Why I Secretly Love Fall

Why I Secretly Love Fall

Shhh….don’t tell anyone, but I secretly LOVE fall! I mean summer will always be my first love, but there’s just something about fall. I don’t know if it’s the coolish/warmish days where you need a sweatshirt, but can still get by wearing shorts (for the record…I hate long pants!), the beautiful foliage, or perhaps the fall bounty. Eh…who am I kidding?!? It’s definitely the fall bounty! I love the foods and beverages that come with the cooling temperatures of autumn.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Photo courtesy of The Prairie Cottage

I mean, come on…who doesn’t love a pumpkin spice latte on a cool fall morning (or afternoon…or evening)? Only problem is that I’m too cheap frugal to pay coffee shop prices and honestly, it’s kinda hard to find a Starbucks sometimes when you’re sitting at anchor. So…Google to the rescue and ta da! The Prairie Cottage has a recipe for homemade Just Like Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte! This is seriously delicious and pretty darn easy to make at home or on the boat!

Pumpkin Creme Brulee
Photo courtesy of Baking A Moment

So, now that you’ve opened a can of pumpkin and only used two tablespoons to make your latte…what to do with the rest? Well, Baking A Moment’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee of course! This one’s a little more work, and if you’re on a boat you’ll probably be better off making it when you’re at a dock or in a calm anchorage, but oh, so worth it! Oh…and it satisfies my pyromaniac tendencies a little too. πŸ™‚

Apple Crisp
Photo from AllRecipes.com

Of course there’s also the apples. Oh my, the apples! Anyone from Michigan knows that fall=apples! I love eating them plain (Honeycrisps are my fave!) or with peanut butter or dipped in caramel (or both!), but every now and then I crave apple crisp, which happens to be a pretty easy boat dessert. The recipe I like is a fairly simple one that I found some time ago onΒ AllRecipes.com. I must confess though…I love the crunchy topping, so I always make at least 1.5 times the called for amount of topping…and sometimes even more! Go ahead. Do it. I dare you! I promise you won’t be sorry.

Photo courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

Speaking of Honeycrisp apples…if you like sangria, you have GOT to try this recipe for Honeycrisp Apple Sangria from Sally’s Baking Addiction! Do not, I repeat, do not, skip the cinnamon sugar rim. This stuff is to die for delicious! I have not yet made this on the boat, but you can bet your bottom dollar the ingredients I’m missing are all on my shopping list!

Oh, and I almost forgot! In case you were wondering, that is Radio Waves (and our dinghy on the floating dock) in the gorgeous fall picture above. This photo was taken by our new friend Chris Moe from his house in Lusby, MD looking down on his dock where he let us keep our boat while we went on a little vacation to Jamaica. Thanks Chris!

If you have a favorite fall recipe, please comment and let me know!


  • Kevin Walden

    November 9, 2015 at 6:28 pm Reply

    I know it might sound a little odd, but try adding a little bit of Fireball to the sangria. I know how you like your Fireball πŸ™‚

    • Chris

      November 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm Reply

      Ooh! Good idea! I do add Fireball to warm apple cider, so why not sangria!

  • Sharon Holbrook

    November 9, 2015 at 8:15 pm Reply

    You know i dont like to cook or bake but found an easy Pillsbury recipe for Salted Carmel Apple cake a while bake, it is easy and delicious.
    Saw many of your pics, but did not see the boat pic you are talking about.

    • Chris

      November 12, 2015 at 8:32 pm Reply

      Yum! That sounds good! Recipe?

  • Sharon Holbrook

    November 9, 2015 at 8:19 pm Reply

    As soon as I hit enter on my comment the pic showed up. Nice pic.

  • Kathy Mercer Walden

    November 9, 2015 at 9:36 pm Reply

    You made me hungry and thirsty!!!!! Great picture. I miss the colors here in Florida. Fall just isn’t the same.

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