It’s September and the weather should point to the Fall season right? Well, here in South Florida, we ain’t about that. It’s been 90 degrees and with the humidity at a 1000 percent, Fall seems like a fantasy season.
I’m not completely sure why Fall is my favorite season, especially since it’s really non-existent here. However, I love everything about what this season represents. The start of a new school year, pumpkin latte and even the cheesy fake fall leaves in the department stores.
Perhaps, it’s the idea of fresh starts? In the Jewish calendar, September marks the beginning of a New Year. As a Christian, I guess in some ways I am drawn to this instinctively, after all my Lord is a Jew.
Recently, I realized that I do what most people call “spring cleaning” during the month of September. This form of nesting really kicks in for me. For the past few weeks, I have been getting rid of a lot of unnecessary things, organizing what I want to keep. I am also doing a lot of decorating. I must admit I am enjoying every second of the process. My family? Probably not so much, since I tend to disrupt the peace with my desire to get everything just right.
During this month I also tend to do a lot of soul-searching, making sure that my heart is in the right place. I re-evaluate the goals I set in January and determine if any changes need to be made. Fall is a season I look forward to for all these reasons and more, even if there is no turning of leaves or cool breezes.
So how do I celebrate Fall in South Florida? Well, it usually involves baking something that brings the scents of the season into my home. Does it mean I will probably be doing so with my air-conditioner on blast? That’s a given, but it will not deter me from celebrating Fall in Miami.
How about you? What’s your favorite season of the year? Why do you think your’e drawn to this season?
The following recipe is peanut butter bar, that begs for a large mug of coffee. I prefer to make cookie bars, because let’s face it, it’s so much easier than making individual cookies.
Enjoy in good health!
2 sticks butter
2 cups of sugar substitute
1 pkg 8 oz softened cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup almond flour
1 cup whey protein (or an additional cup of almond flour)
2 teaspoons of baking powder
¼ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of peanuts (optional)
In a large stand up mixer combine the butter, sugar substitute, and cream cheese. Once well combined and fluffy add the peanut butter. Next add the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. Then add the almond flour, whey protein, baking powder and salt. Lastly, sprinkle the 1/2 cup of peanuts over the batter
Bake at 350 degree for about one hour or until fully cooked.