Goodbye September

Oh September, I've loved ya. You've brought me Autumn and healing and comfort. You've brought cool air, though you could have done away with the mosquitoes already. Seriously, I'm covered in bites. Nonetheless, I noticed some red leaves on trees around my backyard today, so you're forgiven. And fashion month's been cool. Thanks for that.

Okay, I'm done addressing the month as an entity. I feel like I underwent quite a bit of personal growth throughout September. This is hard to explain because it is so personal, but it's definitely a good thing, and I do feel better for it. It's been stressful, so stressful, but I feel like I've handled myself better than I ever have. This September has completely triumphed over last year's September. Good. Now I can happily look forward to October.

It's basically the holiday season now!

A Voluminous Dress For Autumn

I really am so unbelievably happy it's Fall. Yesterday was a bit hectic, and by the end of the afternoon I was practically falling asleep on my laptop. I suddenly remembered that it was nice and cool outside, so I spent some time working from the hammock that I used to fall out of constantly. I even had to put a sweater on! It was amazing. I've got to make that a daily thing. Note to self I guess.

This dress was a gift from a very stylish friend, and I've been hoarding it for the first outfit post of the season. I think it's appropriate, the color palate especially. Though it can easily be dressed up nicely, I've worn it under a sweater and over a pair of leggings for a bit of fun. I always want to wear dresses, but I also always want to wear leggings and sweaters. I add another layer every year, I swear, but I think this is going to be my Fall/Winter winning combination this time around. I'm looking forward to it.

Latest From The Copic Notebook

I've only got three pages this time, but it's good enough for me. I'm feeling a little rusty. I think this is a good time to mention that I'm doing an illustration every day in October. It's not quite Inktober, but it's the same general idea. Expect a month of Autumnal illustrations probably, and I start on Saturday!

My Small Space Autumnal Touches

Though I've practically always held an extreme adoration for Autumn, I've never actually gone out of my way to buy more than the annual pumpkin candle. I've decided to add a little bit to my collection this year. It isn't much, but I like the idea of growing it over time. Metallic leaves for my bottle vases, copper tapers for my candlesticks, and a little wooden sign for my work space are good enough for now. I've also got a little haunted house snow (bat) globe to pull out in October.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I spent mine with family, and I actually let myself have a Saturday for once. It was nice. I wish I could teleport to better visit people. 

Celebrate Autumn With Walnut Date Bread

It's the first day of Autumn! Finally!

I can't believe it's here. To celebrate, let's bake some walnut date bread. It's a good recipe to do when you've got a spare afternoon alone. It's actually quite enjoyable to make then. 

You need:

8 oz dried, pitted, and coarsely chopped dates
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, diced
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract


1. Mix the chopped dates, baking soda, and 1/8 tsp of salt. Pour the boiling water over the mixture, and leave it to cool to room temperature.

2. Preheat your over to 350F. Use butter or a nonstick cooking spray to coat the bottom of a loaf pan, and line the bottom with parchment paper. This is a lot, but it doesn't fail.

3. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the walnuts are lightly brown and fragrant. Let them cool, then chop them coarsely. 

4. With a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and cinnamon until everything is mixed together. Add the butter, and process until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. If you don't have a food processor, a fork will give you a good arm workout. You'll probably need to pour the end result in a larger bowl. Stir in the walnuts. 

5. In a smaller separate bowl, whisk the egg and vanilla together.

6. Add the egg mixture and dates (the water too) to the flour mixture, and stir until everything is combined. Pour this into your loaf pan.

7. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and set, and a toothpick (or cake tester, etc) inserted into the middle comes out clean. Place the bread on a wire rack to cool, and then remove the bread from the pan.

Let me know if you try the recipe, and enjoy!

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