1.)    Caramel Apples: They rot your teeth and stick to the roof of your mouth. Nothing says fall decadence like goo-covered apples on sticks. I haven’t made caramel apples in ages, so I decided to try my hand at making them earlier this week. They tasted yummy, even if most of the caramel ran off. I think I’ll need to purchase a candy thermometer before my next attempt. Still, I love caramel apples. They remind me of being a kid. Do you have a yummy fall snack that does that for you?

2.)    Pumpkin Stencils with Heart: Why draw your own crude triangle eyes and jagged teeth on a pumpkin when you could support a good cause? Better Homes & Gardens offers these printable stencils on its website. For each download, BHG will donate $2 (up to $5,000 per stencil) to various charities, including March of Dimes, the Humane Society of the United States, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Check them out below (I’m thinking of going with the butterfly…):

pumpkin stencils for a cause--bhg.com
Photo from bhg.com. See link above for more details.

3.)    Running with Zombies: My hubby came home one day last week buzzing about this new iPhone/Android app called Zombies, Run. Some brave soul and techno-genius came up with the idea to combine exercise goals with zombie-apocalypse survival skills. The app doesn’t hit the streets until early 2012, but hey, we might as well start practicing now, right? 😉

4.)    Tea: And to think, I almost made it through an entire post about fall without mentioning tea. No such luck, I’m afraid. Twinings Teas has a few good offerings for those chilly autumn nights. Though English Breakfast Tea will always hold a special place in my heart—it’s my Monday-morning pick-me-up slash coffee substitute—they’re now offering Citrus and Cinnamon Spice Tea that’s 100 percent organic and fair-trade certified. Sounds yummy; I’m adding it to my shopping cart!

And no, I’m not being paid to advertise or endorse any of these products. I just thought I’d spread the word. Have any yummy new products or recipes for fall that you’d like to share?