“Autumn asks that we prepare for the future —that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go—to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness”. — Bonaro W. Overstreet
‘There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!”– Percy Bysshe Shelley
With the Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd the journey toward winter began. For many this is a time of planning and preparation, making sure homes and vehicles are ready for the impending cold. Squirrels are busily burying nuts so they will have food for winter. Our daily lives begin to change as we dig out the winter clothes and soup recipes. This flurry of activity is in preparation to settle in and hunker down as the weather gets colder and colder.
As the earth prepares to slow down, this is our chance to slow down as well. With the cooler weather we can now begin cooking meals requiring lengthy times in the oven. The smell of fresh baked bread may begin to fill the kitchen. We are more inclined to settle in with a good book and a piping hot beverage.
This year especially, I hope we will heed the lessons of Autumn. Mother Earth has much to teach us if we will only slow down and take the time to listen.
Blessings to you during this beautiful season.
“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” -William Cullen Bryant
“I’ve never known anyone yet who doesn’t suffer a certain restlessness when autumn rolls around… We’re all eight years old again and anything is possible.” — Sue Grafton
Bob and I always celebrate the first pot of chili of the season. A soup supper is fairly easy to set up and host. Using slow cookers you can set up your soup on your island, kitchen counter or table. You may serve the soup or allow the guests to serve themselves. Provide any garnishes you wish such as cheese, croutons, sour cream, etc. and bread or crackers if you wish.
Add your favorite people, beverages and dessert and you have a party. You could make this a pot luck dinner and invite guests to bring soup or dessert to share if you desire.
In case you are not familiar with S’mores they are a toasted marshmallow smooshed between two graham cracker halves with a nice piece of a chocolate candy bar. The hot marshmallow melts the chocolate and makes for a decadent, ooey gooey treat.
Why are they called S’mores? Because after you’ve eaten one you want s’more.
The marshmallows are traditionally toasted over a campfire (remember summer camp or hayrack rides ending at a campfire?) but you may also use a burner of a gas stove or a kitchen torch (please be careful).
If you are gluten free there are gluten free versions of graham crackers available, or you can make your own. Of course they technically aren’t “graham” crackers because “graham flour” is a form of wheat. But they still taste good.
Remember when we used to press fall leaves between sheets of waxed paper? Well there are now new techniques to preserve leafs and lots of new craft ideas. These are just a few of those available around the web.
Anyone have a favorite fall leaf craft project you would like to share?
Have you ever been to the orchard where apples are grown? Check to see if there is an orchard that sells direct to the public in your area. Whether you pick your own or buy already picked this a good way to teach children about where their food comes from.
This is something Bob and I used to do around the time of our anniversary. We bought a box and then I took them home and made applesauce. There is nothing better than homemade applesauce.
If you live where there is beautiful fall foliage be sure to get out and look at it. Whether a drive through your own neighborhood, an older part of town with large trees, a park, through hills or mountains, or just down a country road a fall leaf tour is a fun and relaxing activity.
Take your time. This is not something to be rushed through. Pack a lunch and make a day of it. Take the kids along and help them identify the types of trees by the leaves. You may even want to collect a few leaves for craft projects.