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.