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Best Bits // School Season

The ‘Best Bits’ series is mainly a journal of everyday life at home & around the Willamette Valley. This series will be predominately image based and meant to give you a little peek into my daily life.

The general photo theme, if I was to search for one, of this Best Bits post seems to be food. Ha!  ‘Tis the season, I guess.  With the beginning of early autumn, I find myself happy to be in the kitchen clattering around making something – most likely something sweet and baked.  Also, with school season starting literally in a few days, I tend to bake the shortcake something sweet for her lunchbox and something to nibble on when she hops of the school bus excited and somewhat cranky.

Even though we’re still in the late stages of summer here at the south end the Willamette Valley, boy, it sure smells and feels like fall everywhere I look.  I’m not one to pumpkin spice my life in the autumn, but I do love partaking in some fall festivities: pumpkins and corn stalks adorning the front and back doors, lots of baking, canning/fermenting the last of the ground’s abundance, making a big ol’ batch of kimchi with the autumn harvest of Napa cabbage, and endlessly sweeping leaves off of the back stairs – fall is both romantic, grounding, and a ton of work, yet, I still miss that dang Oregon summer.

September, you’re one of my favorites!

kombucha mother
I’m still perfecting my whole kombucha schtick – time, temp, tea type, etc. This is the mother hanging out ready to go into the fridge to chill out for a while – next up is water kefir. I love touching the mother because the texture is so wonderfully strange, but I try to keep a handle on my fascination as it’s probably not best to man-handle her.
bulk section at grocery store
Buying in bulk and filling my glass jars at home is a certain kind of satisfying. Stocking up and autumn go hand-in-hand.
Senegal cookbook
Chef Sean Brock recommended this cookbook on his Instagram account and after checking it out on Amazon, I was pretty sure I couldn’t live without it!
chocolate chip cookie nuance
Half and half – some chocolate chip cookies hot outta the oven and some going in. Chocolate chip cookies (vegan, naturally) are a staple around here.
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My market basket from this last Saturday – can I just say how excited I am for the arrival of butternut squash!
kitchen sink
The natural light that floods into the kitchen, right over the sink in the late afternoon is lovely – and so are these beautiful bulbs of garlic bound for a batch of curtido.
clouds and countryside
The weather hasn’t been ugly.
sticky buns
I conquered my disdain for working with dough to make these sticky buns – and they were TO DIE FOR. Like, I ate so many I’m surprised I didn’t die.
cloudy weather
The sky, the clouds, the light, the sound, the smell. Autumn just makes my heart go zing zing some days.
tams food truck eugene oregon
Hungry after swim team one evening we stopped in at one of our favorite food trucks in Eugene: Tam’s Place Vietnamese Cuisine. The pho is my go to!
trail mix
I’ve started making our own trail mix. It escapes why exactly we weren’t doing this AGES ago, but hey, better late than almonds, apricots, pineapple, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries.

More Best Bits HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Also, this is a great cookbook and a fascinating peak into Senegalese food. Beautiful pictures and approachable recipes:

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