Evidence that I was destined to write about food:
My very first entry in my hot pink diary at 7 years old.
I kid you not, almost every entry mentions food.
And everything was fun and I always had a fun day.
But, I do like my positivity! The last line in this next entry is most definitely not true, but perhaps I will start to "always read in my diary" to remind myself that it doesn't hurt to view life through your own childhood lens.
I don't think diary writing worked out for me very well, as evidenced by the fact that it took me 6 years to get through it.
Scratch that. I didn't even get through it - there are exactly 53 blank pages in the back. I know because apparently I took the time to number each one rather than finish (or even start) the last diary entry.
I must have switched my creative energy to writing stories because my mom has boxes of those. And lists! Oh lists, how I love thee.
As a child, I kept lists for everything. And I do mean everything. Books I read, the Mariners line-up in 1992, the subjects I studied in school in order from most favorite to least favorite, the names of the Boxcar children, my favorite colors in a box of 64 crayons...
I think I liked how lists were simple and sort of organized my life. Still do! Which is why I am listing a few things I'm loving about fall right now.
- Always, the leaves. There is a particular spot on my running route where the leaves are practically knee deep. It is delightful to jump my way through the yellows and reds and greens.
- Apple picking. I love the smell of the sweet orchard, bursting with bright, plump Pippins and Jonagolds. I love when the farmer takes me on a tractor ride to his "secret" spot. I don't mind all the dust and dirt the tractor kicks up as we wind along the river that separates Washington from Oregon. I love my memories of my mom making homemade applesauce, adding nothing but a touch of cinnamon. It was my favorite thing to eat during those long winter months. And I love the sweetest apple I can find, thinly sliced in a brilliantly melty sandwich of fresh bread, aged cheddar or gruyere, and maybe a sprinkle of fresh thyme. A grown-up grilled cheese, if you will.
- Warm drinks. With the cold, rainy weather comes even more excuses to curl up with a hot cup of coffee, tea, cocoa, or apple cider. Maybe in a warm blanket or a warm bubble bath. Okay, warm anything is good in the fall.
- This adorable vintage-inspired apron from Sur La Table. Or this one! Classy enough to be your outfit for the night when hosting a dinner party. With clothes underneath, I would hope. And a set of pearls a la Julia Child.
- Scarves and boots and tights, oh my! I just picked up some fantastic bright purple and turquoise tights. Color is in! And don't you just love how you can be wearing practically anything and all it takes is a nice scarf to make you look like you spent all day crafting your outfit?
- Squash and pumpkin everything. Roasted. With a glaze of butter, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, and maple syrup.
- These curtains in ivory from Anthropologie. I know they have absolutely nothing to do with fall, and yes, they're a little girly, but the husband won't mind, right? They've been in my "shopping basket" for months. I need them to come down to at least 90% off to avoid a stern discussion about silly purchases with the husband. So far, they're at 50% off. I don't think I'm going to make it.
- The fall menus by David Tanis in "A Platter of Figs", one of my dearest cookbooks. On my to-cook list: green lasagne with greens (made with a bechamel sauce, mind you...my favorite), steamed fennel with red pepper oil, and orange salad with dates. With lovely dishes like that, I sort of just want to hunker down and stuff myself silly with good food, good wine, and good friends.
What are your fall favorites right now?