Autumn Has Arrived

Silver Mines Recreation Area

“It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves.!”Winnie the Pooh; Pooh’s Grand Adventure

Here in Missouri, autumn arrived with cooler temperatures and rain showers. Leaves have begun turning and some dropping to the ground. Some persimmons have started to ripen. Stores have begun stocking apple cider and caramel apples. It’s starting to look a lot like autumn.

As a child I loved raking leaves. I would make huge piles and run and jump into them. I managed to entertain myself for hours. My father tricked me into biting into a green persimmon. OMG! I didn’t think I would ever be able to spit again. Please don’t try that. Take my word for it. Soon the sky will be filled with the sounds of geese headed south for the winter.

Big River

Stores have already begun stocking Christmas decorations and it isn’t even October yet. Halloween will soon be upon us. I love Halloween. There was a time I would be planning a Halloween party. I used to have a hayride followed by a bonfire, chili and karaoke. Here in Missouri deer hunters will head to the woods and start scouting the woods for deer sign. Bow season is already happening. It won’t be long and there will be frost on the pumpkin.

This is the time of year that people start reflecting back on the year and see the things they have to be thankful for. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. Families and friends will gather together and celebrate. I enjoy cooking the Thanksgiving dinner. I have a Dutch Oven big enough to cook a thirteen-pound turkey in, it weighs 45 pounds. There is nothing better tasting than a turkey cooked in a Dutch Oven. I also cook the pies, dressing and other vittles in the Dutch Ovens. I have a fairly large assortment of them.

left to right- dressing, turkey, and sweet tater pie

It also begins the bonfire season. I do love me a good bonfire. I love to watch the flames dance and the smell of wood smoke. I usually have three or four fires a week. I love to camp this time of year also and I think the fishing is better than it is any other time of year. I do about 80% of the cooking outside so I enjoy the cooler temperatures.

I love a bonfire, how about you?
My cook area plus I have a Blackstone griddle.
Cooking a pot of beans

To those like me who enjoy the fall, I say Happy Fall to you! May your refrigerator be full of apple cider, your cupboard filled with caramel apples, and you have plenty of wood for the fire. This is also the time of year when a big bowl of chili tastes best. Be kind to one another and spread the love.

22 thoughts on “Autumn Has Arrived

  1. I still have a pile of apples on the trees and fall raspberries are still going strong. The garden is almost done though as the temps are in the 30’s sometimes at night.
    Chili sounds good right now. Harvesting some peppers and digging for some steak in the freezer for the meat. The last of the meat will be jerky before I start my hunting. A small buck was trying to wreck a young aspen by the orchard this morning. I threatened him with a willow switch.

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  2. This is my favorite post!!! I’m going to show it to my husband, he loves cooking outdoors. Your Dutch oven set up is really cool!! A friend was saying that people are finding spoons in the persimmons- which he claims means get winter shovels ready for lots of snow.

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  3. Love the quote from the Pooh Bear!! Fall is my favorite time of year but I’ve not experienced it all quite like you do with all your beautiful fall leaves in your area. My goodness, your cooking looks AMAZING, so jealous as I know the flavors cooking in dutch ovens is the best. Love your set up and I didn’t know they made them big enough to cook a turkey!! So COOL!! This was an excellent post and makes me smile and look forward to Fall!! Thank you Wayne! 🧡❤️💚

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  4. Cool backyard set-up. I’ve never seen a Dutch oven that big. We smoke our turkey each Thanksgiving. One year I wanted to do a fully backyard-cooked meal for Thanksgiving (we have a pizza oven and large BBQs), but my kids grumbled about it and wanted our traditional food.

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