Well! Late autumn has certainly arrived, no? We recently moved (!) and it's been nothing but wind and rain since, but I suppose that keeps me motivated to stay inside and keep on with the unpacking.
I thought I'd share a few things I'm loving right now. I just can't get enough of the fall season this year.
First things first - yes, we moved!
Not too far away - just up the hill a bit in the Issaquah Highlands, but we found a sweet little house that we're delighted to make into a home. It has a white kitchen (dream list!), rustic hardwood floors, and a charming flower box on the railing of the front porch. I'm good to go.
Which leads me to this doormat I picked up at Shed in Healdsburg when the husband and I visited for a super quick getaway in September. I adore it. I've taken to piling pumpkins of all shapes and colors around it for the season, and gosh, it makes me happy. In need of a pick-me-up? Get thee a new doormat!
Also, those shoes. I got them from here and they're my new favorite for fall. They were created by women and crafted by hand in L.A. They hug your foot like a slipper too, and to that I say yes.
Perhaps the best thing about the chilly weather lately is cozying up in all the coffee shops and brunch cafés on weekends. The London Plane is a favorite. I could write a whole post on them, and perhaps I will one of these days. We've taken part in their larder share for the past few years, stopping by every Thursday afternoon for a bag of fresh produce, housemade staples, pantry goods, fresh bread, and wine. Their weekend brunch is delicious - you can't go wrong with anything you order - but we are swooning over their merguez scramble with chickpeas and toast right now (pictured at top) and their pastries, always.
We're also loving just about everything at Coyle's Bakeshop (I can't get enough of the ham & gruyère croissants + their apple and plum tarts are exquisite) and Preserve and Gather (I'm one to find absurd delight in retrieving the fresh preserves from the bottom of their jar of housemade yogurt).
The leaves are all but gone now, but they were pretty spectacular this year. As I get older, I notice the change in seasons more and more. It's a wonderful thing. We picked pumpkins here and here, shuffled through leaves, bounced along on a hayride, made countless pots of chili, dressed up like a lion, and whisked squash into our muffins.
Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. We were busy, busy in the kitchen - just the way I like it. I make a butternut squash and caramelized onion galette almost every year and it always comes through.
To which I must say that I'm currently loving (always loving?) galettes. Rustic by nature, they allow almost anything to look lovely wrapped up around the edges. I'm thinking a roasted pear one might be nice for Christmas morning this year, served with tangy yogurt alongside. For this squash version, I used the recipe in the first Smitten Kitchen book, but here is the online version (slightly different, but will certainly do the job.)
I'm feeling extra spirited this year. This book is helping. We're pulling out the decorations, throwing on our coziest knitwear, and dreaming of snow. Onwards to Christmas!