Wednesday officially marked the first day of Fall so I guess I can’t tune out all the pumpkin spice this and apple that any longer. Our first weekend of fall includes a low-key Friday night with a football-filled Saturday. Sunday I am meeting up with one of my best friends who lives in Houston. She’s in town visiting family and I’m so glad we’re able to squeeze in a lunch date. The last time I saw Natalie was when she and her husband came to visit last November. Between then and now she’s gone from a family of three to a family of four. In the spirit of fall, my favorites this week are all fall-inspired.
Favorite Slice: Sweet ‘n Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza with Cider Caramelized Onions and Bacon. Pizza is an anytime food – summer, spring, winter or fall. But when you put these toppings on the pizza, it becomes a fall pizza.
Favorite Crunch: Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Granola. The perfect yogurt topping. And I love that there’s actually real pumpkin in the recipe.
Favorite Tips: 6 Ways to Make Instagram Both Beautiful and Bearable. Last, it’s (just) Instagram. More specifically it’s your Instagram. Do what feels good to you. Stand on a chair in a restaurant, style your friends hands just right. Forget the photograph and just dig into those cheese fries. Do what feels good to you. Perfection has it’s charm, but so does a real real life. Ain’t no shame in the game.
Favorite Flavors: Mustard Burgers with Crispy Goat Cheese and Fig-Onion Compote. That crispy goat cheese, though…
Favorite Cheeeeese: Roasted Green Chile Queso Dip. This totally has nothing to do with fall except I’ll make it as a tailgate snack. But what I really want is a bowl of dip, a platter of chips and a big margarita. With salt.
Favorite Cozy: Basic Rolled Turtleneck. Summer clothes are my best friend. But I do adore a comfy sweater or turtleneck.
Favorite In Season: Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Herbs. Winter Squash > Summer Squash
Favorite Tex-Mex: Veggie Fajita Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with a Chipotle Drizzle. These kind of “bridge the gap” between summer and fall. And Big Guy will love ’em because, well, sweet potatoes.
Favorite Twist: PB&J Sandwich Donut. And because now that it’s fall and I’m not laying out at the pool, it doesn’t matter if I gain 5 pounds.
Favorite Cocktail Hour: Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics. This may just be a drink that Big Guy and I can agree on.
Happy Fall, Y’all!!!!