Call it autumn. Call it fall. I love this time of year. The crispness of the air, the low-angled afternoon light, the smell of leaves on the wind, the reds and yellows and oranges on the trees. It all makes me happy.
These early days of fall are what inspired my Sweater Weather Cookie. I haven't posted the recipe yet, but it's been on The List from the start. The flavors are orange, cinnamon, and a dash of tea. I'm still thinking through some final tweaks, but stay tuned. I'll post the recipe soon.
The Leonard Cohen song "Suzanne" ties together this season and cookie for me. I first heard the song on a mix tape a friend gave me in college. (Yes...a mix tape. I am so old.) I remember listening to it in my dorm room and then going down to the little pond that was at the edge of campus and lying down on the grass. I'd look up through the color-dappled, thinning leaves on the trees, up into the sharp, glinting afternoon sun, and fall asleep. (If only I had taken that medieval lit class freshman year. I would have known that bad things happen to people who are foolish enough to nap under trees near water. But I digress...) I was wild, I tell ya.
It was the perfect weather--"three bears weather"--not too hot, not too cold; not too bright, not too dark. The kind of weather where all you need is a wool sweater to feel comfortable, to feel right.
Happy (belated) autumnal equinox, everybody!