5 Things

I LOVE Fall. How about you? There’s just something so wonderful about the season. The cooler air, the changing leaves and PUMPKINS! I mean seriously, who doesn’t love pumpkins?

Living in LA, we don’t  experience the cool crisp days associated with Fall until sometime in November. (Cold weather climates..Pleeeeezzzz don’t hate me for stating this fact).

That being said, the month of October brings with it a number of lovely fall mementos that one should not ignore but instead partake in …no matter what the official temperature reading is outside.

Here’s the short list of 5 fabulous fall items to enjoy right this very minute….

Number ONE! Decorate with pumpkins..it’s the perfect prop for outdoor decor and transitions perfectly right into Thanksgiving.

Number TWO: Bake or buy some YUMMY pumpkin baked goods…

Healthy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
(recipe from https://www.littlebroken.com)
INGREDIENTS
·         1/3 cup coconut oil, in liquid form
·         1/2 cup honey
·         2 eggs
·         1 cup mashed ripe banana, about 2–3 bananas
·         1 cup pure pumpkin puree
·         1/4 cup milk
·         2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
·         1 tsp. baking soda
·         1 tsp. vanilla extract
·         1/2 tsp. sea salt
·         1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
·         1/2 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet or dark chocolate
INSTRUCTIONS
1.       Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
2.       Grease 12 cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or if using liners, line with liners.
3.       In a large mixing bowl, whisk coconut oil and honey. Whisk in eggs.
4.       With a wooden spoon, mix in the mashed banana, pumpkin puree, milk, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt.
5.       Add the flour and mix just until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
6.       Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan. You should be able to fill all 12 muffin cups.
7.       Bake for 5 minutes at 425 F degrees, then keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350 F degrees, and bake for additional 17-20 or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
8.       Place the muffin pans on a cooling rack to cool. Store cooled muffins, covered, at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.

Number  Three: Take a walk outside and ENJOY the changing colors of the season.

Number Four: Wear a Turtleneck Sweater…Chic and so stylish!

Pair your classic turtleneck with anything and everything: pants,skirts, jeans…it’s a closet staple that looks good on everyone.

Number Five: ENJOY any number of things that bring you joy! A list to help inspire…

 

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