It’s no secret, fall is my favorite season of the year.  In fact I spend the better part of the rest of the year wishing for fall.  The chilly weather (I’ll pretend it wasn’t 90˚ F here yesterday), football, leaves changing, autumn spices, and of course pumpkin, apples, soup, and the list goes on.  So it’s finally here, and I’m ecstatic.  (On an unrelated note, what happened to that little baby in the picture from last year?  He seems to have been replaced by a big boy who uses sentences.  What will he be like next fall???)

I think pumpkin spice pancakes sprinkled with cinnamon sugar are an ideal way to start out a lazy fall morning.

Okay, if you try anything from this list, puh-lease try these chicken pot pies.  I made these for the first time last fall and they blew my mind.  Look at that flaky crust!  Seriously, I would love to eat this every single day if it weren’t so decidedly unhealthy.

Cranberry apple harvest muffins are a great breakfast to grab on the go, or a nice afternoon snack.  With chunks of apple, fresh cranberries, pecans and fall spices, they seem just the thing to welcome the season.

Cream of mushroom soup may conjure up feelings of nausea and disgust if you have only ever had the stuff from the can, but this homemade version is an entirely different thing.  Making the homemade vegetable stock for the base takes a little extra time, but every extra minute of effort is rewarded in the taste.

This is in my top three favorite cakes ever, and it’s not hard to see why.  Perfectly spiced moist pumpkin cake with a rich butterscotch filling and brown sugar frosting – I’m going into a sugar coma just thinking about it.

There are many autumn weeks when I want nothing more than to eat soup, soup, soup every night.  This broccoli cheddar soup is one of my favorites.  Rich, warm and filling, it makes for a wonderful meal.

This caramel apple cheesecake pie is the single most popular recipe I have ever posted, and for good reason.  This is one heck of a dessert – caramel, spiced apples, cheesecake, whipped cream and more caramel all in one pie plate.  It’s great for any time of year really, but especially ideal for fall.

I discovered this chicken chili at the tail end of last winter, and I’m really looking forward to making it often throughout the coming cold months.  It’s definitely on the healthier side where chili is concerned with a lean protein and lots of veggies, not to mention it is just plain delicious.

If you have trouble with forming addictions, you may want to avoid trying this caramel corn.  It is so, so, so good that I eat it compulsively and ruin my meals.  Usually Ben puts it on a shelf I can’t reach, even with the step stool, so I can pretend like I have some self control.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

An ideal fall weekend day for me is spent making a fantastic dinner that needs to simmer or roast for hours, making your house smell amazing in the process.  This garlic rosemary roast chicken is just such a dish, and is an ideal centerpiece for a nice fall meal.

Bonfires are favorite fall pastime, and with any good bonfire there must be s’mores.  These s’mores cupcakes are a fun spin on the ooey gooey campfire treat and personally I like them even better this way.

I hope you all enjoyed this round up of some of my favorite fall foods.  I have lots of new recipes to share throughout the seasons, and I probably won’t be able to resist a mid-fall round up so keep an eye out for that :)