Fall has finally come to Southern California and by fall I mean there was one day this week that was below 70°F for a significant portion of the day. Yeah, we’re not much for actual seasons around here. And darn it if I know what I’m missing.
I would love to have jumped into a giant pile of crispy red and orange leaves when I was a child or had the need to wear scarves for function not fashion. However, I live in the land of the Indian summer where the heat lasts until the end of October. Nevertheless, since Mother Nature is a tad confused about the nature of autumn in Southern California, I must find things to make it more fall-y around here.
For the Ambience:
A flickering glow of a fabulously scented candle can do wonders for a home or office. During this time of year and well into the winter, I constantly burn candles to give my apartment a more home-y feeling. My absolute favorite brand is Yankee Candle because the scents are strong enough to last yet somehow don’t overwhelm you. Some of my favorite fall fragrances include spiced pumpkin, apple cider, and autumn leaves. Since this particular brand can be pricey, I try to find tumblers and votives at stores like Home Goods (where they are always marked down—I found a great one there that smells like spiced maple) and Bed Bath and Beyond (those 20%-off coupons never really expire).
For the Viewing Pleasure:
There is something about fairy tales that has always reminded me of the fall—perhaps it’s because I frequently dressed up as a princess for Halloween. Luckily, fairy tales are back and they’re better than ever. Once Upon a Time’s season premiere is on Sunday and I cannot wait. I love that the writers and producers of this awesome show have taken the stories we know and love and reimagined them so that they are fresh and exciting.
For a more classic retelling, check out Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre out on DVD. The series was made in the 80’s with cheesy special effects and celebrities in every tale. Robin Williams plays the Frog Prince, Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern is Snow White, Pee-Wee Herman creator Paul Reubens is Pinocchio, and so many more. When I got to rent a video as a kid, it was almost always a Faerie Tale Theatre story. They are still completely charming to me after more than twenty years.
For the Taste Buds:
The inventor of the slow cooker should be worshipped. First fed, then worshipped. How easy to throw some meat and vegetables into a pot, press a couple of buttons, head off to work, and upon being greeted with the aroma of yumminess the minute you walk through the door, a cooked feast of deliciousness ready to enjoy. Nothing screams fall more than slow-cooked dinners. From pot roast to stew, casseroles to chili, slow cookers take the work out of cooking. Plus, there are always leftovers. It’s a win-win!
Slow Cooker Comfort Food Recipes
For the Spirit:
I’m not sure if you all are aware, but it’s football season in the US! Folks wait all year for their favorite teams and players to take to the field and score some touchdowns. Whether it be the professional teams or the collegiate ones, people come out in full force with their color-coordinated apparel. I am proud to announce that it was actually cold enough to pull out my University of California Berkeley hoodie the other day and I couldn’t have been prouder. While my Golden Bears may not be one of the best teams out there, I fully support them and enthusiastically tell anyone who will listen that I went to Cal. I will rock my hoodie and t-shirts all season long and maybe even add to the collection. Go Bears!
Now, let’s go find some piles of leaves to jump into.