Bonfires, Sweaters & Everything Pumpkin Spice

The 1st day of fall has arrived and with it usually comes the anticipation of bonfires & boots, sweater & lattes, & tailgating before the big game on Saturday. Fall was definitely in the air for a few days post Irma but with temps in the high 80’s it seems strange to already see the leaves starting to cover the ground. For many, fall is one of the favorite seasons here in the South. From football season to the smell of cinnamon through the house to hay bales & mums decorating our yards, fall represents a time to share with family and friends.

Tailgating parties are plentiful & food & beverages are shared amongst stories of great tailgates past. Front door decorations range anywhere from wreathes adorned with pinecones & mini pumpkins to the logo & lettering of our favorite SEC team.   And the pumpkin doesn’t stop at the decorations. From gearing up for Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving to lighting a pumpkin scented candle to the ever famous Pumpkin Spice Latte, many of us signify the beginning of fall with all things pumpkin.

It seems like fall is a favorite time to bring out the crockpot & settle in for some comfort food. Since many fall flavors hint of cinnamon & allspice, the smell of dinner in the crock-pot is always a welcomed one. And, who doesn’t get a pot of chili going on Friday to cook overnight & meld those flavors so it’s good & tasty just in time for kick off?

So, whether your preference is plaid & pumpkins or harvest parties & hayrides, grab that pumpkin spic latte & circle your chair around the fire pit and enjoy a late evening bonfire. What a way to relax after a busy & work filled week.

Enjoy these links which discuss season appropriate spices:

https://www.gianteagle.com/Cooking-Ideas/Cooking-Guides/Cinnamon-and-Other-Fall-Spices/

http://www.simplysavorybykate.com/fall-spices-herbs/