And of course, I hang a beautiful fall wreath on the door.
When that all happens, fall is in my house!
But I have a decoration confession for you. My favorite fall decoration that I do every year, is not gluten free...gasp! And I can't help it. Every year, I buy a big, beautiful bushel of wheat, fill up a big clear vase with popcorn kernels, and tie a colorful fall ribbon around it. It's always one of the main decorations on my fall table. Luckily, my gluten intolerance is only triggered when I eat gluten and not look at it...because it sure is so pretty! And it's so simple too!
Like many little girls, I grew up with the stories of Laura Ingalls and Anne Shirley. So, I have always secretly wanted to live on a farm. You grow your own food and you have fresh eggs and fresh milk all the time. That's my kind of place. It's all about the food really.
Well, I don't live on a farm, but my husband Patrick and I always joke about my annual wheat bushel that I "plant" every year. So, the tradition goes, right after Thanksgiving when the transition from fall to winter is underway, Patrick has to harvest the wheat. Hey, it's the closest thing to a farm as we can get! I look forward to it every year!
But before the harvest, my most beautiful and most glutenous fall decoration graces our table. And every once in a while I look at it and think about how the last 4 years on a gluten free diet has made my life so much better and healthier. And I remember the overwhelming initial thoughts of what to make, how to make it, and who will like it.
And now, when I look at my wheat bushel and think ahead to fall pies and Christmas baking, I smile, because I know, without a doubt, I can make fantastic food that everyone can enjoy, without it. And I know, you can too! :)