I’ve been feeling a little “under the weather” the past few days, and the heat and humidity haven’t helped much either. I’ve also been gazing at this Fall picture of Cades Cove on my wall and impatiently waiting for my favorite season of the year to get here…Fall… Of course you might call this third season of the year Autumn. I really don’t care how many names it has, if it would just hurry up and get here.
Just in case you didn’t know, this season was actually referred to as Harvest back in the 12th & 13th centuries. It was the time of year when farmers harvested their crops to store for winter. In the 1600’s it was eventually referred to as “fall of the leaf” by people living in the city who didn’t harvest crops. Autumn first became popular in English in the 14th century and gradually became more popular than Harvest. Today, this season is referred to as both Fall and Autumn, Fall is the more preferred term in the U.S., and Autumn is the more preferred term in British English.
I can’t name one single thing that is my favorite when it comes to Fall, because I love everything about Fall. I love the orange, brown, rusty, golden, red and yellow leaves as they turn and begin to fall from the trees, and I love the smell of the green walnuts that have fallen to the ground. I also love the smell of a crisp Fall day outside.
On the other hand, I love it when there is a slight chill in the air and I’m cozy and warm in my kitchen, baking with all of the warm spices that are a part of Fall…cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and pumpkin pie spice. Did I mention that I love baking Fall desserts, and Fall desserts go hand in hand with Thanksgiving, which is not far behind Fall.
With that said, I hope no one minds if I start posting some of my favorite Fall recipes very soon. I’m sorry, but I just can’t wait… any longer!!