Friday, September 19, 2014

Sweet September Days

"September days have the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings a prophetic breath of autumn..."
Rowland E. Robinson

Good morning, friends!  Happy Friday!  There is definitely a nip in the air here in Barrie, Ontario.  It is currently only 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit)!  The days have shortened and the nights have cooled.  Signs of autumn are everywhere, although fall doesn't officially begin for another four days.  I am so looking forward to it.  Don't get me wrong, all four seasons are splendid, each one special and unique, but autumn is my absolute favorite!  I love the coziness of it all...the sweater weather, the changing foliage, crunchy leaves, pumpkins, golden hues, bountiful harvests, and crackling fires.  

Here is a peek at the past month...

September 2nd  My girls on the first day of the new school year

Changing leaves

Early foliage drives

The return of the blue jays to my backyard

September 8  The spectacular full harvest moon 
(photo taken with my phone through our telescope viewfinder)

Adorable Chippy stuffing his cheeks with peanuts to hide away for the winter 

 Chopping firewood to fill the woodshed and our wood-burning stove

Roasted butternut squash 

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.  Brush the squash with butter and add a teaspoon (of butter) into the cavity.  Season with sea salt.  Roast for approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size. Remove the squash when it's golden brown and tender,  I like to sprinkle cinnamon all over, and have some butter nearby.  Enjoy!

I hope September has been good to you!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a happy almost-fall!