Aliens in the Apple

Beautiful autumn

Franci 23 Dec 2016 Autumn Family Food Friends Nature Weather

Autumn this year was beautiful and mild and felt like a sort of nicer continuation of summer. We were, of course, back at doing school, but we tried to enjoy the nice weather as much as we could. Here’s a bit of a summary of the last 3 months or so.

One day, I took the girls and their friend, Elijah, to a nearby park and enjoyed my camera for a change. The light was so beautiful filtering through the trees, and the trees! — so stunning.

A couple of years ago I started hosting some girls from church for a day of cooking and learning new recipes. I hosted it in 2014, and in 2015. This year, we made Indian food. Almost all of my recipes came from my good friend, Anne, who is married to an Indian guy (hi, Henry!) and whose mother-in-law taught her how to cook Indian food. So this is the real deal! It turned out delicious as usual. May the Fall Cooking Day long continue!

Esther celebrated her 7th birthday. How time flies — here she is on her first birthday


And here, 6 years later. Her birthday celebrations stretched over the good part of a week with several events where there were opportunities for Happy Birthday being sung and goodies eaten.

When the weather turns colder, there’s nothing better than building a fort and eating a special morning tea in it, is there? And nothing gives you quite such cool static hair is a microfleece blanket, does it?

On the day of Esther’s birthday, she and Marica were in a CYT showcase. They had been attending this theater class for a couple of months and both loved it. Esther really surprised me by being confident, clear and loud up on stage — not a hint of being timid! I was super proud of them both.

When we go to the library, Marica usually gets a couple of cookbooks out. She decided she wanted to make a three course meal all by herself, and did a great job! We had Caprese Salad for appetizer, lamb stew with garlic bread for the main, and banana with a berry sauce for dessert. It was all delicious. Now, how to figure out to get her to cook more often…

A few random shots: a tree in front of our neighbor’s house that looks like it is on fire; Laurelin being silly in the boot — there’s something special about playing back there, apparently; Esther’s pretty masterful artwork with chalk pens on the window.

Thanksgiving in my mind sort of marks the end of autumn, and then when Advent starts it is the beginning of winter. Does anyone else think like this, or am I the only weirdo around here?

This year we hosted Uncle Sherwood and Aunt Sharon, along with cousin Jonathan and cousin Esther and her husband, Nate. It was a really nice relaxed weekend of visiting, resting, and eating. A lot. I was so glad we could spend the time with their family and get to know them all a bit better!

Comments (2)

evaholder 24 Dec 2016 at 5:15pm

That flaming maple tree is incredible! In Tennessee, I thought the fall was especially long and beautiful, despite (because of?) the drought. Spent a particularly wonderful afternoon oooohing and ahhhhing over similar trees with a friend visiting from Chicago. (That will find its way into a blog post one of these days.)

On a different note, I’m not sure I’d even tasted lamb, much less cooked it (still haven’t, sad truth be told), when I was Marica’s age. Way to go, Marica!

Laurel 30 Dec 2016 at 5:25am

Yes, way to go, Marica! Our chief chef at the moment is Estelle - she’s enjoying getting out recipe books from the library too (as well as using ones various family members have received as gifts recently). Last night she made Vietnamese chicken & rice noodle soup, and tonight Mediterranean ratatoille; seasonal vegetables from the garden dictate the menu of course. Spinach, bok choy, lettuce, courgettes and radishes are ripe so far; and a lovely strawberry crop!
Thanks for the beautiful autumn photos, Franci. I just caught a glimpse of a few trees (maples?) starting to turn colour when I was in Tennessee … I’m sure it became even more spectacular afterwards. And thanks for the lovely updated photo of Uncle Sherwood’s family too!