A Fresh Dille

so long summer

Posted in FOOD, VEGAN, WORK by clairedille on September 22, 2010

This blogging hiatus was never meant to last quite this long but instead of going on about the working days of my summer, instead I want to celebrate the new season. Autumn has always been my season of choice. The cross-country seasons of my life took over most of my Fall in high school and college, and I spent hours each week crunching the leaves as I ran miles on pavement, grass, woodchips, etc. Since my 16 hour day shooting days have come to an end (at least for the time being), I was surprised to realize summer had passed me by yet again. Previous summers have been like this, working in the extreme heat with no time to enjoy the sunshine by the beach. Yes, I am envious of my family and friends who got to do so, but now I am excited for a little life break right as autumn begins.

The perfect start to the season.

Pumpkin baked goods really do it for me. I am sure they do it for you too.

Instead of searching for a recipe I hadn’t previously tried, I stuck with a PPK recipe for cinnamon raisin quick bread I once made into muffins before. The only switches I made to the tasty recipe was swapping the applesauce with organic canned pumpkin and the apple juice with hot water. The hot water plumps up the raisins before mixing them into the thick bread batter. They turned out wonderfully.

Today I realized that the end of summer also means the end of peach season. I can’t tell you how much this saddens me. Peaches have made my painfully early mornings a little more enjoyable each day.

Yesterday I made scottish oats with almond milk, banana, cinnamon, and vanilla that I then topped with almond butter, peaches, and figs.

Todays oats were steel-cut cooked with almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and banana topped with peaches, blueberries, and almond butter. I have four more farmer’s market peaches I picked up on the way to my last filming day on Saturday. I might cry when I finish the last one.

What fruit or vegetable are you sad to see diminishing with the end of the summer season?

What fruit or vegetable are you most excited about for fall?

I promise I won’t be gone so long this time.

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  1. VeggieGirl said, on September 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Glad to see you back! I look forward to lots of squash in the fall.

  2. Anna said, on September 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Welcome back!! Beautiful pics!

  3. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com said, on September 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    BACK and BADASS haha. ive missed you wayyyy too much! it wasent unusual to find me checking back multiple times to see if ur ‘hanging’ around hehe. you were so busy over the summer, wow the amount of hours you put in working are astonishing. definitely enjoy relishing in your down time. HAPPY AUTUMN!! ❤ ❤

    have a wonderful day Claire!!

  4. Lauren @ WWoB said, on September 23, 2010 at 2:26 am

    YAYYYY!! I missed you and your blog. Welcome back! Gorgeous oats, I have yet to add in some fig.
    Clearly, I am most excited for winter squash. As is probably every other food blogger on the planet.

  5. Teri [a foodie stays fit] said, on September 23, 2010 at 8:34 am

    YEAHHHHHH! You’re back!!! So happy about it! Gorgeous pictures!

    I’m so sad to see peaches leave too. 😦

    I’m excited for butternut squash! I love it. Except the cutting part. It’s always slightly dangerous for me.

  6. fattydumpling said, on September 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

    This post looks so autumn-like ;] Your muffins look cute, and I like your presentation of your oats—are they on a plate?!

  7. Danielle said, on September 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    You’re back! I couldn’t be happier :). I will sincerely miss fresh cucumbers, peaches, and frisée, but am more than happy to welcome apples and squashes back into my life. Hope autumn is a relaxing and rejuvenating time for you!

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