Being from the Midwest, I think I have a soft spot for Fall in my heart.
When the seasons change, the cool breeze whips through my hair with just enough of a chill to make me feel alive and breathe a little deeper, but not enough to force me to rush back to the warmth of the indoors. I want to be cozy, but I also don't want to miss a minute of nature's last hurrah. The scattering of gorgeous leaves on the ground is a treat for the eyes, and is almost always accompanied by the scratching and scurrying sounds of dried leaves blowing across the ground. The combination of rustic, muted colors together with crimson and yellow leaves is always spectacular, and the first arrival of bright orange pumpkins is a cause for celebration.
So if you are like me, when Fall comes, you want to get outside and soak up the fleeting clean, cool air with hikes, late afternoon picnics, and hayrides. But at the same time, the urge to warm up indoors beckons. And naturally, the best way to warm up inside is to bake.
Lately, my urge to bake has been insatiable - I have definitely baked more in the last three weeks than I have in the last three months combined, and I think that is directly related to the arrival of Fall and the warm comforting flavors it brings with it. But let me tell you who has totally out-baked me: my sister. I told you before that she has fallen in love with baking, and that affair just continues to blossom as she has been baking up fantastic sweet treats almost every other day. And now it is sort of ironic because the tables have turned - she is recommending baking recipes to me instead of the other way around!