Monday, September 13, 2010
Change of seasons
It looks and feels like the beginning of autumn. Although a few days here and there still reach the 80s, we are mostly seeing highs in the 70s and cool evenings. A few leaves have turned to gold and red and yellow, just the promise of what is to come.
As you can see, I'm still getting some tomatoes and peppers. I picked our last watermelon yesterday (a little larger than this one shown which was picked last week). The lemon verbena in the picture above was washed and then rolled in a towel to dry. It was then used to make lemon verbena vinegar the way I made the basil vinegar. I can't wait to try it!
Over the weekend, I dressed my house for autumn and I just love its' warm-cozy feeling. I'll post the first pictures this evening and more in the next couple of days. Taking the boxes labeled "autumn stuff" off the shelves in the garage is the first sign of impending Holidays. For autumn decorating becomes Thanksgiving decorating which is quickly followed by Christmas decorating.
There was a time when I felt I didn't want to decorate, anymore. That being after Stephanie married and left home. I felt it would never be the same (silly me, it was not the same but still good). So... you can imagine how it felt to decorate when it was now just two of us in the home... human, that is.
I have come to realize the traditions we began when there were originally two and then three and then four... are just as important now that we are back to two.
I was given apples over the weekend, which are going to be turned into our favorite Dutch Apple Pie this afternoon. It is such an easy pie but delicious. As I mention in the recipe, it came from the community cookbook of Holland, Michigan... where they know a thing or two about dutch pastry. :)
I'm also making the first chili of the season! Hmmm.... chili and Dutch Apple Pie. There is a reason I like cooking in cooler weather.
Thankfully, an easy menu as I'm under the weather today (literally). Just a little sniffly and headachy. Nothing terrible or horrible but enough to need a little sofa time. :)
Posted by Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks at 1:21 PM