Fall is the season to stay warm and toasty with these recipes

By: Cheyann Peters

With the temperature dropping and trees becoming a rainbow of orange, yellow and brown, we know what time it is.

That’s right it’s fall, and that means it’s time to carve pumpkins, create costumes and decorate the house. But with the change of the season also comes a change in food cravings. No longer do we want lemonade and ice cream to keep us cool, now we want hot chocolate and warm meals, so that we can curl up at home and enjoy the weather in our comfy sweaters. Here are just a few small ideas to try this year, with flavors that might just surprise you.

As the weather drops we tend to want warm drinks like hot chocolate and pumpkin spice lattes. However, instead of rushing to your local coffee shop, why not try a delicious apple cider float? It’s a quick and simple treat that you can enjoy at anytime, especially during the fall season.

It only takes a few things, some apple cider, ice cream, caramel sauce and some cinnamon. The way to make it is just as easy. Just scoop some ice cream into a glass, pour some caramel sauce over the ice cream, as much or as little as you want, pour in some cooled apple cider and top it off with a dash of cinnamon.

That’s all there is to it in order to get a cool crisp drink that can be enjoyed by young children or even adults as they relax with a good book or are trying their hand at some fun crafts. No matter what you enjoy doing this is a great, quick drink for the whole family.

If you don’t want to experiment with fall drinks, you can always try making this amazing dinner, that is sure to wow any guest you might bring over. It’s a simple recipe for tuna pasta, it only calls for 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup of milk, 2 cans of drained tuna, 4 cups of egg noodles, and 1 teaspoon of butter (melted).

Before you start preheat your oven to three hundred and fifty degrees Fahrenheit, get out a large pot and fill it with water and bring it to a boil on your stove, and once the water is boiling, add your egg noodles. Then, cook them for about 4-6 minutes, so that they are not yet fully cooked and then drain them in the sink. In a separate bowl combine your mushroom soup, milk, melted butter and tuna, stir until it is mixed well.

Then take your pasta and pour into a casserole dish, using a spoon to spread your tuna mixture over the noodles so that they are covered. Then place your dish inside of the oven, let it cook for about 20 minutes, turn off your oven and leave you dish inside for another 5 minutes to finish cooking.

Serve warm and enjoy. This dish can also be good as leftovers in case you make too much.

What comes after dinner? Desert of course!

Pan fried cinnamon bananas are a healthy and delicious treat that is super easy to prepare. All you need is two slightly overripe bananas, one teaspoon of  cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of  nutmeg, two tablespoons of sugar, and some oil spray for your frying pan so the deliciousness does not stick.

Simply cut the bananas approximately 1/3  inch thick,and in a separate bowl combine your sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set this aside while you spray your pan with some cooking oil, and warm the pan to medium heat.

Put your bananas in the pan and let them cool for 2-3 minutes, sprinkle your sugar mixture over the first side and then flip the bananas over repeating by adding more of the mixture on the other side. Let them cook for another 2-3 minutes until the bananas soften and warm up. That’s all there is to it. It is a quick and simple recipe that shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to put together and then serve.

Now, get cooking and wow all of your guests this fall.