It’s Fall!

October 12, 2010

You know how some people have these grandiose dreams about all of these incredible things they want to do? My dreams are much smaller in scale. I just want one night where I get home at a reasonable hour from work, eat dinner, play with the kids, put them to bed and then sit on the couch and watch TV. Seriously, this is my dream, and yet there is always so much to deal with day in and day out that I can’t seem to ever make this a reality…one day, people!

Anyway, it’s already mid-October, so now would be a grand old time to take advantage of everything fall, because before you know it, winter will be here.

I love the smaller pumpkins as decorations. Two or three on your front hall table make a nice little still life to get everyone in the fall mood.

Austin had a birthday party yesterday and the favor was a mid-sized pumpkin and a set of pumpkin carving tools. So cute — and useful! So if you have any fall flings planned, consider it as a nice parting gift.

Need a side dish? Nothing says fall like squash, and there are so many good ones.

 

Meet Delicata

 

Roasted Butternut: Cut a butternut squash in half and take the seeds out. Roast it flesh side down at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes on a cookie sheet. (You know it’s done when you can stick a knife in and out easily.) Let it cool, peel the skin off and put it in a bowl. Use a potato masher to mash it up with some butter and cinnamon.

Baked Acorn: Cut the acorn squash in half and take the seeds out. Put it into a glass baking dish. Place some butter, maple syrup and all spice inside. Bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. It’s done when the inside becomes soft.

Sauteed Delicata: This was a new entry for me this year. Peel the skin off with a peeler. Cut in half and take the seeds out. Cut into small pieces and saute in olive oil in a frying pan. When it starts to soften, add in some sage and a cut up onion. When everything is softened, and the squash is browned, it’s ready to serve.

There’s also apple picking, hay rides, corn mazes and cider to be had at a farm near you — you can even pick out your pumpkin while you’re there. Bring lots of bags to put your haul into. It takes a little planning, but nothing tastes better than an apple you picked yourself.

Take a minute to gaze up at the leaves changing color. The first big wind will take it all away…

Etc.

We took the kids to a Knicks open practice yesterday. I was more excited to see Allan Houston than any of the current Knicks. It’s funny that because the Knicks pretty much stink, my kids are not fans. (Totally fair weather…)

Such a nice day today. Glad some people had it off. Happy Columbus Day!

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