Saturday, October 20, 2018

Dwindle days











October is my favorite month, I think. Where I live, it's the month when the weather begins to turn most noticeably from warm to cool, with often stunning changes in the weather as well as the landscape. We've just come off a prolonged period of stormy weather that brought days of cool, wet and windy conditions, our first really cold nights and the first need for the furnace (mainly in early morning and in the evening). Some years, it takes a long time to finally cool off and feel like fall, but this October has felt more normal - clouds on the mountain, brisk winds, cold mornings and crisp days.

Around here, we've been busy with school projects and activities. We've done lots of yard work to prepare for winter and we're getting ready to have some flooring replaced inside the house. Wardrobe purging continues (we've both lost some weight recently), and this morning I cleaned the freezer and got rid of some old frozen foods we were never going to get around to eating. In my spare time, I'm crocheting, mostly. I started another blanket, a stashbuster to finally get me through to the bottom of my worsted acrylic hoard. I'm using Lucy's Neat Ripple pattern, a tried-and-true design that uses lots of yarn and makes a warm and visually-interesting blanket. I've been crocheting so much that I've barely had any time for reading lately, but I would like to change that. I think there's plenty of time for both, so I've put about fifteen books on my holds list at the library. That should keep me busy for a few months at least. I can read and ripple interchangeably.

My cooking has reverted to my favorite type of foods - soups, stews, baked goods and one-pan casseroles. I went looking recently for a healthy slow-cooker version of butternut squash soup and came across this one from Gimme Some Oven, which I can't recommend highly enough. It was fantastic, sweet and savory and a little spicy. I loved the addition of carrot and apple. Seriously, go make it. I also recently made Jamie Oliver's leek and potato soup, which we all loved; we ate every last drop of it. I'v been baking things like quick breads and apple crisp. I'm still enjoying my new Mark Bittman cookbooks and looking forward to borrowing Ina Garten's new one from the library.

Yesterday, I bought what I need to try again at making a traditional Christmas cake with dried fruit and nuts. I want so badly to get this one right. But I should probably stop talking so much about Christmas. First things first - Halloween is just around the corner. Pumpkins to buy, costumes to finish, jack o'lanterns to carve!

25 comments:

  1. Autumn is my favourite time of year too, although where I live this begins in April. We have pumpkin soup often here, we love it with a swirl of cream. So easy to make too. I love the colours in your crochet. Very pretty!
    Meg☺

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  2. I like your term - dwindle days. Perfect for Fall!
    I like Fall cooking too.
    Your crochet is looking so pretty!

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  3. I love your last photo best of all - what a perfect picture of the Fall, and just beautiful. Your crotchet is splendid, as ever. You have such a gift for colour. I read the soup recipe, and it sounds lovely - will have to try it!

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  4. Ah yes, yarn, a big pile of books to be read and some lovely warming food, you have autumn down to perfection. It's suddenly chilly here as well, with heavy dews and morning mist. I love the sound of the butternut squash soup, I shall give it a go. Have a lovely week Jennifer. CJ xx

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  5. October is my favorite month as well! I love your photos.

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  6. We've had a mixed bag October, some really sunny and warm days! But like you, we've had the heating on a few times. I like the idea of seasonal dishes. We use seasonal ingredients but pretty much eat the same all year round.... Thanks for reminding me of the Christmas cake, I am grocery shopping tomorrow and definitely want to make one, too. I missed having one last year. Happy autumn! xx

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  7. Funny weather here Jen. One minute beautiful next windy and rainy. I have started a ripple this week - why have I never crocheted one before I am wondering. It is so soothing and relaxing. Always love your posts. Jo x

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  9. Your photos are beautiful...that butternut squash soup sounds really good. I pinned it so I can remember to make it soon!

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  10. Your pictures make everything look so cozy at your house. Our days have been warm...in the 60’s and nights are quite chilly in the 20’s and 30’s. Fall is well and truly here. I would love it to linger a long time.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  11. Mixed weather here too but getting cooler each day. e have started the warming soups and casseroles too. I am great fan of the leek and potato soup, we are going to give the butternut squash recipe a try today. My yarn arrived on Saturday, how quick was that? Once again thank you so much. I will do a post later today. Have a good week.

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  12. The colors of that throw are lovely.. perfect for fall.
    Yay on new flooring.
    We have gone from 70's to 30's in the matter weeks.. where did fall go?

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  13. You have captured your October so beautifully! When I unpack my Lucy yarn someday perhaps I should give the neat ripple a try since I was not pleased with the wonky squares I made long ago that ended up being used as a tiny doll blanket :) Your soups entice me to try them, and your ordered books encourage me to make some cosy time for reading as well. I thought of you while driving today by a field where someone was navigating a rectangular parachute through the air...at first I thought it was a balloon like one of the ones you showed in your last post! Happy Harvest Time xxxx

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  14. The weather has definitely turned here, it's blowing a gale at the moment, so different to how October started with much warmer temperatures. My slow cooker has been brought out, I only tend to use it during the colder months so it's definitely a nod to the fact that winter is on the way.

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  15. Our weather has finally turned over to fall and I couldn't be happier! October through New Year's day is one of my very favorite times of year. All of your photos definitely tell me that fall has arrived for you, too. I love the cozy picture of your kitchen with all the cooking going on. Congrats on the lost weight! I'm still trying to lose a few more pounds myself. Did you do it with exercise or diet or both?

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    1. Thanks, Julia. For me, it's mostly been diet but I'm trying to exercise more too. Good luck!

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  16. I make the Gimme Some Oven butternut squash soup also. Delish isn't it! It freezes well for workday lunches.

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  17. I was thinking about fruit cake the other day because I saw some in a catalog and thought about ordering it for my mom. My granny made fruit cake and my mother really does like it but when we were growing up, we didn't like it, so poor Mama! I love reading about it more than I actually desire to eat it. I hope you share about yours!
    I have the window open this evening and it's still so mild (at least today). It's 6:34 pm and not completely dark yet. Soon.
    Your crochet is gorgeous. I tried Lucy's Neat Ripple and found it fun!
    Take care, lovely Jennifer!

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