fall flavors guest #8 // jules


Jules is a former attorney, a full time mom, and an amazing writer, whose stories carry with them polished wit, humor, a little bit of spice and plenty of sweet and savory flavor. Her blog, Pancakes and French Fries, is a place where she writes about life as a mother to two young boys. It’s spontaneous, quirky, fun, sometimes laughable, sometimes serious, but always honest. I love Jules as a blogger, and as a person. She’s become a good friend, and I am so honored to have her here on b*spoke today sharing with us about the wonderful season of fall. Welcome, Jules!

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Name: Jules

Online Home: Pancakes and French Fries

Favorite thing about fall: Just the other day I mentioned to my husband that cooking in the fall is infinitely easier than any other season, especially summer. Everything I know how to make–at least the meals I make best–tastes better on a blustery evening. Soups, stews, roasted vegetables, and hearty pastas just don’t taste the same with a heat index of 105º. Trust me.

Favorite fall flavor to taste, sip or savor: Creamy, soft polenta with a homemade tomato sauce. We are counting down the days until it’s cool enough for me to make it.

Three must-do’s to celebrate the fall season:
1. Turn off the air conditioner! It sounds silly, but we border the desert. It gets hot–surface of the sun hot. Opening the electricity bill is an act of bravery come August, so any reprieve from that horror deserves a celebration.
2. Bake. Cook. Eat. Repeat.
3. If you ask my sons, it’s visiting the pumpkin patch/mini Disneylands we have around here. I, on the other hand, have this idea of going apple picking in my favorite pair of jeans and sweater. I’ve never gone apple picking and it won’t get cold enough to wear a real sweater until December, but one can dream, right?

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Be sure to check out our other Fall Flavors guest bloggers; Jen from Home in the Country, Sherry from Young House Love, Rebekah from Wild Ink Press, Darby from Fly Through Our Window, Nicole from Making it Lovely, Lisa from Lisa Leonard Designs, and Jenna from Sweet Fine Day. And don’t forget to stay tuned for guest postings from the following ladies!

Jenny from The Life I Have Been Given | Emily from Wide Open Spaces

  1. Kirsty says:

    You’re right! I think food in general tastes better in the fall/non-steamy months.

  2. Cathe says:

    I’m with Jules… cooking is better (and food seems to taste better) in the Fall.

  3. Lori H says:

    Bethany, I am so enjoying your Fall Flavors series. I always enjoy your posts, even if I am lazy about commenting. And I was familiar with some of your guest posters. Thanks for introducing me to some fun new blogs (like I needed to expand my Google Reader, yikes!)

  4. Portia says:

    I was just talking about how I’m so ready for fall foods again—carrot soup, butternut squash ravioli, apple crisp, STUFFING, pumpkin pie. Yum.

  5. Annie says:

    I love Jules, and I couldn’t agree more with the fall cooking assessment. Here in Florida, summer is just too hot for two of my favorite food groups: soup and grilled cheese. We’re finally starting to get a hint of fall, so I’m bringing out the crockpot, and not a moment to soon! I smell a stew coming on!

  6. Valentina says:

    Ohh yes.. Soups and stews.. love cooking during the fall. Soo bad I live in Miami and we don’t really have this awesome season!

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