Delicate flowers and beautiful colors...pots of these lovely plants on the porch or taking up residence in neighborhood gardens. Their cheery, seasonal splendor is a long awaited treat.
4. Pulling out the brown transferware. Okay, so I never actually out it *all* away but this is the season where I can go all out and let it take center stage! On the mantel, on the table...oh how I love it!
5. The changing leaves. Nothing quickens my heartbeat more (Well, except Brian Dennehy but that goes without saying right?) than seeing that first orange tinged leaf. The reds, oranges, golds set against a azure blue sky....magical! Or even in the Autumn drizzle. Their beauty is truly the work of God's own perfect watercolor brush.
6. Decorating for the changing season is a joy for me. Our house is often a mish mash of all the things I adore about the Fall, along with the blessed holiday of Thanksgiving and the fun of Halloween. I try to use seasonal things like corn, pumpkins, leaves and vines and then add a few turkeys and some Halloween silliness tossed in for good measure.
7. Halloween. I love the smiles and laughter of children as they approach the front door. "Trick or Treat" they shout and, almost always, they go away with a grin and a thank you on their lips.
I especially love the tiny ones, often sporting a mask that is ever so slightly askew, as they struggle to climb the last step. That iconic phrase is often turned around and comes out, "Tweet or Twick" and doesn't that just melt my heart!And I love carving the Jack O Lantern. See? I am really just a big kid at heart. A. Very. Big. Kid.
8. Thanksgiving. This is my favorite holiday. It is such a special day, a day to truly slow down, be with those you love and thank God for all we have been given. It is also a day to share with others, those who may be hurting, the bounty in our lives. It is a day that brings me peace and warms my heart.
And I love the Macy's Parade and cornbread stuffing too!
9. A warm fire...'nuff said.
10. Hot mulled cider. We do ours in our Crock Pot and it just tastes like home.
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. whole allspice
1 tsp. whole cloves1/4 tsp. salt
Dash of ground nutmeg
3 inches stick cinnamon
2 qt. apple juice
Orange slices Mix all ingredients together. Heat and serve in your crock pot or cooking pot.
11. Evening, after dinner, walks with Bill...okay. So we can walk anytime but it is especially wonderful when darkness settles in early, the neighbor's windows shine brightly and the air has a bit of a chill.
I really look forward to this every year.
12. Caramel apples. Making them, eating them. Yummy.
6 small apples
Use a combination of different colored apples: red, green and yellow. Choose uniform-sized apples--small apples work best. Substituting chocolate caramels for traditional ones can be fun! Dip apples in one quick motion; let excess caramel drip off. Holding apple upright, press toppings into caramel to hold them in place. Use a pastry bag with a small tip and melted chocolate to make polka dots or write on your apple. Set dipped apples on wax squares or parchment paper. And remember: caramel apples are always best eaten the same day they are made! Who could wait anyway?