F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” As the trees begin to shed their leaves, classes resume for students, and the dropping temperatures prompt fall wardrobe transitions, opportunities for exploration, change, and discovery abound.
Don’t be afraid to seek out new hobbies and academic pursuits, or to explore farmer’s markets, orchards, bookstores, cafes, and museums around your city. Don’t let the changing weather deter your spirit of adventure; the autumn months are a great chance to learn more about yourself and the world around you.
Take advantage of Labor Day on the 4th to host one final summer barbecue. If you’d prefer to stay indoors and bake, these Prosciutto Baked Brie Bites with Honey Pears & Walnuts from Half Baked Harvest embody the warmth and richness of the autumn season, and make perfect hors d’oeuvres if you’re entertaining guests. For National Coffee Day on the 29th, take advantage of the pumpkin spice craze even if you can’t make it to a coffee shop by making your own Coconut Pumpkin Spice Latte. If you really want to double up on the pumpkin, (‘tis the season!) serve alongside these Pumpkin Spice Scones from Tutti Dolci.
September 11th is a more somber occasion for reflection, so take the time to remind yourself of the good in the world, in spite of all the chaos and calamity. Remember those whose lives were lost, and those who made the ultimate sacrifices to help others. Look for the spirit of their selflessness living on in every kind stranger, philanthropist, volunteer, nurse, doctor, firefighter, or volunteer working to make the world a better place. Have a wonderful, safe and productive September!
Photography: The Recipe Hunters