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Family and Friends Got the Fall Blues? Warm Them Up with These Comfort Foods

By Deby Hogue October 03, 2023 Health and Fitness

Fall is in the air. At this time of year, I think about comfort foods – coffee cakes and small sweets to have with a nice cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon.

I dream about sitting by a fire, or looking out a window on a cold day. But alas, I remember that I am in Costa Rica.

It’s hot and humid and oh so green right now. We are almost at the end of our rainy season. It’s raining today, so mentally I am thinking about a coffee cake. But it’s 80 degrees out, and I’ll bake outside, as I always do.


Fall Comfort Foods – It’s All About the Feeling

Sometimes it’s the small things that can make us happy. Tea and cake with a friend, or coffee and a slice of pie. It doesn’t matter which one. It’s just the time spent together and the goody of course.

Anytime is a good time to break out the baking sheets and cake pans and have a get-together.

It’s about the enjoyment of making something yourself that you can share with someone else. I love the feeling of thankfulness from a friend or family member when I make something they love. I give most of my goodies away to neighbours and friends. For me, it’s the joy of making and the fun of baking the dessert. It relaxes me; I love the feel of this dough. It’s soft and fun to cut and twist into shape. That’s the best part.


Don’t Let Them Eat Cake – Every Day!

Trust me, I am not saying eat cake every day. However, I am saying that a little bit of this or that (in moderation of course) is a simple and lovely way to enjoy an afternoon with a friend. It’s gives a wonderful opportunity to talk about how lucky we are to still have a slice of life left to talk about.

I hope you can find a recipe you love somewhere. Try it out, experiment with it. Make it your own by changing the ingredients to something you might like. At my age, I have found that nothing is set in stone.

For me, food is to be enjoyed. Now I am about enjoyment for me and my husband Chuck. So have fun with it and hopefully you can tell me about your baking experience.

Bake and Break Bread Together

If it’s not sweets you want, why not try your hand at simple bread making? This is an easy way to start. It makes you feel very happy and accomplished at baking. Needless to say, your friends and family will be happy about the smell and love coming from your kitchen. This is true comfort.

no knead crusty bread


Let’s Have a Conversation:

What are your favourite comfort foods? Do you love to cook for family and friends? What are some of your specialties? Please join the conversation and share your recipes and ideas for using food as a way to show your love.

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In complete agreement, and feel just as you do regarding baking for others…even down to your describing the feel of the dough. I find baking, especially for others very therapeutic. I’m no longer able to eat the things that I bake, but still find just as much joy in doing it. My family thinks that I’m crazy. It’s a strange scenario…I bake for me, not to eat, but for result of how it makes me feel!

Eileen Johnson

I was given a clear glass domed cake stand. I love to display my homemade scones in it. When friends visit they can’t help but sit at the kitchen counter and enjoy their scone with coffee or tea!


Timely article for me. I’m going to a friend’s house today for chicken salad and pumpkin pie. It is these kind of things that keep us going. Thank God for friends!

The Author

Deby Hogue knows a little about cooking and baking. On her blog, she is sharing her sweet life in the jungle of Costa Rica. Born and raised in California, Deby and her husband of 42 years built their “rancho” and retired to enjoy the ocean, nice food, beautiful people in their community and their family.

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