We here in Southern Cali have no idea what autumn is when it’s still 85 degrees every day, but the rest of the country is experiencing what should normally happen around September 22, the first official day of fall. Golden autumn leaves, rustling winds, cute sweaters, cute scarves that match our cute sweaters. Autumn brings the winding down of the year, the first brisk weather that makes us all slow down and contemplate where the heck the rest of the year went. Even where there seems to be only two seasons to exist (summer and winter), we still love– nay, envy others who witness– the beauty found in inevitable change and the new life that it harbors for seasons to come. No matter, we can still experience autumn vicariously through a few choice goods and activities!
Along with changing seasons comes changing spices, from lime in the summer to anything that works well in a Crock Pot in the fall. A Four Seasons Spice Set depicts every quarter of a year with a different spice jar, cleverly designed so the spices act as the ground for every tree inside. An included spice rack holds all four jars in place for admiration and convenience.
When autumn comes to mind, pumpkins no doubt make an appearance, and not necessarily in Jack-o-lanterns. Using a pumpkin early in the season to create a Pumpkin Punch Bowl not only embraces the fall season, it also gives a a unique hint of flavor to hot apple cider that it houses. Scroll down for an easy apple cider recipe!
Ah, the quintessential of the presence of fall now helps to keep doors from slamming open from growing autumn winds! An Autumn Leaf Door Stop looks just like a real autumn leaf with its vibrant color and natural-looking veins. Yet, the rubber door stopper needs not a rake, but just an open door. And perhaps some ego-stroking since each one is made of recycled material, kinda like real leaves.
Nothing says autumn like the scent of crisp, ripened apples, and adding real branches give this treat a special touch. Caramel Apples with Twigs are really very simple to make and look so rustic, they remind us of what growing up in a simpler era might have been like. We gotta tweet this.
So if the scent of apples is distinctly autumn, Crock Pot Apple Cider must be the mecca of all fall smells. And it’s easy to make: just toss all the ingredients into a slow cooker, and the sweet, spicy aroma of apples, cloves, and cinnamon fill a room before you can say, “Wipe your feet!” Well, maybe not that quickly, but considering how intoxicating and comforting apple cider is, there’s plenty to slow down for.
So we here might not be able to experience all that autumn has to offer, but so what! We can live it in spirit and enjoy it just as much as others surrounded by the gold, red, and orange beauty. So let’s all sit down on a park bench, ponder the quiet spectacle of nature, and admire the colors of fall, the changing weather, and the coziness it all brings– well, not us, we’ll still be at the beach ’til early December, but the rest of you can.