Lately i've been hearing the subtle whispers of Autumn warning me it's just around the corner. On Monday after class, I noticed it was much darker than the past few weeks when arriving home. Nights have been cooler, in that wonderful where exactly did I put my flannel pajamas so we can snuggle kind of way. When perusing the racks of Anthropologie last weekend, I passed over short sleeve tops for a wool sweater. Maybe my favorite time of year is during the Autumnal change. I don't eagerly anticipate any other season through out the year, but Autumn I am ready and waiting. Ok, maybe I long for a really warm summer day come mid-April, but in my heart Autumn is my favorite.
Mother Nature makes the transition much slower than my mind hopes. Yesterday we topped out at 91 degrees and today is proving to be just as warm. This weekend is Sj's 5th birthday party and of course we chose an indoor venue on a day when it's going to be 83 and sunny. If only I could predict.
Funny enough with all the changes, my garden is still going strong. Everyday I am graced with a fresh bowl of tomatoes that are continuing to vine ripen. I have the most perfect cucumber of the season still maturing at this very moment. Pumpkins and gourds are happily growing on leggy vines. And my friend, the zucchini plant, which I thought I would lose for sure to these critters or these creepy crawlies, but with the help of this device the little plant that could matured beyond my wildest dreams.
Right now, I have about three zucchinis maturing. Oh and I have two sitting in my vegetable bowl, keeping the tomatoes company. But luckily I am a huge fan of Food Network. Paula Deen has a fabulously moist recipe for zucchini bread. Once again Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread aromas will fill my kitchen. The smell of it baking is always a bit reminiscent of my traditional Fall batches of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (you must try them!!!). Delightful. Sometimes just for the fun of it I throw in Indian Garam Masala spice to mix things up and leave your taste buds with an, ooh that's wonderful feeling.
Off I go, it's Autumn and I have some serious baking to do!