The weather is cooling down and you know what that means?! It’s time for soups, casseroles, hearty meals and time to buckle down and find our rooting. And might I add time for the awesome holiday’s. I’m already in the process of brainstorming ideas for recipes to wow my family especially with vegetables they haven’t tried before and in combinations that really represent the heart of the season.
It amazes me how fall has become a pumpkin crazed season. I mean I’ve seen pumpkin flavored everything…butter, biscuits, bread, cookies. You name it, it probably exists and it’s probably some fake crap that is loaded with additives and chemicals. My favorite pumpkin flavored goodie (aside from my granola) has to be the pumpkin spice latte. But of course, these big coffee peeps have taken it upon themselves to create fake pumpkin lattes with a ton of sugar that keep us addicted and going back for more.
Save your pennies friends and make this delicious concoction with ease knowing you are actually having a real pumpkin spice latte that’s almost too good to be good for you. But trust me, it is.
I’m back! Yea I’ve been a little MIA but I needed some time to just do absolutely nothing. Have you ever done that? That’s exactly what Matt and I did for the last 2 weeks. We decided that instead of going on vacation we would just enjoy time together at home, binge-watching The Walking Dead and just savoring every moment of nothingness. And a few trips to Momofuku Milk Bar for some Cereal Milk Icecream (don’t knock it till you try it- it’s heaven).
Of course, this gave me an opportunity to really start experimenting with some new fall recipes, plan our wedding without stress and gear up for the fun of the upcoming season. I just want to decorate the house with pumpkins. I kid you not we have about 10 baby pumpkins and you can count on me to add even more to the house.
There is something refreshing about the fall. Even though the summer is great and all of that, I just feel like the fall is a great time to start over. To get back on track and get ready to get shit done. And for the last month of summer I’ve felt lazy. I just wanted to sleep, I just didn’t even want to think about the to-do lists or working out every day. I just really wanted to enjoy the fruits of summer. And you know what? That’s totally okay. Summer is meant to be a vacation (and it really should be- we all work hard!) and the fall is back to the grind. I am so ready for it.
Wait…it’s September? Where did the year go? Correction…where did the summer go? It seems like the best things go so quickly which forces us to enjoy the moments more slowly. We need to hone in on these beautiful moments and feel them. Each day is ridiculously sacred and summer reminds us how fleeting each day is. But I am ready to slow down. Yes, the fall is the perfect time to slow down and refresh and I’m excited to buckle down and ultimately refocus on what’s important in my life. How about you?
Summertime gatherings are really what summer is all about. Picnics, BBQ’s, beach days. Basically, anything outdoors and involving food and loved one’s is really the ultimate summer experience. And yesterday happened to be one of my favorite gatherings that Matt and I look forward to every year. It was the LeBron family picnic.
This annual outing brings the family together (aside from major holiday’s) and celebrates all generations. It’s always fascinating to watch the little cousins get acquainted and run around while us adults (okay, not completely adults at heart- we’re all goofy kids) play volleyball, softball and my favorite, take part in creating delicious treats for the whole family to enjoy. This is when you bring out the good recipes and for me, I get to test out my new ideas on the family (cue evil laugh). I love having the opportunity to open their eyes to new recipes and flavor combinations. I blew them away a few years ago when I decided to grill some pineapple. Yes. Pineapple. And it was DELICIOUS! Of course, I made more of it this year. It’s tradition!