For people like me that live in Michigan, when it gets to late September and early October there is a distinct crisp smell in the air. Leaves on trees turn vibrant colors. Pumpkin patches start springing up in the unlikeliest places and flavors that have disappeared for some time start showing up at my favorite locations.

These are some of the things that I love about the fall. Not only is it a reprieve from the heat of the summer but it it is also a calm before the storm per se, before winter strikes.

I am a person that loves the flavor of pumpkin. I love pumpkin drinks, cakes, smoothies and more. Whatever I can find that has pumpkin in it, I typically will try. This time of year is the perfect time to do that. You see, it is always around this time of year that you start seeing fall concoctions at local restaurants or drink establishments. Whether it be a morning coffee, an afternoon smoothie, or some other food item you can indulge and appreciate the full fall flavor too wet your whistle or satisfy your appetite.

Beyond food and drink, this also is the season for bringing your family together. We always love to do things in the fall that we would not do in other seasons. Things like going to pick out pumpkins at a local pumpkin patch. Going to an apple orchard and getting fresh cider and donuts, or other such opportunities to bring our family together.

While some people may see the fall is a time when things die off, leaves go away, plants go dormant, I instead see this as a time of re-connection, a time to spend together as a family and to celebrate the friends and family you have in your life and a time to make new memories.

What are your best memories of the fall,  and how do you celebrate the season?