To Alex -

To Alex...who is far away in person, but never far from my heart. I miss you. Enjoy these snippets of everyday family life here in the states.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

It just puts me in the mood.

It's happening all around me, subtle changes happening seemingly overnight. There's a different scent to the air, the garden is winding down, I swept colorful leaves off the front walk yesterday and the Asters are blooming in profusion. The temperature still manages to climb into the high 70's during the day, but it cools down very quickly in the evening so I get to wear my beloved sweaters. I'm not ready to light a fire, but all these changes put me in the mood for some fall decor and yummy baking.

I took another walk in the woods and found these little lovelies. Just a few snips of orange berries scrounged from the abundance I found and a bit of dried Queen Anne's Lace. No clue what the orange berries are, but they've found a happy home in my kitchen window.

This was a new recipe for me last year, Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies. They were so tasty I made them a half-dozen times. This is the first time this year - I'm sure I'll make lots more.


  1. i'm going to need the recipe for those cookies. we don't have pumpkin or chocolate chips in taiwan, but i can make them at home over christmas

  2. The berries look like bittersweet to me. Eventually the yellow covering on the berry will split, and they will become red. People on the east coast make autumn wreaths out of the vines, and they are so pretty.

  3. Hi wylie - I also thought at first that they might be bittersweet except that they were growing on a scrubtree, not a vine. lol I have a few scratches from climbing through the raspberry bushes to get to them.