Fall Brings Love

   Fig & olive oil challah

Fig & olive oil challah

I woke up this weekend and turned my face to look out my bedroom window.  It’s finally fall.

 

I love fall.  I love that I get to wear sweaters and jackets during fall.  I love that my hair whips around in the wind during fall.  I love that when I wrap a scarf around my neck, it keeps getting pushed farther by the fall wind, until my face is finally obscured and I can’t see where I’m going.  The fall chill has a vitality to it that isn’t the same in the winter.  It’s crisper - I feel like I can hear it and feel it around me.  Or is it just the crunching leaves that I can hear?  Fall is alive and it makes me feel alive too.

   Bean soup, candles & wine. Pure romance.

Bean soup, candles & wine. Pure romance.

Of course I love fall food as well!  Braises come out of my kitchen whenever I have the time.  Bean stews are a regular player on my menu plans.  If I can stir roasted squash into it, thats even better (best bean soup recipe ever, coming soon!)  And the baking.  Apples, pumpkins and spices everywhere.  I picture an apple muffin, gently torn open, with steam rising from the tender crumb.  These foods make me feel warm.  These foods are the equivalent of sitting in a well-cushioned chair with a blanket wrapped around you and a purring cat in your lap.  Heaven.

 

And fall is a time to celebrate!  Fall is Halloween fun and Thanksgiving abundance.  Fall is family gathered around a table, laughing and eating for hours.  Fall is three sisters holding mittened hands while taking a walk by the river.  It’s a time for special occasions between special people.

   Butternut squash, waiting to be roasted

Butternut squash, waiting to be roasted

I have even more to celebrate than usual this fall.  On a chilly evening, Daniel got down on one knee and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.  I agreed with this plan and now there’s a sparkly ring perched on my left hand.  I don’t know what to do with myself I’m so happy, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to involve a lifetime of baking this man pies.  

 

You guys, there’s going to be a really great party next year where you’ll see me wearing white.  And it’s going to be in the fall.

   Love forever, in the fall

Love forever, in the fall