Every time I get knee-deep in autumn inspiration, it turns warm again. Not hot, thankfully, but the kids are in shorts and a couple of our ceiling fans are on. But it’s too late for me. I’m hopelessly giddy that October is here. Thanksgiving is right around the corner (Canadian blogger, remember), the leaves have begun to turn, and my favourite month has arrived, kicking off my favourite quarter of the year!
Can’t you just hear the festive tune? Seriously. It’s pumpkin spice madness out there, I tell you. I’m pretty sure someone will be coming out with pumpkin spice insoles soon. But can I let you in on a secret…? Continue reading
I was all set to post that autumn is in the air. Then yesterday happened. The hottest day of summer so far. After a week or so of refreshingly cool temps and a decidedly moderate summer overall. Today was equally muggy and hot, but at least there has been a breeze. We will return to reasonable weather by Friday. Continue reading
As I type this, the sun is streaming through my kitchen window. A welcome sight, to be sure. After over a week without so much as a glimmer from the golden orb, I am soaking up what I can. It’s still chilly, though. Which is again welcome after the balmy pre-Christmas season, through into the New Year that we experienced last year. There was nary a flake to be seen, and winter coats were a formality, rather than a necessity. This cool weather has inspired me to start baking. Continue reading
It really is autumn
As I type this, the furnace is gently warming our home. It feels too early, but it also means that the summer heat has left (for good?), so I’m choosing to embrace it.
Our garden has been hit or miss this year. The tomatoes? Wonderful. The beans? Yeah, not so much. Though today I did harvest a dozen or so dried Canadian Wonder pods. They’re a kidney type bean, which our son asked to grow this year. He loves them in chili. Our herbs have done well, too. The Thai basil varieties that we grew were a delight, and the oregano in my planter box came back with vigour this summer. The thyme (both regular and lemon) were potent with the summer heat, and our Cotton Candy mint didn’t disappoint. Continue reading
As predicted, the weather has cooled significantly. It’s wonderful. It was 10C when I got up this morning and I welcomed the ever so slight nip in the air. Yesterday was the first day in… I don’t know how long that not one of our ceiling fans was on (we have one in nearly every room). It’s pre-Autumn, and I’m loving it.
In honour of the weather and how it inspires me, I went looking for a loaf recipe using Autumn spices and Chai for our homeschool moms night. No pumpkin, though. The lone specimen we’ve managed to grow isn’t quite ready yet (though on inspection it’s closer than I thought). I should just keep tins of pumpkin puree on hand, I think. Continue reading
There may not be as much chill in the air as I’d like, but it has begun to cool. Monday promises a 19C day and a 13C night (that’s 66 and 55 degrees American respectively). It’s currently 26C with a “feels like” (formerly the humidex) of 34 (93F). At least there’s a breeze. Continue reading