Friday Favs: Happy Fall!
One thing Emily and I can agree on: fall is the best season. It's a fresh start. Much more so than the actual new year in January. The beginning of a new school year, the crisp air, the changing leaves, the countdown to Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas... we love everything about it.
And autumn has finally officially begun, as of 8 days ago. That said, fall won't really start until the first cold snap, and with this ridiculously warm and sunny weather in Oklahoma, it still feels like summer.
While we're dreaming of red leaves and pumpkin candles and scarves, here are a few of our favorite fall things:
1. When Harry Met Sally - Honestly, this movie is my favorite movie of all time, but it especially carries me through the entire holiday season. It perfectly captures the magic and romance of this time of year. My annual viewings usually start in early October; it has amazing 80's fall/winter fashion, and some fantastic shots of New York in the fall. Rent it for yourself via iTunes. (It's only $3.99!)
2. Fireside Woodwick candles - The minute the first cold snap hits, I pull out this candle that smells like home and autumn and flickers with the soft sounds of burning wood. I curl up in a big blanket, make cookies, and lay on the couch in a bubble of comfort and peace.
3. Pumpkins - I'm specifically talking pumpkins in their purest form: pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie, pumpkin candles, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin bagels, myriad other delicious pumpkin treats -- I'll stop before I get too Forrest Gump. While the horrendous over-commercialization of "Pumpkin Spice" flavors and scents has tried to taint this glorious squash, pumpkins are easily one of my favorite things about fall.
4. Knee high socks & also tall boots - is this a weird answer? Because it's absolutely 100% honest. My favorite day of the year is the first day I get to wear boots again. Closely followed by every day thereafter that I also get to wear boots. I live in Oklahoma, but I have a boot collection that any northerner would kill for.
5. Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving is literally the best holiday. It's got the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; the Dallas Cowboys; mashed potatoes; turkey; pie; naps. IT IS THE BEST. My family has always spent Thanksgiving fairly privately, with just our immediate family members and the freedom to wear sweatpants for the entire day. I can't say enough good things about this amazing celebration of food, family, and football.
6. This beef stew - It takes a while to make, I'm not going to lie, but it's fairly easy, and that's coming from ME, so you've totally got this. Pro tip: pick up a dozen cornbread muffins from Cracker Barrel for $5 and serve with this stew, because Cracker Barrel cornbread is literally the best there is. Pro tip again: Don't check the calorie info though.