What fall feels like around here...

using our handrolled beeswax candles and dried herbs from the garden

using our handrolled beeswax candles and dried herbs from the garden

We're firmly into November and the air has crisped, so I'm believing that it's finally autumn here! (Oh, I know winter will be here before I know it.) These days, fall feels like...

a glass of aglianico by the fire

a glass of aglianico by the fire

Being a homebody
After a hectic summer and a big move, I'm enjoying more weekends of puttering around and finally making my stamp on our home - making plans for how we'd like to landscape our yard and update the house. My partner is busy building planter boxes and making plans for a new fence. I'm painting the walls and pricing bathroom tiles. We have a lot to do to update our sweet little house, and it's wonderful to have a partner through it all.

working on one of the fronts of my bellows cardigan

working on one of the fronts of my bellows cardigan

Spending time with knitting (of course)
I'm happily chugging along on my Bellows Cardigan. I've finished the sleeves and am nearly finished one of the front pieces. The pattern is pretty easy to memorize and I love working with this yarn. I also recently purchased some MadelineTosh yarn to make the Briochealicious Shawl. I'm really excited about the muted colorways I selected and I'm looking forward to trying out brioche stitch for the (gasp) first time.

pot roast in progress.

pot roast in progress.

Cooking and meal planning
When the weather gets cool, I always feel called to the kitchen. I've been in the mood to braise big cuts of meat like pot roast and pork shoulder, to make hearty soups, and to roast tray after tray of veggies. One of our favorite easy meals these days is to braise Italian chicken sausages with kale and onions in chicken stock and herbs. I've just tested out a new recipe for mushroom and wild rice soup that I'll share here soon, and I've even done a little baking.

making whiskey maple sours from Small Victories

making whiskey maple sours from Small Victories

Cozying up with cookbooks
Is this a chicken or egg scenario? I'm in the mood to cook, so I'm in the mood to read cookbooks? Or maybe it's the other way around. Ha! I recently got a copy of Small Victories, the new cookbook by Julia Turshen, and it's inspiring me to embrace simple food and feel confident when I cook on the fly. I've also been digging into a few perennial favorites: Nourishing Traditions -- because we love bone broth and sauerkraut, of course -- and Farmhouse Cookbook -- an out-of-print book full of stories of America's farmers and the foods they served their families.