Falling for Fall

Suddenly, Fall is upon us. The last day of Summer was warm and bright, and the first day of Autumn was dark and cold. I thought about wearing a jacket and scarf… didn’t, and spent the whole day regretting it. Monday was Summer weather (talking 80 degrees), and Tuesday it was full-out Fall (50s).


Monday night we finished the movie Winter’s Tale. Weird, weird, weird. No other words. I’ve been struggling to get rest- I’ve been so stressed lately- and finally slept most of the night (but had weird dreams).


All day Tuesday I wanted to be home, in a big hoodie and slippers, baking to my hearts content. In one day I promised 3 separate parties Pumpkin bread. (Oh what have I done?!) The day had a steady stream of work, approving invoices, printing, folding, stuffing, stamping, and sending. (Invoice day is my favorite.) Let’s go back to my Pumpkin bread. I found a recipe last winter, with a pumpkin butter-cream icing. It is perfection. Josh and I made many loaves during the first months of our marriage. It was the perfect companion to our days snowed in!

Josh takes our neighbor grocery shopping every week, and this week he heard about my pumpkin bread. Not only did he buy what I needed to make it, he payed me for the bread. So yes, there’s going to be a baking storm. (And I have to decide what to get. Flannel sheets? Lamp? New shirt? Haven’t decided yet.)


There is just something about Fall. I think it is this: I love being cozy (also, it’s the season I started falling in love with Josh, if we want to be sappy). Everything about Fall and Winter screams COZY. Blankets, boots, sweaters, scarves, fires… how can you not love it? Autumn has arrived, and has wrapped me in a great big hug.

I hope you’re here to stay.


On a random note: last night I dreamed that I made a pan of chicken alfredo lasagna for our friends, the Pollocks, but they were in another state, so I needed to mail it to them…. but I didn’t have money for postage, so I decided to put it on the side of the highway so a trucker could pick it up and mail it for me. Well, when I arrived back at Capernwray Hall (in downtown Chicago- that’s where I was…) I found my brother, Matthew, and told him in a panic that I had to go back and find my lasagna because what was I thinking?!?!?! One – it had to be refrigerated, and two- I didn’t put their address on it! The trucker would eat it all himself!! (Plus I should have used a disposable pan, instead of my nice Pyrex pan with the cover and I said “Josh will KILL ME!”.)

I have no explanation.


Today, I want to bake, then devour some pumpkin bread, drink some hot chocolate, snuggle up with my favorite man, and watch You’ve Got Mail (classic!). I guess, theoretically, that could happen since tonight is date night!!!  I know that I need to do a little baking tonight, as well as tomorrow night, because our oven isn’t very big and I promised our neighbor, Josh, and my sister in law loaves of the legendary Pumpkin bread! 🙂 PLUS there are some apple cookies that I’m dying to make.
The apartment/home search? It goes on. We have an application to the apartment complex we like, but it’s pretty involved and we haven’t had a chance to do it together. Meanwhile, the town-home I love is still available and I want to take a visit!


Dear Josh,

Our favorite season has arrived! Sweet Autumn. I am so excited that THIS Autumn we are married. I get to fill our little home with the aroma of baking, and snuggle up with you. I’m glad you like to take walks, and let me stop and soak in the air, the smells, the beautiful changing leaves. I’m also glad you enjoy the things I cook and bake. (You are SO fun to feed.)

I’m looking forward to a quiet, cozy date night with you.

Love, Mrs. Cornelissen
PS. Thanks for telling me I looked like I belonged in a fashion catalog this morning! The power of the scarf and blazer.

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