A Pinch of Fall

I can’t believe we’re already through the first week of September and that summer is technically over! I’ve been back at home organizing all of my things and getting ready for my next big move before I’m back out in the real world. Home for me is in Southwest Florida, so it definitely still feels like summer down here!

To help ease my mind into the transition of fall (which is probably my favorite season), I’ve been collecting some fall recipes I want to try my hand at in the weeks to come. Starbucks has already begun selling their famous Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, so it’s only a matter of time before we all embrace the fall flavors, weather, and changing scenery.

Below are the top 5 recipes I want to make ASAP – let me know some of your personal favorite fall treats and maybe I can incorporate something into the blog! Also, be sure to follow my Pinterest board, A Pinch of Fall, for even more of my favorite fall recipes.

Pumpkin Pie - Williams-Sonoma

Always a classic – Traditional Pumpkin Pie recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma – I’ll save this one for Thanksgiving!

Apple-Pie Spiced Cider

For those colder nights, I’ll have to try Martha Stewart’s Apple-Pie Spiced Cider.

Whoopie Pies

No dessert is complete without some chocolate! These Pumpkin-Chocolate Whoopie Pies courtesy of Lauren Conrad look divine!

Apple Cider Punch

Camille Styles made a list on her blog of the best Fall Cocktail recipes – I’ll have to give them all a try!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

Of course I had to include a hearty fall breakfast dish in this list! Definitely trying these Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes on a lazy Sunday.

Out into the “Real World”…yikes!

Everyone always says the closing of one chapter in life brings about the beginning of a new one. So it only seems appropriate that I begin my first blog post freshly graduated from college and beginning my uncertain journey into the “real world”. I graduated a little under a month ago and it’s only recently hit me as I was making my way to live in a new city for the summer. 

ImageMy brothers supporting me at graduation (pun intended!)

Freshmen year of college everyone kept telling me, “Enjoy it! It’s going to go by in the blink of an eye!”, or the more frightening, “Stay in school as long as you can, the real world is no fun!”. A month after graduating, I finally get it – they were pretty spot on. The past four years DID fly by – but I accomplished so much in those four years that I’m beyond thankful for. I met some of my best friends who I know even after months and years go by will still be there for me through thick and thin (and when I just need someone to go get a DQ Blizzard with). I studied abroad not once, but twice, pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and embracing new cultures while indulging in way too much gelato and pasta (grazie, Italia).

If I could stay in college the rest of my life and get paid for it, I totally would – it’s a bittersweet moment walking across that stage and getting your diploma. Of course, it’s a milestone in your life you’ll never forget, but it holds an immense amount of uncertainty about the future (at least for me – those of you who’ve got it figured out, I envy you!). I’m a strong believer in everything happening for a reason and I realize that I’m the only person in charge of my life. In honor of this new journey I’m embarking on I hope to share some of the little things in life that make me giddy through my blog posts (you’ll notice quickly a lot of baked goods tend to easily do so).

Cheer’s to a new chapter in the book of life!

ImageJ101 Roomies – thanks for great friendships and even greater memories 🙂