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Waiting for Fall

Vantage Point: Waiting for Fall and Enjoying the Present

It’s finally September, which means back-to-school and a return to the routines of a new school year. I often find myself mildly enjoying September. The weather starts to cool, and fair time is right around the corner. But I often want to rush through September to get to October, which is the month I really love.

I love the fall, and the entire month of October is literally my favorite time of year. I love the crispness in the air. I love the changing of the colors in nature. I love going to Thompson’s Farm in Naches with my family, getting a fresh, hot pumpkin donut, and maybe even taking a hay ride. I love carving pumpkins with my kids. I also love the flavors of fall.

I pretty much love anything and everything fall.

But as I was reflecting to write this piece, a thought came to my mind: enjoy where you’re at. This caused me to pause for a few minutes and to really reflect on what this means. I want to rush to the fall, but maybe I need to enjoy the end of summer.

Maybe I need to take my kids to the local fruit stand and get the end-of-summer harvest of peaches, apples, or watermelon before fall starts in the Valley. Maybe I need to plan a summer picnic or outdoor activity before it gets too cold outside to really be comfortable in the evening. Maybe we need to take one last camping trip or go fishing. Maybe I need to actually enjoy the season or time that I’m in instead of wanting it to be another one.

I think so often we are rushing or waiting for the next event or milestone (or season for me), that we don’t enjoy where we’re at right now. We are just rushing, trying to get through, and I don’t know if that’s really the best thing to do.

For me, I need to slow down and enjoy the month at hand, and not wish I were in another month, time, or place. Now, I’m actually excited that September is here, that summer is still here, and that I can still take in all the goodness of the summer’s ending with the ones that I love.

And I can still be excited for the coming of fall.

Breck Obermeyer is a community liaison with Health Alliance Northwest, serving Yakima County. She is a homegrown girl from Naches and has a great husband who can fix anything and 2 kids who are her world. When not attending community events or providing Medicare education throughout the Valley, she can be found indulging in her hobbies of homesteading, pioneer cooking, and learning new survival techniques. She also has a strong love for all things Halloween.

Spooky Holiday and Fall Treats

Halloween and Fall Treats

This week, we featured some healthy fall treats, perfect for Halloween, that will keep your kids happy and healthy for the holiday.

First up is a warm and tasty Fall Harvest Hot Apple Cider.

Fall Harvest Hot Apple Cider

 

Healthy Caramel Pumpkin Dip is a great alternative to your kids’ favorite fall snack.

Healthy Caramel Pumpkin Dip {Vegan}

 

These Clean Cinnamon Pecan Pie Bars are perfect for the holidays.

Clean Cinnamon Pecan Pie Bars

 

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls will fill your house with the smells of fall.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Image and Recipe via Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

Try these Maple Pecan Baked Stuffed Apples for a twist on a classic.

Maple Pecan Baked Stuffed Apples

 

 

Make these delicious Pumpkin Snickerdoodles instead of your average cookie.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

 

These Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes are healthier than fried.

Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes

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Cooking Smart with Secretly Healthy Dinners

Secretly Healthy Dinners

For Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month, we have ways to hide veggies in your diet with secretly healthy dinners.

This Secret Chicken Noodle Soup also has veggies blended in the broth.

Secret Chicken Noodle Soup

Secret Chicken Noodle Soup

 

Make this Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti with Garlic Kale to satisfy your fall cravings.

Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti with Garlic Kale
Image and Recipe via Pinch of Yum

 

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes is the perfect hearty meal.

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

 

Green Goddess Mac and Cheese mixes plenty of greens into your childhood favorite.

Green Goddess Mac and Cheese
Image and Recipe via Simply Recipes

 

This Flatbread Salad Pizza is loaded with veggies and delicious.

Flatbread Salad Pizza with Pesto, Shaved Asparagus, Mushrooms and Feta

 

Get your veggies with Creamy Butternut Squash Noodles with Bacon and Spinach.

Creamy Butternut Squash Noodles with Bacon and Spinach

 

Your kids will never know what these Hidden Veg Meatballs are hiding.

Hidden Veg Meatballs

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Pumpkin Recipes for Pumpkin in Everything!

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

This week, we featured ways to eat everyone’s fall vegetable in healthy pumpkin recipes. It can be in more than pie and coffee!

First up was a recipe for Pumpkin Hummus, which is perfect for your fall or Halloween parties.

Pumpkin Hummus

 

Baked Chicken with Pumpkin Rice is a savory, fall dinner your whole family will love.

Baked Chicken with Pumpkin Rice

 

This Chocolate Pumpkin Bread is actually good for you, even though it looks decadent.

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
Image and Recipe via Love From the Oven

 

Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce are a Mexican fall go-to.

Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce

 

This Savory Pumpkin Pizza is packed with veggies and quick and easy to make.

Savory Pumpkin Pizza
Image and Recipe via Love Lola

 

Turkey Pumpkin Chili is the perfect healthy tailgating recipe for chilly night games.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

 

Pumpkin and Kale Lasagna is a tasty, healthy version of your favorite Italian comfort food.

Pumpkin & Kale Lasagna
Image and Recipe via Foxes Love Lemons

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Halloween Party Treats

Healthy Halloween Party Food

We were still getting you ready for Halloween this week on social media with some healthy, and sometimes spooky, Halloween party foods. Follow us on Pinterest for lots of other great recipes.

Wow your kids and their friends with this super creepy watermelon brain.

Creepy Watermelon Brain
Image and Recipe via Instructables.com

 

Try Candy Corn Fruit Cups for your guests as an easy and festive dessert.

Candy Corn Fruit Cups
Image and Recipe via The Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife

 

Don’t toss the slime from your pumpkin carving! Make Toasted Pumpkin Seeds 3 Ways.

Pumpkin Seeds 3 Ways
Image and Recipe via 101 Cookbooks

 

Skip the processed candy corn, and make fun and healthy Candy Corn Popsicles instead.

Candy Corn Popsicles
Image and Recipe via Healthy Kid Fuel

 

Every party needs a dessert! Try Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes.

Take the “Fright” Out of Halloween Night with our Recipe for Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

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