So last week it was raining. Not just a little California drizzle, but freeway-flooding buckets of the stuff. All the talk was about how unseasonable it was. And yet I fell for it! I actually thought it was fall. I’d been reading the most wonderful cooking blogs and finding pumpkin recipes that intrigued me enough to think I might actually bake with fresh pumpkin. The three for $5.00 was the final sell and they nearly jumped into my cart. That was last week.
A few short days in Sonoma with sunshine and cool, soft breezes and clear nights and we return home to my pumpkins…and record-breaking heat! 104 degrees is not exactly what I envisioned when I bought those gorgeous globes. And wouldn’t you know? We are in the process of updating our ancient air-conditioning system so out with the old, and wait for the new? My enthusiasm for fall baking is being put on hold until winter. Sophia and Karina can decorate two of them and I’ll keep one, just in case the rain comes back!
Just as I was thinking that fall didn’t really exist as a distinct season I took another look. At 9:30 in the morning it was already pushing towards triple digits, but the view of the Azusa-Glendora foothills and broad San Gabriel Mountain view mirrored, well, almost –let’s say it reminded me of the breathtaking views we’d enjoyed in Sonoma. Perhaps I had to isolate my focus just a little bit and extract the parking lot and other concrete structures, but the mountains with the sun so clearly baking the hills was indeed beautiful. Throw in a few multicolored Sycamores dropping their leaves and you could almost call it fall foliage! It’s all good!
It’s all perspective, isn’t it? Every region has it’s own particulars and the irony is that although last week’s rain was indeed a surprise, October heat is not. I can’t believe I fell for the false promise of fresh-baked pumpkin delights. This month they are just not going to happen. I did purchase a delightfully simple can holding just enough potential for something delicious if inspiration comes back. It might!
If you are caught up in Autumn wonder somewhere just a little cooler than I am, you might want to try the sites that first inspired my moment of madness! If you make something wonderful, let me know. I might try it in January!
I’m off today for a granddaughter play date and the pumpkins are already in the car. I’m hoping we might go down to the beach for just a little while and cool off!
Give one of these a try, or why not share a pumpkin treat you enjoy making!