a Mug

I recently came across this recipe from Hungry Girl called Red Hot Apple Pie In A Mug.  I know it is not exactly apple season but with summer around the corner, what is more American than apple pie!  This recipe took me less than 10 minutes to make and it really does taste like apple pie.  For a mere 140 calories, it is a tasty, sweet treat!

Ingredients:

1 medium apple (I use organic)

12-15 red hot baking candies

1 graham cracker sheet (you can use cinnamon or regular)

cinnamon

whipped topping

Directions:

1. Dice the apples into bite sized pieces and place the apple and red hots into a mug. Cover and heat in microwave for one minute.


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2.After 1 minute stir and microwave for another 1-2 minutes and stir. (I only had to cook for 1 minute).  The one problem I had was that it bubbled over both times I tried this recipe.  I covered the mug with a salad plate and it must not have sealed properly.  This dessert is well worth the little mess though!  When it is done cooking, it looks like this:

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3. Let the apples cool for 2-3 minutes.  Place the graham cracker sheet in a  sealed baggie and now it is time get some frustration out with your rolling pin, by pounding the cracker into crumbs!

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4. Add most of the crumbs to the apple mixture and stir.  Top with whipped cream and add the rest of the graham cracker crumbs and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Mine was still a bit hot so the whipped cream started to melt, but trust me, it was delicious!

Here is the breakdown of the nutritional information:

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 140 calories, 0.5g fat, 44mg sodium, 47g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 24.5g sugars, 0.5g protein — PointsPlus® value 5*

Have a great weekend!

~Blessings,

Jen