Fall is Finally Here!

The brisk breeze in the mornings with the leaves falling, a Pumpkin Spiced Latté warm in my hand, homemade pumpkin bread baking in the oven, beautiful pumpkins ready to be picked from my garden, decorative holiday pumpkins lining my doorstep, the quilt of warm colored trees cascading down Napa Valley and grape picking in our vineyard. Yes, Autumn Harvest season is here, and it is my favorite time of year.

I look forward to decorating the house with fresh fall flowers & wreaths. If I find the time, I might just try a new DIY craft from my favorite holiday magazine, Martha Stewart Living. It is also time to change out the summer hand soap with a new seasonal scent and brew up hot cinnamon cider while decorating and entertaining guests who seek out the Napa Valley during harvest time.

I love supporting the local Future Farmers of America, the kids are so friendly and I look forward to buying their freshly picked pumpkins at the Student market every year.  Some pumpkins will line up along my doorstep, with the remaining for cooking and baking. Fall is a fabulous reason to experiment in the kitchen with all those copper colored fruits!!! Here's a favorite easy pumpkin protein shake recipe to whet your appetite.

Fall is a time to rebalance our lives, relish the change in weather and enjoy our friends & family. Embrace the season!