Fall Flavors and Thoughts

I am always excited for Friday. It’s the last day of the workweek and the start of the weekend. The best part is I get to spend time with family and chill out. Sometimes the weekends are jam-packed with activities and other times I’m able to unwind and binge watch some shows. No matter what the weekend brings, it’s nice to be able to share those experiences with some of the people I care for most. I thought I would share with you all a few of the fall flavors that I’ve encountered that are leaving a lasting impression upon me. I am not a coffee drinker at all. However, I love the aroma that exudes from coffee. Maybe that’s why I enjoy coffee shops. They often have drinks that I do enjoy but I still get to experience the aromatic scents that make my weekend so much better.

There’s something about the crispness of fall. It sets the tone for the winter. The chill nips at your nose and allows your cheeks to be a little red. It’s not quite winter but the thought of having a rip-roaring fire often makes a person nostalgic for simpler times. I think that’s one of the reasons that I enjoy the cooler weather. Pumpkin spice lattes are lingering through my senses along with cinnamon treats. Hot chocolate warms the insides along with the thought of creating S’mores through a campfire. Yep. Fall is magical. Fridays have their sense of magic for those who work Monday through Friday. Many of you don’t. You may have your Friday on a different day. It doesn’t matter what day your Friday falls on. What matters is that you take a little time to take in aromas, opportunities, and people that you may have previously overlooked. This includes trying new beverages and tasty treats that you may have ignored.

How many of you enjoy caramel and cider? I love Caramel Apple Spice drinks. Especially when they are hot. I never thought much about maple flavored items until I gave them a try. Ummmm. It’s hard to believe that the taste of maple can bring to mind all kinds of thoughts like having a hot breakfast with maple syrup. There’s something about adding this ingredient that makes things feel like home. Let’s not forget all the desserts that are served this time of year. Apple pies are prevalent. Gingerbread and Ginger spice becomes common this time of year too. Pears are also plentiful this time of year. You can use your imagination to create all kinds of delicious treats or try them.

Let’s not forget about fall vegetables. Acorn squash, turnip greens, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, lettuce, and green onions are among these. I am not a huge vegetable lover. I’m the first to admit it and am learning how to overcome it but it’s not the easiest thing in the world for me. However, I’m learning to cook with some of the above vegetables and finding that if I don’t think about it, some of it isn’t so bad. It’s kind of like drinking a bad medicine, sometimes you just gotta choke it down to digest it. You know it’s good for you but it takes a little adjusting. Some of the vegetables I like. It’s just a matter of being willing to expand my palate.

Speaking of improving your palate, let’s move on to entrees. There’s a ton of recipes on the internet for various dishes. I’m partial to crockpot dishes. I don’t need to be a great cook to be able to throw ingredients in a slow cooker and have it taste great. I just need to be able to put the ingredients in and set the time on the crockpot so that it doesn’t overcook the dishes. Herb Crusted Pork Roast is one of my favorites. Cooking various stews in the slow cooker is a wonderful treat in the fall. No matter what dishes you try, you might consider experimenting with various dishes for each season.

No matter what you do, I hope that you use your time to the fullest. Try to break out of a routine once in a while. It not only keeps things fresh for you but it also helps you push yourself out of your comfort zone. You don’t have to go to expensive places to try things. There are always recipes you can check out and even ask your friends for recommendations on where to go. If you have local stores in your area that are offering new things, give them a chance. Something tells me that if you give things a chance, you might find that you acquire a taste for new favorites and expand your horizons a bit.

None of us are getting younger. We may have children and grandchildren, even great-grandchildren. But that doesn’t mean that we have to stop enjoying things in life. For me, Fridays are the start of being able to let my hair down and get out there and do new things. Every day that we are alive is a day to be grateful for and a day to allow ourselves to discover the joys in life. I hope that each of you can try something new. There’s a world of discoveries waiting for all of us and I can’t wait to start my journey of discovering the treasures that await.

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