Part of what lessens the blow of Christmas being a mere week away is knowing that it’s also the season for wonderful treats, like fresh cranberries and clementines. Did anyone else get a clementine in their stocking on Christmas morning? We did. Along with a single walnut. Which never got eaten. I suspect that we may each have gotten the same nut every year, to be honest. Continue reading
No, I am not retracting my comment on pumpkin spice everything. But what can I say? It’s that time of year. When you’re buying local produce in Niagara in October, there is a gloriously obvious bounty of pumpkins and squashes to be had. Rich in fibre and vitamin A, and useful in everything from soups to sides to dessert, they really are a fabulous food to take advantage of. Continue reading
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
The art of food?
My daughter, who is 5 years old, knows what she likes (what 5 year old doesn’t?). And when she sees art that speaks to her, she lets us know. At 3, she was drawn to a piece by a talented young photographer in our church. A luscious composition of raspberries and chocolate cake on a vibrant blueish background. We bought it for her and it will eventually hang in her room alongside her latest acquisition. Another blue background, this time a painting done by our Pastor’s wife, which I couldn’t resist playing with as a the backdrop for this photo…
And now, on to Christmas…
Well, not exactly. It’s just a tick early, even for me, to start Christmas full on. We did put up our outdoor lights this weekend, but that was more about grasping an opportunity during some very balmy weather than about getting festive. They won’t be turned on for a couple of weeks.
Where my heart is at right now is easing into it all. Autumn is still here (well, today feels like spring, but that’s beside the point). The trees are pretty bare now, though. There hasn’t been snow yet (to be fair, there was none last year at all). But it’s there, just on the horizon (I hope). With red and green and jingling bells and parties and Advent readings and baking. 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