We returned from Door County on Sunday.  The autumn color is half-way to peak on this lovely Lake Michigan peninsula, but we are catching up quickly in Central Illinois.

Dear friends, especially those who despise Winter, grab autumn NOW with great gusto.  Immersing oneself in everything-autumn eases the transition to winter isolation.  Golden memories linger long.

  • Bake a decadent autumn recipe such as the Easy Caramel Cake at  www.cookscountry.com/recipes/  or buy that caramel apple drenched in chocolate.  
  • Walk around the neighborhood.  Everything looks different and more festive in autumn.
  • Visit a local orchard and feel the fall excitement.  The squeals of  kids on field trips remind me of giddy days of grade school.
  • Take a scenic drive along the Illinois River and count deer and turkey.  Last year we scored two turkeys and one deer–but the deer was of the stuffed animal variety in a specialty store along the way.  We took him home and named him Tanner. 

My front yard border has burst into renewed color.  The knockout roses and mums are competing for attention.  Goliath the giant pumpkin still sits on the front porch but he is now draped with bittersweet vines from the garden.

I love fall.

Next time, I’ll share a decadent apple cake recipe from my friend Elda.  It is like caramel-apples-in-a-cake.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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