Although the first day of Autumn occurs in September, October for me is the true arrival of Fall. September is crazed with back to school shenanigans and getting schedules organized that I don’t have time to appreciate it right away. Cue October. The Mid-East temperatures are usually more Fall-like, flip flops can be put away and light jackets brought out again. There is that perfect chill in the morning air. Pumpkin flavored anything and everything line the shelves at the market and the coffee shops. Halloween is in full blossom in storefronts, front yards and on the minds of little kids everywhere.
I like to begin each new season with a bucket list. Something simple nothing too outlandish but just something to welcome the new season.
Just a few from my list for this new season:
- Bake a new-to-me pumpkin recipe – I’m thinking scones!
- Fall foliage photography – necessary for the crazed photog in me
- Visit a new farm or orchard for fresh vegetable or apple picking
- Apple Cider! Completely forgotten the rest of the year, but I’d like to find a hot apple cider recipe to go with s’mores one night.
- Pumpkin Pie – one for me and one for you. Surprise a friend with a fresh pumpkin pie – whipped topping included!
Embracing nature and the art it can present to us.
I’ve been on a roll with my pizza game if I do say so myself. Everyone is loving it and no one has asked to order pizza in awhile. Win! Once I felt as if making my own dough seemed intimidating and a daunting, laborious task. It’s not. Once I did it a few times, enjoyed the pizza and loved the smiles on the kids faces, I was hooked and wanted to do it again. I try to make homemade pizza weekly to keep me on my game and will set aside dough for the kids to make their own pizzas which they love doing too. What kid doesn’t love getting messy with food?
Need an easy and healthy side dish? Look no further if you’re like me and enjoy asparagus.
Rinse in cold water and trim stalk edges. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil (for easy clean up). Place stalks side by side but not necessarily touching (it’s ok if they do touch though, they won’t get germs). Drizzle some good olive oil over the tops, light sprinkling of salt and pepper and I like to add some minced garlic but you could always leave that out. Gently shake baking sheet to coat all sides of asparagus. Place in oven for 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your stalks.