Keeping with the theme of the season, I introduced this timeless classic to my kids. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is narrated by the wonderful Bing Crosby. The movie is about a gangly schoolteacher named Icabod Crane caught in a love triangle with a beautiful rich maiden. His rival learns of Crane’s superstitions and gains the upper hand by telling him the legend of the Headless Horseman.
As Crane was on his lonely ride home, a heart-pounding chase begins with the fearsome Horseman on his tail! You’ll have to watch the short to see what becomes of dear ol’ Ichabod.
I am not a fan of scary movies, zombies, horror any of the kind, and find the story of the Headless Horseman TERRIFYING! Disney has a way of making the scariest and disturbing of stories into something cute and family friendly. What’s not to love about this high-spirited adventure of Ichabod Crane. Maybe it was the soothing voice of Bing Crosby that made it less scary. Whatever magic they used, it worked! The kids weren’t scared a bit!
We used this occasion to let Charlie Beth carve her first pumpkin! In years past, we have just painted pumpkins. I think that painting is still her preferred method, but she loved having the pumpkin glow afterwards.
For dinner we made my favorite fall recipe, Pumpkin Chili! It’s a delicious blend of fall spice and perfect for this cooler weather! The pumpkin gives it a subtle sweet undertone and makes it a thick and hearty chili. I like to serve it with edible spoons, aka Tostitos Scoops, and a big helping of sharp cheddar cheese and sour cream. We have about 4 different chilis on rotation and this one might be my favorite. If you try my recipe, let me know what you think!
If Pumpkin Chili isn’t your thing, I updated my Cracker Jack recipe with some fall flavors. I think Ichabod would have approved of my Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn. It was a sweet alternative to our usually salty and buttery movie snack.
I hope you have a wonderful month of Fall goodies and cooler weather! Thanks for following on another magical adventure! Till next time, Esther