Autumn and the Amish

Autumn and the Amish I love autumn. The crunch of dry leaves. Crisp mornings. The smell of wood smoke. And the harvest. Years ago, I used to can fruits and vegetables and make applesauce in September and October, but as my kids got busier and busier with school and activities, I couldn’t keep up with […]

Autumn: An Appreciation

All my senses are ready for fall to be here! I love the cold weather and the comfort food. I am excited for the shorter days and bundling up in layers of clothes. I can’t wait to wear my sweaters and have soup for dinner. The first official day of autumn is September 22. But […]

The Fall and Favorite Birthday Meals

I love this time of year. When I was a kid, I called the fall “jean-jacket weather” since I looked forward to pulling my favorite jean jackets out of the back of the closet and wearing them to school. I relished penning my Christmas wish list, and, along with the holidays, I dreamt of my […]

Decorating with Pumpkins

Halloween is fast approaching and a great many Americans are out shopping for pumpkins to carve into jack o’lanterns. But do you know how this tradition was started? The tale of “Stingy Jack” spawned the tradition of the jack o’lantern, which was brought to America by Irish immigrants in the 1800s. “Stingy Jack” was slippery […]

Fall Boots under $100

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten | Eleven Every fall as I swap out my wardrobe (which I did this a few weekends ago), I take an inventory of my boots. For the most part, I gravitate toward classic styles in leather that never seem outdated, but because I wear my boots so often in the winter, I usually end up replacing […]

Sweater Weather

It happened last week; there was a nip of fall in the air. I stepped out for a morning walk, and I needed a sweater. Ah. Of course this is California, so by the time I got home I had removed the sweater. And by early afternoon it was 80° again. Bummer. I want autumn […]

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