This year, I am super excited to see fall come around. This summer Fall is my favorite season, but for a myriad of reasons. The colors are great, the food is comforting, the brisk weather is a welcomed change from the summer heat, and it is the lead in to the holiday season!
The colors of the season are everywhere. From clothes, nail polish, jewelry, furniture, paint colors, and of course the trees. Went to some of my favorite stores looking for some creative inspiration, and came across some really inspiring pieces. I also got the motivation to plan out some home projects that I have been mulling over starting.
Fall is the time for layered fashion, sweaters, and boots. I love sweaters! They are warm and cozy. I also love to layer because when it gets too warm you can just peel a layer off.
One of my next home projects is my bedroom remodel. There is a lot to do in a small space, but I want the room to feel relaxing and zen-like. One of the smaller projects in the room is a side table that I want to refinish and stain.
I had pictured a light neutral on the walls of the bedroom, something in the gray family. And I wanted to do something different in the closet. I love adding pops of color, so I thought of using a burst of blue in the closet with white on the shelf and ceiling. I am a very organized person, so adding some shelving and an extra hanging bar was also something I wanted to incorporate.
Food also becomes more comforting and rich. With hearty stews and warm broth soups taking a front seat, harvest vegetables and fruits become mainstays. I love soups and stews all year round, but when the weather gets a little more brisk and the sweaters come out, I relish in spending the day making a hearty recipe that will warm the body and the mind.
One of my favorite soup recipes is a salsa corn chowder I made while in culinary school. It’s simple, with few ingredients, and I can make it fairly quickly.
Salsa Corn Chowder
1 1/2 c. chopped onion
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. chili powder (less if you don’t like the heat)
1 tsp. ground cumin
16 oz. pkg. frozen corn, thawed
2 c. med. thick and chunky salsa
13 3/4 oz. can chicken broth
8 oz. container soft cream cheese
1 c. milk
Sauté onions in large saucepan. Stir in flour and seasonings. Add corn, salsa, and broth. Bring to boil; remove from heat.
Gradually add 1/4 cup hot mixture to cream cheese in small bowl, stirring until well blended.
Add cream cheese mixture and milk to saucepan, stirring until well blended. Cook until thoroughly heated. Do not boil!
Let simmer in pot for about 30 minutes before serving to let flavor come out and chowder thicken. Serves 6-8.
Fall is finally here and it is an exciting time to see the beauty of nature take its course and enjoy the harvest of the season.