Thought I’d take a moment and share what is on my Fall plate this year. I actually kicked off the first few days of Autumn at Kim Klassen‘s ‘Finding Stillness‘ workshop (yesterday’s post.) It was a great experience, not only to see Kim’s lovely space, but to connect with some wonderful women…kind, creative, gentle souls.
I continue to make my way through a cookbook a month. September was Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady. Cookbook review coming on Tuesday 10/6 and will announce the book for October at that time as well.
Brian & I will be attending the Northwest Tea Festival Saturday 10/3. It’s being held at the Seattle Center. I’ve never been to this event so am looking forward to learning a lot about tea.
Brian decided that it was time for new kitchen cabinets, countertop, and sink so beginning the middle of October the kitchen will be closed for this big project. They tell me the whole thing should take 4 weeks. Not sure how well I will be able to cook through recipes with a closed kitchen, but I’m gonna give it a try! We are also hoping to host the family Thanksgiving dinner this year but that will depend on this kitchen thing. Fingers crossed.
Super excited about my upcoming workshop with Sara & Hugh Forte from Sprouted Kitchen fame. Sara is the chef and food stylist. Hugh is the photographer. The workshop will be held at Aran Goyoaga’s studio (aka Cannelle et Vanille) downtown Seattle. Two days of bliss from 10/17 – 10/18. I plan to soak up all the inspiration & information I can!
Just finished Tara Austen Weaver’s memoir ‘Orchard House‘. Such a wonderful story about a garden in Seattle and the family that grew there. Tara is the editor of Edible Seattle magazine, a lovely publication about food happenings around the area with recipes as well. I never miss an issue! She also has a lovely blog called Tea & Cookies.
Still much to do in the garden to clean it up for winter. I’ve been saving cardboard so I can sheet mulch the vegetable beds. Once all the kitchen cabinets are unpacked I should have plenty of cardboard for my project!
Music choices switch out a bit around here in the Fall as well. Right now I’m into Jazz standards. One of my absolute favorite pieces is “Autumn Leaves”. It was originally written by Joseph Kosma in 1945 (in French.) The English version was written by Johnny Mercer in 1947. Edith Piaf once sang the song in both French & English. Many artists have performed this classic, but so far my favorite recording is by Paula Cole. The link below takes you to a YouTube that pairs the song with lovely portraits of famous female actors. You can see & listen HERE.
Barring any surprise trips, that’s pretty much us for Fall. What’s going on in your next of the woods this season?