Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love how the leaves change color. I love the bite in the morning breeze. And I love the promise of the upcoming holidays.
So I thought it might be fun to just list a few of my favorite fall treats! Maybe you’ll agree that some of these are your favorites too.
1. Pumpkin spice everything
I’m a sucker when it comes for pumpkin. I stockpile canned pumpkin during this time of year so I can eat it all year long. But, admittedly, I’m not a pumpkin-spice connoisseur like other people I know. Some folks love pumpkin spice so much that they eat it in everything: cereal, oatmeal, donuts, truffles, etc. You name a food, and I’m sure someone has tried to flavor it like pumpkin.
That being said, I love pumpkin spice lattes. The best one I’ve had is at Wichita’s Espresso To Go Go, but Panera has a killer one too. And, of course, Starbucks is a great option.
Both Panera and Starbucks have great pumpkin pastries too, but if I had to pick a favorite pumpkin-flavored food item, I’ll always vote for my pumpkin bars with triple-ginger cream cheese frosting. I’ll post the recipe someday, but everyone who tries it raves, even people who don’t like pumpkin!
2. Cooler weather
Fall treats aren’t just the edible things, though that’s one of my favorite parts of fall. I also love the cooler weather that comes through. My family used to live in Houston, Texas, and that meant 90 degrees year round with attacking swarms of mosquitoes.
But here in Kansas, we have seasons. And every so often, we get a season long enough to actually qualify as a season. Like this year! We’ve actually had a real autumn! Highs in the 60s/70s and lows in the 50s/40s.
It’s cool enough to wear layers and jackets. Cool enough to be really comfortable in blue jeans and boots. And while we haven’t had a hard freeze quite yet, it’s cool enough that all the stinging insects have pretty much run for the hills.
It’s also cool enough that I don’t have to run my air conditioner in my room. That saves money, which makes my little Scottish heart happy.
3. Changing leaves
The leaves on the trees don’t start changing colors significantly until after the first hard freeze, but with cooler temperatures creeping into the state, some trees have started changing.
Vibrant reds. Shocking yellows. Mellow oranges. The tree-lined streets in the older portions of Wichita transform into a fantasy land of bright colors and fairytale forests, punctuated by piles of leaves that just beg to be disturbed.
More than just enjoying the beautiful colors of fall, I love this amazing time of year because it reminds me that seasons change. We all have seasons in our lives. Some of them are better than others. Some are just plain awful. But we have to experience different seasons because we need to grow and learn.
4. Wood fires
Safe Haven Farm has an old wood stove in the basement. When we first moved in, the wood stove was one of the only ways we had to heat the house, so I have lots of fond memories of crowding around the wood stove trying to keep warm! Even now, that old stove can put out a lot of heat.
I love the smell of wood smoke, and beans and potatoes cooked on top of that old stove taste better than any others.
Wood fires are awesome during movies and spans of time downstairs, and it’s so festive when we have people over visiting.
5. Warm blankets
Finally, I’m a fan of fluffy blankets. There’s nothing as wonderful as being cold and curling up under a microfleece blanket to get warm.
I have a blanket shaped like a TARDIS, and it’s so soft and warm. It’s the best ever. I’ll throw on sweats and wrap up in my TARDIS blanket and cuddle up with a book and a big cup of tea, and my day is absolutely made.
But you can’t do that during the summer. I mean, you could, but you’d be a sweaty mess.
So those are five reasons why I love autumn. What about you? Is there something specific you love about fall? Or maybe you prefer a different season. Share your story in the comments!