Fall is without a doubt my favorite season… and today I realized that it has been at least 4 years since I have experienced it. Not that I have managed to magically “jump” over fall into winter… but because I have been living in the tropics since August of 2011. In Brazil, not only are the seasons the opposite of what I grew up with (Christmas in Brazil is in the middle of the summer) but there are also not distinctly different as they are Pacific Northwest where I grew up. In Brazil you can easily spend the day at the beach in the dead of “winter” and it is rarely too cold for shorts.
This year I am spending my first fall in Mexico and so far there is none of the crisp cool fall air that I love so much. We have been experiencing suffocating humidity and torrential rains that are filling my entire house with water, mosquitos, hornets, frogs, and very loud grasshoppers! The house we are living in is designed for the Baja “winter” a dry season with few insects, cool nights and warm sunny days. The bedrooms are “inside” but the kitchen and bathroom are outdoors partially sheltered by a palapa style roof. When I moved to Brazil I was terrified that I would be surrounded by poisonous frogs, spiders and all kinds of strange critters (an image derived from thinking that Brazil is actually just the Amazon Rainforest) and was pleasantly surprised to find that the only creatures I encountered in my day to day existence were daddy-long-legs, occasional mosquitos and brightly colored birds.
Moving to Baja I didn’t even think about the insects or wildlife. I would be living in the desert, right? The desert is dry and dead….or so I thought. I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Even during the dry season I was surrounded by little geckos, long eared hares, chipmunks, vultures, poisonous spiders and the periodic scorpion…and since the rainy season has started I feel like my life has been taken over by wildlife! When it rains the dessert comes to life. Within a day the formerly quiet night is filled with a chorus of frogs and grasshoppers so loud that you might not be able to sleep. The kitchen (and anywhere with a light) fills with giant moths, buzzing beetles and all kinds of strange and mind boggling insects (including a 5 inch tarantula that had me trapped in the bathroom). Needless to say, cooking at night is no longer an option…
This new “fall” experience has definitely been interesting and DEFINITELY has made me miss the crisp fall air of my childhood. Fall for me means……
Crisp fall air
Colorful leaves on the ground
The nervous excitement of heading back to school
Back to school shopping…
My favorite US holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving
and last but not least….PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES!
I don’t know if it was the nostalgia for my childhood fall, or the fact that I found a can of pumpkin puree on the shelf of my local “mini-super” but I decided that I had to find a way to enjoy my favorite fall treat on the autoimmune protocol.
The result: a creamy delicious beverage that when I close my eyes makes me feel as though I was sitting on a bench at Greenlake (in a warm jacket) looking out at the rippling water and fallen leaves.
- 1 C of "Base" (you can use rooibus tea, black tea, or coffee depending on your tolerance)
- 3 T coconut oil or coconut butter
- 1 heaping T pumpkin puree
- 1 T maple syrup (opcional)
- Dash of Mace
- Dash of cloves
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ginger
- Dash of turmeric
- Add your hot "base" and all of the ingredients to the blender
- Blend for 15-20 seconds
- Serve in your favorite mug!
Turmeric and ginger are anti-inflammatory and can help with digestion!
Coffee is NOT AIP so if you are following the autoimmune protocol use one of the other options 🙂
Slightly Lost Girl
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