Friday I enjoyed my first pumpkin spice latte of the season--all those fall flavors swirling around in my mouth made me want to throw on an oversized cardigan and hunker down with a good book in front of a roaring fire. Our girls have been enjoying the tastes of fall around here as well, and I think they love it almost as much as their mama. In my endeavors to make all the girls' baby food, a friend suggested I try sugar pumpkin. While we are very adventurous eaters around here, pumpkin was not something I would have thought of doing on my own. I'm so thankful to her for suggesting it to me, because my daughters' favorite thing to eat is pureed roasted sugar pumpkin, mixed with homemade apple sauce, plain whole milk yogurt and cinnamon--a fall flavor explosion, and they gobble up every last bite. If you have little ones, you should give this concoction a try. You can thin it with breastmilk, juice, water or other liquid-y substance of your choice and have your little one enjoy a smoothie. It's pretty scrumptious--you might want to have some for yourself!
There are other flavors of fall around here too. The girls have enjoyed two different varieties of squash, pears, turkey, sweet potatoes and Brynne was chewing on the mouth of an empty bottle of pumpkin beer the other day, so I'm sure that was quite an experience for her, flavorfully speaking. My friend also mentioned that we should give parsnips a try. I think that's a cold weather/fallish indulgence. I figured that since she didn't steer us wrong with the pumpkin, we could track down some parsnips and give those a whirl too. If anyone has any recipes or cooking tips for parsnips, I am eager, and ready to learn!
Speaking of fall, we had a great time today at the apple orchard. Enjoy the pics!