It’s Fall Y’all!

OK, so I am a week or so early.  The official autumnal equinox does not happen until September 22 at 9:29 pm CDT.  That means September 23 is the actual first day of fall.  However, the temperature here in Lee’s Summit, Missouri today is not suppose to reach 60 degrees and that feels like fall to me.  I LOVE IT!!!  I have written about my love for fall several times on this blog.  You can see those post here, here, here and here.

There are so many things about fall that make me happy, like the first batch of chili for the season.   I put it in the crock pot this morning and it made the house smell so good!   I might have had to sneak a little for lunch.


This time of year, I light a candle on my desk everyday.  Sometimes it is small things that make you smile.


I love pulling out the quilt for tv watching.


And I really love it when the kitty needs to warm up on my lap.  This blanket is definitely a cat magnet.


I am hoping to get some fall decorating done this weekend before I head out Sunday to New Orleans for work.  The forecast there for next week is high 80″s with high humidity, not looking forward to that!

Happy Weekend everyone!

Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies

We woke up to  this morning to a site that is getting familiar around here.  I guess mother nature forgot spring started 3 days ago!


I was not that unhappy about it though, I just went into SNOW DAY mode.  For me that means staying in your pj’s all day and cooking!  What can be so bad about that?

I started by getting chili in the crock pot.  I make a very simple chili that my mom use to make, just hamburger, chili beans, onions, green peppers, tomato sauce and Williams chili seasoning.  In my book it is not chili without Williams Chili Seasoning.  I buy it in bulk size from the wholesale club and use it for everything from chili to tacos to dips.


I always make it in the crock pot, either 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low depending on what time I get it started.  I am guessing this will be the last time I make chili for awhile…as much as I love it, I only make it in the fall and winter.  There are rules about chili you know!!


I usually serve it with fritos or saltines and lots of grated cheese.  Some in my family like to add vinegar and ketchup but I am not naming names!  I also came across this cookie recipe at Six Sisters Stuff  this morning and thought the Mr would love them since they include two of his favorite ingredients, applesauce and oatmeal.  By the way, Six Sisters’ Stuff has tons of recipes if you are ever looking for something new.

To make the cookies you start by creaming together butter, applesauce and brown sugar.


Then you add an egg, flour, oatmeal, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix together.


Drop by rounded tablespoons onto your baking sheet.  I used the Silpat I got for Christmas for the first time and BOY do I love it!


Then bake for 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees.  They turned out mighty fine!


Now I am off to do a little on-line shopping for my future grandson!  It is a great day!!  Below is the entire cookie recipe…hope you enjoy!

Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup applesauce
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together applesauce, brown sugar, butter, and egg. Add remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips) and stir until combined. Dough should be firm (add more flour if needed). Fold in chocolate chips and scoop heaping tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes (until golden).
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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