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If it looks like fall.  If it smells like fall.  If it feels like fall.  If it tastes like fall.
Hey, man, maybe it is almost fall.
*Chicago is still working on the looks like part.

It's the time when I can no longer deny the daylight hours are indeed getting shorter.  (Yes, I know starting at the summer solstice days get shorter and shorter from there.  I did work at a planetarium and learned some stuff while I was there.)  But now it's obvious & impossible to deny.  There is less day light out there, ya'll.

The feeling of things to do inside vs the continual list of outdoor activities of summer.  I think it feels something like what pregnant ladies go through in their nesting phase.  (Personally, I have no idea what that actually feels like.)
-I feel the desire to reflect and get myself on track
-I finally want to put the finishing touches on the dress I started in May
-I'm filled with ideas how to alter items I bought over the summer
-diy projects in general

And I actually feel ready to be back in the kitchen.  Good bye tomato & mustard sandwiches, although I do love you, it is no longer your time to shine.

Saturday I threw together a delicious indian dish & yesterday I wanted a full out fall meal.
Chili it is.
This meal was inspired by my chili craving & also Stanley's 29¢/lb tomatoes   (They were on the edge of going bad & needed to be used fast.)
My approach to making chili is a little something like this:  throw a bunch of veggies, beans, spices & jalapeño peppers in a pot.  Maybe that makes it a soup?  What's the difference between soup & chili?  What's your approach?
Mine ended up super spicy as I threw in both chipotle and jalapeño peppers.  No removing seeds for me.  My nose was running and I was loving it.  I'm not sure I could serve it to anyone else though because in the past when I've served things I didn't think were too spicy, I learned otherwise.

Then I took a few bites of an apple that was also on extreme sale.  It was ok, but on the way to going bad.  So I thought about throwing it away, but then decided some baked apples sounded delicious.  

Cornbread to accompany.  Bam fall meal!
Soooo full!
Yeah, the cornbread didn't come out in one piece.  I break it apart anyway.  What the difference?
And I like to sit on the floor.  Friday night I went to a friend's for dinner and while she explained we would have to sit on the floor around her coffee table (she doesn't have room for a table) and I said I prefer sitting on the floor.  The girls said, "Wait, Lisa, you have a table."  Me: "Yeah, I know, but I'd rather sit on the floor."

Maybe you think this is a bit extreme.  Well, I've eaten nothing but plain rice & oatmeal (with a bit of salt) the past two days so I was ready to bring it!  (Because I was sick, not because I'm on some strange diet.  Only carbs?)

Oh man I had my meal and I was so ready for The Mindy Project & New Girl premiers last night.  Any other fans out there?
(I actually watched the season premier to The Mindy Project last week because they released it a week early, but I watched it again.)

Hellooooo fall.  You're making me feel inspired right now so keep it coming!


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