Hello friends! It’s September 1st and Labor Day, which means it’s also the official kick-off to the 2014 edition of Pumpkins & Spice. There is great debate this year over whether or not it’s too early to talk about fall. I believe this debate started when a famous coffee house brought their Pumpkin Spice Latte out a little early. Judging though by my sister-in-law’s social media post at 7 a.m. this morning declaring her “intense urge to decorate for fall”, I know I’m not alone in my love for the season. Her post was quickly followed by a friend’s declaration that Summer is not over. Some say yes. Some say no. I say live in the present and go with what makes you happy. If that means holding on to Summer a little bit longer, go for it. If that means welcoming the transition to Fall, go for it. Technically fall doesn’t start on the calendar until September 22, but the mums & pumpkins are out so we all win!
There’s also another option, perhaps the best option, and that is to embrace and blend the best of both seasons together. If you’ve never taken a walk barefoot on the beach on a crisp fall day, do it. If you’ve never watched a sunset over a beautiful view lined with trees as they are changing colors, do it. If you’ve never worn flip flops with jeans and a cable knit sweater in October, do it. If you’ve never sat around a fire pit on a cool fall night wrapped in a blanket with a warm mug of apple cider & s’mores, do it. If you’ve never mixed peaches & blueberries with pumpkin, do it.
I’m quite excited for this year’s edition of Pumpkins & Spice. I’ve made some very positive changes in my diet over the past year and I love getting into the kitchen and coming up with new recipes. This year you’ll see new recipe creations with a broader selection of healthy choices.
Whether you join me on the transition to fall now, or you join me when summer is officially over, I look forward to another great season together.