Summer’s Last Hurrah

IMG_4296It is good to be home after experiencing the severe heat and crowds when traveling throughout Europe, and while I still have a post to share from Athens it feels great to be back at Heath.

IMG_1612 IMG_4214As summer comes to a close, I shall miss meals prepared outside on the grill and served with slices of seasonal fruit, but cannot wait to turn on the ovens to bake or the stove to cook stews and soups.

It is always thrilling to witness the transition of each season and fall has to be my absolute favorite time of the year. Perhaps it is because I am not a fan of summer’s  heat or humidity. I love the fact that soon there will be chilly mornings and evenings along with leaves rustling and the smell of wood from fireplaces. And, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that beats a crisp clear night filled with stars! Fall is almost here!!!!!

Stay stylish,
K

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Seasonal Favorites

IMG_0931Lately, I find myself brewing up pots of soup on these chilly evenings here in the mid-Atlantic and as much as I enjoy the crisp, cold air, the thought of snuggling up indoors is my idea of true comfort. But, when outdoors it is wondrous seeing colorful leaves falling to the ground, markets filled with pumpkins and the occasional sunrise that makes this time of year so spectacular {see last post Sunday Traditions}!

IMG_0735Vegetables from the farmers market and the gardens of Heath are tossed into a pot to make earthy broths for soups or stews to serve during lunch or dinner.

IMG_3714 IMG_3713Picturesque pumpkins and squash from local markets are beautiful this time of year. So, when driving through the mountains one cannot help snapping a few photos.

IMG_2771And, lastly these fabulous tomatoes just picked from the garden this afternoon by my brother John, who almost pulled the plants up a week ago during the first frost, but thought it best to leave them in the ground for a second harvest and these were the result! I cannot wait to make my delicious marinara sauce this weekend!!

Harvest stylishly,
K