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Settling in for Fall

8 Oct

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

I'm a winner

I think we may be settled into the mountains for the duration of fall.  Of course, I may be wrong about that. We tend to have trouble settling in one place.  Last weekend we attended a family reunion in the Raleigh, NC area. When my mom’s family gets together, a lot of talking and laughing goes on and a lot of food gets eaten. As the food line was forming, my cousin, Nancy and I were eyeing the homemade mac and cheese and considering our chance of getting some before it was gone. I talked Nancy into sliding through the line and getting us a plate of the yellow yuminess to share while we assessed the various cakes and pies on display. As the line shortened, Nancy took up a place in line but I headed straight to the desserts and grabbed a piece of the chocolate cake that had been teasing my taste buds. Have you ever eaten a ding-dong cake? Oh my. For a while now, eat dessert first, has been my motto when the desserts look especially good.  It would have been a tragedy if I had choked on a fried corn bread stick and missed that cake!

On our drive back to the mountains, we noticed that more trees had begun to clothe themselves in their fall wardrobe. Next week the colored leaves are supposed to be at their peak and we are looking forward to having family come and stay for the week. Fall also ushers in craft shows, festivals and an abundance of apples. I have apples cooking in my crock pot as I type this. I went to the vegetable stand this morning and chose an assortment of local varieties to make applesauce and I added a touch of local honey to it. I know it will be delicious because I think I sampled every type of apple as I peeled them.

This morning a low fog hung over the mountains. The contrast of fog and fall color was beautiful and oddly soothing. Our flowers haven’t made up their mind about fall. The roses continue to bloom and the blue Hydrangea, which did not bloom all summer, are blooming now. I think we missed giving them a spring feeding and confused them with a late summer feed.

The cool weather here is a blessing after the heat of Florida. I plan to enjoy every moment of it. Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy your version of fall too.

One Perfect Snapshot In Time

14 Mar

I can’t believe I have never visited Charleston, SC. I have always wanted to, why did I never make time? Last weekend we made a crazy 1200-mile road trip for a family reunion.  So of course, it just made sense to throw in a visit to Charleston. In defense of this whacky decision, Rebekah traveled with us and suggested we break up our trip with an overnight at her best friend’s home outside Charleston.

It turned out to be an idyllic weekend. I needed a trip into the past to re-focus my energy. I don’t think we take ourselves quite so seriously when we see how small we are in the realm of time. We ate at Poogan’s Porch, an old home turned restaurant. The floors were original wood, the walls a rough plaster broken up by large windows. Our meal was pure southern comfort and as I sat there with my family, for one perfect snapshot of time, all was right in my world. I don’t have an explanation except that God’s timing is perfect.

Rebekah Lyn is posting her own impressions of Charleston. I bet she has the same food pictures. Stop by and check it out.

http://rebekahlynskitchen.wordpress.com/

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