Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What I Love About Fall...

Labor Day weekend has come to a close, leaves are already starting to turn here in Michigan and the air is just a little crisper. I start my fall semester of classes today, and kids in my neighborhood and all over the country are back in school. Fall is well on its way!

I can never pick a favorite season. We're lucky to be in a true four-season state here in Michigan and each one brings certain beauties (and hassles... Michigan winters anyone?) so it's hard to choose which is the best.

As the years go on though, I'm finding that I really love fall. For so many reasons! Here are just a few...

1) Halloween!

As obvious as this may be - Halloween is such a fun part of fall! I love decorating my home for Halloween, and putting together small Halloween gifts for the little ones in my life. Now that I'm getting the hang of sewing - I may even try my hand at some simple costume making this year! I love seeing the little ones trick or treating around town - and have spent many a Halloween staffing parties, festivals, and game nights in honor of the "holiday." Who doesn't love a little spooky fun?

2) Caramel Apples & Caramel Apple Pops

Oh man, I love me some caramel apples - in any form! The traditional, of course, are delicious. It's fun to make them from scratch - but of course I wind up with a huge sticky mess afterwards. A small sacrifice for a delicious outcome, right? And then I also can't get enough of these...

Seriously! The best Halloween candy EVER! We already have a bag of them in our house!

3) Leaves

This is totally cliche, but it IS awesome to hear the crunch of leaves under your feet while you walk. And not only that, but it's fun to just LOOK for pretty leaves while you are out and about. I always seem to find beautiful looking leaves right after rainfall, I pick them up and rush home with them only to find they've lost their beauty once dry. This year I'll be sure to capture their glistening colors by camera.

4) Mums

These beautiful and hardy plants in lovely pinks, oranges, and yellow are quintessentially fall. I love to see them pop up on people's doorsteps and give them as gifts at this time of year.

5) Soups & Stews

I often have a hard time cooking in the summer (let's face it... I have a hard time cooking most of the year!) because it's so hot. Fall brings a wealth of crock pot soups and stews that are easy to make and utilize great local produce. Sure, I may need to spend some extra time at the gym due to the heavier food (or... ANY time at the gym?!) but it's so worth it!

What do YOU love about Fall?


amelia said...

I am a Halloween freak! I love going to the pumpkin patch, making pumpkin flavored treats for my friends, seeing all the costumes and decorations in the stores. Love it. What a fun post.

Cindy Bylsma said...

Carving pumpkins with my Joanne and her baby robin. :)

Katie Faye said...

Fall is absolutely my favorite season! I love that it's finally starting to cool down a bit here in South Carolina, and I love autumn for all the reasons you mentioned as well. I would also like to add that football season, however much I dread it, always brings the family closer. :) We watch games over hot wings and sweet tea, and I love that!

Joanne said...

How could I forget carving pumpkins and pumpkin patch-ing?! I love those too! And Katie, as much as I don't like football season either, I DO enjoy the social aspect of it! The parties and fun snacks are truly a fall thing!