Monday, November 2, 2015

Autumn Musings


Although I mourn the end of summer, there is much to appreciate about autumn. Falling leaves and crisp air. A chance to wear soft cashmere sweaters and chic leather boots. The taste for all things pumpkin, including pumpkin pie, pumpkin latte and pumpkin butter.

Autumn is the only time of the year I crave caramel apples. I prefer caramel apples rolled in peanuts. Not chocolate, that's overkill; and not pecans, coconut or walnuts -- if it ain't broken, why fix it? Indeed to each his own, but chopped peanuts are perfection on a caramel apple.

Like a rite of passage, autumn is also the only time of the year I eat candy corn. I don't know why, but in October and November super sweet candy corn is super delicious.

And lets consider the wisdom of the fall holidays: Holloween and Thanksgiving are primarily eating holidays. They are festive and fun, not overwhelming.

Life starts up again in the fall. Classes begin, movies come out, books are published, television shows premiere, and extracurricular activities resume. Committees start meeting. Choirs start practicing. Event directors start planning.

As we fall back, Daylight Saving Time gives us an extra hour of sleep. While I like extra Zzz, time that switches back and forth makes no sense in the 21st century. Someone please just pick a correct time, and leave it.
If  you (like me) ever long for warmer days, or find yourself walking around at 5:00 p.m. in darkness, you can always comfort yourself with a cup of pumpkin latte, or a bite of a caramel apple. BTW, I made my very first batch of pumpkin butter last week  ... see above ^ (with recipe here). Oh yes, grab a spoon and a biscuit because after summer, the oven gets turned back on. Welcome back fall.