Fall is on its way. You can feel it already in the air. Fall just has a different feel to it – it’s hard to explain. It’s suddenly all about home and comfort and snuggling into your favorite old sweater with the bright gold and rust colors. You just want to start nesting, although I’ve always stopped short of actually tearing up newspapers and piling them in a corner.
Whereas in summer most people crave ice cream and sunshine, in the fall I find myself craving chicken & dumplings and curling up in my lounge chair with a good book (my motto: so many books, so little time…). I think it makes one look forward to the ending of a cycle, just as much as spring has one looking forward to the beginning of a new one.
Of course Eureka Springs is known for its gorgeous mountains, fall colors and unique perspective on autumn. It’s predicted that we are to have an early one this year and I sure hope it’s a long one. Don’t forget how much there is to do here in this season, one of the best being the Early Bird Eagle Watch on the Belle of the Ozarks (www.estc.net/belle) on October 16-18th. Another great outing for everyone is the 14th Annual Howl-O-Ween Party at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on October 24th, which is the only time you can see and hear the large cats at night. They also take you through their haunted field for a truly terrifying Halloween experience! And on October 30-31 there will be costumed guided Historical tours at the Eureka Springs Municipal Cemetary – there’s bound to be some ghosts there!
All of these activities, plus just driving our lovely mountain roads searching for the best possible fall color panorama, should put you in the mood to stay over in Eureka to enjoy snuggling down with a cup 0f hot cocoa and a fireplace. We provide both, so check out our availability calendar for dates that will be open for you to come stay with us.
All this talk of fall puts me in the mood for a fall recipe. Hope you try this and enjoy:
Easy Apple Dumplings
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled & cut in 4 pieces
2 cans Crescent rolls
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 sticks butter
12 oz can Sprite
Melt butter and add sugar and cinnamon, stirring until blended. Cut each can of crescent rolls in 4 squares and wrap an apple slice in each square. Pour sugar mixture in bottom of pan (or casserole dish), place dumplings on top, pour Sprite over dumplings and bake at 350 for 35 min. Turn dumplings over (carefully) and cook about 10 min. longer.
Sam (Sophie’s mom)