I find them to be refreshing, exhilarating and energizing.
The air is fresh and crisp and there is a bit of a chill which keeps me moving.
The trees are shedding their leaves with the change of season...
I like to listen to the crunch of the leaves as I walk on their colourful carpeting.
On one of my most recent walks I ventured into the local cemetery. It's a park like space in our neighbourhood which has many heritage trees and a wide assortment of wildlife from birds and squirrels, to raccoons and deer. There are many headstones and a few crypts. My family ancestors have a plot and are buried here.
mushrooms the size of dinner plates!
I gathered a few leaves and cones to add to the wee pumpkins.
Walking in the crisp air made me so hungry!
A simple salad on such a chilly day would not be enough so I actioned some serious COMFORT food for lunch.
French Toast with a wee drizzle of Canadian Maple Syrup!
Seriously simple to make...
whisk and egg in a shallow dish big enough to accommodate a piece of bread.
Buy the Silver Hills Little Big Bread in the blue bag ~ 2 pieces are only 1 WW point!
Soak bread and then flip over to allow it to absorb the rest of the egg.
Place in a small fry pan with a wee and I do mean "wee" bit of butter.
Cook a few minutes and then flip until done.
Drizzle with Maple Syrup.
I ate a pear after as dessert and sipped a mug of Earl Grey Tea.
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Today as I read over and edit this post it is blustery outside and I am not too keen going out for my walk.
The wind is howling outside and I am grateful to be snug in a warm Humble Bungalow keeping cozy.
The weather is really beastly out there today...the ferries have been stopped due to the high winds and many people are stranded at the terminal waiting for a break in the storm.
I have been busy in the kitchen all morning making meat pies for my daughter's fellow, who is originally from the Marlborough area of New Zealand. His family own an award winning Olive Grove.
N has been craving the meat pies that he grew up eating...
apparently they even sell them in McDonald's in NZ!
I googled New Zealand meat pies and found a recipe in a woman's magazine so I am following it to the letter.
The pies are cooked and cooling on the counter, and a pear dessert is baking in the oven.
I plan to cook fish for my daughter and myself...
I will try one bite of the meat pies just to see what they taste like.
What family recipes do you remember loving from your childhood?
Do you still make them?
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
~ Virginia Woolf ~