A Small Taste of Fall

Finally.  Finally!  It FINALLY feels like fall today.  That may be a bit melodramatic since it hasn’t even technically been fall for a week yet.  But, if you have ever survived a Texas summer, then perhaps you understand my joy.  I’m sure this won’t last, but that’s okay.  As soon as I get home this evening, I am putting on some warm & fuzzy pjs and am going to cook something warm & delicious & comforting for dinner.

The cooler air and the beautiful rain has lightened my mood.  Is that strange?  I think rain notoriously brings other people down.  I am bolstered by it.  Depression is a funny thing.  That was a funny sentence.  Sigh…..

What does fall bring to your mind?  I think of the State Fair, sweaters, boots, soups, snuggles, road trips, and weekends around the fire pit with The Hubs.  I cannot wait until these cool days are common. The past couple of years have really been awful overall.  Fall signifies change and an opportunity to shed all of the negativity in your life and start fresh.  I am very much looking forward to doing just that.

So, three cheers to fall, y’all!

Peace and heating oil grease.

Song of the day:

Live and Let Die by 2Cellos and Lang Lang.  If you are not familiar with 2Cellos, I highly recommend you give them a listen.  I had the pleasure of attending their concert in Austin in February 2015.  It was the BEST concert I have ever been to, and I was highly disappointed that they did not make it to my neck of the woods in 2016.  I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that they come back in 2017 close enough for me to go.  I will be there if they do!


Recipe of the day:

In honor of soup weather:

Gnocchi, Saugage, and Spinach Soup from Cinnamon and Spice and Everything Nice.  (This stuff is insanely delicious.)



1 yellow onion, diced
1 roasted red pepper, diced
olive oil, for sauteing
sea or Kosher salt and fresh black pepper
1 pound Italian sausage, ground or removed from casings, hot or sweet
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed between fingers
32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
1 pound potato gnocchi
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, rough chopped
3/4 cup half & half or heavy cream (light is ok)
1 heaping tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
fresh grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. In a large sauce pan or soup pot saute onion and red pepper in a couple of tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat until tender. Season well with salt and pepper. In a separate, large skillet brown the sausage, breaking it apart as it cooks. Add garlic to onion mixture and saute until fragrant.
  2. Drain sausage and add to onion mixture along with the basil and chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper, simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add gnocchi and spinach, bring to a simmer and cook until gnocchi puff up and start to float (check package for cooking time). Add half & half and fresh basil, bring to a simmer for three or four minutes. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Book of the day:

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.  This is the first of the Flavia de Luce series, which tells the tale of an 11-year-old girl in 1950s England.  Flavia is brilliant, quirky, and is just a wee bit obsessed with poison.  Her mom died when she was little, and her dad, a war veteran, has never recovered from losing her.  They are very well written and intriguing books.  Bradley wrote the first book in his 70s!



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