I don't even want to mention the F word..although I ♥ it..
It's just the after Christmas months of our long winters I find a tad harrowing.
Whatever ebullience I muster in May- June through till November..
pales..soooo much come mid~ January..and by March ..well ..oh lala.
I do weather it all and keep busy..but sweaters and socks and flannel and duvets and boots and heating..get so tired by then.
I live in flip flops in summer...except when gardening..and from now on never on my bicycle..Try stopping abruptly with your foot like when we were kids..you know with the toes under,foot backwards..with flip flops..don't...your toe polish is sure to come off w/out help..and your skin will not thank you for it.
There are not enough layers on my feet and hands come winter to keep warm.
And time did not stand still this summer..after Max turned 7..Noah turned 6..then Lucas turned 9..
And last but not least..September 8th..Oli turned 5.
They are all in school now..(See a sweet school story below..)
All 4.. all day..
3 of them on the same bus..same school..
Up above..Oli..who really missed his mommy at school..so she drew a Happy Face on his wrist and said..:"If you miss me..look here..it's me smiling at you♥"
In that photo..he is in the car going out to lunch with us..every birthday boy..makes our day by coming to lunch with us..and then if they haven't had a true wish list..we go shopping and they can pick..Jacques is the chauffeur for the smaller boys that sit in the back..in that case I sit in the back too.
The bigger boys,,can sit in the front w/ grandad..
and I still sit in the back:)
He wore his crooner hat that I love and his retaurant shoes:)♥That were Noah's..
They just make my heart beat.
Baking and cooking changes too.. time does not stand still for ice cream and popsickles and fresh fruits.. I have already noticed a twist.
With Pies.. They become less fresh blueberryish and strawberry to all apple..
Like this one we love..
Brown Bag Apple Pie~ Kim's Mom's Pie~
7 cups of prepped apples
2 tbsps flour
1/2 cup sugar
squeeze some lemon
toss with cinnamon and cardamom to taste..
Put in a pie shell..
Top with this crumb topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
I do what Kim does and double the topping..
Place in a brown paper bag close it and place on a cookie sheet bake for 1 hr in a preheated 425 degree oven
I have shared this pie recipe before..but a long time ago..hope you don't mind a repeat.
Thank goodness for ALL hydrangeas this time of year..
They keep the gardens ALIVE~
As do Dahlias~ And Turtleheads~
Have to share this story with you..
I follow Val's blog..she writes so well..is such a charming young woman.
Reading her post just made me more admiring of this young woman..
All the natural sweetness you need in any recipe..she has it.
A plethora of veggies for pickling and roasting ..making spaguetti sauce..and ratatouille..
It's lovely time of year to be in the kitchen..the light..the cooler air~