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Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

~George Eliot


autumn has always been my favorite time of year. as a child it smelled like new crayons, pens, notebooks and paper. it felt like stiff new jeans and new leather shoes. it meant reuniting with school mates who had all gone their separate summer ways and was, very literally, a new beginning for all of us.

spending most of my years of life on an academic calendar has really affected the way i look at the yearly cycle. for me, the year starts in september and ends in june. july and august hang out in a kind of netherworld to be enjoyed and remembered…but not really a part of the calendar year.

autumn is the time of year that boasts the best colors–vibrant oranges, reds, and golden yellows. it boasts the best weather–crisp mornings and golden afternoons that fade into refreshing nights. the weather turns and unpacking your coats, scarves, boots and sweaters feels like enjoying a brand-new wardrobe after an intense shopping trip. and the rain returns! umbrellas come out and enjoying a hot steamed cider in a corner cafe takes on a new meaning.


autumn hearkens the winter, which seems like the time of year when things begin to die…but it’s also a bounty…because, as you may have guessed, autumn has the best food too. i love the fresh tastes of eating raw summer foods and barbecue…but there is nothing like the weather turning cool, allowing one the usage, again, of their oven without overheating the house. roasts, chickens, pies, cookies all come out of my oven and onto the plate.

a quick trip over the mountains yields apples from honor-system paid apple stands along the side of the road. after sampling these apples going back to apples from the grocery store will seem impossible. $10 a box, put your cash in the little locked wooden box and off you go. spicy, buttery apple crisp comes out of the oven as the smell of autumns bounty fills a cozy home.

autumn-rainall the sudden, it makes sense to make pastas, cook casseroles and enjoy with a mug of mulled spiced red wine. hot mulled cider and cranberry juices to sip on while enjoying a good book or curling up inside with a favorite movie–warm–cozy–while the autumn night barely touches frost on the world around it.

i love leaving the house in the morning with layers, crumpled and stuffed into my bag by the end of the day, while summer holds on for a few more precious moments, and winter overtakes the night.

new seasons, new beginnings, excitement, wonderful food. autumn is the best time of the year.

what do you love about autumn?