Fall leaves, fall colors, fall weather…

California hasn’t yet given up summer sun, but it’s beginning to get cooler.

Still, there’s a feel to the air that screams fall. It seems like everyone blogging has something to say about this favorite time of year.

Here’s a roundup of my top fall blog posts so far. If I’ve missed any, please let me know so I can add!

I adored the decorations, especially the tree branches and the front step pumpkins in this post from Loonyville.

Loonyville blog post on fall.

My friend over at Two Betties shared her fall favorites back in September. Who isn’t a fan of pumpkin spice drinks?

If you’re not in a spot where all the leaves change, the Fall Color Blog has you covered, with tons of gorgeous pictures (and potential computer/phone backgrounds) of fall foliage at its best.

I also enjoyed Self Magazine’s suggestions of how to use canned pumpkin. Though I’ve heard rumors of a potential pumpkin shortage, it’s always good to have ideas on hand for when you can’t use up the gigantic can of pumpkin puree in one recipe.

And if you’re a fan of sweaters and scarves, the InStyle fall fashion guide shows bright colors everywhere this season. I’ve already got my scarves accessible and ready for the crisp fall mornings.

Don’t let us forget this oldie (I crack up every time I read this. Warning: Contains multiple obscenities): It’s Decorative Gourd Season… 

My favorite line: “That shit is going to look so seasonal.”

Fall: Pumpkin bread

Well, Labor Day is past, so that means the summer is officially over.

Ironically, this tends to be the hottest part of the year. Just when I start to get excited about scarves and sweaters, new boots and hot tea in the cold evening, the sun seems to get closer.

Labor Day weekend was full of fair weather. A perfect amount of sun for swimming, visiting the fair and birthday parties. Not so hot you’re roasting, but hot enough to feel the warmth on your skin.

But the Tuesday following Labor Day we woke up to 95 degrees outside. And Wednesday was even hotter. What gives?

So though it’s sweltering outside, and I’m sequestered in air conditioning as long as humanly possible (and oh-so-grateful I don’t live on the East Coast or in the South), it’s never a bad time of year for pumpkin bread.

Canned pumpkin had been on sale a few times over the summer and we picked up the gigantic cans of the stuff just in case. My boyfriend’s mom has the best pumpkin bread recipe I have ever tried so the other night we popped this sucker in the oven and sat down to catch up on back episodes of The Office on Netflix and debate keeping DVD service.

(Has anyone else been surprised at how heated people are getting about the Netflix price change? The cost increase sucks, but streaming just does not meet all my needs. Some people are shocked and appalled that I would continue subscribing to DVDs. They are not outdated, damn it. Besides, Grey Gardens is not streaming. And I’m not willing to give up gems like that.)

Flour, sugar, canned pumpkin ... all the usual suspects


In the oven.

Three didn’t seem a bit much when we were making them, but it turns out, two people cannot eat three loaves of pumpkin bread in a week. Even if it is scrumptious. And reminds them of fall.