By mid to late summer I am praying for cooler weather. Something super exciting happened last night... I got cold! What? Yes. I had to pull the blankets over my shoulders. This is something to celebrate over when you live in southern
. We'll soon see the leaves change and glorious gloomy days! Is anyone excited about rain or is
it just me? California
Any kind for of boots -- ankles boots, riding boots, rain boots! I can finally busts these out of the closets and not look semi-ridiculous wearing them.
Whenever Dan and I have a free weekend we love to drive up to the mountains, make a fire, ride around on the quad and sleep in. It's the perfect place to relax, make Dutch Babies for breakfast and enjoy the autumn colors. I like to sit out on the porch and savor every sip of coffee -- clear my mind of the list of chores back home and just relax.
Yay for comfy sweaters and warm soft fabrics. I have always been a fan of wearing what feels good. I dig the minimalist look vs. the chunky layering. Light layers work better in So-Cal than the heavier coats and jackets you’d wear elsewhere. We like to celebrate the seasons while still keeping our cool.
Cozy Mornings in Bed.
This usually doesn't happen until mid November or so, but I love cold mornings. The little house we rent right now doesn't have any insulation, so we REALLY feel the temperature change! Some mornings I can see my own breath! Since then, Dan and I invested in a feather down blanket and a space heater to help deal with cold. One of my favorite things is a cold Saturday morning wrapped in our cozy marshmallow bed. If I'm lucky D will make some coffee or spice tea and we'll both just sit in the warm sheets until we have enough courage to climb out of bed. It's Heaven.
I love spending time next to a warm fire. What’s more romantic than cuddling up to your love in front of a crackling fire or sipping cider with a glowing hearth at your back? And the smell….oh man I live for bundled-up walks around Balboa with the smell of smoky fireplaces spindling overhead.
Pumpkins are everywhere -- carving pumpkins, roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin beignets at
and these amazing Pumpkin
Fritters with salted caramel
sauce. Our nation goes crazy for pumpkins, which is odd because pumpkins are
virtually forgotten the rest of the year. I'm glad we have made it a tradition
to celebrate this autumn staple.
Stews & Soups
Awww yes a savory tomato soup or rustic white bean, a spicy beef chili, creamy butternut squash or pumpkin...I love them all. It's a great way to appreciate the tastes and smells of autumn while warming your bones. One of my friends makes it a habit to feed her little ones a warm bowl of chili before they go trick-or-treating each year...what a fun tradition.
Caramel Apples & Cider
When we were kids, my parents would take us to Riley's Farm every fall to pick apples and press them for cider. I have the best memories of throwing apples into the grinder while my brother worked the wheel. We would head to the barn for apples dipped in a huge cauldron of caramel and cart home jugs of fresh cider and apples to make a mile high apple pie. I always make sure we have cider and caramel apples every fall.
Snuggly Book Weather
Because it's a lovely feeling to be wrapped in a toasty blanket fireside with a good book.
On most fall mornings I am woken up by the sound of our high school's band practicing for the big games. Dan and I like to cheer on our alma mater during football season. Bring yo jackets, scarves and something warm to drink. It's a fun way of diving into fall festivities while reminiscing about our early years. Go Sailors Go!
Believe it or not, it's a rare phenomenon around here. I think the grass is always greener on the other side, right? Fall and winter bring hope of rain for us...and by rain I mean a drizzly morning. Yeah, our weather is fantastic but it's so exciting to get some rain around here!
Every season has a golden hour but I think it's best in the fall when the evening sun illuminates the orange and red leaves. I love that hour when the sun sits low in the sky and casts a magical glow over everything. It's almost as if God is saying "Hey girl...here's a hug just for you." -- one of my joie de vivre.
I am a wimp when it comes to scary movies. I just can't. But what I can do is Hocus Pocus. I used to watch it with my best friend and we'd pretend to cast spells and ride around on vacuums (ß must see movie). I'll watch the lighthearted Halloween movies like Nightmare Before Christmas and the Great Pumpkin etc. I like to get into the Halloween spirit sans the horrendous nightmares.
Because a toasty home that smells like pumpkin pie is a fabulous thing to come home to. Dan works late...full-time plus extra hours building our two houses after he leaves the office. Some nights I'll get home before him -- when I do, it's nice to make something special. Freshly baked pies or other treats are fun to indulge in after a long day at work + they'll warm up the house.
Trick or Treating
I just love seeing all the cute kids run door to door. We live in a granny house so Dan and I put extra effort into lining our walkway with jack-o-lanterns and an open gate. Despite our efforts we only get a few brave souls that venture back (or repeat customers). We'll let the kids take handfuls of candy and give the rest of the bowl to a lucky kid around 9:00 or so. I love that one night out of the year we can trust each other -- knock on a stranger’s door and receive a treat. It's a strange tradition for such a guarded generation, but I love it.