How excited are you for the first day of fall?!? It’s my favorite season, and there’s definitely (finally!) an autumn vibe in the air. I’ve noticed a few colorful leaves this week, and it’s been getting dark earlier and earlier.
The weather is cooling off, too. It’s been in the seventies, which I love. My husband often teases me that I’m only happy when it’s 72 and sunny, so I’m in heaven right now!
Of course, this perfect weather won’t last much longer. So I decided to take advantage of it and planned an autumn picnic in Central Park last weekend.
I’m hoping we still have a few picnics left this fall (cross your fingers), but you never know.
We packed up and headed to Central Park, which is just a couple blocks away. Joel likes to refer to this as pack-muling-it. Poor guy 😉
Of course, once we got there, I forced him to take a few pictures, too. Between the two of us, we had all sorts of camera issues. I’m not sure what was going on, but we got a few good ones eventually.
I’ve been trying to work a few fall items into my wardrobe, so I wore my favorite vest. Paired with jeans and a striped tee, it’s the perfect transitional piece for these cooler days.
The sun was just starting to set as we found the perfect spot.
My nail polish matched the quilt. I swear that I didn’t plan that!
- Brie and Apple Baguettes. These are so good and so easy to make. Split a small baguette in two. Spread both sides generously with brie and top with thinly sliced apples (pears would be good, too).
- Carrot-Cabbage Slaw. This is an old favorite, adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe. Combine 1/4 thinly sliced cabbage with one shredded carrot. Toss with lime juice, olive oil, and a little cumin.
- Dessert. I made these Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake Bars, and they were to die for.
In my eyes, a picnic is not complete without a little wine!
I was sent a bottle of this Notorious Pink Grenache to sample last week. It’s an award-winning French rosé made from 100% grenache grapes.
Rosé is the perfect picnic wine, and I loved this bottle. It was light, yet flavorful and aromatic, and worked perfectly with our food. I will definitely be tracking it down locally.
Joel liked it, too!
After we finished a couple of glasses of wine, it started to get dark. We had a close encounter with some wildlife (scary!), grabbed the wine, and headed home. Hopefully, we’re able to repeat this autumn picnic next weekend!
How are you spending these fall days?
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