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Fall Favorites

Fall is my favorite time of year and my favorite season. Here in Florida, we have miserable summers with hot and humid days. It can be unbearable. Whenever summer starts, I wonder how I will survive three months of awful humidity. I dread sweating as I get ready in the morning, despite the a/c. And even worse, sweating some more when I walk out the front door. I literally count the days to fall.

This past Saturday marked the first day of fall. To say that makes me happy is an understatement. I live for fall! And while we don’t have the typical fall here in the Sunshine State that others experience up north, we finally have temperatures that drop out of the 80’s at night and wonderful breezes.

To celebrate the arrival of fall, I thought I’d share some of my fall favorites…


  • Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Yes, you knew this was coming. And while I tend to think they bring it back too soon, it is a wonderful treat, and a sign that fall is quickly approaching. The only thing better? When the holiday cups come out. There is just something about a pumpkin spice latte in a holiday cup that makes me happy.


  • Shorter days. I, personally, like shorter days because it means we will have some sort of temperature change. California is a good example – some places can experience a 20 – 30 degree temperature change when the sun sets. That is just not the case here and in summer, it rarely drops below 80 degrees, which means the a/c is running all night. But when the sun sets earlier, it cools off a little more.


  • I love pumpkin. And cinnamon, and nutmeg. Those flavors are the epitome of fall. Ironically, I have never been a fan of pumpkin pie, but I’ll take a slice of my mom’s pumpkin cheesecake anytime. And I love to make pumpkin fluff (you can find the recipe here). Starbucks has amazing pumpkin scones and pumpkin loaf. Love it.


  • My fall decorations. I have a nice assortment of fall and pumpkin-themed candles and decorations. This week they will be unpacked. I can’t wait.


  • Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year. The food is amazing, my mom has always made a wonderful spread – turkey with Italian sausage stuffing, crab cakes (a family joke, not really crab cakes, but fried stuffing patties, shrimp and homemade cocktail sauce, blue cheese and celery, amazing mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I also love Thanksgiving because it is the first day of the holiday season.


  • My niece’s name is Autumn. Adorable, right? I love her oodles!


“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”


Is fall your favorite time of year? What do you love about it?


  1. Fall is one of my favorite seasons! The heat and humidity of Florida and Taiwan really made me miss the northeast lol :)

    I’ve never had pumpkin spice latte but my sister raves about it!

  2. I love fall, but u despise the lack of seasons we have here in Florida. I want to move the first chance I get.

    Also, your nieces name is adorable. I’ve always loved Autumn Grace as a girl’s name to.

  3. Love the name Autumn for a girl not that I know anyone with the name but doesn’t mean I can’t like it………………..I like longer days which is why I love day light saving………….which starts here in two weeks time

  4. Pumpkin is one of the best flavors of fall. I also love autumn leaves in all their colors — a problem when I live in Arizona and only see golden aspen.

  5. Ugh the Florida summers are absolutely brutal! Where are you at in Fl? It was still close to 90 here in Pensacola today. I am SO over the summer! I’m surprised I’ve lived in Florida for so long given my total despise of humidity. I already have my pumpkin candles out and burning strong and the Halloween/Fall decor will be coming down this weekend!

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