Its the first week of fall and I don’t know about you, but I am pumped for the season!
As a society, we don’t agree on much. One thing I think we can all agree on is that fall is one of (if not the) best season and I have a few reasons why:
We finally start to see a break in the weather.
Summer is great, don’t get me wrong. And as soon as the winter holidays are over, I’m itching for warmer weather. But after nearly six months of boob sweat and thigh chaffing, I’m ready for an overall cool down.
Living in the South, its hot almost all year round. Seriously. A few years ago I went boating around the intercoastal the day after Christmas in a bathing suit.
As nice as the warm weather can be, I still appreciate actually feeling the different seasons. When fall rolls around and cools things down it is such a nice change. There is something so magical about those first few crisp nights of fall. You can finally sit outside again without being eaten alive by bugs. When someone lights a fire pit it actually warms you instead of adding to the heat that already surrounds you.
Chunky knits. Scarves. Warm colors. Boots. BOOTS.
I am completely obsessed with fall fashion and I didn’t realize it until this year. First of all, I love warm colors. Wine red, mustard yellow, army green, chocolate brown, all of the above. Honestly, these colors make up my wardrobe year round, but in the fall I especially look like I fit in with the season.
What really sets fall fashion apart from the rest of the season is the accessories. A good scarf can make even the plainest t-shirt and jeans look instantly fashionable. Not to mention layering tights underneath your favorite denim or corduroy skirt to transition it from your summer wardrobe to the fall.
And boots. Holy cow, do I love boots. Much like a scarf, boots elevate even the most simple outfit. Tall ones, short ones, cowboy, peep-toe, I don’t boot discriminate. All are welcome on my feet.
Last week out of the blue, my husband said to me, “Oh hey! It’s fall now. Time to break out that crockpot!”
And hes abolsutely right.
What he fails to realize though, is that I use the crockpot all year round. We both work full time and its perfect for our busy lifestyle. However, in the fall I make more seasonal recipes and I think thats what he was really referring to when he made his announcement.
My fall crockpot menu includes comfort meals such as chicken noodle soup, turkey chili, chicken pot pie, honey glazed ham, and many, many others I can’t wait to share with you over the season.
Stay tuned, guys! I’m gonna hook you up with the fall crockpot recipes!
Pumpkin spice season is here, bitches.
If you’re following me on Instagram (and if you’re not at this point, then what are you doing with your life?) you might remember my rant a few weeks ago about the term “basic” and how its STUPID that we call people basic for enjoying seasonal flavors, like pumpkin spice.
I still stand by that rant, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about today.
I’m a HUGE fan of seasonal flavors. I think food is the best way to really get in the spirit of certain holidays. Think about it: if you had a Thanksgiving style turkey feast once a month, it wouldn’t be so special come November, right?
Thats how I feel about all seasonal flavors.
I’m not out here drinking a PSL in the middle of July, just like I’m not drinking a watermelon margarita in January. I keep these flavors in their respective seasons because it makes them more special.
So bring on the apple cider, sea salt caramel, and the almighty pumpkin spice.
Pumpkin Patch Pictures
As corny as these might be and as tired as you will be of seeing them in your newsfeeds by mid-October, I still feel obligated to snap a few seasonal pictures at my local pumpkin patch.
Going to the pumpkin patch is fun on its own. You get to walk around a giant field filled with pumpkins and choose one to carve. Its a fun fall activity that doubles as seasonal decoration and an opportunity to bake up some yummy, roasted pumpkin seeds. Most of the time, pumpkin patches have other fun activities to do besides the patch itself, like a corn maze or hayrides.
Just like we all take pictures in front of our Christmas trees in December, you’ve gotta get a picture or two in a pumpkin patch in October.
Sorry, I don’t make the rules.
Local ghost tours are extra spooky.
As I start to write this, I’m realizing that this might be something that not everyone can relate to. But I’m gonna go with it anyways.
I live in Wilmington, North Carolina which is famous for many things, including our historic downtown district. With any historic district comes its fair share of ghost stories. We have a local gift shop, appropriately called the Black Cat Shoppe, that organizes nightly ghost tours around Downtown Wilmington.
The ghost tours are fantastic no matter what time of year, but I definitely prefer when there is the slight chill of fall air. I think it adds to the thrill of the stories! Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good spook this time of year?
You knew this one was coming. Everyone loves Halloween! It’s a chance to dress up, eat candy, and just have fun.
But don’t invite me to a haunted house. Seriously, don’t.
I’m not much of an extreme spook seeker. Haunted houses aren’t my jam and I prefer to watch scary movies in the comfort of my own home with the lights on.
I enjoy more fun Halloween activities, like costume parties and handing out Halloween candy. I love dressing up for holidays. Even something as simple as fun, festive socks can make even the most ordinary work outfit a little more spooky!
Football (snacks) season starts!
Yeah, I definitely don’t care about football but I am married to someone who does. The best way for me to make it through football season? Make sure our snack game is on point.
If you enjoy football, I don’t need to explain why you’re excited about fall. However, if you’re like me and couldn’t care less you might need a little bit of motivation to join your spouse or friends at a football party.
My motivation? The snacks.
Chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, pork sliders, and my ever popular buffalo chicken dip (another recipe I will be sharing soon!) These are the reasons I join my sports loving family on the couch every Sunday.
I’d like to round out this list with my favorite holiday of all time. Thanksgiving is the most superior holiday and let me tell you why.
First of all, there is no pressure to buy everyone in your life the perfect gift. Gift giving holidays get expensive and stressful. As great as it can be to watch someone you love open up a thoughtful gift that you slaved over, ultimately its also a lot of work.
Thanksgiving is about two of my favorite things: being around the people you love and eating delicious food.
Whether you spend this holiday with every single member of your extended family or just a few close friends, Thanksgiving is one of the most laid back holidays. Sure, cooking and cleaning can be a big job but at the end of it all, the day is simply about celebrating the most important people in your life.
It doesn’t get much better than that, people! Tell me what you’re most excited for this season in the comments below!