It really is official now.
The leaves are falling from the trees.
Today I smelled the first fire of the leaf-burning season.
I even made a fresh batch of pumpkin pie spice.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Tbsp. cinnamon, ground
2 tsp. ginger, ground
1 tsp.cloves, ground
1 tsp. allspice, ground
1 tsp. nutmeg, ground
2 pinches cardamom, ground
Sift all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container.
Autumn has always been my favorite season.
I love the cool weather and warm sun.
Vibrant autumn leaves against a blue sky.
Cuddling up in a blanket with a cup of hot tea.
In the Midwest at any rate, autumn is the most beautiful time of year.
When I first moved to Germany and said how much I was looking forward to autumn, the Germans laughed at me.
I now know why.
For as bright and cheerful the Midwest autumns are, they are dark and gloomy here.
There are beautiful days, like today, but the majority of autumn is wet, cold, grey and depressing.
Luckily, I now have a fresh batch of homemade Autumn Almond Butter to cheer me up on the dreary days.
God help me not to eat the entire jar tonight.
Just in case.