It was really overcast a couple of days ago. For some strange reason, the cloudy, cool weather gave me a huge urge to bake. I gave in and became a mad baking lady. I kicked off the baking session with these easy scones. We treated ourselves to a couple of warm ones that afternoon with butter and jam. I sometimes like to eat them with just butter and sprinkled sugar.
Once the scones came out of the oven, I prepped a peach crumble. Since I am allergic to all fruits with pits and cores, I can only eat canned peaches. First I drained the syrup from the peaches and added shredded coconut and sugar. Then I prepared the crumble, added some coconut to that as well and then into the oven it went at 375F for 30 minutes. If I could, I would add coconut to everything! I almost wanted to skip dinner and go straight to dessert that night!
Last but certainly not least, I baked three loaves of bread. I really love homemade bread, but I haven’t been able to bake for a while because I had been a bit under the weather. Since I am feeling a lot better now, I just had to bake bread. Once I had made up my mind, there was no going back. This bread is really not that hard to make, just a lot of waiting around. Since I was puttering around the kitchen anyway, the timing was perfect. I love the smell of freshly-baked bread wafting through the house.
After I finished all that baking, I felt like Charlie in this picture. By the way, this is the reason why this quilt is still not finished. I partially hand quilted it. Every time I got up for five minutes, he was on it, sleeping. I finally finished the quilting last week and I am feverishly hand sewing the binding now. It is a queen size quilt, so there’s a lot of binding to sew. Currently this is the only quilt I am working on. Since I am not touching anything else until it’s finished, hopefully I will be able to show it here very soon.
It’s not all his fault though, for my not finishing the quilt, I must share part of the blame. Puffy clouds and cool weather have been inviting me to go play outside, and I must heed their call. I have been out and about with my camera a lot lately. This is our first year here in the Napa Valley. My friend Kris and I have been talking about “leaf peeping” and that’s exactly what I did while exploring the area. Fall is like a second spring, only all the leaves turn into blooms. I thought I’d share some of my favourite photos here.
Napa Valley Vineyard
Napa Valley Vineyard
I had no idea that grape leaves change colour too.
Afternoon sunlit leaves
Looks like red blooms – it’s spring in fall
Soft leaves under my feet
Dark, overcast clouds or puffy white clouds, I am happy to be able entertain myself on all occasions!