1. As much as I sometimes gripe about the northeast/New England region, if it has one thing going for it (we’re not huge lobster fans, so that doesn’t count), it’s the marvelous season of fall. The trees haven’t burst into color yet (so my annual mood of let’s-channel-Gerard-Manley-Hopkins hasn’t quite hit yet, either), but certain signs of fall are definitely appearing — including one of my favorites, apple picking.
3. Lucia’s favorite so far seems to be the Galas — small enough for toddler hands, crisp, and surprisingly sweet.4. We made the laziest batch of applesauce ever (and by lazy I mean, I didn’t even peel them), mainly by following this method off Simply Recipes. The combo of tart Cortlands and sweet Galas was perfect — no sugar needed, even with the rather liberal dose of lemon juice I used.
5. My other favorite indication that fall is here is our library’s annual booksale — an event that jams the usually peaceful town Green with book dealers, retirees, toddler-wielding moms and more as soon as the tent opens at 9 a.m. This year I navigated the narrow, grassy aisles with our monster stroller and managed only to hit a few old men who were clogging up the history section. Lucia brought home some dumb Disney baby board book that I hate already, but it at least kept her entertained while Mommy frantically scanned the religion aisle.
7. … the fruits of which included like-new copies of Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth, G.K. Chesterton’s St. Francis of Assisi and Fr. James Martin’s My Life with the Saints. Total: $8.
7.5 Then there was this gem in the children’s section:
Head over to Conversion Diary for much more interesting quick takes!