The week after daylight savings is always a bit rough for me. As if preparing for the long, cold winter ahead wasn’t hard enough- now we have to watch the sun set before we eat dinner! It is easy to fall into the darkness and be bitter, but it is also easy to turn Bob Marley onto my Pandora (pretend I am on an island) and cook up some food that will make me smile. A positive outlook on the winter ahead is the only way to make it through!
Over the last two months, I have had the privilege to test out Walmart’s
new Walmart To-Go program. I was a little hesitant to participate at first, but decided to give it a go. I was curious to see how many organic food items they would have available, now that they have their Wild Oats organic line.
For months, I have seen the Harvest Snaps bags on top of our salad bar at my Whole Foods. They always seemed to fly of the shelves, but I had never tried them. I had no idea what I was missing! Recently, I was able to try 6 different flavors of Harvest Snaps; I think I am addicted.
Summer has officially ended. There are no more leftover zucchinis lurking in my fridge, the cute little baby heirloom tomatoes are gone, and my herb plants have had enough. I just bought a new pair of snow boots, I added an extra blanket to our bed, and Arapahoe Basin has officially opened the white strip of death (this is when the ski hill opens with only one run).
It is officially soup season. The tops of the mountains have had a dusting of snow for some time now, my windshield is frosted over each morning and I’ve busted out the crock pot. I love making soup; there is so much room for creativity and experimentation. It is also a great way to use up leftover groceries that may be going bad.
Fall is in the air in Summit County. The aspens are lit up like fire across the mountains, the mornings are brisk and the tourists have gone home for the summer. Life is good. I always say that I don’t want summer to end, but am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy autumn. As hard as it is to say during our amazing summers in Colorado, I really love all the seasons- especially right as they are changing. There is a cozy feeling about autumn that makes me want to bake- warm, fluffy bread.
Fall is in full swing here. My town feels a bit more quite, a bit more peaceful and a bit more relaxed. We all know that winter is not far away here in Colorado; this means that we need to prepare ourselves for winter- both mentally and physically!