Summer may be renowned for its warm weather, trips to the beach, fireworks and cook outs, but fall is a time of beauty and new beginnings. I love summer just as much as the next person, but I will admit that fall holds a special place in my heart.
From the leaves changing to colors of vibrant red-orange and brown to the fashion, pumpkin patches, harvest festivals, and treats of cinnamon goodness, fall is a time of year I highly anticipate. One reason is because there are so many fun activities to engage in…more than a lot of people may think.
For me, fall is a very busy time of year, and this year will possibly be my busiest yet. Here a few of the many activities I have planned in celebration of autumn 2013.
1.) Photography: I am a photographer, and no time of the year is more beautiful to photograph than fall in my opinion. Trees, fresh fallen leaves, and landscapes galore; Mother Nature just has so much more photogenic scenery to offer during autumn.
2.) Fashion Shows: Make no mistake about it: fall boasts some of the hottest fashion trends. Shawls, boots, leather jackets, sweaters and earth tones are all the elements that make fall fashion what it is. I will be attending several fashion shows this fall, as both photographer and fashionista.
3.) Decorating: Autumn is a wonderful time to flex one’s creative muscles and mine are constantly in full swing during this time of the year. Cinnamon-scented wreaths clad with freshly-fallen fall leaves, cinnamon sticks, and pine cones are some of my favorite decorations to make, along with pumpkin lanterns, earth tone floral arrangements, and leaf garlands. These are awesome activities to engage in with children and my two lovelies always enjoy autumn decorating sessions with their mom.
4.) Dinner Parties: I love to throw small scale dinner parties during the fall months more than any other time of year– particularly between November and the first half of December. This is the best time of the year for general cooking and baking, especially since Thanksgiving is during the autumn season. My menu for autumn dinner parties always includes roasted chicken with rosemary and port wine, oven-roasted herb potatoes, and root vegetable mash.
5.) Baking: Is it me, or is baking just 100 times more fun in the fall? With so many baked good delights to choose from, sometimes it’s hard to decide which ones to bake. Some of my favorite baked sweet treats to whip up during autumn are chocolate cupcakes with chocolate peanut butter frosting, sweet potato mash with a pecan crust, chocolate chip walnut cookies, and everyone’s favorite, apple pie.