Guess what, guess what!
We finally got our beloved Colorado weather back! It has been sunny for the last three days and I think the rain is gone for good. Actually, my guess is that next time it gets cloudy and dark it’s probably going to be a snow/rain mix. Those are real fun.
But that’s just what happens in the fall around here. When the sun goes away, it is cold.
But I have to say, it is so worth it.
The leaves started to turn about a week ago, but right now they are just so pretty. Still big patches of green, but with patches of yellow leaves on the verge of tuning red.
Every morning when I hike I honestly see the little changes that happen each day. It could not be more pretty.
I know I have said it before, but this time of year and the next three months are my favorite time of year. Every year I wish I could just slow time down because every year I swear is busier and busier.
It goes by way too fast.
So this year I have decided (like just this very second) I am going to live fall up the best I can and the best way I know how.
Fall is all about the foods. Pumpkin (!!), butternut squash (my favorite), pecans, sweet potatoes, APPLES, caramel, lots of crockpot meals, hopefully soups + stews, chocolate (chocolate is an all season, all the time food around here) and hopefully it will all be coming you way soon.
It’s been a rough few days in the kitchen. Like real rough. Let’s hope this string of bad days work itself out soon. I can’t take any more.
Now, let’s talk hummus.
Or actually roasted pumpkin seeds. One of my all time favorite fall snacks. These pepitas are just shelled pumpkin seeds and basically it is the easy way to eat pumpkin seeds. No carving the pumpkin (even though I do love doing this), no straining or drying the seeds, just cut open the bag and roast! So easy, so good!
The seeds get coated in some chili powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and then along with the seeds I roasted up some garlic, cause I mean, why not? It’s fall and I kind of love roasted garlic, plus it works really well with any hummus!
Then all you have to do is purée the pumpkin seeds into pumpkin seed butter, add the beans, purée some more and then start dippin! I highly recommend making some of the homemade naan or homemade pita bread. HIGHLY recommend it.
Oh and one last thing. How on Earth do you get those cool line/divot things on the top of the hummus to make it look all pretty like this. I tried for like and hour. Impossible.
Whatever, I am over it.