I love autumn, with September and October being my favorite months. To me, it’s the best time of year. The weather is nice, the air is filled with aromatic spices and our landscapes are bursting with vibrant colors. In Canada, it’s also the kickoff to the holiday season. Our Thanksgiving is on the second Monday of October, so this year it’s on October 8th, which seems so early. But that won’t stop us from celebrating the holiday.
Like many, I’ve already started my holiday baking because I want to enjoy my guests instead of slaving away in the kitchen. You can relate, right? We also got our yard ready for winter, for the most part anyway. We raked leaves, put the lawn furniture away and put a leaf guard over our eavestroughs. We also serviced our vehicles so they are ready for the brutal temperatures ahead. I know these all sound like chores, but to me, they are more like seasonal must-dos if we want the winter and holiday season to flow seamlessly. Despite these necessary household tasks, there are many reasons to love October.
October has the most breathtaking scenery. Depending on the variety of trees, you can get an array of glorious colors. I grew up with maple trees and every autumn I would look forward to the most vivid red leaves you can imagine. It just makes you wish the autumn season would last just a little longer.
Harvest is a wonderful time of year when our favorite fruits and vegetables are ready for picking. Grapes, apples, beets, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, pumpkin, squash, and the list goes on. Pefect if you can or make your owe preserves.
Sunsets & the Harvest Moon
Even though the days are getting shorter, the skies are aglow with the most arresting sunset hues in October. The reds, pinks and oranges add beauty and warmth to the season. You can’t help but be in awe at this colorful splendor.
It’s apple, maple and pumpkin spice season and that means baked goods like pies, muffins, cookies, coffee cakes, puddings, squares, tarts and so much more. It also includes drinks like pumpkin spice smoothies, shakes, lattes, frappuccino’s, coffee, apple cider and hot chocolate. Yum!
Autumn Scented Candles
There is nothing more fragrant than the earthy scents of autumn. Each season stores fill their shelves with deliciously scented candles – pumpkin spice, apple spice, nutmeg, cinnamon hot buns, apple cinnamon, ginger, chai and many more. They lift your spirits and make your home feel all cozy.
The chill in the air turns our thoughts to a warm, cozy fireplace. The crackling logs and amber flickers create an intimate and mesmerizing ambience that’s perfect for reflection or snuggling up to a good book.
It’s cold and you just want to curl up and nestle in something warm. Plush and cuddly blankets with soft textures make you feel all toasty. I knit and crochet, so I always have five or six blankets for the family, including my pets to snuggle in.
Casseroles, Stews and Soups
Autumn means making hearty meals that are warming, healthy and delicious. Steaming hot soups, stews and casseroles are not only filling, but they’re also soothing to the soul. I make a lot of different vegan dishes with roasted veggies, seasoning and a vegetable broth. It always reminds me of my grandmother, which I find comforting.
It’s wonderful to have the family over for a visit and enjoy a scrumptious meal together. It’s also a time to ponder and to be grateful and thankful for everything we have on our lives.
Oldies Scary Movies
I admit I love the oldies when it comes to scary movies. Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Peter Cushing are all actors way before our time, but they were skilled at making the crowds scream. Today it may only be a soft scream, but they’re classics I like to watch every year.
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