(1) Goodbye giant eyesores.
The sunflowers are no more!
That’s how I wish the sunflowers met their demise; alas, even my top-notch ninja skills are no match for the indestructibility of gigantic useless plants. In reality, Peter went at them with an electric handsaw.
I took my opportunity to awkwardly compare my arm to one of the stalks (and perhaps gloat a little over their destruction. Not that I’m saying I did this).
I now have five giant sunflower heads stuffed with seeds that I need to do something with. Any suggestions?
I’m not kidding when I say I ate sausage three times last week. Although it’s my fourth favorite food, it’s a very sometimes food and there’s no reason for me to have it so often. I attribute this temporary trend to a lapse in menu planning and an inordinate amount of frozen sausage in our kitchen. Perhaps I shouldn’t be buying it in bulk.
(3) Southern California.
You may remember a brief mention of weekend travels in this post. Where in the world was Jessie, the happy dietitian who occasionally refers to herself in the third person?
Southern California, how gorgeous you are!
My family got together for the first time in nearly a year to taste the beauty of southern California.
There’s nothing like seeing your first large body of water in months to make one camera-crazy. I have a whole album of pictures similar to the images above, only from slightly different angles.
(4) A tripod to play with.
Our friend Andy of why-Peter-shouldn’t-host-visitors fame sent me his tripod to try out. He instructed me to give it a “full test” before the next time he and his wife visit. By “full test”, I assume he means “strap it to the roof of Peter’s car on the way to taking it scuba diving before letting the dogs have a go at it.”
Kidding! I let Maddie chew on it only a couple of times.
This tripod is lighter, sturdier, and easier to use than the tripod I borrowed from my dad (which, as he rightfully points out, is “older than you are”). There’s no way I’d be able to hold my camera steady enough for this telephoto picture without it:
This fall has been very busy for me and Peter, so we haven’t enjoyed the outdoor joys of the season like we did last year. We’re still preparing many autumn recipes, however. Perhaps I should amend my fifth love lately.
(5, 2.0) Fall recipes.
Try these on for size.
Spiced Pumpkin Roll with Sweet Cream Cheese
Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Cashew “Cream”
Pumpkin Cloud Cookies
The Most Popular Chocolate Date Cake
Bring ‘Em Back Super Spiced Nuts
Pumpkin Spice Latte
And some of my favorite hearty fall recipes from my favorite bloggers:
Fall Harvest Pumpkin Turkey Chili @ The Candid RD
Nigerian Baked Beans @ Eats Well with Others
Lentil Veggie Stew @ Andrea’s Wellness Notes
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies @ Anecdotes & Applecores
Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cake @ Samantha Menzies
Orecchiette & Italian Veggie Marinara @ Vegan Miam
Whole Grain Cardamom Pistachio Muffins @ Food, Pleasure and Health