The air was crisp and the sky overcast when Cairo and I walked the beach this morning. I noticed leaves falling for the first time and realized I had, once again, missed the last swim of the season. I am sure the water is still warm enough for a quick dip, but the air is way too chilly for me. I am always a little wistful when I realize I didn't take advantage of the last hot day to say goodbye to the bay for another year.
The cooler temperatures have led me back to the kitchen. I made turkey vegetable soup the other day, and last night, this easy and delicious one-dish meal from Jamie Oliver: One-Tray Bake. Yummy! Pete couldn't stop eating the garlic cloves and bits of bread. I made a sour cream apple pie with a crumb top, too, but it was way too sweet for me. (I'm really a crust girl -- the filling takes a back seat my pie crust.) Peter loved it, though. We've also been canning tomatoes for the winter and I made a tomato marmalade, once again, a little too sweet for me. I think I'll give it for gifts at Christmas. My next thing is Jamie Oliver's tomato chutney (that's how I found the One-Tray Bake). I'm hoping it will be a good accompaniment for cheeses and meats.
I've spent the last couple of days working on a new kit: Farmhouse Star -- named for Farmhouse Quilt Company in Southold, New York, where I will be teaching a class on November 9. Janet and I met years ago at a craft show and got re-acquainted at the Eastern Long Island Quilters Quilt Show back in the spring. She and her daughter Lindsay are anxious to learn how to hook, so we have set up a Saturday class. For more information or to sign up, you can contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know it will be a fun day.