05 October 2012



my mom grew up on a farm in amish country, her childhood skimming against a backdrop of chickens and sun-fed corn. and then it was bible college and falling for my dad hard enough to transplant the meaning of home to the bluest spread of the pacific.

she likes it there, i think, the slow baked rhythm of island life. but come october, i'll dial her voice soft over 4.5 thousand miles and she'll ask if the leaves are turning.

so mom, these tree shots are for you. (and, okay, a little bit for me.) i had to run out and snap like a mad hatter this past week; autumn is hitting quick and already the ashes out front are slipping clean.



when fall sweeps in, my menu planning is eighty percent soups and slow cooker goodness. i am ofCOURSE making this fellow again, but i'm hoping for some simple, hearty crockpot soup recipes. what makes you happy by the bowlful on a chilled october evening?

and while i'm in the asking mood, fellow seamstresses: what's your go-to longish skirt pattern? i'll need a small supply of those guys when i'm out-and-about in eastern africa, and i do still have that friendly fabric stash just waiting to hop up and become something.


hope your weekends are the best kind, full of flaming trees and bluster.


ps this weekend is homecoming 'round these here parts, which reeled up all sorts of fantastical memories. behold the helmet-haired glory of 1990:


high school, you are so much funnier in hindsight. :)


happygirl said...

I say gorgeous. And I don't just mean the golden leaves of the ash. Hey 1990, you looked pretty darn good. :)

Brandee Shafer said...


Mmm mmm, Girl. I make it in the crock pot.

Brandee Shafer said...

Oh, and this is not soup, but it's so good it will make you want to cry. Serve it w/ tortilla chips and a little extra sour cream and salsa. (I use regular salsa and not the green. I also use flour tortillas instead o corn.)


lulu and family said...

super sweet homecoming shot. freshman, right? those old shots sure are funny and plain fun, too, to smile back on. thank you for those beautiful leaf shots. we have snow coming in this weekend. just noticed yesterday on our run to the library the beauty of the gold around us--so wish i had a camera with me at that moment. i can't think of a soup right now that looks better than that lasagna one!! yum! potato and corn chowder does satisfy when i come to think of it, and it's very easy!

lulu and family said...

oh, i don't sew (would like to, but currently NO=)), but isn't this a cute long skirt idea and it looks so comfy: http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?searchCID=4016&cid=4016&scid=911595012&pid=911595&vid=1
happy sewing!

Kim said...

Ah, high school. Thanks for the flashback. The fall shots are radiant!

Farmgirl Paints said...

The trees are just starting to really turn. I'm actually ready for the leaves to go. I'll be able to see into the forrest;) I adore palm trees. Have your mom send some pics of those!

Kendal said...

ummmm. i think i liketh efall leaves best. no, the homecoming pic trumps. i got MARRIED in the early 90's with all the poof of sleeves and hair....

Ostriches Look Funny said...

everything in this is delicious. I want to wrap myself in a blanket and read novels and eat soup now. Sadly it's been 100 degrees over here still. bootle.

Jorth! said...

You are GORGEOUS in that dress!

Katarina said...

Love those yellows!!!And I can never get enough of the long tiered twirl skirts...xxxxxx

FUDGE! said...

hahahaha. I don't have a copy of this picture, but would love one!