Every year, fall seems to get more and more attention. I think we all just love a reason to celebrate a new season, change some seasonal decor and most importantly, be inspired by new flavors. I love the coziness fall spices bring to any dish, reminding us of warm memories. As you know, I love ice cream and fall gives me a chance to enjoy one of my favorites, a frozen Pumpkin Custard. Almost like eating a frozen pumpkin pie, this ice cream is the perfect way to enjoy fall even if it isn’t cold weather yet! Try this once and you will be making this all season long!
I’m not usually a wreath enthusiast. Yet, autumn does something special to the soul. Here in the Midwest, it brings us the fresh start of a long-awaited season after a long hot summer. Fall is the one season where I find myself comforted by a chic wreath (yes, even a wreath can be chic!), it can add just the right amount of country flair to usher in the fall spirit. Surprisingly, buying a wreath that looks gorgeous can be quite expensive, so why not try making your own? Fall seems right to try your hand at a craft. I love to work on projects like this outside, enjoying the wonderful weather!
I love to have plants that bloom at various times throughout spring and summer. I’m always on the lookout for a new plant that will bloom at a different time so there is something fresh and interesting transpiring in the flower beds. Even though summer is coming to a close, there are still a handful of items blooming. For me, part of having these blooms is being able to use them in rustic homemade arrangements. Half of the fun is using unique items that are different than the usual “blooms.”
The unofficial start to fall has come and gone (where did summer go?!), but the garden is still producing at full force. We have had a spectacular season for rain and everything has stayed so green and flourished in near-perfect growing conditions. My tomatoes have grown so tall that they outgrew the cages I placed around them and are almost laying over! And I’m picking gorgeous fruit everyday.
There are so many options for using tomatoes: canned salsa, plain juice, soups and spaghetti sauce. But sometimes the simplest meal can be made with these amazing varieties. My favorite quick meal or side dish for company are these simply dressed tomatoes. Use your favorite heirloom varieties not just for the beautiful color, but also the sweeter flavor.