Tomorrow is the first day of autumn, and it’s hard to believe the summer is over. It feels like it wasn’t really here to begin with. Here in Michigan we had a cool, wet summer. I actually like that kind of weather, so it didn’t bother me at all, but it’s not typical. And somehow it felt like fall all summer.

I always get a little nostalgic this time of year. It’s my favorite season – I love my woolly sweaters, and hot fragrant tea, and the changing colors. School supplies make my heart pitter-patter, and I have to buy a new notebook or pen every year. Just because.

I’m also not much of a cook, but when the temperatures get cooler I get the urge to bake cookies or bread, or make a pot of chili. And this year, I found a fantastic book/website that’s let me bake bread. From Scratch. And it’s so easy I can hardly believe it. Check out this site: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes.

We’ve been making Brioche and Boule and Challah – and it’s amazingly easy – just dump the ingredients into a bucket, mix, and let them sit for a couple of hours. Bam, that’s it! We’ve loved it so much we even bought their cookbook.

Now I’m a bread freak, so I get a little giddy over all this doughy goodness (luckily R just smiles indulgently at me most days). But I can’t tell you how cool it is to pop a pound of dough into a bread pan and have a fresh loaf an hour later (with no kneading!)

Mmm, it’s making me hungry right now…maybe I’ll whip up a batch of Portuguese Corn Bread and make some stew for dinner. Sometimes I really love my life 🙂