There is a chill in the air, particularly during the months of October and November. The colors change from green to orange, brown and yellow. The fall season or Autumn, is known for it's holidays. Halloween on October 31 and Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November represent celebrations of the harvest.
Halloween is based on the Celtic Harvest Festival and includes trick or treating, costumes and lavish desserts with ghoulish frosting. Federally legislated in 1941, Thanksgiving dinner is an annual event. A religious prayer ceremony dates back to the 1600's when the Pilgrims settled in America.
Both of theses events give thanks for the blessings of the harvest. Halloween decorations are often ornamented by candies and foods specifically connected to the annual holiday celebration. Thanksgiving displays have a harvest theme, which evokes a solemn respect for blessings of the harvest. Thanksgiving food items are traditionally made from raw ingredients; desserts are specialties.
Desserts are a favorite of both holidays. The meals exude a warmth to stave off the chill of the weather rather than the cool, dainty meals of the previous season. Halloween treats are enjoyed by children, young adults and older adults. Treats interesting children and young adults include candied apples, spiced apple cider, pumpkin pies with meringue topping plus cupcakes frosted with Halloween candies and ghouls or goblins.
Brownies can be shaped to represent coffins and witches hats while chocolate cookie sandwiches with colorful sprinkles and pumpkin muffins with pecan-butter are taste treats served as snack delicacies. Seasonal candies are treats expected by children of all ages.
Thanksgiving desserts are luscious sweets displaying the fruits of a generous harvest. Sweet potato rounds topped with light brown sugar and cinnamon, pumpkin swirl cheesecake, spiced pumpkin pound cake, mincemeat and raisin pie and apple pie are the delectable choices of a blessed harvest. An informative website is sponsored by the food network. Using thanksgiving as a keyword during a URL search, an identifiable link yields recipes, menus and entertainment suggestions.
Desserts are always favored, but early fall months present opportunities to experiment with seasonally harvested fruits and vegetables. Nuts, almonds, walnuts and pecans as well as berries, grapes, and raisins actually aid in digestion by stimulating the intestines. A warm slice of apple or pumpkin pie after a hearty meal can lead to additional cravings for sweets.
Desserts are presented to entice the inquisitive and desserts delight the speculative. The array is obviously based on a harvest theme during both holidays. It is a time to gather with friends and family to enjoy the surprises of Halloween and respect the results of the Thanksgiving season.