The Breeze

I don’t know how your natural ceiling looked like monday night but I was mezmerized during my 7:00 walk back to my apartment from the hospital by the most brilliant sunset.  It’s colors were so distinct and deep! There are plenty of beautiful softly-colored sunsets that have a nice hazy look to them but this one looked almost liquid.  Directly over my head was actual navy-colored night sky speckled with some winking stars, and far off in the distance the navy was slit and leaking orange, yellow and rose.  I have to hand it to Hershey here, they have pretty choice sunsets.

Queue The National.

This evening I thought we’d share some fall things (like every other blog on the blogosphere now!) But it’s fun. So we will do it anyway!

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First we have the soundtrack:

You’re probably sick of hearing me talk about him but Gregory Alan Isakov is still the guy for this time of year. Can’t get away, so here are some more of the same stuff I threw at you a few weeks ago:

Amsterdam–Gregory Alan Isakov

Autumn Fallin’–Jaymay

When I Walked Into the House–Future Historians (can’t find a youtube for this but definitely check it out on spotify or something!)

Wonder Why–Vetiver

Superman–Lazlo Bane

Sweater Weather–The Neighbourhood

Empire Waist–Halloween, Alaska

The Breeze–Dr. Dog

Ghost–Folly and the Hunter

Annabelle–Gillian Welch

And Food

White Bean and Chicken Chili–another Giada gem here.  After trying this recipe once I knew it was a freezer need, so now another batch is waiting in the ice chamber for the week where I shut down and forget how to cook.  A+ you should definitely try this.  From the What-It’s-Worth Dept. I used turkey instead of chicken and in the second batch I used kidney beans instead of white beans.  Sky didn’t fall, and it’s still delicious.

Apple Dumplings–this is my Grandpa’s recipe for them and nothing beats the cinnamon/sugar seeping into the tiny crevices between the apple slices.   It is crucial to the deliciousness of this recipe that you use one of those apple spin-slicer gadgets.  Ask the wisest kitchen wizards you know, they probably have one.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread--This is the keystone pumpkin bread recipe in my family, my mom discovered it in a Cooking Light magazine several years ago and it’s been golden ever since.  Sometimes I use whole wheat flour with the white flour (such as 2 cups whole wheat, 1 cup white or whatever you feel like).  I’ve used applesauce instead of oil (if you care to try that short of thing) in this and it actually didn’t taste different, which is nice because then you can eat the whole thing right?

Olivia’s Pumpkin Bread–this recipe is from my friend Olivia (didn’t see that coming did ya?!) who made this bread last week and therefore had her apartment and extended apartment (the people who just show up whenever they please just to drink their wine in her kitchen while one of her roommates may or may not be obliviously showering and unaware of the crazy neighbor who bypassed the locked front door….we’re very comfortable here.) all show up for several nights and mornings just to eat ourselves into blissful pumpkin coma.

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp cinnamon

3 cups brown sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

2 (15oz) cans pumpkin

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Mix all the dry ingredients, set aside, then mix the pumpkin, oil, vanilla, and eggs together.  Add this to the dry mixture and stir just till combined.  Pour in 2 greased loaf pans and bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.

Movies:

‘Blue Like Jazz’ (yes I’m sure the book is great too and I would like to read it someday, but definitely give this movie a shot regardless if you’ve read the book or not!) this is a good one to watch alone, but I’m sure it’s certainly enjoyable with others too.

Ruby Sparks-it’s a good night-in movie to watch with your buddies, it’s a nice combo of light-hearted, a bit fantastical but the themes are pretty relatable and interesting to talk about.

Lord of the Rings–all these movies are choice cold-night-in movies and sometimes you just need something epic, ya know? I crave an epic story/film the way I crave sugar.  Yes, I must hang my head low and admit I’ve never actually read the books (i’m not a true LOTR fan..Sorry). But doesn’t take my enjoyment away from watching a good story on film.  Sometimes we just have to see a good guy win against crazy impossible odds.  Ah, now I all I want to do is re-enact the battle of Helm’s Deep with a blanket fort.

Actually that’s not true, what I really want to do is practice creeping up on my roommates and rasp-ily whispering “they stole it from us!! We make’s them crawl.” Until they tell me I’m to remain in my room until I can act like a human.  Sometimes we just need a little time-out to remember we do not live in a mythical land and are not possessed by an evil ring.  Like once a week.

The Autumn Immersion (and other Crazy Stuff)

The Weekend Nutshell:  A good time to just lay low and get ZERO work done.

Saturday was exactly what the doctor ordered (and the nurse suggested in the first place hehe).  It was perfectly overcast and slightly chilly, with storm clouds hanging around all day.  The right day to sleep late, get coffee for enjoyment rather than dependence, and a refreshing life-pause into the beautiful Fall day on a mountain trail.  Then, to top it off, a finale of rainstorms, food and drink with more pals, and choice film 😉

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Birmingham–Shovels & Rope

Yes I’m Cold–Chris Bathgate 

Morning Time–The Brothers Comatose & Nicki Bluhm

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A time for some food and good drink with pals:

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Ok, now for some funnies:

These videos! And now the phrases “we’re gonna add some craaazy stuff” and “add the MILK!!” are part of the everyday sounds here.  Most often applied when we really are going to combine some crazy (GOOD) stuff..

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Add the MILK…

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What I did here was give you a very potent brilliant recipe for the best witches brew pumpkin spice latte of your life. 

You are welcome.

We’ve got Monday tomorrow-how’s your week looking?  Anyone planning on some Color Running next weekend? I know 4 Domicos and a bunch of pre-nurses running through some rainbow dust in a week and it’s going to be a fine unicorn time.

Goodnight

Maple-Flavored Auditory Decadence

I love Fall.  How cliche I know-but really, just this past week we had a few “Autumn Preview” days where the air was clear, slightly windy, but crisp with the sun shining through aged green leaves.  You know that sound dryer leaves make when the wind rustles through them?  It’s probably one of the main sounds I associate with Fall, and I finally heard the prelude to the sound a few days ago.  Not quite Fall leaves yet, still in a late summer feel, but there is a definite push going on here for Autumn weather upon us.  Different seasons generally bring a certain musical preference on the front burner for me (does that happen for you? Tell me what your ideal Fall Soundtrack is!)

Here’s some maple candy for your ears 😉

You Ain’t No Sailor –Marcus Mumford  (and when he says “Kate” he actually means “Rebecca”) This one sung me to sleep last night, loveliness.

Wagon Wheel –Old Crow Medicine Show  (go sit on the porch with your banjo)

Welcome Home –Radical Face

Glory –Radical Face  (takes a while to pick up but at about 2:30 you’re there)

Roll Away Your Stone  –Mumford & Sons

 

Banjolin Song –Mumford & Sons

Winter Winds –Mumford & Sons  (While listening to this one, I’m mentally frolicking around in a field, and tossing grass up in the air, like the one they’re walking in-best part at 2:32.  Don’t tell me this song doesn’t make you want to kick some leaves around!)

Nothing is Written –Mumford & Sons (One that is not on their current album unfortunately but luckily we can still listen to it. Again, all’s great here, but if you’re crunched for time at lease listen to 3:15 onwards)

Sigh No More –Mumford & Sons (hard to pick just one of their songs to be my favorite but I think if you asked me right now it would be this one.  On an average day it’s definitely in the top 3. Particularly 1:50 onwards.  It’s a sunshine on your face/running through a sunny woods sort of song.)

Thumper (From The Wedding Band)–Mumford & Sons (skip shuffle-friendly fiddling going on here at 2:48…)

Rosie –The Young Dubliners

Yes, there are probably tons of other Autumn-Songs that are not by Mumford & Sons-that’s your job! Tell me about them pretty please.

Though I hope you recognize the auditory decadence that is Marcus Mumford’s voice, which your ears are privileged to hear.

In summary, if you happen to see me skipping down the street wearing these $4.00! fiddler shoes, chances are I’m listening to one of these.

Can’t wait for scarves. And worn-looking woodsy green jackets. And coconut chai tea (actually there’s no waiting for that-it’s sitting right in front of me 😉  )