The leaves have begun their transition into a slow, fading form of life. Their yellow has been showing and some deep reds have started to appear. When they fall it’s only with grace that they reach the Earth, and this process of death is actually the beginning of renewal, not simply an ending. It is cyclical, as are the seasons of our own lives. We too, are changing with the seasons and letting go of the old.
Moving from one time in the journey of our life into another chapter which may look vastly different than anything you’ve ever experienced before. To me, the most important part of transitions, new beginnings, or different chapters is about shedding the old, the stagnant and the unnecessary that doesn’t serve us.
“The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection.” – Marcel Proust
This week has been what has felt like a rollercoaster. It’s been full of such enjoyable highs and extreme lows. And I’m not alone, there’s so much anxiety in the air right now, collectively among many of us about the current state and future of the world and particularly America. It’s enough sometimes to think about our own lives, then the lives of people we love, on top of an entire nation. That’s a lot to carry, I tell ya.
Nearly everyone in my close circle has had a rough week, from the loss of loved ones, extreme lack of sleep, past experiences resurfacing (personal experiences!) to being violently ill. And I’ve felt it all on a deeply emotional level this week. I couldn’t make it through Wednesday without bursting into tears every few minutes. Thank God for snuggles with my cat, close friends and knowing that I wasn’t the only one riding this wave. With the full moon approaching this weekend and the massive Typhoon storm coming in in the PNW I get that the Universe and Mother Nature are all really feeling it too, and it comes as no surprise. And yet still, makes it no less hard to deal with.
I love fall and winter for many reasons, partly the Holiday season, but if I’m being perfectly honest, it’s all the warming food that really does the body good. The foods of the season are things like winter squash, hearty herbs, root vegetables and savory meats.
These foods give us sustenance, keeping us fuller longer. But yes of course, there is an association with the Holidays that makes these meals all the more special. It means friends and family come together, more meals are shared and good conversation is had. This savory stuffed pumpkin stuffing is going to be the talk of the table, trust me.
I’ve gone and added another pumpkin recipe to your inventory of all the ways you can add pumpkin spice flavor to your life. This fudge is totally mind-blowing. It combines the classic flavors of pumpkin pie along with the bright contrast of sea salt flakes and fresh sage. Listen, if there’s ever a way for me to add fresh herbs to anything, you can bet it’s going to happen. They make everything better, even dessert.