Happy first day of fall!
I know it's a bit cliche to be all "BRING ON THE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES, APPLE PICKING, PUMPKIN PICKING, APPLE BUTTER MAKING, PUMPKIN PIE BAKING" ... and that's not what I have in store (breath of fresh air?). I have some different fall favorites to share today.
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We are deep in the throes of football season, and no, I don't really care a lick about the actual game, but I sure do like the sound of it on the television. To me, a Sunday afternoon of listening to the familiar sounds of football while the doors to the outside are wide open, crisp breezes filling the house, well that's just a good day.
T W O
Yesterday evening I replaced our embarrassingly dead summer flowers with new fall plants. We have two tall distressed metal planters, one on each side of the front door, and I chose large heads of ornamental kale and periwinkle-colored pansies. Our Home Depot had the kale for $3.33/ea and the pansies were less than a dollar each. For just over $11 we now have an entry point to our home that doesn't make me cringe :) We do have some vinca vine in some planters on the back patio that I may try to separate to add to the front door planters. I think vines would look pretty trailing down. I can't wait until the pansies fill in more and are blooming all under the kale.
T H R E E
Soup season! I really enjoy having a nice, hearty soup for dinner, and even more attractive to me is the idea of one-pot cooking (and easy cleaning). Whether made in the crockpot or the dutch oven, you can just add in ingredients as you have time and let it all simmer. Since I'm currently working from home, it's such an easy dinner to piece together as time allows and have ready for when the baby goes to sleep for the evening.
I want to make this mushroom soup, this white bean stew, and my very favorite beer cheese soup recipe that I snagged from a restaurant I was in once. It was so incredibly delicious that I asked if the chef would share the recipe with me, and I was shocked when the waitress came back with the recipe scrawled on the back of receipt paper. I'll post it here for sure.
Pumpkin spice lattes aside, what are your favorite parts about the fall season?