Fall Favorites

Fall is my favorite season and not just because it means the end of summer vacation and Back To School (the most wonderful time of the year, in my humble opinion *g*) No, there are many reasons I adore the fall. Here are just a few:

Foliage! Love that I get to experience all four seasons fully and how beautiful and colorful the trees are in the autumn *g*

Football! Very glad to have professional football back. It will keep me happy until the hockey lockout ends πŸ™‚

Birthdays! We get to celebrate three times, one each in Sept, Oct and Nov.

Pumpkin! Pumpkins for decorations and pumpkin flavored…well…everything. Lattes, bread, cookies, cake and donuts (I’m making these next weekend: http://www.shutterbean.com/2012/baked-pumpkin-pecan-doughnuts/)

Apples! Homemade applesauce and crisp, sweet apples right from the orchard *g*

Boots and jackets! I seem to have quite a few of each πŸ™‚

And one more thing I’m going to love about fall this year is:

A new release! Next month, IN THIS TOWN, the third book in The Truth about the Sullivans will be out (it’s for sale now at eHarlequin)

What are your favorite things about fall?




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  • Heathercm2001 says:

    Absolutely Everything! The colors are amazing! The weather gets cooler meaning it’s jeans and hoodie weather! Oh, and it’s cool enough to use all the blankets on the bed! Great sleeping weather! I love it, and the fact that the humidity goes away. My sinuses don’t cooperate in the humidity. Usually hockey returns, and the football is fun too! Autumn is by far, my favorite season! It’s when I like to take my vacation. I try to choose a place that really works well in the fall. πŸ™‚

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Hey, Heather! Congrats on nabbing the Golden Rooster. From what I hear, he’s quite fond of fall – loved that Candy Corn!

      I love traveling in the fall, too! Actually, my daughter and I are going on a few college visits this fall and I can’t wait. Where have you vacationed that was your favorite fall destination?

  • Jane says:

    Hi Beth,
    I love autumn in NYC. It’s fun to go apple picking and of course stocking up on cider and donuts. One of my favorite things about this time of the year is shopping for Halloween candy and decorations. I do hope the NHL lockout doesn’t last long, but it looks as if both sides are miles apart.

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Hi, Jane! I’m still hopeful the lockout will end before the official season is to start but we’ll see. My younger daughter, though, is very upset by it all. She misses her hockey players πŸ™‚

      We love apple cider. My favorite is to spice it up and warm it up. Yum!

  • Helen says:


    I too love autumn I love the cooler weather after our long hot summers and the colours of the trees so much I love about it but we are into spring here now and things are warming up.

    I have your new book already on my e reader and am looking forward to reading it I so love books in a series

    Have Fun

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Thanks so much, Helen! I hope you enjoy In This Town *g*

      So glad to hear things are warming up for you! We’re cooling down here – way down. It’s only 34 degrees! Luckily, no frost yet as my younger daughter still has two watermelons on the vine that she’s trying to let ripen πŸ™‚

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    My all time favorite is the cooler temps, summer wears me out. The hills here are beautiful in the fall with their patchwork of colors of course. The scents are nice as well, there is the occasional hint of wood smoke, still some die hard barbecuers out there too.

    • Beth Andrews says:

      The hills here are beautiful in the fall with their patchwork of colors of course.

      Hey, Dianna! Yes, the hills here are lovely (the first picture in the post was taken by my son a few years ago) and I can’t wait until all the trees have turned.

      Great point about the scents of fall. There are often campfires and bonfires going around here (the kids love to hang out around a fire *g*) along with people burning leaves.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Dianna, my brother has a BBQ business – Big John’s BBQ. If you’re ever at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, you’ll find him out there! He smokes his own and it is the best smell ever! He has to sneak it to me, though, since my husband decided last year that we should be vegetarians. I agree with him in all the principles but I love pork BBQ and BACON! πŸ™‚

  • Caren Crane says:

    Beth, I love everything about autumn! The color, the cooler air, walks outside, pumpkin carving, Halloween, caramel apples, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, sweaters (which I need in the office where I work all year long!).

    I enjoy spring, but it’s tainted because I know summer will follow. Despite the lifetime spent in the sultry South, I am not a fan of summer! Autumn is the perfect time of year. And yes, I was the geeky little kid who liked going back to school. πŸ™‚

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Caren, I love sweaters and often have one on when everyone else is still in short sleeves *g* I hate being cold! I am a fan of the warmer weather but there’s something about fall that makes me happy. I’m thinking it’s the apple crisp. Or the Italian Wedding soup. Or pumpkin lattes! Hoping to have one of those this weekend πŸ˜‰

  • Caren Crane says:

    Beth, thanks for the doughnut recipe too – I think. Of course, I am starting back to yoga class today, so maybe I won’t be making them tonight. May have to wait a few weeks until I feel like I earned them! πŸ™‚

    • Beth Andrews says:

      LOL! I know what you mean about earning those donuts. I’ll be sure to get a few 3 mile walks in between now and then.

      My younger daughter has been wanting to make donuts so I thought we’d try the baked ones first and move our way up to frying *g*

  • pjpuppymom says:

    I love autumn! It’s my favorite season of the year. I love the change of colors, the crisp clean scent of the air, the gorgeous mountains stark against the brilliant blue Carolina sky, the morning chill that causes a fine mist to rise from the water in our cove.

    I love the geese returning from Canada to make their winter home on the same cove. I love FOOTBALL! High School football, college football and NFL. This year I’m enjoying watching my bonus granddaughter cheer under the Friday Night Lights and, of course, college football always makes my autumn Saturdays rock! πŸ™‚

    I’m the only autumn baby in my family and I do love to celebrate. (always enjoy a reason to eat my favorite cake!) ::grin::

    Another highlight of my autumns is attending the Moonlight & Magnolias conference in Atlanta and seeing some of the BANDITS! Looking forward to it, ladies!

    Apples are my favorite fruit so, of course, I’m a huge fan of apple season and delighted to be back among the orchards after living in Florida for so many years. Nothing like picking fruit from the tree and indulging in freshly made jam, apple butter and hot apple cider. Yum!

    Beth, congrats on the upcoming release of IN THIS TOWN. I can’t wait to read it. I’m loving the Sullivans!

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Happy birthday, PJ!! Hope you have a fabulous day! I like to have a Birthday Week where I say things like, “Oh, I couldn’t possibly do the dishes. It’s my birthday week.” My daughters now do the same thing πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the congrats! I’m glad you’re enjoying the Sullivans!

  • Mozette says:

    Well… at this time of year here, it’s Spring… eveything’s coming back to life. πŸ˜€

    But Autumn/Fall is a great time of year too. It’s cold at night, warm during the day still – but that chilly breeze picks up doesn’t it? Some trees lose their leaves while others hold onto theirs and stay forever green!

    And comfort food… I love the stodgy foods of slow-cooked food, hot, thick soups and vegetarian stews! All topped off with home made garlic bread!!! Mmmm…. I’m hungry again now. πŸ˜› And my favourite drink has got to be hot chocolate with a cut chili in it… try it out… it adds a nice zing to the drink! πŸ˜€

    • Mozette, did you see Bec McMasters picked you as her winner? http://romancebandits.com/bec-mcmasters-winner/ Congratulations!

      • Mozette says:

        Oh! Yes! I saw that and replied straight away. πŸ˜€ I’m thrilled about it seeing I’m stuck with a slight cold – and this is after I’ve been tackling a sinus infection… πŸ™

        The cough has been driving me nuts, but Dad went out and bought this horrid-tasting cough medicine that stops the cough in its tracks! πŸ˜€

        Can’t wait to read all these books I’ve won! πŸ˜€ I’m getting to them, slowly but surely. πŸ˜€

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Mozette, I love comfort foods! We had chili last weekend and this weekend I might make soup.

      I’ve heard that a bit of spice with chocolate is really delicious. Luckily, when it comes to chocolate, I’m always up for trying something new *g*

  • Kaelee says:

    I love the changing colors of the leaves even though we don’t get as many dramatic reds here. We also have larches and tamarack trees that turn yellow and shed their needles. To see them involves a trip to the mountains or a drive for a couple of hours north of Calgary. On the way you see the farmers finishing up their harvest and smell the grain dust. Sunsets and sunrises are more dramatic because of the dust in the air. The harvest moon at night seems so much bigger.

    I love being able to put the oven on and roast all kinds of vegetables. We bake slices of green tomatoes for instance. Last year we discovered a green tomato soup recipe and made and froze some. It’s delicious and used up our green tomatoes so we didn’t have trays of them sitting around our house ripening for a month or so.

    I love snuggling under covers and blankets. I love sitting in the bathtub again.

    One of our local Inns resumes it’s monthly wild game buffets which we look forward to.

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Kaelee, I love your idea for baking green tomatoes and having soup in the freezer! Our tomato crop wasn’t as successful as it usually is but we have quite a few green toms still on the vine.

      My husband’s favorite meal is roasted chicken with roasted vegetables (carrots, Brussels sprouts, turnips and rutabagas) I’ll be making that for him soon πŸ™‚

  • Sandyg265 says:

    Apple Cider, baked apples and the leaves changing color.

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Our area here in Texas doesn’t get the
    gorgeous color changes seen in the North-
    East. I enjoy our “greeness”, but often wish
    for additional colors! I always look forward
    to Fall because that is when I begin gearing
    up for the holidays: crafting, baking, shop-
    ping, gift wrapping, etc. Having cooler
    weather doesn’t hurt either. I love the cool,
    crisp mornings that have begun arriving in

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Pat, I really do love the changing colors of fall and would miss it if we ever moved somewhere that stayed green all year.

      Fall means gearing up for the holidays for me as well. Love getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas and having my son home again *g*

  • Fedora says:

    Ooh… those are great things to love about fall, Beth! I especially like that new book one πŸ˜‰

    I like fall for the sweater-weather, soups, chilis, stews, and snuggling πŸ™‚

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Fedora, believe me it’s sweater weather here already. We just got back from our girls’ tennis match and we were getting mighty chilly. Luckily, I was smart and wore a sweatshirt *g*

  • jo robertson says:

    Weather, weather, weather! That’s my favorite thing about Fall. It starts to cool down, at least during the nights.

    Beth, that recipe for Pumpkin Doughnuts sounds to die for. As far as I’m concerned the only reason for pumpkin at all is break, pie, and cookies. Now I can add doughnut! Thanks!

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Jo, I agree. We’re huge fans of pumpkin sweets here. My son usually requests pumpkin crunch instead of cake for his birthday. It’s super easy and really good. You make a pumpkin filling, sprinkle white cake mix on top then drizzle with melted butter and bake.

      I’ll have to put the recipe into our Members Only Section πŸ™‚

  • Kathleen O says:

    I love fall for all those great foods that are out this time of year. Apples, Pumbkins, Squash, Tunips.. I can start to make my pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving… ours is in October, and apple pies to take to family gatherings.. And I love to walk in the autun sunshine and watch the colours turn… And of course all my fav TV shows will be returning…
    And I love to snuggle under my warm afghan on my couch and read on those cool days. Ahhh nothing like it..

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Kathleen, I was just thinking that it’s time I made a batch of butternut squash soup.

      My daughters and I are big on cuddling under blankets. We’re always cold!

  • I have an October birthday and a November anniversary. Gotta love fall πŸ™‚ I love the falls colors and brisk daytime temps – not so thrilled when the trees are barren and the skies turn gray. So I figure we have to soak in these vibrant colors while we can.

    I also love that fall is a sort of writing conference/booksigning time of year. I do love writing conferences, esp. this year as I skipped National.

    It’s a great three months.

    • Beth Andrews says:

      I don’t like to think of how sad the hills look when all the leaves fall off the trees, Donna. But it’s only brown for a little bit as our hills are usually covered in snow from early Nov until early April πŸ˜›

  • catslady says:

    Must admit I like spring best but fall is my next favorite. I enjoy the colors, cool nights, football, Halloween but not the coats and boots lol. Unfortunately, it reminds me that winter is coming (sigh).

    • Beth Andrews says:

      LOL! That’s how my husband feels as well. Two winters ago we had horrible amounts of snow and my poor husband was ready to burn all our snow shovels and move south *g* Last year was mild but who knows what’ll happen in a few months!

  • Oh and Thanks for the Doughnut recipe. I know just the tailgate I’ll take them too. (Has to be a tailgate or I’d eat them all myself. I figure if I double the recipe, I’ll get one πŸ™‚ )

  • Miriam L. says:

    I love the fall! I love hiking and here in Germany fall is the best season for it. ItΒ΄s so beautiful in the mountains. The air is cristal clear, the lakes are glittering and you can watch the world from far above.
    But I also love the rain. Best writing weather! And of course the highlight of the fall: Nanowrimo. I am so looking forward to it.

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Hey, Miriam! Good for you for doing Nanowrimo – and best of luck! I’ve always wanted to do it. Maybe I should check it out this year πŸ™‚

      • Miriam L. says:

        Thanks! So far, IΒ΄ve won three times. But itΒ΄s not just writing 50K, that makes it such a great experience, itΒ΄s all the people you can share it with. Last year, we even did a Nano-flashmob. Writing on public transport for half an hour. Was great fun. You should really try it!

  • Terri Osburn says:

    I didn’t used to like fall much because it always means winter is coming and I really don’t like winter. But this year seems to be different. I’m loving the cooler temperatures and anxiously awaiting the leaves changing here. We’re still warm enough to have things blooming not long ago so it’ll take a bit longer for the colors to show up here.

    But it’s also nice this time of year to head down to the Oceanfront and walk the boardwalk without all the tourists there. πŸ™‚

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Terri, our trees are just starting to turn. Not sure how the colors will be this year as it was a pretty dry summer. It’s still lovely and warm during the days but let me tell you, when the sun goes down and the wind picks up, it’s pretty chilly *g* My husband came home from the tennis match and turned the heat on πŸ˜‰

  • Beth, really looking forward to your new book coming out! I love your writing. It’s heading for spring here – I’ve been madly posting pictures of flowering things all over my Facebook page so it looks like the Chelsea Flower Show!

  • Beth, I love the cooling weather. The humidity drops, and the mosquitoes die out. I like the crispness of the air. The fall colors are always so pretty, too.

    I miss being able to burn leaves. We’ve been under restrictions on outdoor burning for several years now. I do like apples. πŸ™‚

    • Beth Andrews says:

      We’ve never burned leaves but plenty of people still do. My younger daughter and her friend love having campfires and are hoping to get a few more in before it gets too wet and cold *g*

  • Pissenlit says:

    The lack of being icky hot! πŸ˜€ And being able to wear Fall jackets and sweaters…and scarves! I love wearing nice, warm, colourful scarves! And my very large, knit tam!

    Colourful foliage along with the crisp cold smell that goes along with this time of year.

    Apple cake! I make at least one…or maybe two…of those during apple-picking season. Nom-nom-nom!

  • Mary Preston says:

    I love the cool of Autumn after the Summer heat.

    Of course, right now I’m enjoying the warm sunshine after the cold of Winter.

    • Beth Andrews says:

      Mary, my husband loves when it cools down. I enjoy the warm weather (probably because we don’t get enough of it) but even though it means cold temps are coming, I still love fall πŸ™‚