But while autumn is here, it's a spectacular visual feast.
I'm convinced red maple leaves are the reason "breathtaking" came into existence as a word. I always gasp when I see a shock of intense red among the golds and oranges and yellows. I feel compelled to point out the crimson colors to other gasping people around me, as if they need my guidance to appreciate Mother Nature's extravagant palette--and her obvious apology for the heartbreaking winter months ahead.
Pumpkins and apples are the official darlings of this beloved season. I don't cook very often, mainly because I'm not very good at turning ingredients into edible meals, but this time of year I can't wait to make all kinds of apple-related concoctions. I've got a killer cinnamon-apple cake that tricks people into thinking I can cook (I make it in a 9x13 pan, not the double decker thing they show, and it always turns out great). My other fave is a no-fail Swedish apple pie recipe I found on Twitter (the sugar cookie crust is awesome). However, I'm leaving pumpkin-related dishes to the professionals.
I'm including some pics I took of a New England farmstand decked out for autumn--so you can have a chance to fall head over heels for this season. Now if we could only convince Mother Nature to break up with winter, for good. . .
I'll be publishing a short story soon-ish, called Fallin' in Love, and it's set during a New England autumn. It's the next in my Seasons of Love series, which started with Summer Lovin'. If you'd like to know when the new story is released, feel free to sign up for my newsletter.
Until then, thanks for stopping by! Make sure you visit the other stops on the blog hop. There are some great prizes at each place, PLUS you'll want to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for the grand prizes, including a $75 Amazon gift card.
I'll give a $10 gift card to one random commenter below. Just share a fun fall memory you have. Or tell me how you think we can persuade Mother Nature to shorten winter to just one month this year. :)