The chill is in the air, the trees are officially changing colors, the grass is growing at a slower pace, pumpkins and fall decor are displayed on porches, mums are blooming bold reds, pinks, yellows and oranges and beautiful and it finally feels like Fall here in Wisconsin.
You either hate the new transition, or you love it. Initially, I enjoy Fall. There is a crisp enjoyment that comes with it. Personally I don’t hate it and I also don’t love it. So, if you are like me, I guess you can also be somewhere in between of loving it and hating it.
Never do I ever want to say good bye to the warmth of our beautiful summer days, but it is inevital. Living in WI my entire life, I know this, yet I still have trouble getting used to it and am in denial at every change of season, looking forward to some more then others. As we all have experienced, when one door closes, another one opens even when we don’t want them too-but with any new change we are able to find the positive amongst the negative, or at least we try our best to. It is all the positive things I really do try to drown myself in during these cooler months. Positives give me things to look forward and allow new adventures to unveil themselves. Also, by having positives it helps to not dwell on what I am losing when summer says, adios amigos.
We had a good run last week with some lingering 70-80 degree warm sunny weather. It was lovely. However, yesterday, although it was sunny, it was also very chilly and I had to close the windows in my house because I just couldn’t stay warm. The cooler weather has always been difficult to transition to no matter if you anticipate its arrival. However, if you are wondering how I stay warm come Fall, I will give you a few of my favorite waysss: Soup, Sweaters & Snuggling.
If it’s one thing I look forward to come Fall it is Soup. I love eating soup, making soup, and sharing soup. Soup is one of my favorite foods and all time favorite comfort foods. Chicken noodle soup, Stuffed Pepper Soup, Chili (Regular & White Chicken), Taco Soup & Lasagna Soup are on my go-to list that I make every year. However, I love trying new soup recipes and fall in love with new ones every Fall. On Sunday, I tried making Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder. My girls were not a fan, my husband said it needed potatoes, but otherwise said it wasn’t bad and proceeded to eat a 2nd helping and I really enjoyed it. It was hearty, had just the right amount of spices and was satisfying. I will for sure be adding it in my rotation this season. Here is the recipe I used if you’d like to try it:
CREAMY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER CHOWDER
This creamy and comforting chowder is perfect for a chilly day.
yield: SERVES 6
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 45 MINUTES
total time: 55 MINUTES
- 1 large head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (can use gluten-free flour)
- 2 (15 ounce) cans vegetable broth (low sodium is fine)
- 1 1/4 cups Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Original
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (we used white cheddar)
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place chopped cauliflower and garlic cloves on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until well coated. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Place pan in the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes or until cauliflower is tender, stirring once. Remove from oven and set aside.
- In a large pot, melt butter over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add carrots and celery and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Finely chop the roasted garlic cloves. Add the garlic, roasted cauliflower, bay leaf, and dried thyme to the pot. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir. Cook until flour disappears.
- Pour in the vegetable broth and stir. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the milk and shredded cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and chowder is creamy. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
- Ladle chowder into bowls and serve warm.
Note-if you want the recipe to be gluten-free, use gluten-free flour.
What is your favorite soup? If you think there is one I’d love to add to my rotation, please share with me in the comments. Thank you in advance!
Another of my absolute favorite ways to keep warm this Fall season is sweaters and/or sweatshirts. Bonus points if the sweater is oversized and a hand me down, has a hood and from high school or college or has thumb holes in the sleeves. One of my favorite sweaters that I love is actually my late grandfathers sweaters (actually more like a button down crotched cardigan). Would I ever wear this beauty out in public? Probably not. However, I love throwing it on when I am chilled in the morning or at night before bed or even when I’m sick. Not only does it remind me of my grandpa which feels like a giant hug from him everytime I wear it, but it’s like a cozy warm blanket to cuddle up in but I can still do tasks in it if needed. It fits over anything I own so it’s versatile too. Some of the hooded sweatshirts I love most are either from my highschool sporting events or college days. Everytime I throw one of those suckers on they bring back all the feels and good memories of my younger days and the majority of these that I held on to, I can throw on with a pair of yoga pants or jeans and still wear out in public so it’s win-win when I want a comfy dressing day! Lets talk thumbholes in sleeves. I love this concept come Fall and my 5 year old just got a few of these warmer sweatshirts too with them in it. She loves them, I love them. Seriously, who doesn’t love them? Sometimes your hands are cold and just need a little something-something but don’t need a full on glove or mitton. These are perfect for these moments. If you don’t own any thumb-hole sleeve sweaters/sweatshirts it should be a Fall staple and you need to purchase a few of them now. One will not due (if you are like me you will spill soup on one of them so you’ll need a back up!). Kohls has one that I love right now that comes in all sorts of colors and sizes. They are $20 with buy one get one 50% off right now. If you have a coupon, they will be even cheaper! Only downside is these down’t have a hood. However, sometimes these ones without the hood are perfect for running errands or a lazy day at home!
Lastly, I love a good snuggle to keep warm. Who doesn’t love to snuggle…I mean c’mon?! Sometimes in the summer it can be too hot and sticky to snuggle (I tend to be a hot box especially in the summer) but there is never an excuse not to snuggle come Fall. Even our pets love to snuggle in near me, or on me, this time of year (it is welcomed too). The more body heat the better! Seasonal depression can sneak in on me this time of year and snuggling is always a good mood booster as well.
So for those of you welcoming the chill in the air, simply to enjoy some of your warm Fall favorites, enjoy! You can find me many a days in the near future snuggling in, wearing my favorite Fall sweaters or sweatshirts with a comforting bowl of one of my many favorite soups! Many warm wishes of Fall enjoyment being sent your way from me to you!