Astonishingly, sunshine has continued to stick around well into October, making for a truly glorious fall. I’ll take the cooler days and vibrant foliage of fall over the smoke and heat of summer any day! Over the weekend, Andy and I were roped into something neither of us were much looking forward to - family photos. Thankfully we didn’t have to get up too early, since my parents cabin isn’t terribly far away. Somehow, even though it’s October, we were all surprised by the chilly weather and spent a good part of the morning shivering between poses. As uncomfortable as the cold was, the frost and ice sparkled in the early morning light, and eventually the sun climbed high enough to reach the valley and provide some much needed warmth. Even if I had to be in front of the camera instead of behind it, it’s hard to beat a fall morning in the mountains. By the time we’d finished photos, it was early afternoon - perfect timing for Andy and I to stop at the pass for lunch and beers at Dru Bru! Since we’d both had exhausting weeks, Andy and I decided to take it easy Sunday by spending the day binge (re)watching Game of Thrones while keeping the apartment warm with a cozy fire. All around, not a bad way to spend a fall weekend!Read more
Andy and I started the week off with matching colds, but thankfully by the weekend we were both feeling better! The highlight of the week was our annual trip to Vashon Island to make cider with Andy's family on Saturday. It's a tough choice, but I think our fall trip to Vashon is my favorite fall tradition! This year, we brought my friend Ashley and her daughter with us. Andy and I have been to Vashon so many times that we take the beauty of the property for granted, so bringing a friend for the first time allowed us to see the place through new eyes. Because of the dry summer we had, it wasn't a great year for apples, so we had much less cider than usual, but the small amount we got was delicious as usual. Like always, we found ourselves hesitant to head home at the end of the day, but eventually we headed for the ferry home.Read more
Between a miserable cold I had all week and a major storm forecast for the weekend, I've been a major homebody lately. The storm turned out to be much less apocalyptic than forecast, but the cold has really hit me hard. Luckily we are well into soup season! As usual for this time of year, I've been cooking tons of soup - this week it was chicken noodle early in the week, followed by tomato with grilled cheese. There's nothing like a bowl of homemade soup on a cold fall night. Even with all the stormy weather, Andy and I managed to squeeze in a walk in the Redmond Watershed Sunday afternoon during a brief gap in the torrential rain. After a week cooped up inside, a short walk in the woods was the best medicine I could ask for!Read more
sunday breakfast of champions: chocolate chips and coffee | the cutest cat in the world upstaged by one insanely red shoe
mini norwegian mitten advent calendar (pattern here) i've been working on since august. i actually have 12 done, so i might finish this by december!
my desk at work overlooks this lovely trail and this tuesday i finally made it out for a walk. i've gone every day since
Dewy leaves on another afternoon walk | Soup again, this time chicken noodle made with this recipe