Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Today is it!!! It is the first day of FALLLLLLLLLL! Yes, even in Florida there is a slight change to the weather. I'm sure even more so in other parts of the country. I have my home totally transformed to fall and I am pretending there are mountains and cold air outside. :)
Why do I love fall so much. It started as a little girl who was raised in Pennsylvania. After a hot summer of July and August you would begin to feel the slight change in the air and you could almost smell fall coming. My mom would begin her canning during that time and we would buy buckets of apples from a local market to make pies. We would also go out into the woods and country areas to gather black walnuts. These are walnuts that fall on the ground in the fall, you dry them out and in the drying process they have a tar like coating on them that eventually drys off. They have the most unique taste of all the nuts. My mom would make black walnut cake and put them on ice cream and sometime we would just eat them by themselves. Oh the wonderful memories of fall! Of course, in Pa the leaves would change and it was so beautiful to see all the colors, the reds, yellows and oranges. The pumpkins would begin to pop up everywhere and of course my mom would make homemade pumpkin pie! It was many times during the fall that my brother and sister would occasionally let me go on a hike with them. :) One of my best memories of fall was walking home from school on a crisp cool day and seeing the windows of our house all foggy - I knew my mom was making homemade soup and bread for dinner. Yum. (have you noticed how much food is involved in my fall memories?) As I got older and moved to Florida - most years we have vacationed in North Carolina in the fall just to get a hint of "real" fall each year.
So I just wanted to dedicate this blog post to my favorite time of the year - FALL