Saturday, September 22, 2012

It's Fall Ya'll!

September 22,

Autumn Equinox
(It's Fall Ya'll)

At 10:49 am EDT today, summer will have said it's final good byes and the cool crisp air of autumn will officially have begun. If you have been in Michigan this week, there was no doubt as the temperatures dropped to the sixties.
Autumn Equinox can occur in any given year in September on either the 22, 23, or 24. Equinox is  derived from the Latin words meaning "equal night", the equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator on the day when there is 12 hours of both day and night. Solstices in contrast represent either the longest or shortest day of the year. Solstice comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (standing still), on these days the sun appears to be standing still as it reverses directions (the hours of daylight switch from growing to lessening or the reverse). 
Enough with the facts! Fall is a beautiful holiday. The leaves changing color, apple cider and donuts at the mill, football and tailgating, pumpkins and all sorts of pumpkin flavored goodies, bonfires and roasted marshmallows, sweaters and warm comfort foods, Halloween and scary movies, corn mazes and haunted houses; there are so many great things about fall. What is you favorite?
Here's to the beginning of a long beautiful and hopefully blessed holiday season. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Insert your holiday of choice, New Years. and Three Kings Day/el dia de los Reyes Magos, once this ball gets rolling it's hard to stop!

Pumpkin Sangria
I made this delicious drink for our Halloween party last year, and it was A Maz ING! I have been counting the days til it was officially Pumpkin Sangria time...It's Here!!!

  • 1 Bottle White Wine, chilled
  • 3 cups mango tropical juice blend, chilled
  • 1 cup pumpkin spice liqueur, chilled
  • Glass Rim and Garnish:
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Mix the sugar and pumpkin pie spice and pour into a saucer.
Pour the maple syrup into a second saucer.
Dip the rim of your glass first in syrup, then into spice mixture.
In a pitcher, combine the wine, juice and pumpkin spice liqueur. 
Stir and pour into the rimmed glasses. 
Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.
~Emily Dickinson

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