Guys, it’s happening.
Summertime is ending.
I woke up early today. It was cozy under the down comforter, which made its seasonal debut the other night. When I left the nest, there was such a chill in the air that I put on my warm and fuzzy robe and my slippers before heading downstairs to make coffee. I opted not to turn on the fire because, well, it’s August 25 and that would be ridiculous.
But I wanted to.
When we returned to Park City after our camp trip in Colorado, we couldn’t ignore that the weather is starting to change. There were the unmistakable colors of Autumn on the hillside across the valley, new arrivals that had appeared in the five short days we were gone.
And then a storm rolled in, bringing with it an insane sky and a rainbow. This wasn’t a passing summer monsoon. This was a “remember you live in the Wasatch Mountain Range” preview of what’s soon on the way.
This morning, I kind of loved the feeling of fall in the air. It’s no secret that I love slippers. The colors on the hill are all of my favorite hues. I glimpsed a couple of hot air balloons rising in the distance as I sipped my steaming coffee in my robe. It felt good.
Something fun about the transition to cooler weather is the food. Yes, I adore summertime’s stars from the farmers markets, grilling outdoors, and light, fresh eats. I also love making comfort food- spending hours in the kitchen, filling the house with delectable aromas, and exploring new recipes for casseroles and soups and pastas. John always says that comfort food is my culinary wheelhouse. And I’m ready to knock a few new recipes out of the park!
It’s time for the monthly foodie challenge, something I do with my
fellow blogger good friend Tracy from momoftwosalums. A few months ago, we decided to challenge ourselves to cook something new or intimidating and then compare notes. Both of my previous efforts (grilled swordfish and an awesome cake using lemon curd) were successful! This month, we decided to make an Italian dish. Tracy’s making gnocchi (um, YUM) and tonight, I’ve got my eye on a risotto recipe. I’ve always been afraid to attempt to make risotto. It’s one of my favorite Italian dishes- when it’s done right. Wish me luck and stay tuned. (Keep an eye on my foodie challenge partner in crime, too!)
And now, I’ve got a family to wake up and a Saturday to enjoy.
Because summer’s almost over, you know.