Monday, September 19, 2011

Come fall with me!

Fall is my favorite time of year. It's the best - no contest. Crisp mornings, cooler nights, garden harvests, leaves turning colors, new school supplies, layered clothing, sleeping with socks on my feet, marching bands, holiday goodies in the stores... I love it all! Here in NorCal we're just starting to get a hint of these things. It's still quite warm during the day but the evenings and mornings are now kissed with coolness. And that indescribable energy and feeling in the fall air that is just so fresh and invigorating... It's delicious. And the food of fall: Apple crisp. Cinnamon Rolls. Pumpkin bread and cookies. Butternut squash soup. Corn. Corn Bread. Sage-spiced chicken and stuffing. One-dish dinners simmering all day in the crock pot. Zucchini everything! I could go on and on, but you get the picture! Yummmmm.

"No spring or summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face."  —John Donne 

"Oh how we love pumpkin season! You DID know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin... we anxiously anticipate it every year! —Trader Joes 

"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!" —Percy Bysshe Shelley