|photo by Jane Khalife|
I keep a broom by the door with the head up, I smudge the doors and windows with white sage, I sprinkle salt on the thresholds and banish the negative woolie buggers, welcome all good juju to enter, and partake of the aroma of delicious gingerbread pumpkin raisin cookies baking in the oven.
This little ritual brings me pleasure, security and a warm feeling that I have in fact done my job as Crone of this clan and brought us to the closing of the doors, the warming of the hearth and the darker hours of family drawing closer. The grands are so busy with school and other activities and their Mom, my darling daughter is constantly zooming from one place to another to get them where they need to be. They need, no they want the family hour. It is something that has become a tradition of the house for the grands as well.
Funny, during the spring and summer we are drawn to venture the outside of the house for our family time, but the instant that fall tells us she has come to claim our time, we settle into a whole new routine of being inside. The grands have more desire for sharing of family stories, more need for the fun of candlelight, comfort foods that they have picked out and dinner hour spent together.
Maybe that's why autumn calls to me like the siren of the seasons, because there is more order, more richness of time together, more closeness. Whatever the reason, I am like a moth to a flame when it comes to the crispness of the air, the shortening of the days and the call to gather round the homefires.
Does Autumn call to you? Do you do anything special to get ready for the season?
Until next time, gotta fly, Oma Linda
Easy Peasy Gingerbread Pumpkin Raisin Cookies
1 boxed cake mix Spice or Gingerbread or you can add the spices to a yellow cake mix.
1 small can of pumpkin puree or about 2 1/4 cups applesauce if you prefer
Add: raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit whatever your hearts desire
This recipe is simple, it feels like cheating but the cookies are soft and delish....and above all Easy Peasy. I make Easy Peasy Applesauce Cookies with a spice cake mix, raisins and nuts...yum. You can also add 1 can crushed pineapple, shredded coconut, white chocolate chips, 1/2 c oil and nuts and call it Easy Peasy Tropical Cookies......the additions are only limited by your bravery and imagination.
Mix the two together until it the lumps are mixed out. Add your additional ingredients. Drop by tablespoonfuls on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. These cookies don't spread out so you can put them close together. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-12 cookies. Cool and viola, the house smells fabulous and you'll be the baking goddess of your home.