Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fall is in the Air!

Outside the rain is falling. It hasn't stopped all day. It's lovely. Not only do we desperately need this rain, but it's nice to have a day to take a time out... or a time in. With no need to be outside I can hunker down in my home and stay in my pajamas and clean the house from top to bottom and cook and do all those things one cannot do when it is too gorgeous to be inside! Even though it's still quite warm outside and the air conditioning is still required to keep us cool and comfortable, one can tell that fall is right around the corner! There's a certain wonderful feeling in the air. I adore the change of seasons and autumn is my favorite.

I love the smells of the crisp cool air. I love the wonderful palate of colors as the grand trees in my neighborhood begin to adorn their wonderfully exquisite autumn wardrobes in rich yellows and oranges and deep majestic reds. I love the smell of burning leaves... I love to watch my children jump into the large piles with huge grins and squeals of laughter. I love the cooler temperatures... they allow us to hang onto our white summer jeans a little bit longer as we slip into warm cashmere sweaters. I love that the days get a little shorter. I love nothing more than to come home at the end of the day and slip into some warm flannel pajamas as the sun sets to the west. Perhaps I'll cook up a hearty meal such as a stew, some chili or a roast. We'll sip on fresh apple cider or perhaps a nice warm glass of mulled wine. The apples that we have picked will be simmering in the oven between layers of a flaky crust. Is there any smell as wonderful as that of a freshly baked apple pie? We'll line our pumpkins in a row by the front door from smallest to largest. Even though I am married perhaps I will cheat a little...on my diet that is!!!! Instead of my cappuccino I will treat myself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte... I admit it, I have no will power... no restraint. I am helpless in the face of a beautiful Pumpkin Spice Latte! In fact I do adore all things pumpkin. I am powerless and weak in the knees when it comes to pumpkin bread. Pumpkin muffins. And pumpkin cookies. I think this year I will try my hand at some pumpkin biscotti! I will get my home ready for fall too. I'll bring out the warm blankets and darker colored throw pillows. I'll fill my hurricane candle holders with acorns and pine cones. We'll light a fire. I'll grab a blanket and my red wine and sit in front of it with a good book. I'll be in my pajamas. The Coq au Vin will be simmering along... I might even have to shut the windows to keep the chill out... I just adore fall!


Is there anything quite so beautiful?


Nothing says fall and home like warm apple pie, apple crisp, apple cobbler, apple Brown Betty...
The apple could quite possibly be the perfect fruit!



The perfect fall accoutrement... decorate or bake... I love pumpkins!


Pumpkin bread (muffins, cookies, lattes, etc) is my passion!


Curl up with a cup of fresh apple cider cool and crisp or warm and soothing.


Mulled wine a soothing yet sophisticated beverage. I had my first glass when I was 13... I was at my grandmother's house in Oxford... it was Christmastime...
and a beautiful boy kissed me...
Ah, fond memories of mulled wine!


My Dear PSL, when I see you my heart goes pitter-patter
and my knees grow weak!


When the temperatures drop the heat goes on in the kitchen...
there is nothing as soul soothing as a hearty soothing of Boeuf Bourguignon!



It's time to pack up the flip flops and Jack Rogers.
According to Vogue Magazine the simple, classic and stylish kitten heel is back in style!



Celebrate your inner School Girl and pick up a new satchel from the Cambridge Satchel Company.
(About $105)



Not quite ready to pack up those skinny white jeans? That's OK, you don't have to. Pair them with a pair of boots and long cardi and a perfectly stylish and transitional fall outfit is born!


I think this chair is calling my name... Ah, you've poured me a drink I see...
I'll just snuggle up under the blanket...


The house needs to put on her stylish wardrobe too...


Just in case I have nothing in the oven or on the stove... this should do the trick!

What do you like best about fall?

21 comments:

Carrie said...

Oh...I can't wait! I LOVE this time of year too :) I wish we had some rain, though...but the humidity is finally not over 100 degrees making the weather much cooler, I love it!

Thanks for all the beautiful fall images...it makes me want to get out all my pumpkins and fall decor!
Can't wait to go apple picking! ;)

Carrie said...

it's still really hot here in California! But i'm glad it's raining there. haha.

Carrie
http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

LPC said...

Enjoy...

Suburban Princess said...

Everything!!!!!!

I made my autumn inspiration board a few weeks ago :O) I cant wait!

Do you remember what the pumpkin liqueur is called?

uncoolmom17 said...

Lovely post! I am one of those that never wants summer to end. But your words and pictures make me a bit wistful for autumn....

JDB said...

Fall is my fave! Our summer has been insanely hot and I can't wait for the cooler temps. Of course, I will have to wait....until November or so. LOL

Maybe I should take the hubby up on his offer to move to New England. ;-)

Bella Michelle said...

Gorgeous post, though we are several weeks from the 1st hint of fall (I am ready!!!).

bevy said...

Autumn is my favorite time of the year too. I think it's because I love the change it brings. Also, because the temperature is finally cool and I can enjoy the outside~

Jo said...

I've had a fabulous summer this year but fall is my favorite season.

I'm almost ready to break out the coziness of autumn ~ I'm starting with a glass or red wine this evening ;)

Jo

Henley on the Horn said...

How lovely! Sadly it won't feel like fall until January around here!!!

Twist of Lime said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Fall! It is my favorite season and you captured it beautifully!

debra said...

I love fall, too. Just the cooler temps get me in the mood. And the pumpkins don't hurt either! :)

Jean said...

I love it all!! The cooler temps, sweaters, colors, leaves, mums, Halloween, apple picking, cider, pumpkins- I could go on and on!

Anonymous said...

Autumn is my favorite time of year...leaves changing colors, cool days and chilly nights,sweaters,pumpkins, apple pie. Autumn can't come soon enough!

JMW said...

Yep, my favorite time of year, too. That's why I got married in October - the colors, the weather - just gorgeous! I can't wait until the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns - LOVE IT!!

Black Labs and Lilly said...

You make a strong case for Fall, but I am holding onto summer for as long as I can!!!

myletterstoemily said...

well, it is 102 here, so fall seems months
away, but i will look up, and here it will
be!

you made me LOOOOOOONG for it.
such an exquisite post of delectable
homey pleasures.

thank you.

Robin said...

Gorgeous Post! I love the Pumpkin Spice lattes almost as much as the Gingerbread Lattes that follow them!

Princess Freckles said...

It's starting to get a bit cooler here in Michigan too. I can tell Fall is right around the corner.

The year, we're planning a trip to the apple orchard. I'd love to know if you have a great apple pie recipe, as my husband has requested I make it.

The Mrs. said...

Oh man if it wasn't 110 yesterday I could really get into this!!! I would welcome fall!

Keri said...

I'm dying over the cardigan sweater! Do you happen to remember who it is by? Thank you for the great post - it's in the 90's here today and this post is total inspiration for fall!