It’s officially the first day of fall but here in West Virginia it started looking like fall a few weeks ago. I was sitting in my office when I glanced out the window and saw the leaves on one of the maple trees had turned red. It’s so beautiful here during this season as everything changes. In fact, West Virginia is known as one of the most scenic states in the US so I’m fortunate to be here.
I’m making plans to hit up a few fall festivals this year because I want to take advantage of outdoor time before winter arrives. It’s our first winter out of the south and I’m not completely sure how we’re going to handle it. The other day I mentioned that I need to buy the dogs winter sweaters; I wasn’t joking.
I’m hoping to spend a weekend at the cabin next week so we can build a fire and enjoy the start of the season. As basic as it is, I’m looking forward to being able to invest in sweaters, jackets, boots, scarves, and hats this year as well. When we were in Georgia we had no real need for them. Up here, we have a definite need for them. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, I’d love to hear them.
Right now I’m also working on freezing and preserving what I can of our summer harvest. My little garden didn’t turn out too much but my parent’s garden did. They have loaded me up with potatoes and other veggies. I’ve made a few soups (potato soup and tomato soup) that are now stored in freezer containers so we’ll be enjoying those through December and the veggies didn’t go to waste.
I’m also working on preparing my menu for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know it’s still two months away but I’ve always heard that you should never serve a dish at a holiday or party unless you’ve perfected it. For Thanksgiving I’m planning to take my sweet potato casserole with pecans and a homemade cranberry sauce. Christmas is a whole different story though. A few years ago I made a white chocolate mousse cake with a raspberry glaze. It was amazing but it’s been so long since I made it that I’m not sure it’s holiday-worthy at the moment. I told Brandon I need to make it a few times between now and then; he didn’t seem to mind. 😉
I’m also planning to attend the WV Book Festival here in Charleston at the end of October. That, along with the fall festivals and Halloween should make for a really great month. I’m not sure if we’ll have trick-or-treaters but we live in a great neighborhood. We never had trick-or-treaters in Atlanta and I miss seeing the little ones in their costumes. Is it just me or do people not trick or treat anymore?
I’m also really looking forward to Christmas (haha) even thought it’s still months away. In fact, just a minute ago I asked Brandon, “So, have you put any thought into where we should put the Christmas tree this year?” First, he looked at me like I’d lost it. Then he said, “We should probably put it there (pointing to the corner) so we can see it through the front windows. Then, we just have to move that chair and get a big pillow for the dogs.” And so it went with me realizing I married a man that loves the holidays just as much as I do.
So, happy Fall everyone! I hope you all have an incredible season.