The weather has turned crisp, while the aspen leaves are golden, turning to brown. There is wood smoke in the air and a fire in the woodstove. The darkness comes sooner. It’s a relief to come to this season. The busy-ness of the day gives way to more leisurely evenings. Instead of long days of gardening and food preserving, there are leisurely evenings reading, knitting, or spinning by the fire place.
I have a few boxes of books to sweeten the long winter nights. I love to read deep into the night, with a cup of tea and something barely sweet to indulge in.
Creamy pumpkin spice desserts fit well with cooler weather. These pumpkin spice energy balls are made without added sweetening. They have just a hint of sweetness to curb your cravings, while satisfying the need for a pick-me-up in the afternoon slump. Make them in just 15 minutes. They taste better if you chill them before eating them.