Time for Jeans and Sweatshirts

The weather is finally changing and I was able to pull out my jeans and sweatshirt this morning. Fall has arrived in southern Arizona. Soon, we will be able to enjoy sitting outside again! A couple Saturdays ago I braved the stores and did some long overdue clothes shopping. I found these two pillows, just the right size for our outdoor chairs, on clearance at Kohl’s. Add member discounts etc. on top of that and I got these for $6 each!

The garden is growing faster than I’ve ever seen. Gardening looks different when the temperatures are near 100 degrees from the start. I am being challenged with new bugs and plant diseases. Pretty sure I’m fighting white flies, caterpillars, and maybe leaf miners. Never have I seen a peppermint plant get eaten to shreds! I think it’s the caterpillars and I’m glad they’re eating the peppermint over my veggie plants.

I’ve been baking most of our bread products again. English muffins, sourdough bread, and of course the usual muffins or deserts. We had our first pumpkin pie of the season last week, and of course I didn’t get any pictures. I used the remaining pumpkin to bake chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. I always cut sugar back when I bake, and usually the oil too. I use applesauce to replace some of the oil. These turned out great, I should write down what edits I made before I forget!

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Robin - October 26, 2020 Reply

Hi Suzanne, glad to hear you have cooled off. I can’t even imagine what it is like to live with such hot temperatures. We had one of the hottest summers here in a long time but Autumn arrived here a few weeks ago. I always cut the sugar in half in my baking too.
Enjoy the cooler weather!❤️

    Suzanne Cox - October 26, 2020 Reply

    Thank you Robin, and thanks for visiting the blog too. ?? Yes, so glad for the cooler temps. I was done! ? And yes….I think I’d have a sugar coma if I didn’t cut it back!! I’m enjoying your pics of the fall leaves up north. ?

Pam Cox - October 26, 2020 Reply

Fall! I imagine that is a tremendous relief. I didn’t think anything would bother a peppermint plant, since they usually discourage bugs. I am going to can all the pumpkins I grew, since I was given some jars. I hope you get up this way sometime to take some of the canned pumpkin off my hands.

    Suzanne Cox - October 26, 2020 Reply

    It came in the night with a massive dust storm. Little sleep with all the wind, but I’m focusing on the positives it brings. ??? I’d love some of your canned pumpkin! I’m trying to grow my own but the plants seem challenged.

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