Princess Knits is having a little knitting related contest, and the winner gets that gorgeous sock yarn shown in the entry I’ve linked to. All you have to do to enter is answer the questions below, and since they looked like fun (plus one can never go wrong with sock yarn!) I figured I’d give it a go.
# favorite fall book to read
This one’s hard, because I don’t have just one particular favorite, and they don’t tend to go by the seasons. But one of my favorite books of all time is Watership Down. I never get tired of reading it, and I always read it at least once a year.
# favorite fall soup to eat
This one’s easy. One of my favorite soups (for any time of year, but it’s more appropriate to fall, I suppose) is Potato Cheese Soup (recipe is posted to my recipe site). It’s quick and easy and much better than just plain old potato soup, plus the carrots turn it a lovely orange color, perfect for autumn evenings.
# favorite fall stew to eat
Crockpot Vegetable Stew: This recipe is based on something my mom-in-law makes from time to time. I added the beans and doubled the amount and variety of veggies. The beauty of this is that you toss everything into the crockpot in the morning (and to save time you can buy precut veggies, or just chop everything up the night before) and by the time you get home you have a wonderful, hearty dinner. On weekends when I have more time, I set up the bread machine to make dough, then bake some delicious dinner rolls to go with the stew. Or, if I don’t feel like waiting for something to rise, I might pair the stew with….
# favorite healthy muffin recipe
Apple Cinnamon Sweet Potato muffins. I found these a few years ago on, of all places, the Lousiana Sweet Potato Commission website and made a few changes to make them a little bit more healthy. They are dense and squatty and extremely filling, and worth the time to make them.
# favorite fall tree
This one’s hard. Where I live we don’t see much in the way of fall foilage; more than half the trees are evergreen, or turn a kind of sickly yellow brown. So perhaps instead I’ll stick with pomegranate trees, because they produce one of my favorite fruits (plus if you’re wiling to deal with the time committment to shuck them and cook the fruit and can it, plus the occasional purple stain, pomegranate jelly is delicious).
# favorite fall knit
While I may not always *knit* them during the fall, my favorite knitted items for when the weather gets cooler are afghans. There’s nothing like grabbing one and snuggling into a chair with a cat and some spiced cider and a good book. Pictures of all the afghans I’ve made so far (with associated pattern and yarn information) can be found here.