Am I the only one whose color and taste pallets changed when I put aside my summer clothes? Suddenly my white sweater holds little appeal, whereas autumn colors such as brown and gold beckon me.

These brilliant autumn colors caught my eye on a recent walk.

These brilliant autumn colors caught my eye on a recent walk.

My desire for iced tea is now replaced with hot tea, not to mention hot chocolate, and pumpkin spice lattes, which I noticed at Starbucks the other day.

I’m sure I’d find comfort in this mug of hot chocolate.

I’m sure I’d find comfort in this mug of hot chocolate.

This morning on our walk in the rain my friend described the squash soup she made yesterday. Now I’m determined to buy a squash the next time I’m shopping at the grocery store. I am not a gourmet chef, but I do enjoy making homemade soup from scratch with whatever I happen to find in the refrigerator. A steaming bowl of chicken vegetable soup took the place of a light summertime salad for lunch just now.

Squash soup

Butternut squash soup, an autumn favorite comfort food.

And for dessert? Pumpkin pie sounds divine, not that I have any in the house. As does apple crisp, rather than slices of apple. I’ve been layering up for my morning walks; it’s getting chilly in the Puget Sound. And I might be adding another layer around my waist if I’m not careful. More reason to walk every day!

Apple crisp baked by author Kathleen Kohler

Apple crisp baked by author Kathleen Kohler.

Autumn seems to be the season of comfort food. I’m already anticipating the taste of turkey and dressing, even though Thanksgiving is months away. Fortunately, dark chocolate is a year-round treat for me.

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Enter to win this Amish-made apron and hot-pad, plus one of my signed books

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