Fabulous Fall – September 24, 2013

pumpkinToday I bought my first pumpkin of the season. It was an exciting, impulsive moment. I was tempted to buy some gourds as well, but decided to wait until my next trip to Trader Joe’s.

I think fall may very well be my favorite season. Now, I’m not just saying that because it is, in fact fall now. No, no, no. I have anchored a long-time fondness for this season, despite living in a climate that barely changes temperature throughout the year. I like (the idea of) changing weather, beautifully colored leaves, and fall foods. Oh, and fall colors. As a red-head, I was built for warm reds, browns and oranges. But, let’s go back a moment. I almost skipped over “fall foods.” Inconceivable!

Just the thought of fall foods make me giddy. Comfort foods, soups, breads, and all sorts of sweets full of apples and pumpkin. I didn’t grow up a huge fan of pumpkin (and actually to this day, don’t like pumpkin pie), but I was drawn to the dark (orange?) side by pumpkin scones and pumpkin bread. Pumpkin bread? Is there a more perfect food out there? And despite trying to find a good recipe, I still think the best type is from a Trader Joe’s box mix. I know, hard to believe, right? I keep thinking I must be wrong, but lo and behold, TJ’s wins every time.

Fall will even get to me thinking longingly about Starbucks. I know, Starbucks (see previous coffee snob post). But I have a fall shaped space in my heart especially reserved for pumpkin spice lattes. Of course, they are best enjoyed when the weather cools down, which in California means it’s going to be a while. Ugh!

I also find a strange preference for fall Sunday afternoons. I love when it starts to get darker earlier. Something about it makes me want to go for a walk in the park. With a pumpkin spice latte. To roam around in colored leaves. While wearing an adorable mustard sweater and riding boots.

And this folks is my fall fantasy. Add a guy in glasses and elbow patches and it’s complete.

What’s your favorite season and what idealized version of the season play out in your head?

Happy Fall to you All!

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