Sometimes it’s really hard but I’m learning to embrace all the seasons of life. Even the not-so-fun ones. The trying ones. The humbling ones. The ones that make you want to give up. That ones make you question your identity. The ones that make you question your worth, your value, you ability to contribute something meaningful to this big world. Even those can be beautiful.
My grandpa, always freely giving out nuggets of wisdom, used to tell me “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.” I don’t think he meant it literally of course but a lot of times you can find some peace in nature. I know I do. Right now appreciating the turning leaves, the fruits that are in season, the harvest moon, the cool evenings, even the spider webs… all the things that make fall, fall. Knowing that it’s not going to last long makes we want to soak in this time of year and make the most of it.
For me, taking things that aren’t going to be around forever and making the most of them helps me appreciate the season I’m in. I don’t want to look back and regret not appreciating what was right in front of me. Even something as simple as taking fresh, local apples and turning them into a cake that I can enjoy with my family is enough. Things don’t have to be complicated but you do need to put in a certain amount of effort to not just let the seasons pass by. Dive in and enjoy them. Eat some cake with your family. Perhaps this caramel apple crumb cake with apple cider glaze? Go head. Celebrate the season. Happy fall, ya’ll!
Super side note: OK, you may have noticed my budding obsession with cake stands. I scored the mini cake stand above at Marshalls and I adore it! It’s perfect for taking photos to show you guys what the inside of the cakes and pies look like. It’s not really practical for every day use though and so that’s why I thought I’d recommend a full size cake stand so you guys can enjoy presenting your cake in a pretty way too. I mean, that’s half the fun am I right?