Four years in Dublin and I’ve figured out a pattern: I get homesick when the seasons change. When a season starts to shift, I can’t help but remember the way Maine feels with its strong seasons. Ireland obviously has seasons, they just aren’t so pronounced or celebrated as they are in New England. This weekend, I came up with a little autumn bucket list to combat the homesickness.
I started pumping in the fall taste in the kitchen this weekend with a big (in fact, accidentally huge) batch of snickerdoodles. I used a recipe from The Kitchn that’s pretty quick and easy, but next time I’ll halve it. We’re inundated with snickerdoodles at the moment. But they’re cinnamon-y with a hint of nutmeg. Just the way to ease into autumn.
Now here’s the rest of my list:
- go pretend apple picking (this involves finding an apple tree with a willing owner!)
- make apple crumble with lots of butter
- get pumpkins to decorate and carve
- decorate the house with lots of candles, branches and leaves
- kick through lots of leaf piles
- bake something (or lots of somethings!) pumpkin-y
- go for a walk in the woods
- have a Thanksgiving!
For the first time in a few years, Michael and I are going back to Maine for Christmas. We’re really excited, but I’m a little bummed to be missing Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday (I was born on it!) and it’s hard to recreate Thanksgiving over here – even with lots of American friends! – because everyone has to work on that Thursday! But it’s happening and I’m already planning.
What about you all? Is it getting all autumn-y where you are? What’s on your list?