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I am an autumn baby and the fall is my time.

I am not, however, completely immune to the allure of summer. It’s hard to not feel right with the world on a beautiful, warm summer evening when the sun is still out and the air is warm and sweet. It’s hard not to feel so alive right at that moment.

But the fall must come. And rightly so.

Still, though, I always feels like I owe it to summer to say goodbye, officially.

So this is what I am doing now. I am bidding summer adieu and saying thank you.

Thank you for the warmth. Thank you for the beautiful fruits and vegetables.

I’ll miss the fresh tomatoes and the warm breezes. I’ll miss open-toed shoes. A lot.

I’ll really miss the peaches.

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And the blackberries.

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Thank you, summer. See you next year.

Ciao!

The peach pie you see pictured above is from this lovely recipe.

The blackberry tart is from Karen DeMasco’s The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets with Ideas for Inventing Your Own