Fall is in the air & Foxfire…

Foxfire, the eerie phosphorescent glow emitted by decaying logs in dark woods, struck the Georgia high-school students charged with starting a magazine in 1966 as the ideal symbol of the bright but slowly fading traditions of Appalachia.

Just thought I’d throw that in there….LOL It is something I’ve witnessed! IT is indeed eerie looking! We dug a pond and had the land pushed around it and at dusk the ground was lit up like fireflies! We researched and found that it was phosphorous!

FALL

 

Fall officially begins on September 23…Also known as Autumnal Equinox, which simply means that the sun moves to the southern hemisphere, or has a more southerly motion…We begin to have shorter days and longer nights…It is the time for harvest. This also means there has to be some way of preserving the bounty of the harvest, such as canning freezing, drying, dehydrating the fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, etc. Undoubtedly this is why in earlier times feasts were prepared and celebrations took place at this bountiful time of the year…This is when we begin to think about picking up fall mums at the local nursery, to decorate for fall. That is if we haven’t already planted them from the previous fall…

We go to the local farmer’s market to pick out a pumpkin or two for making pumpkin pie, bread, and for decorating. Making table centerpieces out of gourds, miniature pumpkins, corn husks, acorns, and other gifts from nature. Children get all excited about raking leaves, toasting marshmallows, and playing in the piles of leaves.

This is the perfect time for making homemade hot mulled cider to warm us up…And bundling up in our cozy sweaters, corduroy skirts, thick tights and sturdy boots…After we have washed or dry cleaned our stored winter clothing, of course…Sometimes just hanging these on the clothesline for a few hours in the bright fall sunshine, will freshen them up just fine!

 

Fall in the South means:The pecans will soon be ready to gather, provided the squirrels haven’t found them first…We’ll be making all kinds of treats with them and freezing some for later use. Scuppernongs are ripe for picking and making jelly or jam…Having cooler weather makes it nice to go for walks in the woods and gather pine cones, berries, and other natural gifts for decorating the fall table…

There is something about the cool, crisp weather that is so invigorating!

Autumn is a lovely time…which is why I love to bring the outdoors inside at this wonderful time of the year…Changing the decor just a bit to include some if the rich, scrumptious fall colors…It is said that warm colors in our surroundings actually tend to warm us…In other areas of the country it is apple picking time…Apple Picking There is nothing more delightful than picking apples, peeling them, slivering up a few to simmer in a cast iron skillet on the stove to add to pancakes or hot biscuits. Just add a few teaspoons of brown sugar, a bit of cinnamon or Apple Pie Spice, cook until desired doneness and spoon onto toast, pancakes, biscuits, bagels, etc. Fall is one of those special times of the year…Let’s get out and celebrate it with these charming ideas…Your life will surely be more delightful than ever!

OLD WORLD APPLE PIE

1 can of apples

3/4 c. sugar

1/3 t. salt

1 egg, beaten

1/2 t. vanilla

1 c. sour cream

1 t. flour

1 pie shell

Topping:

1/3 c. flour

1/4 c. butter

1/3 c. brown sugar

Or use regular dough and cut in strips for a lattice topping.

 

Chop apples, set aside. Combine sugar, 1 t. flour and salt. Add egg, vanilla and sour cream, beat until smooth. Add apples and mix well. Pour into shell. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. FOR TOPPING: Combine remaining flour, butter, and brown sugar, sprinkle over top of pie. Bake for 20 minutes at 325 degrees.

If this is confusing, just write me with your questions.

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