It’s August, which means it’s almost Fall, which means it’s Halloween already + my favorite things about Fall (⌒‿⌒)

I live in the desert and all summer I have been deeply regretting waking up each morning and stepping foot outside to walk Beakie.

Living in the desert offers some perks like clear night skies, close proximity to stunning nature views, and the like, but the summer feels like hell (×﹏×)

When I wake up and walk outside, usually I’m met with a wall of dry, suffocating heat that sucks the air out of my lungs and wrinkles my skin within mere moments. 

You think I’m joking. I’m really not.

I hate the heat. I have officially decided I hate the summertime as well. There’s nothing redeeming about the season except for cheap melons and juicy fruits. I had the juiciest mango I’ve ever had in my life the other day and I believed for a second that 2020 wasn’t all that bad after all.

But then I tried walking around the yard while eating it and was drenched in sweat and the mango-induced facade thoroughly withered away.

Anyway, the summer heat and I do not agree and I am anxiously awaiting that first fall cold evening. You know the one, the air is nice and crisp, the wind is blowing, the stars are bright and shimmering, the leaves are rustling… love it.

So imagine how elated I’ve been lately when I wake up, step outside, and I’m not walking into a 98 degree hellscape at 8 o’clock in the morning!

It’s been 80 degrees when I wake up and I haven’t been happier all year long!

I wish I could say that’s an exaggeration but I am one of those people who anticipate fall for the entirety of the year. And until this year, I didn’t realize how much I actually dread the summertime.

But anyway, the mornings are getting cooler and the first week of August is already over which means…

Fall is right around the corner!

While Fall is my favorite season and Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday, I imagine this Halloween is going to be kinda lackluster in terms of events to attend and activities to explore. I’ve been scouring events pages and I haven’t seen much of anything pop up quite yet (¬ ¬ )

I always love a good pumpkin patch, corn maze, and haunted house, so I’m still hoping I can find one or two that are still in operation when the leaves start falling.

I also have sooo many plans for stargazing since I’ve had trouble with finding good, cool summer spots that aren’t a day’s drive away.

Along with that… oh, friends and family, the fall recipes! I am a seasonal baker and chef (Chef? I’m a chef now, I guess) and love cooking with what’s available, on sale, and nutritious.

Lately, I’ve been using tons of strawberries, melons, mangoes, tomatoes, pineapples, and avocados to make my meals since they’re cheap and plentiful.

With fall, I’m thinking lots of squash main courses and soups, plenty of gourds, fresh pumpkin puree treats, and corn and bean-based foods (sweet potato chili anyone?) 

When I had my super garden a few years ago, I grew patty pan squashes and worked up several recipes that have stuck with me ever since. If farmer’s markets are open near the fall, I’m going hunting for patty pans so I can make my turkey, lentil, and squash Patty Pan squash dinner that helped sustain me my fall semester of freshman year.

What else?

Ugh, candy corn.

Are you a fan of candy corn? Love it, hate it? Thoughts on candy corn down below, please!

I personally LOVE candy corn and it’s one of my favorite indications that fall is here and we’re living it, baby! (◕‿◕)♡

My favorite candy corn are the plain ones, but the autumn mix? With the pumpkins? And the chocolate candy corn? Family, please. One word… Heaven ♡

OH, and of course, apple cider! 

I used to throw a Hobbit’s Day celebration every fall in September to celebrate Bilbo’s and Frodo’s birthdays, because yes, I was THAT person, and I used to make a killer apple cider to go with our hobbit-inspired feast.

The cloves, the cinnamon sticks, the apple slices? Imagining the aroma alone is making my mouth water. I cannot wait to make it again!

There’s nothing like an amazing cup of apple cider to carry with you as you take an evening walk. While it’s hard to find an affordable, good quality apple cider where I live, I’m determined to whip up that amazing drink at any costs.

If I still lived on the east coast, apple cider donuts would be on the list of my favorite things about Fall, but my last hunt for apple cider donuts in the West proved unfruitful and disappointing to say the least.

I ended up stopping at a bakery and walking away with some kind of over-sweetened pumpkin cupcake that I didn’t even end up finishing…  

But this year may be different.

I may have to make my own apple cider donuts if things get too drastic around here…

With that, honestly, I am so excited for fall! I’m excited for the cold, the bright night skies, the rustling, crunchy leaves, the candy, and the horror, gore, and theatrics of it all!

What’s your favorite season? Are you excited for the changing seasons?

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