It's been raining for two days and nights, a strong, steady rain. The Great Wet has begun. I try not to think of the dark days that will come, focusing instead on cozy, inside things. Fall. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Quiet evenings by the fire.
I spent the morning tidying my life and my kitchen. Produce is still trickling in from the garden, a reminder that summer hasn't quite left us. This morning I sliced two trays worth of tomatoes for drying. Miss S watched from her high chair, munched a handful of diced tomato, and asked for "mo".
I haven't dried tomatoes before this year, but I don't know why not. It's easy and the results are yum yum yummy. I core and slice the tomatoes, sprinkle them with kosher salt, thyme and a little brown sugar. Then it's low and slow in the oven -- about 5 or 6 hours at 225.
Last night was Craft Night. That consisted of three girls, a bottle of wine, some snacks and a DIY wreath project. This is mine.
Don't you love the texture? All those paper circles are punched from a thrift store version of Wuthering Heights. That little detail really thrills me. All that bluster up on the moors makes Wuthering Heights the perfect novel to punch to pieces on a blustery fall night. Of course the wreath isn't quite done. I want to add a bit more fullness around the outside edge and some sort of banner or bow.
By the way, the DIY instructions for this project came from Make Life Lovely. Thanks to my friend, Amanda, for making Craft Night happen. Let's do it again.
Wishing you a warm and cozy remains for the weekend.