october

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"here is the truth about october:
the earth takes a deep breath and slows down just enough
for the chilled air to slip between the folds of your sweater
and you hurry on
as the trees tremble
sacrificing their leaves to the dirt one by one."

the temperature is falling here in switzerland and as the air turns crisp and the smells of fall begin to circulate i have become increasingly homesick. while the landscape of switzerland is spectacularly beautiful and a trip to globus (swiss dean and deluca) provides all the inspiration for a perfect fall meal i still long for home. i want to roam apple orchards with eleanor and sip on spiced cider. i want to wander through pumpkin patches picking out the perfect pumpkin for carving. i want to sit with friends and family in my living room, play scrabble, and drink mulled wine. but mostly i want to camp! i want to roast marshmallows around a campfire and drink cowboy coffee. i want to look up at the sky and listen to stijn telling eleanor about the stars. i want to sleep with my little family cuddled up under blankets in our tent. since my tent is residing in a storage unit in cincinnati and there are no "pick your own" apple orchards here that i know of we are planning a hike through the vineyards in the coming weeks and i have bought an exorbitant amount of pumpkin and squash to cook with. so far i've made pumpkin spice waffles, butternut squash gnocchi with sage brown butter, roasted brussel sprouts with squash and pecans, and pumpkin whoopie pies. next up a feast of apples and pears maybe? with only a few months left i will continue to enjoy the last of our time here while dreaming of how to share the best of the seasons with my daughter.

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