FALLLLLLL

Even though it’s 93 degrees out, it’s September, so in my mind, it’s fall, my most favoritest season EVAR. Why? Many reasons …

The fashion! Tights! Sweater dresses! Boots! Cute shoes! Cute jackets! Scarves! And, yes, even legginges (when worn appropriately – as an alternative to tights – and not as pants). What’s not to love? Plus as a redhead, fall colors look so good on me.

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The weather! Summer 2011 has been the first real summer we’ve had in awhile. I feel like for the past few years, summer has been milder than normal. Not that I’m complaining (unlike 99% of my Facebook friends) because I like my seasons to feel like seasons. Anyway, I’m looking forward to being able to turn off the a/c for good, and open the windows. Being able to wear cute fall fashions like boots and sweaters and tights and not look like an “ironic” hipster. And being able to go for a run and get my best times of the year. And, you know, the beauty that is fall:

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HALLOWEEN! Hands down, my favorite holiday. Sure, with Christmas comes cookies and presents and pretty decorations. That’s all nice and good and a close second. But with Halloween comes silly and scary decorations. And candy. And costumes. Luckily The Sailor shares my love of Halloween. Pretty sure when we finally have our own house, we’re going to have some pretty elaborate decorations and be the house on the block that is turned into a haunted house for the neighborhood kids to go through.

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Anything pumpkin or pumpkin-flavored. I love it all. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin coffee drinks … I think this year I will make it my goal to make as many pumpkin-flavored things as possible. Starting with Turkey Pumpkin Chili, pumpkin brownies and maybe I’ll even attempt pumpkin pie from scratch.

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Fall festivals. Not just the Halloween-related ones, but anything fall related. This year I’m going to miss the Long Grove Apple Festival, but to make up for it, I will be running the Applefest Half Marathon. Just look at those cute medals!!!

However, would you believe, despite all the Germans up in our family trees, that we’ve never been to any type of Oktoberfest? Maybe this year we’ll make it to one. However, with many of them I can’t tell if the only thing that makes it an Oktoberfest is the fact that it is in September or October and has a beer tent. I want the full deal – bratwurst and sour kraut and schnitzel and polka and leiderhosen and German singing and dancing. And German beer too of course. And I kind of want to wear this if/when we ever go. (If I had the money I would buy a real Frauline outfit but I don’t [remember I mentioned we moved in with my parents?], so I have to resort to sexy Halloween costumes.)

What do YOU love about fall???? And what is the most interesting pumpkin food you’ve eaten?

5 Comments

  • 2 September, 2011 - 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like you need a trip to New Glarus! We keep talking about going, I have heard they have a great Oktoberfest….and if they don't, they still have the New Glarus Brewing Company. =) Milwaukee is full of Krauts too, there should be Oktoberfests there too.

    Fall means fast times and sweatshirts and post-run naps under blankets! It also re-introduces my "good-for-nothing blanket", which is the warming blanket that renders me positively useless. And football. =) Love me some football!

    Out of luck on unusual pumpkin….but punkin pie from scratch (no can!) isn't that hard if you have a good crust recipe! And punkin bread….mmmm…fresh punkin all the way. Mmmm….punkin ravioli…..with nutmeg in a cream sauce….

  • 2 September, 2011 - 9:43 pm | Permalink

    MMmmm pumpkin ravioli, there's an idea! I'm pretty sure I've had that at a restaurant, or maybe it was butternut squash ravioli. That's another thing I want to make – butternut squash soup. I think Melissa has a great recipe.

  • 3 September, 2011 - 7:41 am | Permalink

    Thought of you! http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/pumpkin-and-feta-muffins-recipe.html

    Pumpkin and feta muffins!

    Butternut squash and pumpkin are good substitutes–find a squash recipe and try with pumpkin!

  • 3 September, 2011 - 12:49 pm | Permalink

    YUMMMMMMM

  • 6 September, 2011 - 9:15 am | Permalink

    Fall is my favorite! I can't wait to break out the boots and leggings. And thanks for the tip about pre-race Buca di Beppo, I'll have to give it a try.

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