With Labor Day just days away, its time to acknowledge the inevitable. I realize I'm in the minority, especially in these parts where most people dread the winter, but I am ECSTATIC that summer is ending and Fall (or as I like to call it, THE MOST GLORIOUS TIME OF THE YEAR) is upon us!
I have just two words for you: Pumpkin Muffin. Dunkin Donuts makes my favorite season of the year the tastiest too ;-)
Seriously though...I LIVE for Fall in New England. Nothing in all the world compares to it. People can post pictures of tropical beaches and umbrella drinks all over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter to their heart's content, but nothing beats a pumpkin patch, apple orchard, or a giant pile of crunchy fallen leaves ready to be jumped in!
I've always loved Fall - forever my favorite. I love dressing for Fall - jeans, boots, sweatshirts, scarfs...its just such a comfortable season. I love decorating my house, inside and out, with pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks, warm rustic colors all around. Lighting candles and the fire place, baking all kinds of treats, but especially homemade apple pie. Crockpot cooking, soup, hot chocolate, pumpkin spice coffee (another Dunkies treat), fresh warm cider donuts from the apple orchard's farm stand - and one cold treat I can only have in the Fall, Dairy Twist's Fall special Pumpkin Oreo ice cream - its a season full of gastronomic delight!
Having kids makes my favorite season even BETTER (hard to believe that's possible, right?!?). Playing in apple orchards, picking our own pumpkins, carving and decorating them, baking and eating our pumpkin seeds, baking apple pies with their "help", preparing for Halloween and stepping inside their imaginations to make their costume exactly what they hoped, celebrating Thanksgiving and all that we are grateful for - my two children being right at the top of that list.
Seeing things through their eyes just makes everything that much more beautiful.