Next weekend is the unofficial end of summer here in the US. I enjoy Summer and always have. I wouldn't have survived 20 years in SW Florida if I didn't. I love all the fresh herbs, veggies and flowers. I've been watching so many hummingbirds zipping around the feeder and flowers. I've spent a lot of time sitting outside reading which has been a tradition since I was a kid. However, since moving back to the Midwest, I always look forward to Fall. The triple digit heat is still here so it will be awhile before it feels like Fall.
I have been busy putting up veggies and drying herbs and probably will be for the next three weeks or so. The garden has done amazingly well this year. You know it is late summer when my prep table looks like this.
The doctors I work for always spoil me throughout the year. One came back from Poland with this amazing box of candy for me. They are SO good. Apparently this brand is their 'national' chocolate company and a local favorite. I can see why. Plus they came in a beautiful tin that I can keep and use for something when it is empty. There are two layers of these beauties. The card said "You need something sweet for all the sh*t you put up with." Gotta love her.
I finished reading Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters this week. I really enjoyed it. Going against my no more cookbooks rule I ordered The Making of a Cook by Madeleine Kamman. It should be here this week. This will be my long winter read. It is a monstrous book. I actually picked it up from the library and when I started to read it I knew I wanted it for my collection.
Meals this week were all veggie focused and fairly light. BIG salad times 2, BLT, Veggie Pizza, Pesto pasta with grilled chicken. Tonight I am making egg rolls and rice. I will miss my BLT's but I'm kind of looking forward to fall and winter dishes and soups.
I am a list maker. The beginning of each month I make a list of activities I'd like to do that month. Since Covid these lists have been very short. Yesterday I made my short list for September which includes: 1. Ice cream at Yellin Helens. It will be closing for the season soon. 2. Trip to Harlows Pumpkin Patch. 3. Apple Orchard. 4. Brunch outside at Firefly. 5. Cedarhurst Craft Festival. 6. Local Fall Festival. I'm thinking the first 4 are doable even with Covid. The last two I still need to think about. They are outdoor activities but both are very crowded.
I'm off to start my Sunday. I need to do a few things to get ready for the work week. I hope everyone stays safe and has a wonderful week.
Are you looking forward to Fall?