As a native Ohioian, I love autumn! The smell of the cool crisp morning and the decaying leaves on the ground. The smell of burning wood during an evening bon fire. Carving pumpkins for Halloween and being about to leave it outside without it rotting a few days later. The feel of a cold nose that has spent all day in the cool weather. I miss it greatly!
Living in Florida has been great, BUT....there is no real Autumn.....until you walk into Publix. Publix is the grocery store of choice here in Florida. I walked in one day recently and the smell of cinnamon hit me right away! There they were, the cinnamon scented brooms that they sell every year. I walked up to the bin and just stood there sniffing the scent.....I'm sure people around were thinking that I may be a little cuckoo! I didn't care, I was in heaven! I then look over at the produce section and saw the pumpkins and gourds and indian corn. I had to chuckle when I saw a couple of teen aged girls looking at the indian corn. They couldn't figure out what it was used for. It's mostly used for decoration now, but it was used for a food source back in the day. One of the new autumn sights at Publix this year is heritage pumpkins. The are so very pretty and softer in color. I may have to pick one up for my table.
As we get closer to Halloween, I will be getting ready to carve pumpkins with my kiddos. On of my favorite things to do is roasting the seeds from the pumpkin. If you don't know how to do that...here is a recipe.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.