At the slightest hint of cold weather my children start asking for hot chocolate. This is a bit ironic, given the fact that they don’t love to wear winter coats, hats or mittens. In all honestly, if it’s above 40 degrees they think it’s okay for shorts. Crazy boys. All that said, they do love their hot chocolate. I do too. Once the cold hits I’m chilled to my bones until the spring thaw, so I often have a mug of something warm close by.
While traditional hot chocolate is lovely, it’s fun to change it up every now and then. Last week, while stocking up on tea, I came across a box of Chocolate Chai. My first thought? Genius! The creamy flavor of chocolate and the spice of chai, it seemed the perfect match. Because I love the challenge of making things on my own, upon returning home I quickly headed to the kitchen, to try my hand at creating a homemade version. A few batches later, I had a family approved chocolate/chai inspired drink.
We even took a thermos with us on our Sunday morning hike. After a cool morning of crunching leaves, collecting acorns and walking sticks it felt good to share a cup of something warm.
It’s cool, gray and drizzly today. The leaves have almost left the trees and in contrast to the sky the yards and the almost bare branches, seem even more colorful. The boys have been collecting these brillant colored leaves, bringing them home by the handfuls, and in bouquets. They’ll last for about a day before shriveling up into curled, brown leaves that belong more in a pile of leaves to be jumped in, than on my countertop.
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.
It’s hard to believe it was just 7 months ago, I pulled into the drive at the farm for the first time. I had no idea what to expect, or where this project might take me. The pages of my idea notebook were filled with shots I wanted to get, questions to ask and things to observe for. In just a couple of visits I had crossed everything off those shot lists. All that was left to do was to be open to the experience that lay before me; to take in the details of each visit, the knowledge offered by Terra, Matt and Max and the beauty of the fields as the season wore on.