There is something about the fall season that sets my love for all things cozy into high gear… apple picking, cable-knit sweaters, heirloom pumpkins and of course, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!
As fall approaches each year, my family enjoys a trip to Gull Meadow Farms in Richland, Michigan. From the hayride to the orchard for picking apples and selecting their pumpkins, the delicious cider and donuts made on-site and all the fun activities we participate in at their farm, its a tradition that we look forward to year after year. I guess traditions are one of the reasons I love the change of seasons in Michigan. A quick trip up north provides a spectacular color tour that is second to none…mother nature works her magic during this season as the trees turn from summer green to vibrant red, orange and yellow! Winter covers the mitten state in a blanket of white that just sparkles in the light. The renewal that comes in the spring and of course enjoying our salt-free great lakes all summer long…Its a bit magical if you ask me. AND a great place to call home!
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”. ~Albert Camus
But for me right now, there’s the cozy fireplace at night where we grab some hot chocolate or spiced tea and just enjoy the glow and read before bedtime. Suppers tend to get a little more “comfort” in them, too (homemade mac and cheese, anyone?). I personally enjoy how life seems to just slow down a bit this time of year, chores are a bit lighter, and the hustle of “packing” adventures into a short summer vacation time-frame are all beautiful memories we get to reflect on.
In the weeks to come, we will be sharing some of our favorite recipes to help savor the bounty of all things harvest & fall, including my son Liam’s homemade chai tea (yum!). And be sure to check out our fall-inspired tablescapes, entertaining ideas & products we will be featuring at our shop and more!
So whatever your favorite season is, I hope that it finds you enjoying life to the fullest and surrounded by what you enjoy and the people you love!