Friday, October 05, 2007

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

October is one of my favorite months. I love the changing of the leaves, all things Halloween, the return of the pumpkin spice latte, the slightly cooler weather and the fact that my favorite college and professional football teams are playing again. And, although my beloved Cubs never seem to make it (please beat Arizona this weekend!), I also love watching the World Series every October.
That being said, I went to a corn maze last weekend for the first time in my life - and it was an absolute blast! It was definitely worth the hike to Cleveland, Georgia, a little town in the middle of nowhere that is apparently known for being the birthplace of the cabbage patch kid. Whatever.
Altough the scariest part of the evening was the long drive - as well as the traffic in Cleveland due to a Ricky Skaggs concert? - we all loved exploring the eight-acre maze at night, cutting through rows of corn in an effort to find our way back. There was also a hi-LAR-ious "barn of fear" on the premises, complete with a guy wearing a snake around his neck and another decked out in a Jason mask and bearing a chainsaw. Good times.
The corn maze almost makes up for having to miss my friends' awesome annual "Pumpkin Party" in South Florida.
Anyhoo, in the hopes that the rest of you are as delighted with Autumn as I am, here are a few tasty pumpkin-based recipes courtesy of

Candied Walnut-Topped Pumpkin Pie
Harvest Pumpkin-Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

As extra incentive to get into the holiday spirit, I'm adding a short clip of a fabulous, family-friendly Halloween movie.

By the way, anyone out there have some ideas for a creative Halloween costume this year? I'm fresh out!

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