Welcome to October, friends! With a new month comes today’s October Sunday Letter, one devoted to my adoration of October. Don’t you just love October with it’s sweet light and falling leaves? Soon the temperatures may even cool (or so the weatherman says). ‘Tis the season of harvest on the farm, baking in my kitchen, and all things pumpkin.
Who’s ready? ✋✋✋
Bring on the Pumpkins!
In my version of Heaven, leaves on the trees will be the brilliant colors of fall, and the Garden of Eden will include at least one huge pumpkin patch. Pumpkins for picking, pumpkins for sitting, pumpkins for eating (no pie for me, but pumpkin bread or cookies, yes!), pumpkins for carving, pumpkins for wishing upon.
Can you wish upon a pumpkin? Sure you can.
Linus concentrated all of his wishes in the Great Pumpkin. Remember?
Oh, and in my version of Heaven, we will travel streets paved of gold inside pumpkin carriages, just like Cinderella.
Did you know, the first time a pumpkin was mentioned in a fairy tale was Cinderella? ✨✨✨
So maybe nostalgia vaults the pumpkin to the top of my list of favorite autumn things. But let’s not forget homemade costumes with those plastic masks from Sterling’s. Apples dipped in caramel and wrapped in wax paper by the preacher’s wife, enough for every trick-or-treater in Keiser, Arkansas. A jack-o-lantern filled with candy by night’s end provided the stuff of every kid’s dreams (and all the parents’ nightmares).
The adult-me still loves fall and Halloween. On the first official day of fall, I decorated my porch and yard with pumpkins, switched out our summer front door wreath to one more reflective of fall, and squeezed a few violas into pots still blooming with spring-planted flowers.
With just a touch of orange, the spirit of autumn is alive and well. My soul feels rejuvenated.
See Charlotte the Orb Weaver in the picture above? She has been living in our front bed all summer, and I talk to her every day. Talk about a natural fall decoration!
Happy Birthday, Bernice 🎉🎉🎉
October 1st marks the one year book birthday of Bernice Runs Away, and what a year it has been.
In case you don’t know how fun being an author is, here’s a tiny glimpse of my Bernice year in review!
Hands down the #1 best thing about being an author = the people I meet. When my first book launched in 2016 (!), I had zero idea of what to expect. Truthbomb: The industry is difficult to maneuver. Publishing is tricky. Marketing can be a mystery. But my readers make all the tricky, mysterious maneuvering so worth it!
THANK YOU for every review, every book club invitation, every social media mention, all the things! With so many events already scheduled for 2024, I think Bernice’s party is just getting started.
Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
With autumn comes baking. Right?
These Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies will not only be calorie-free in my version of Heaven, but they will also be healthy. Here on Earth let’s just call them a decadent, well-deserved treat.
Fans of malt, rejoice!
These flat, chewy cookies are perfect for ice cream sandwiches.
And what better way to celebrate a book birthday than with a little ice cream?
A scoop of vanilla in some, a scoop of salted caramel in others.
Click Here for the recipe. It’s Ree Drummond’s creation—need I say more?
What’s Blooming + Growing?
We don’t often think of fall as the blooming season, but there is much to admire in the fall garden. The mums I’ve been faithfully pinching back all summer are in full bloom. Nasturtium, exhausted in late August, has made an admirable comeback. Our roses look better than ever.
Oh, and my watermelon is still growing!
Things Momma Says:
I thought the Razorbacks were going to be good this year, but they are speeding downhill fast!
Thanks for being here, my Sunday Letter besties. I hope your October is filled with magical pumpkins, decadent fall treats, and glorious weather. 🎃 🍪 🍂
Now tell me—what do you love about October?
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.