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Simple Autumn & Halloween Pleasures

Updated on September 9, 2011

Enjoy the simple pleasures of the changing of the seasons!

Title: Helping Mother Nature ~ Attribution License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ ~ Photographer: Frank: everystockphoto.com
Title: Helping Mother Nature ~ Attribution License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ ~ Photographer: Frank: everystockphoto.com

Celebrate Autumn!

Keep Your Autumn Simple and Stress-Free!

Whenever I see the classic movie, To Kill A Mockingbird, I feel a bit of nostalgia. The scenes in which Scout is stumbling home from the school play, through the spooky woods, in her ham costume (even though it was simply Fall and not Halloween) remind me of Halloween when I was a child.

I am just barely old enough to remember Halloweens with mostly homemade costumes, real Halloween carnivals at school, and trick or treating in a safe, familiar neighborhood for homemade treats. Decorations were simple Jack O’Lanterns and scarecrows. We still actually bobbed for apples at Halloween parties, and we children all knew how to square dance because we had learned in music class. It was a fun and magical time that was fairly free of commercialism.

Today I am a perceived as a “hedge witch” of sorts. Living close to nature in a spooky old house surrounded by bushes. I guess I do my share to frighten the neighborhood children at Halloween, just by being me! I enjoy the Autumn and Halloween and celebrate it in small daily ways. Here are a few that you can enjoy on your own or share with friends and family.

Make natural hot spiced cider anytime by the cup. Just put a Celestial Seasons Bengal Spice teabag in a mug, fill with natural apple juice, and microwave until piping hot. For maximum effect, cover the mug for about 5 minutes to let the teabag steep. Remove the teabag and enjoy.

Be sure to enjoy seasonal foods like nuts, apples, and squash. For store-bought or homemade spice breads, you can make a quick and easy nut spread by toasting chopped pecans and/or walnuts in the oven, toaster oven or in a pan with a little butter (stir constantly). Mix the browned nuts with whipped cream or honey and spread on gingerbread, banana nut bread, and the like. Perfect with your spiced cider.

Buy fresh, crisp apples to enjoy sliced and baked individually in the microwave with a little butter and cinnamon or simply fresh. If you peel your apples, try to peel the whole thing in one perfect spiral. If you succeed, toss the peel over your left shoulder. Tradition has it, it will fall in the shape of the initial of your true love!

Copyright:SuzanneBennett:September 27, 2009

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks, Lyla! :)

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    lyla1 5 years ago

    Thats a great Article (Page) and i enjoyed reading it hopefully as much as you enjoyed writing it, i hope you carry on with these articles wishing everybody a happy...... (whats ever the turm is) and i wish you a happy Autumn too,

    - Lyla1

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    justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

    You don't count hurricanes as a weather change? ;D Thanks for your comment! Happy Autumn! :)

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    SusieQ42 6 years ago

    Okay, now I'll have to go peel an apple! Thanks for making me homesick. I'm originally from upstate NY and now live in FL- where the seasons never change. I miss the changing leaves! The cool weather up North (its still 90 here) inspired me to start baking and decorating the house. Oh well, I still have been writing hubs about the nutritional benefits of pumpkin, squash, and cabbage.

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    justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

    Thanks, Dallas! :)

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    Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    A great article! Thanks for sharing. This time of year brings many good experiences and memories... Flag up!

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    justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! Have fun! ;D

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    Cutters 6 years ago from South Carolina

    What great Ideas! I will have to try them out!