October: Fall Produce + Pumpkins

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We took a five day vacation last week, and it was the perfect way to usher in the fall season. Dan and I packed up the car with the dog, food, games and books, and headed to the Adirondacks with some friends. Fun fact: renting a house in the Adirondacks for a few days in the off-season is super-affordable.

Every morning after breakfast, I’d wrap myself in something flannel or fleece and head up to the deck off our bedroom with some tea and a book.  As I flipped through the pages, I’d look out over the water at the fall color across the way, reveling in the approaching warmth of the sun.  In the afternoons, we broke out the board games – Seven Wonders, Sushi Go!, Puerto Rico, Power Grid, The Little Prince. When the sun was at its highest, we moved the games outside, rolling up our jeans and pushing up our sleeves.

Between games, we hiked through the woods, sat on the dock with our feet dangling in the cool water, and read some more. We toasted our vacation with wine and hard cider, grilled pork chops marinated in cider, and walked down the street for ice cream sundaes.

During the 3-ish hour drive home on Sunday, Dan and I decided that we weren’t quite ready to let go of that vacation feeling.  So when we pulled into our driveway, we got the car unloaded and the cooler unpacked, then settled into the couch with Hulu, the dog and a delivery pizza. We did our best to stay relaxed and resist the lure of the phone and laptop, if only for one more night.

Now, I’m back at my desk, feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world. Or at the very least, to bring you some tasty pumpkin treats, a fall-inspired menu, and a return to the Brain Food 101 series, among other things. So put on your coziest fall wear, grab a cup of tea, and settle in with me.

xoxo, Julie