Bits and Bobs

1 Oct

I’m in a state of shock that it’s already October.  Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was lazing at the lake in 40 degree heat with the kids?  Or popping by the local gelateria two times a day for ice cream?  Or picking beautiful tomatoes from my lush and over-growing veggie patch?

But I do so love the fall as well.  I love the golden autumn light in the late afternoon.  I love seeing old men in tweed hats with baskets scouring the woods for funghi.  I love digging out the wool sweaters and leather boots.  I love the smell of roasting chestnuts.  And I really love the fact that the mosquitoes will soon all be dead and leave us in peace for a few months.

Here are a few shots of our September:

Our yearly visit to La Festa Della Zucca (Pumpkin Festival)

Care package.

I’m so happy my daughters didn’t inherit my intense fear of touching bugs of any kind.Listening to scary stories around the bonfire with their ears plugged.  All three of them!

Cupcakes.  Or as the locals say “cap-keeks”.

Walk to the lake on a warm and sunny September Sunday.

Delicious savory mini pretzel buns.  Recipe to follow soon.

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6 Responses to “Bits and Bobs”

  1. Christy Milford (@SweetSavoring) October 2, 2012 at 00:57 #

    You’re right, September went by so quickly- I’m *pretty* sure I enjoyed those cool mornings and warm afternoons as much as possible!

    Can’t wait to see the recipe for those pretzel buns. Yum! Also, amen to roasting chestunuts. I’m reminded of when I made a chestnut-cranberry stuffing for Thanksgiving several years ago 🙂

    • Jillian in Italy October 2, 2012 at 22:54 #

      The Italians love chestnuts. Every town has a “castagnata” which is a local party where they roast chestnuts in barrels. It really gives the smell of Autumn.

  2. Judith October 2, 2012 at 22:19 #

    Your september looks great. Love that image of your kids “listening” to the scary story! Wonder what it was about…

    • Jillian in Italy October 2, 2012 at 22:51 #

      I think it was the classic Bloody Hand story. They were humming as well as plugging their ears. But I can’t blame them…I did the same thing when I was little.

  3. Missy October 2, 2012 at 22:34 #

    Your blog is wonderful 🙂 I love Northern Italy in the fall. We were last in Cuneo in the fall of 2006 as my husbands family is from there. We can’t wait to go back. Thank you for such a wonderful blog!

    • Jillian in Italy October 2, 2012 at 22:56 #

      Thanks! From what I hear Cuneo is quite beautiful. Lots of hiking in that area, no? One day we’ll have to make a little trip over that way. Thanks for the visit.

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