In anticipation of being stricken with a severe case of vacation-hangover and just plain wiped from returning from the family visit, I wrote this in advance to have something season-appropriate for the week. Right before leaving, everyone in and around Seattle enjoyed that amazing autumn weekend of clear skies and glorious fall colors in the Pacific Northwest. I took several photos and they were too fun not to share.
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I already posted this pic on the Prime's lil' sistah site, Jaunty Magpie, but it pretty much sums up what I love best about fall: bright leaves and wearing wacky tights. Mr. Wasabi and I often spend our Saturdays at the Redmond Town Center with the manic furry menace known as Indy the dog, grabbing the ubiquitous latte and at least for the last few months, wandering the local farmer's market for tasty goods. October is the last month for most farmer's markets, including this one, so this is somewhat of a swan song to this weekend habit.
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We've purchased pretty bouquets from the flower vendors many times. The pumpkin vase idea was a cute one. It's a shame Thanksgiving is so far off, as that would make for a cheerful host/hostess gift. Although nothing says "thanks for giving" like a bottle of booze, so there's something to be said for solid standbys. Something I was disappointed with not being able to take advantage of were the multi-hued bell peppers. Huge bins of the gorgeous things were at several booths and I had to keep telling myself that they wouldn't have maintained freshness in the fridge for our return home.
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The joys of multicolored squash were in full effect as well with the market vendors. I love an ingredient that can be both decorative and perform a delicious role in a meal. We have a sugar pumpkin from a friend's garden sitting at home awaiting its culinary fate and I have little doubt the household favorite, butternut squash, will be back to make regular trips through our kitchen again.
The surrounding trees were completely ablaze with color, especially in the sun. Much like the fleeting beauty of spring when the cherry blossoms are out, autumn is the seasonal gift that's so beautiful and inspiring, it's an act of providence that it's such a short period so that we're reminded how fortunate we are to experience it and to really savor these times.
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