Day Off And American Thanksgiving

A luxury yacht cuts through the water, slowly moving up False Creek readying to dock at the marina.  I watch it out my window.  The rain hasn’t stopped since yesterday and it falls in that typical misty weeping we get in Autumn.  I wonder where they’re coming from; whale watching on Howe Sound?  Perhaps up…

What I Loved In September

Today is October 1st and as in Northwestern fall fashion, the fog and rain greeted me as I pulled back the blinds this morning.  Oh how I love October! The following are the things I loved in September.   Autumn Nightly Baths I think the thing I most look forward to with the coming of…

Home Sweet Autumn – Weekend Journalling

Autumn winds begin to blow , coloured leaves fall fast and slow. Whirling, twirling all around, till at last they touch the ground. September is an unpredictable month on the coast.  2 years ago we were sun tanning on the beach in 24 degree weather very near the first day of Fall.  This year the…

Autumn on the Pacific Northwest Coast

I’m sitting next to the fireplace at home. It’s a grey Saturday afternoon and the light drizzle outside is the kind that mists your face and leaves tiny droplets on your hair .  It’s October and there’s no hiding the fact it’s getting colder with each day that passes.  I wore a jacket and a…

A Ramble and Fall Candle Preview

As August enters it’s 3rd week and  the weather is still hot and the sun is bright, I can’t help but feel a twinge of excitement at the coming of Autumn. Summer’s been so busy and I quite look forward to the slowing down that occurs with longer nights.  June began with the rush of…

Slow Cooker Autumn Beef Stew

It was a still morning.  The fog  and misty rain created a light tinged with blues and greys.  The bright yellows and reds of the leaves a reminder that Autumn has settled in. I look forward to the cooler months ahead. I have the day off today so I took a stroll through my tree…

The Ritual Of Dinner Time

A candle is lit.  Fairy lights sparkle, illuminating titles of the cook books on the window ledge. Ingredients are delicately chopped and measured into small bowls. The sun has set. Outside the trees dance in the wind and inside, the kitchen is pleasantly inviting. Music plays from the laptop on the counter. The scent of garlic and onions…

Date Night: Indoor Picnic Charcuterie

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows In the past years we’ve enjoyed an indian Summer well into the Autumn Equinox.  This year however, September arrived with a swift temperature dip; even today, a sunny…

Jennifer’s Chilli Con Carne

  During the Summer months I gravitate more toward a raw diet; fresh fruit, veggies and protein. It’s served me well in that in the past month I’ve lost 6 of the 10lbs I want to lose.  That said, I am a comfort food girl at heart so I pulled out my Chilli recipe this…