Warming Up Your Fall

Embrace the moments of reconnecting.

by Christopher Confero   


In November, we tend to have a heightened sense of appreciation and thankfulness for the richness of our lives. The weather starts to get a little chillier, bringing people closer as we seek warmth and comfort. Thanksgiving is approaching, and we start to plan the dishes we will share with friends and family weeks in advance. It’s also a beautiful time for personal reflection. Grab a mug of warm cider and take a step onto your front porch. Observe the changes in nature and connect them with the changes in your own life. Change can be beautiful and vibrant and may lead to blossoming opportunities. Taking time to embrace the changes we endure brings a certain serenity that also makes our appreciation for the constants in our lives more full.

Bring a bit of that change into your home as a reminder of your revelations. Collect leaves in varying hues of orange, yellow, red, and even a bit of green if you can still spot it. Take some time to arrange them in a beautiful vase that you can place anywhere that you know you will need moment of clarity. If your friends and family drive you up the wall when they arrive for Thanksgiving festivities, place your vase in a strategic point of the dining room so that you can look at it, breathe, and remember that they are always there for you—no matter whose fault it is that the stuffing is too dry.

Keep the idea of bringing the outdoors inside going. Prepare to make crafts that involve gathering branches, pine cones, and the like. You can even repurpose those Halloween pumpkins with a dash of copper spray paint. These activities will keep everyone’s hands busy and interacting with each other, rather than just plopping in front of the TV to avoid conversation.

Embrace these moments that are dedicated to connecting with loved ones. Just when you start to think that you’ve had enough of these gatherings, remember that life is fleeting, and these cherished moments are few in the great scheme of things. Share and show your love in abundance to see it returned two-fold.

To avert any dressing disasters, I suggest my grandma’s recipe that is sure to please.


• Boil one whole chicken, remove skin, debone, and shred the meat once cooled.

• Bake one pan of a cornbread recipe of your liking and once cooled, crumble into a bowl and set aside.

• Chop three stalks celery and one onion. Sauté with a tablespoon of butter in a saucepan until soft.

• Add sautéed onion and celery to the cornbread crumbles.

• Add 4 cups of broth from your boiled chicken so that it covers the bread and vegetables entirely.

• Add shredded chicken to the mixture.

• Add 2 tablespoons of sage and salt/pepper to taste.

• Mix well and pour into large baking pan.

• Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until browned.


One Response to “Warming Up Your Fall”

  1. Amanda says:

    The dressing needs an egg or two to hold it together.

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