“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

1.  Anne of Green Gables

I read Anne of Green Gables in the sixth grade and fell in love.  It wasn’t just that she had the “plight” of red hair and freckles that I did, it was her endless imagination and stubborn ways that made  her feel like a kindred spirit.  Now older, I know longer feel that the color of my hair or freckles are a burden, but continue to love Anne for her creative ways and strong spirit.  If you haven’t read Anne of Green Gables, you need to.  It is the perfect book to snuggle up with on a cool autumn day with a quilt and cup of tea.

2. Caramel Sauce

I’m a little embarrassed to admit the amount of caramel sauce I’ve made over the last few weeks.  Normally, I’m not a person with much of a sweet tooth, but there’s just something about fall that makes apples and caramel so appealing.  We haven’t just made one recipe either, there have been several.  Each different in method and taste, but all equally good, especially for dipping Honeycrisp or Haralson apples. Haralsons are a recent discovery that just might rival my love for Honeycrisps…maybe.

Baked Bree’s Caramel Sauce

Mel’s Kitchen Cafe Divine Caramel Sauce

Maple Caramel Sauce

3. Fall Leaves

The colors in our area seem to be more brilliant this year.  The reds and oranges on fire, the yellows shining like gold, even the transition of pale greens to yellow seem to catch my eye.  The boys have been bringing home bouquets of leaves collected on the way home from school.  They have the scent of fall on their curled edges.  I want to savor this season and it’s colors.  We’ve pressed some in books and have plans to iron them between waxed paper.  Seems like a good project for the blustery, gray day we are having.

4.  Chili

A cool fall day just begs for soup.  We’ve been enjoying a rotation of tomato and vegetable soup, but I have yet to make a pot of chili.  Cookie & Kate’s Vegetarian Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado looks like the perfect use for the butternut squash sitting on my counter, but really, she had me at avocado.

5.  DressInterest

I don’t spend a lot of time on Pinterest, but when I do there are three things that usually draw my attention….food, photography and clothes.  Fall clothes to be exact.  For several years now I’ve had a thing for my fall wardrobe.  Jeans, sweaters, cowls, long sleeves, boots.  Cozy, comfortable and always a mix of the colors I love most….browns, oranges, golds, grays, sage and olive greens.  Earlier this week I came across a link for DressInterest on Pinterest (that’s a mouthful, huh).  All clothes, just for fall.  I cannot tell you the time I’ve wasted on this site.  Not so much in admiring/wanting new things, but finding new ways to use what I already have.  Wardrobe inspiration in the cheapest sense.

What are you enjoying these days?  Feel free to share in the comments…and have a wonderful weekend!

8 Responses to Everyday Bits & Pieces

  1. Katie says:

    For whatever reason, I can’t stop thinking about Anne of Green Gables lately! I loved all the books, and also the movies – I have to re-watch them soon. Great list!

  2. We made Kathryne’s butternut squash chili last night to eat tonight. I snuck a taste. So good!

  3. Sounds like a lovely week! Thank you for including my chili in your roundup, Allison. Fall might not be my favorite season, but dressing for fall is definitely my favorite! Hope you have a great weekend.

  4. Sarah says:

    I adore Anne. I’m a fellow redhead, a fellow Canadian and I always felt a kinship with her since my grandfather roomed with her son at university. I can’t imagine life without her and you have just reminded me that I would like to get the DVDs to watch with my own daughter (another freckled redhead).

  5. I’m with you on the caramel sauce……we’ve dipped apples, topped ice cream, drizzled pies and tarts, stirred it into coffee, hot cocoa and homemade frappucino’s…..and the list goes on. I’m probably making another batch this week. :) Beautiful photos!!

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