Wishing for Autumn

We have come to that part of the year when I desperately wish for Fall weather.

There was a glimpse of it after Hurricane Matthew passed, but we've gone back to our late summer weather and oh my gosh I'm so tired of it. It's been "cool" in the mornings and evenings, but the heat of the day has definitely still been hot. Like crank up the AC and let the baby chill in just his diaper wish I didn't have to wear pants hot.

So of course my response to this is to bring in all of the trappings of fall even if the leaves have yet to change color. I'm sweater knitting of course

Brighton Pullover in Quince & Co Chickadee, Nome Knitter progress marker

Brighton Pullover in Quince & Co Chickadee, Nome Knitter progress marker

And I've painted my nails a lovely fall green.

I've even made an attempt at fall decor

Then there is the big shift that comes every season -- I've become obsessed with soup.

I always love to make soup during this time of year. This year I'm at home so I really feel the pressure to make delicious food from scratch even though I am wrestling a five-month-old and my husband really prefers to cook dinner because it helps him relax (I know, right?). But I still have lunches to eat and heaps of mom guilt to assuage so I decided to hit the books and try a new seasonal soup.

You may not have heard of Vivian Howard, but if you enjoy home-cooking you should really check her out. My mom got me hooked on her tv show, which is filmed in Eastern NC, so when I found out she was coming to my local indie book store I knew we had to go. I pre-ordered the cookbook with the idea that I would give it to my mom, but I completely fell in love with it. It is part memoir and part cookbook, full of gorgeous photography and recipes that are sourced from ingredients found in my local environment.

In honor of the season I decided to tackle the apple chapter and made Apple Lentil Soup with Bacon (here's a truncated online version minus the story and photos). It took me two days to chop the ingredients because Pasha has rebelled against his afternoon nap, but the actual recipe was pretty easy and the result was absolutely delicious.

I can only imagine that it tastes even better with the prescribed buttermilk.

Are things more autumnal where you are? How are you gearing up for the season? And if you are on the other side of the world, what were your favorite dishes from the recent cold weather?