"The heart of Autumn must have broken here, and poured its treasure out upon the leaves."=
Charlotte Fiske Bates
There are a number of favorite books of different genre that I keep and go back to regularly. The little book in the above photo is one of those. Autumn. by Susan Branch, "From the Heart of the Home." This wonderful collection of whimsical drawings, quotations, celebrations, and recipes was given to me. It is autographed by the author: "To Mary Ann - Happy Fall! Susan Branch 2004." But I value more the note written under that - "Thanks for all the nice things you do for others. With love, Jen."
As the title announces, the book is an invitation to celebrate this time of year in magical ways. I love to settle down with a cup of tea or hot cider and turn the pages one more time. And yes, we do follow up with "doing" and enjoy some of the recipes. I particularly enjoy the seasonal quotations sprinkled throughout.
Hang bunches of fresh herbs, pepperberries, yarrow, and hyrangea.
Candles, candles, candles! Lots of votives in green or gold glass. Pop a votive in a citrus shell.
"If you were to ask what is most important in a home, I would say memories." Lillian Gish
"In the village store someone says 'I heard the geese go over,' and there is a moment of silence. Why this is so moving I do not know. But all of us feel it." Gladys Taber
Recipes for Spiced Pecans, Garlic Shrimp, Red Chili Onion Rings, Corn Pudding, Indian Shuck Bread, and Maple Butter!
Bring leaves and pinecones in for a Thanksgiving table.
Fun gifts to assemble in baskets and old bowls for Christmas.
"Display old books! Heidi, Pollyanna, Wuthering Heights, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. And all your favorites!"
"Autumn is the best season in which to sniff, and to sniff for pleasure, for this is the season of universal pungency." Bertha Damon