I love autumn! I cannot wait until the leaves change and fall to the ground, and the air turns chilly. There’s nothing better than walking down the street or through the park, colorful leaves on the trees, dry leaves crunching underfoot, cool air, scarves, hats, boots, warm jackets, steaming cups of coffee with friends. Love, love, love, love, love fall. Cannot get here soon enough for me.
One thing I’ve always loved about the fall is the food that comes with it. Apples, pumpkins, squash, root vegetables, all those hearty stick-to-the ribs foods that help keep you warm on cool autumn days.
I know fall has not truly even started yet, but the food is everywhere already. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin coffee, apple pastries drizzled with caramel sauce, etc. are all over the place just taunting me.
I love going to coffee shops. I don’t even have to get coffee. Tea, water, popcorn, whatever, I’m happy just to be there. I read. I write. I chat with friends. This is a happy place for me. There’s a Caribou Coffee in my neighborhood. I love to walk there after dinner. I stop at Starbucks on my way to work. I take a moment to sip some coffee and center myself before heading into work. There’s a nice little independent coffee shop not far from me that I like to go to sometimes. The Rappahannock Coffee. Nice little place. It’s a bit far to walk, but still a good place to go.
These coffee shops are filled with all of the yummy fall pastry treats and blended coffee drinks that I love. Some kind of pumpkin coffee, with sweet syrupy pumpkin flavoring, topped with whipped cream, drizzled with caramel sauce. All kinds of pumpkin flavored pastry treats. I love this stuff, and I cannot eat it anymore.
I cannot have bread, and I cannot have sugar. Going to my favorite coffee shops has been pure torture.
Needless to say, these past few weeks have been a little difficult. Dunkin Donuts does have pumpkin coffee beans that a friend of mine picked up for me. That has helped.
I am kicking around some ideas in my head for my own brand of pumpkin, squash fall treats. Once I have an actual idea put together, I’ll test out the recipe, take pics, and post them here. I was able to put together a pretty good gluten-free pumpkin pie for my sister when she was first diagnosed with celiac disease, so I’m sure that I can make some sugar-free yummy pumpkin treat for myself for the fall.
Today is going to be a pretty exciting day. I have a lot to do. A good friend of mine is having a grand opening kick off for her art gallery and work studio. That starts at 4:00pm. I am doing some cooking for that. She has requested that I make my curry chicken salad with mango chutney. I made it for a party about 4 years ago, and she missed the party because of a family vacation. She’s been hoping I would make it for her ever since. So, tonight’s the night. I have already started cooking, which is probably why I’m so focused on food this am.
I also have to hit the gym, get my hair done, and do a little bit of work. All of this before 4:00pm. Not sure if I will get it all done, but I will try.
Some good news, I am down one more pound. I had kind of a rough week, so I’m pretty happy it ended on such a positive note. Work was pretty busy and stressful, but ’tis the season there. And I was struck by constipation not once, but twice this week. Fortunately, I am doing much, much better today.
Anyway, sticking with my promise, I am posting a pic of today’s weight. Oh and looking at this picture, I want to get a pedicure today. I have to get hopping! Have a great weekend!