Cheers, Summer.

Summer has come and gone, can you believe it? I don't know where those few precious warm months went, but here we are welcoming fall once again.

This past month has come with many changes - a new position at work on a new team, new projects around the house and a some freelance gigs. Between all those things and summer social events, I'm completely exhausted. During the summer It's hard not to be totally active when the sunshine is calling you to get up and go outside! I can't help but get excited about the chilly, somewhat rainy months ahead. I'm officially ready for hibernation mode. As one last summer hurrah, Adam and I prepped one of our favorite summer evening meals and sat out on the deck watching the sunset.

Okay I'll be honest, one might not consider this a meal, but it's one of our favorite snacks that requires little prep! We're avid lovers of a good cheese plate, and Trader Joe's makes it super easy to sample a few different cheeses and grab a great bottle of wine for a really reasonable price.

For this plate, we chose a triple cream Brie drizzled in honey, creamy Toscano soaked in Syrah, and a smoked Gouda. After adding a little peppered salami into the mix, this plate became a well-rounded sampling of flavors.

I love serving on this rectangular marble cheese board, it's the perfect size for two. I'd been searching for a cheese board for months, but couldn't find one that fit the criteria as well as the budget. After a few trips to Marshalls, I scored this one for 15 bucks! Thanks to my friend Dani, I already had the perfect cheese knives to accompany it.

With my busy schedule lately, I haven't had many opportunities to venture down to the market. While I was at Trader Joe's I picked up a small floral bunch that coordinates quite well with the oncoming fall color palette. Special thanks to whoever left this gorgeous copper bottom vase up for grabs in the lunchroom at work, I was more than happy to give it a new home on my coffee table!

Trader Joe's Green Fin Red Table Wine is, in my opinion, the best red blend you can find for a mere five bucks. Without a doubt, it has made me a believer in red wines. I'm a white wine drinker through and through, but this red is so absolutely smooth, a tad sweet and not overly bitter, making it a great contender in my book. There's not much more that can be said about it - you just have to try it!

Cheers, summertime. You were oh so sweet, but it's time for autumn! Have a wonderful Friday, friends! I hope you cross paths with a pumpkin and some plaid this weekend.