Ohh, Happy Fall

Summer officially turned into fall on September 22, 2012 —The arrival of the autumnal equinox marked the time of year when day and night were of equal length and signaled to summer to rest it’s heat and fall to blow in the season change.

So what does this mean at my house?  Well, fall just happens to be my favorite time of year.  The leaves start to change into brilliant red, orange and yellow colors.  The air becomes crisp.  The nights become the perfect host for snuggling up with the kids by the bonfire.  The contrast of the cool air at our backs and the warm radiant heat glowing before us is storybook like.  Outside has a wonder and brilliance that is much anticipated and much needed after a hot summer.

Inside my home, my kitchen starts to kick it into high gear.   After being on a  summer semi-sabbatical, my oven revs up baking all sorts of autumn themed goodness  with no care or worry about over heating the house.  My large stove pots happily work overtime every fall simmering up rich, hearty soups and stews.  Delicious smells waft from the kitchen in a happy parade announcing the change of the season.  It’s truly dreamy.

Copious amounts of pumpkin and zucchini bread and hearty home made soups are on the list this month.  I enjoy pairing my soups and stews with homemade cornbread baked in an iron skillet.   Cherry pie and apple dumplings spell fall happiness and are sure to ignite giggles galore from wide eyed-spectators impatiently licking their lips waiting for the oven timer to say “beep..beep —-beep…beep”.  Spiced cider and hot cocoa become a hot item once we enter October and November.  Hearty, filling casseroles and quiches satisfy with the available abundance of squash, onions and potatoes.

The days now become shorter and shorter with nights longer and longer as we head into full fledged fall.

Maybe later on this fall, we might once again watch a fall meteor shower while sitting round the fire sipping hot chocolate and making s’mores.

Oh, Happy Fall.  How I love Thee….

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