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Fall Is Here, My Favorite Time of Year

This morning I just changed my screen saver to a view of an autumn landscape.  The brilliant golds and reds in the maple leaves along a path leading over a wooden bridge.  It reminds me of the beautiful falls we had in Ohio.  I lived there 12 years and 3 of my boys were born there.

What I love about fall?  The crisp, cool change in the weather where you need a sweatshirt if you're out in the evenings.  Football, football, football (my dad thougth he was having a boy and I was the only child so I grew up at the games with him). The fall restivals of all kinds and varieties that are planned outdoors to take advantage of the usually dry and sunny days.  Maple festivals, Oktober fest beer gardens, apple butter festivals, local festivals in every kind imaginable! Here in Louisiana are plantation, pumpkkin patch, frog jumping, crawfish, art and living history ones.

But I think there very best thing I love about fall is the baking.  The apples and pumpkins are in season. So Thanksgiving brings about many receipes for pies and cakes using these.  Here is my favorite, an apple cake.  This cake is great for lunch boxes and amazingly it stays moist and fresh for days!



5 apples peeled and cut in cubes; 2 cups sugar; 1 tsp. lemon juice; 2 tsp. cinnamin; 1 tsp. nutmeg; 1 tsp allspice, 1 cup margarine or butter; 3 cup flour; 2 ts. soda; 1 tsp. salt; 2 beaten eggs; 1 cup raisins; 1 cup nuts (I like walnuts) 

Mix apples, sugar, and spices and let stand at least 30 minutes.  Melt margarine or butter and let cool some.  Sift together flour and soda and salt.  Add apple mixture to flour and then stir in the shortening and eggs last.  Add raisins and nuts.  Mix well.  Pour into greased 9x12 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes.  Serves 12. 


Comment balloon 5 commentsAnn Dail • November 01 2010 05:20PM


Ann, I share your love for the fall, enjoying all it's beauty. Thanks for the recipe - it sounds delicious.

Posted by Jeana Cowie, Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES (RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 9 years ago

Fall is a wonderful season, but unfortuantely here in Southern California we don't experience much of a change. The leaves stay relatively the same and it is still fairly warm...but I will share in your joy and possibly try that cake!

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) over 9 years ago

I'm with you on this one.  The color of the leaves never ceases to amaze me.  Fall is by far the best season!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 9 years ago

I too love the fall in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Thank you for sharing a great's on. Y list to try.

Posted by Wendy Tomm, CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors (Beyond the Walls) over 8 years ago


Hope you enjoy the apple cake.  It's one of my favorites!  Makes great treats for Halloween or fall festivals if you wrap in orange shrink wrap for parties or neighborhoods where everyone knows each other and there's no threat of tainted treats.

Posted by Ann Dail, Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem (Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551) over 8 years ago