Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Favorite Season

by Leann


There are many reasons I love autumn and it probably goes back to my
childhood. I loved school and returning to the comfort of learning and friends and even awful school lunches.

The weather suits me well, the new TV season begins and all the cliffhangers I have completely forgotten about will be resolved--and I will have trouble remembering how the characters got into their predicaments. There's college sports
again. I love college football and basketball and have been eagerly following my favorite teams--who are all off to a great start.

The leaves here in South Carolina turn and in NY I always enjoyed the richness of the fall landscape. In South Texas we didn't have the pleasure, but now I feel lucky I can look forward to vibrant golds and reds along the rural roads. Peaches at the roadside stands are replaced by apples. Right now honey crisps are in but next? I'm not sure.

But most of all it's the food. Pumpkin comes to mind first, perhaps because I had
my first (and it won't be my last) Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie Blizzard. Absolutely the best blizzard ever. I could eat pumpkin-something every day and never get tired of it. I've been pinning all sorts of recipes on Pinterest now that I actually have a decent oven and stove. Cooking has become a joy again rather than a terrible challenge. I have counter space and working appliances!

The first cold snap will have me pulling out the chili
powder and cumin to make chili. And the bread machine will get get some action and ... okay. I'm hungry now. A few of my favorite recipes are in the Cozy Chicks Kitchen. Do you have your copy? But I will digging through boxes looking for my other cookbooks, too. I am a collector and I have missed those books these last two years.

What do you love best about fall? Or is there another season you prefer?

18 comments:

Gram said...

A fire in the fireplace with us reading there, changing colors, getting out my slo-cooker, and yes - pumpkin anything!

Leann Sweeney said...

I forgot my slow cooker! Yes!!

mary kennedy said...

My favorite season, too!! A time to get energized and new beginnings. And I just got the chili out of the freezer, great minds think alike!

Annette said...

I love the colors of Fall. And like you Leann, I love college football. I like to get my crockpot going with soups and chili.

Leann Sweeney said...

I just bought the giant economy size of chili powder! yes... great minds. it was about 60 when I went to the store this morning. Love it!

Leann Sweeney said...

What's your favorite Crock-pot soup? I like big hunks of beef with tomatoes and veggies.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Lovely pos, Leann! I do love Fall when I finally accept it and have to be dragged kicking and screaming out of summer.

XO

MJ

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ. Maybe your summer feels more like our autumn? I grew up in western NY and of course winter seemed endless. You don't have to shovel sunshine, right? :-)

Maggie Sefton said...

Even though I adore Summer and wear white into September in protest, I do love Fall, too. The colors, that crisp smell of Autumn on the early morning air in late September here in Colorado. And one of my favorite recipes is homemade applesauce with lots of spices---cinnamon, cloves, allspice. Yum. :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes! And you can make applesauce in the Crock-pot! Smells so good all day long.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

My favorite season is Fall! =) We have several Dairy Queens in our area, I'm going to have to go get a Pumpkin Pie Blizzard!

Dru said...

I like watching the colors change.

Leann Sweeney said...

You won't be disappointed if you love pumpkin!

Leann Sweeney said...

In New York you REALLY get to see the beauty. The change doesn't last that long here. You have to catch it while you can--and I do!

lavendersbluegreen said...

Fall is also my favorite. The cold snap in the air, good apples, pumpkin everything, the colors, and of course... Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes, we have a basket full of apples sitting on the island. A new flavor this year? Ginger gold. Unfortunately they are not organic and probably because of pesticide residue, I cannot eat any apples that aren't organic. :-( I substitute pears in recipes and they work great--my son is also allergic to apples. Bummer!

Colleen Leyrer said...

Every time I watch movies, I see the beautiful foliage of the east coast and I dream about it. You're right, in south Texas it is nothing like that dream, but, we do have some foliage. Not the same extent, but its there (at least in san Antonio). My favorite season is without a doubt Autumn. There is something about the wind howling and the rain. I get a sense of calm. Maybe because it's nature's way of saying "It's time to wind down". For me, fall means pumpkins, apples, chili, soups, fuzzy socks/pajamas and lots of Adams family/The Munsters. For me, that's perfection :)

"This morning when i woke up and the sky was all dark and cloudy, i knew right then and there that this was going to be a lovely day!" -Morticia Addams

Leann Sweeney said...

You said it all perfectly Colleen. I love your images. They make me feel comfy! thanks!