It is no secret that I love fall. Not the ~Instagram photo of a Pumpkin Spice Latte mug in a pile of leaves with pumpkins and cozy socks~ love. But a true appreciation for the beauty that this time of year brings. I always say that I loved autumn before loving autumn was cool! But why? What is it about these three months of the year that make me so happy?
I love the feeling of a brand new start. As a child, a teenager, a college student, a teacher, and a mom, I have always loved the beginning of a new school year. I cannot adequately explain it. It is just a feeling of happiness and anticipation I feel when I think about freshly scrubbed classrooms, apple-themed lessons, sharp, fresh-smelling crayons, and after school snacks.
I love the earlier evenings with just enough warmth to sit on the porch and watch the day end. The lamps come on a bit earlier, the blankets come out of storage, and new seasons of our favorite television shows begin. We gather together in our family room and enjoy the cozy feeling it brings.
I love the transition from cookouts on the grill to cozier autumn meals. I pull out my soup and crockpot recipes and sift through them as the smell of pumpkin spice fills the air. ( Fall scented candles are by far, in my opinion, the very best ones of all. ) Strawberry and peach are replaced with apple and pumpkin as the staples in our desserts. With the warm touch that nutmeg and allspice bring, of course.
I also love the pause that fall brings. It is a respite between the more active days of July and August and the festive days of December. It is a chance for me to catch my breath and settle in for a bit to reflect and to plan. All this is not to say I don't enjoy summer. As I get older, I appreciate the beauty that season brings as well.
Kayaking on the lake, breakfasts on the deck, early morning sunlight before a gorgeous summer day, summer storms, freshly picked corn, cozy afternoons, and peach desserts are a few of the things I love about summer. But fall will always have my heart. Always.
And this Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt is another reason why!
Have a wonderful last day of August, my friends.
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