Depending on which half of the world you're in as you read this, fall has arrived, ushering in shorter, cooler days. Coats are slowly claiming the closet space again, as have knee-high boots.
Plants are getting ready for the season too. My chrysanthemum is throwing out flowers with abandon, and the cherry tree next to her is slowly balding. Just as I was taking all of this in, my neighbor said, "I love me a warm soup on a gray day like this!" That gave me a nudge to ask my inner muse what would make her happy on a wintry day. This is what I heard:
"It's gotta be spices. Delicious foods that love us back are always in season. Right? If you're looking for ingredients that will perk you up and flavor your cooking with minimal effort, cozily protecting you from the common cool-weather blues—it's got to be spices."
I've profiled seven of the most-loved warming spices to get you started with your own happiness kit for the cooler days ahead. Pick what agrees with your muse: