Monday, October 18, 2010

Kitchen Window

This is the view from my kitchen window -

Can you believe how beautiful it is? Its so amazing to watch all the colors change as the weather begins to cool. Every day I can pick out more and more patches of color. Soon there will be snow covered mountains, something I am not quite ready for. Hopefully, fall will last a bit longer.
The weather here has been unseasonably cool (notice the looming, dark clouds in the first picture). This always gets me thinking about canning. Which reminded me, I have a 30 lb box of Rome Beauties in my garage, just begging to be turned into something delicious. Maybe one day I'll actually get around to it.

We did, however, get around to the pumpkin patch. The girls love to go. Who wouldn't? Loads of pumpkins, in all different shapes and sizes to debate over. We came home with a bunch of little ones and a few big ones for carving in the next few weeks. Last year there was hardly any variety in color. This year we had everything from green to burnt orange.

What do you think is under the green skin? If I lightly carve it (as opposed to puncturing the entire rind, see here for an example), it would be bright orange?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thrifting & Basil

Oh, how I love thrifting! I found these awesome patterns for 50 cents! This same day I also got a knee length wool coat (fully lined), wool cardigan, 3 dresses for the girls, an old suitcase, a number of sweet, Little Golden Books from the 60's and 2 vintage records - one of which was My Fair Lady! And, this is the best part, I only spent $50!

I love the hair styles on these patterns. Wish it would come back in style.

And, on a completely unrelated note, I had to share a picture of the last of the basil. It has been keeping the window company for the last week or so. Although I enjoy fall and the beautiful changing of the leaves, I also feel nostalgic for the warmth of summer. Sitting on the lawn with our neighbors, watching the kids run around and just enjoying time. Which seems to be so much more available during the summer months, even though we are no less busy.

Basil represents so much of summer's smell and taste. And tomatoes, too, but ours were not very happy this year, and the few tomatoes we did get, the girls plucked them off long before they were ripe. So, without further adieu, wishing you and yours a very festive autumn season!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Back to Blogging

We are trying to be up and running again this week with some fun crafting and cooking! After a month of being sick and some other family things, I am more than excited to have some time for myself! We are all doing well, and wish you all the best.

A peek at some of the latest happenings in the kitchen ~