My Favorite Fall Treats
Fall is my favorite season. It’s the season where I feel most fortunate to call New England my home. I’m sick of New England winters after approximately day three of snow on the ground, but fall…I could never get enough fall. Between the weather and the foliage, it’s just so stinkin’ beautiful this time of year. Take that Southern California! I see your 365 beach days and raise you a leaf pile dive on a crisp autumn afternoon!
One of my favorite parts of season is the awesome fall treats that are so much a part of the autumn experience. For me, fall represents the return of comfort food after a long hiatus filled with fresh fruit smoothies and summer salads. This could explain why my fall clothes are still a little loose right now and tend to progressively get tighter as we get closer to the holidays. Perhaps I should pencil a few extra at-home workouts into my fall routine as well. Regardless, in my opinion, these fall treats are totally worth it.
My Favorite Fall Recipes & Treats
1. Maple Ice Cream. My husband’s family is from Vermont (his parents and sisters still live there) and I will be forever indebted to them for introducing me to the Maple Creemee. It’s a summer treat in VT but the maple-y flavor totally reads fall to me. This recipe is a great ice cream version of the flavor. I also saw this “ice cream in a bag” Maple Creemee recipe which I have yet to try, but thought would be fun with Liam. Putting in on the fall bucket list.
2. Swedish Apple Pie. This has long been a family favorite. I love this recipe for two reasons: #1 it is super delicious and #2 it is incredibly easy to make. I typically bake it a few minutes short so I can throw it in the oven to warm up just before serving. YUM.
3. Roasted Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese. The epitome of comfort food. Creamy, rich and delicious. My cheese-averse husband (don’t ask me how I married him knowing this; love is blind and apparently devoid of taste buds) won’t go near the stuff so I have to be careful when I make it not to eat the whole batch in one sitting.
5. Maple Latte. The local coffee shop near my in-laws have lattes in one flavor and one flavor only – Vermont Maple syrup. I’ve long been a Starbucks skinny vanilla/occasional PSL girl, so at first this totally threw me for a loop. But yet again, thank you Vermont for showing me the error of my ways. I now love making homemade maple “lattes” at home – I make the smallest possible cup on my Keurig with dark roast coffee. Add a glug of real VT syrup and then make my latte milk in a mason jar using this technique. Throw a little cinnamon on top of the foam and you’ve got yourself a pretty tasty latte.