The air has turned cooler, the colorful array of leaves cover the ground, and the nights are longer. Autumn is here and that means more time with the family! I enjoy Autumn, the air is crisper and cleaner. The farmers are harvesting their crops and preparing their fields for winter. It just seems like things are winding down.
Every year at the end of October my mom throws a Halloween party for her grandkids. We all have a blast. This year there was a scavenger hunt, a relay race, all the usual stuff, and then it all ended with the family gathered around a fire toasting marshmallows for smores. Though I think more toasted marshmallows were eaten than smores. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting around the fire enjoying the company of your loved ones.
Last week alone my kids and I went down to my parents’ house to sit by the fire and visit. After a stressful day its amazing how family and fire can soothe it all out.
The second best part of Autumn is the food. Dad and I both start baking. I’m trying to learn all I can from him. He’s amazing! Pies, cobblers, cookies, brownies, and breads can often be smelled when walking into their house. The kids love when I decide its time to bake. I think that’s the only time they all come into the kitchen and ask if I want any help. Dinners are often homemade soups. My youngest and I enjoy going into the kitchen and creating something new for dinner. We take some down to share with my parents. The soups that get good reviews from everyone get added into our recipe book.
If you haven’t guessed already my favorite part of this time of year is family, food, and fire. What do you like best about Fall?