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Coffee Talks: Thriving on Fall Food and Fashion

My social media has a seasonal divide right now. Half of the people are excited and already sharing their love of everything fall. The other half are telling those fall lovers to calm the hell down, because it’s still August. I’m not sorry, but I am so ready for fall. I’ve never been much of a summer girl.

I hate the heat, and while I did love my body so much more this year and was able to wear clothes without fear and doubt, I just genuinely believe that fall is a superior season. It encompasses two of the best holidays, in my opinion, and the fashion and food are some of the best parts.

Fall Food for the Win

Don’t get me wrong, I love to be on my deck while my husband grills a good, classic hamburger, but fall food will always reign supreme for me. I love chili and hearty, hot foods. I love pies and pastries. I adore hot drinks and coffees.

I know I could make those anytime, but who wants to sweat and choke down chili and hot chocolate in the summer. My family members are big sweaty messes, and we thrive in the fall. Fall, to me, means some of my favorite flavors.

I’m not much of a recipe follower, maybe because I’m blind and don’t feel like grabbing a magnifying glass to read step by step. I’m a cook to taste kind of lady in the kitchen.

I know every ingredient for my dishes, and I could probably estimate how much while I’m in the midst of doing it. Personally, I plop my ingredients on the counter and just cook. I can tell you what’s in my favorite chili though. Now, I do make it two way. I make a mild version, and for my husband, I make a hot version. The only difference is pepper choice and amount.

  • 2 cans light red kidney beans, 2 cans dark red kidney beans- I love the mix of both, and I don’t like pre-flavored beans.
  • 1 lb. ground beef (80/20), 1 lb. ground sausage- Using both meats together makes a rich and hearty chili.
  • 1 Serrano pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 2 medium jalapeño peppers, deseeded and diced- The hotter recipe uses 2 Serrano and 1 habanero.
  • Yellow Onion, diced- I usually just use 1 large onion.
    Minced garlic- Again, with spices I just flavor to taste until it’s right.
    Cumin
    Chili powder
    Salt & black pepper
    Smoked paprika- This I use a very small amount.

That’s about the bulk of my chili off of the top of my head. I do also season the meat when I brown both the sausage and burger together. I also let the chili cook in a crockpot for the majority of the day.

My secrets with my cooking are a few spices I won’t share or let my husband know, so that way, even if he thinks he could make it, it’ll never taste quite like mine. I also try to get my sausage from a very close family friend and butcher. It definitely makes a difference. I know, tricky tricky.

Chili isn’t my only fall vice though. I have a squash pie up my sleeves that will make you forget all about pumpkin pie. I’ve been debating on actually sharing some of the recipes I do have in my notebooks, but I don’t know if Housewife Hustle is already a bit of a sensory overload with my bundle of many topics.

Honestly, food is comfort. Meal times bring people together, and that makes me feel comfortable and at ease. Something you may not know about me unless you’ve met me in real life, I’m a very neurotic and tense person. I don’t sit often. When I’m standing, I’m either swaying from one leg to another or pacing. It’s all apart of my anxiety. Movement keeps me from panicking, and being in the kitchen is one of my favorite ways to battle my anxiety.

It may seem weird for a blind lady to be cooking, and cooking fairly well, but my other senses, like taste and smell, are most likely a tad bit better than others. Also, my dad has been a cook pretty much my entire life, and my brother was a cook up until these last few years.

So, fall food is the best food in my opinion. I also only live a few minutes from my mother-in-law and she’s a Polish cooking goddess. On top of that, one of my sister-in-law’s mentors lives a few miles the other direction, and she’s a trained cook with a background in what tastes like everything. Yeah, food life is good at our house in the fall.

I’m a lover of all fall foods and drinks. I’m not a major fan of pumpkin spice, but I do see the appeal. Fall is also filled with the best colors, weather, and fashion.

Fall Fashion for the Win

I love my body and showing it off in a flowy skirt and crop top is fun, but fall fashion is hands down my favorite. It used to be about hiding in hoodies and layers, but now, it’s about so much more. I will say that learning to love my body and my curves brought fashion to an entirely different light for me, and this fall, I will be looking fierce.

I love leather and lace combined. I love denim jackets on top of jeans, because double denim will always have my heart. I also love dark lipsticks and changing my hair to a darker brown or burgundy. Love, love, love it all.

Do you want to know my number one fall favorite fashion staple? BOOTS! I love booties, I love boots with heels, I love tall boots, and over the knee boots. I love booties with cutouts. I even love cowboy boots and combat boots. I’m pretty sure that out of the 30 pairs of shoes in my closet, over half are a type of boot, and I’m not sorry.

I also love sweater dresses and slightly sheer tights. I think fall is the sexiest season even though it’s not typically the season with the most skin shown. Again, sexy is a mindset, and my mind is already in fall. Cardigans, plaids, animal prints, dark stripes, lace details, leather jackets, and I could go on and on. Those are some of my fall favorites, and I can’t wait to stalk some of my favorite style bloggers for new trends.

There’s also something about this coming season that gives me goosebumps. I feel like any of the confidence struggles that I’ve met this past summer will disappear this fall. Do you ever feel like like something major is coming, and you’re slightly worried but mostly excited? That’s how I feel.

Milestones

It could be that the second edition paperback version of Eat the Damn Muffin: Confidence for Every Body is coming out at the end of September, and the cover photographer just sent me new ideas that made me incredibly happy. It could be that I’m renewing my vows and possibly getting to meet my blogging bestie Steph from One Caring Mom. For me, I think the excitement is from an attitude change.

A few years ago, all I did was worry and stress about every little thing. I was negative and hard to be around. This past year has been such a major transformation for me, and I’m finally following my dreams.

I’ve been so busy with my family and blog, I totally forget that I hit my 1 year blogging milestone! It was at the end of July. I wanted to celebrate, but I guess surrounding myself with positivity was my celebration.

Well, I could ramble on and on about fall and the fashion and food, but I’ll let you enjoy your day. Do you have a favorite season? What foods do you love, and what fashion trends are you looking forward to wearing?

-With Love, Jenni

14 Comments »

  1. Posts talking about the different seasons often make me feel a little jealous. Being a Southern California native, I’ve only experienced fall 4 times in 32 years. Here, it’s 9-10 months of summer and 2-3 months of rain if we’re lucky. I only know it’s fall when I start seeing pumpkins pop up in the stores. I grew up wanting to jump into a huge pile of raked leaves and then run inside for hot chocolate. And then I remember I can go to the beach in October, and often November, and it’s still warm.

    • I live in Pennsylvania, so I’m pretty lucky to have all 4 seasons. Being able to visit the beach in typical fall months would be pretty lovely though. We’ve actually had a lot of people we know move to California or to the southern states, because they hate the cooler months. I’m just not a fan of heat, and I love traditional fall foods.

      • The last fall I had was when I lived in Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. It’s a lovely state. I imaging fall activities with kids is much more magical when the weather is more fall than summer. Most people I know talk about moving out of California because it’s so hot and expensive, so I’m surprised to hear people are moving in.

      • PA is definitely one I enjoy. Yeah, I’ve only known one couple to move back from California, but everyone else loved the heat. I did hear it’s pricey though. My kids love summer, but with fair skin and red hair, we have to be extra cautious. It can be frustrating for toddlers, so fall is definitely my favorite season as a mom. I get to see them do more outside for longer periods.

  2. Lol. I am definitely one of those people telling everyone to calm down. But I grew up in the mountains where Winter is an eight month event, so I will savor any and all warm days we have. That said I do love the fall, and fall food and fall fashion! If I had my way it would be summer and fall alternating seasons back and forth! 🙂 <3

    • I totally understand haha. I’m refraining from decorating, because I don’t want to rush summer. I’m just really elated for fall to come!

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