October is buzzing by, and I'm not surprised. This has always been one of my favorite months. I love the transition to Fall, leaves turning yellow and orange, sunny but cooler days, soup, hot tea, and Halloween. October was also the month that I met Tim, three years ago. So, it only makes sense that October would be the month of choice for our elopement.
Yep, that's right. We got married on the first day of the best month of the year. It was (sort-of) secret, quiet, and super fun. And where in the world is the best place for a secret vegan elopement? Portland! And we happen to live here, so we took a stay-cation and kept the celebration close to home.
My sister and her husband were our only witnesses, and the perfect short ceremony took place just a few blocks from our house. The above picture was taken at home, right before the wedding. The one below is in my mom's backyard, right after we presented her with some gluten-free vegan wedding cake and asked her if we could have the "reception" at her place.
October is a very romantic month, if you ask me. The cooler weather leads to more cuddling, and the changing leaves and baking stuff and scary movies... love, love, love. Or maybe I'm just all blissed out on honeymoon vibes.
October is also prime time for apples in the NW, so I've been using them in everything: smoothies, juice, oatmeal, dipped in peanut butter, and dessert. One of the best things I made was an upside down apple cake. I used the pineapple upside down cake recipe from Babycakes Covers the Classics, and subbed apples. It turned out great.
We ate this for breakfast and dessert, until it was gone. I think this recipe is versatile and would be delicious with almost any fruit. I really loved it with the company of coffee in my mummy mug:
And it wouldn't be Fall for me without some long walks in local parks. Especially first thing in the morning when the sun shines through the trees and everything looks golden.
So, Fall is off to a nice start. I love the energy I get when the seasons change. I've actually been on a change-of-the-season juice cleanse, and I'll post more about that in a few days. Until then, have a fantastic Fall weekend!