Completely original and entirely scorching hot take: Fall is the best season.
There, I said it — I know, I know, I’m going to ruffle some turkey feathers by going out on this starting-to-bald limb, but I have to be brave and speak my truth…
Alright, so maybe it’s not such a wild opinion to love this season. But I have noticed people seem to have a problem with when others celebrate this transitional time, not necessarily whether they love it too much. For me, I say to each their own!
That said, over our years of autumnal indulgence, I have noticed two milestones that start to separate the true beleavers (yikes, regret that pun instantly, but also won’t backspace it) from those who just change with the seasons:
These are two of the smallest forms of anti-summer actions we can take to will sub-70 degree temps into fruition, and when you start to take a stand really says a lot about who you are.
Do you start sometime in August just because you’re tired of the heat? That’s aggressive, but I can respect the resilience.
Do you have a temperature you use as a marker? Data backed decision-making, I like it!
Do you just wait until it’s cold and those decisions make sense? Sound logic, but not as interesting.
Nathan and I decided a few years ago that every year on the first day of Fall, we are going to make a pot of chili from one of my mom’s recipes. Sweaters or shorts, leaves falling or staying bright green, we put a dutch oven on the stove and get to work.
This year, I was so glad I found this dutch oven from Walmart to enjoy our tradition with. And since I’m convinced that a piece like this being pretty makes the food inside taste significantly better, I couldn’t think of a better addition to our kitchen — it comes in five colors and also won’t break the bank, which had always made us hesitant about buying one in the past
My mom, Andi, was gracious enough to share a few of her favorite fall recipes below — I hope you enjoy them as much as we have over the years! Here’s to fall, and your first bowl of soup (or chili):
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