Sunday Thoughts ~ “Sweet and Simple Things”

“It is a delightful pastime to sit in the pleasant sunshine of autumn, and gazing from this little spot of free earth over such a landscape, let the imagination luxuriate amid the thrilling associations of the scene!” ~ H.T. Tuckerman

virtuallyinsane-autumn: “ Mahir Uysal ”

During these glorious days of autumn, it is truly a gift to relish in the magnificent beauty that has been bestowed on us from above.  On this lovely autumn morning, I hope you will enjoy your visit and perhaps find inspiration to savor the “sweet and simple things.” 

“Besides the autumn poets sing, A few prosaic days.  A little this side of the snow, And that side of the haze…” ~ Emily Dickinson

Exquisite beauty is at absolutely every turn during autumn.  Actually, it is during every season, but in autumn it speaks a little louder.  Like a pretty girl wanting everyone to notice her new dress.

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By mozaika_le_do

To me, one of the sweetest things about autumn is a little change in cooking.  Such as homemade soup.  Somehow soup isn’t as special when it is ninety degrees.  Oh, but when the weather cools ever so slightly ~ Soups On!  We enjoy soup and of course, have many favorites (I’ll be sending recipes with my next “At Table),  In the meantime, two of our favorites are Cream of Broccoli Soup and Corn Chowder.  Both, promise smiles and second requests.

 

“Chowder breathes reassurance. It steams consolation.” ~ Clementine Paddleford

“Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.” ~ Laura Miller

I love to read anytime, but on a cool autumn day ~ it is perfect bliss.  Especially with the windows open, a pot of soup on the stove, and a cup of tea by my side.  Two wonderful books I recently enjoyed are, The Butterfly and the Violin and The Sparrow in Terezin.  Both are by Kristy Cambron.  A note, if you read these books, read “The Butterfly and the Violin” first.

In closing, I hope this finds you well and enjoying all the gorgeousness of autumn. Making memories doing ‘little things’ you love. 

Know, I wish you and yours a beautiful day.

And. . . 

“May the joy of the simple things, color the canvas of your soul.” ~ Mary Davis

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Remember, your visits are tiny ribbons of love I tie around my heart.  Be well, dear friends!

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

 

 

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Penny Carlson
Penny Carlson
19 days ago

Those soups are a favorite of ours as well. Such glorious pictures of autumn!

Rita C at Panoply
19 days ago

Just stopping to say I always enjoy your Sunday Thoughts. The next few weeks will be really busy for me, so I may not comment. But I hope I can take time to stop!

Sandra
Sandra
19 days ago

Oh, Rita, you have such courage. Wishing you good weeks, even though they will be so busy and do take time to see the leaves. I think they will be really pretty in our ‘hills’ this year. Blessings, dear one.

jeanie
19 days ago

I adore soup — pumpkin soup was on my menu this week (I’m on day three of it now!). Those books look great and of course you always choose such beautiful photos. A lovely way to welcome autumn — better than our rain and cold!

Sandra
Sandra
18 days ago
Reply to  jeanie

Good morning, Jeanie. Pumpkin soup sounds scrumptious. I have never made it – I must give it a try. I wish you could send us some of your rain, we need it desperately. It has been much cooler here, nice sleeping with the windows open.
Wishing you a great week!

Pam Richardson
19 days ago

Sandra, I always enjoy your Sunday thoughts and beautiful images. I will looking forward to your soup recipes “at table”, those posts have been missed. Wishing you a lovely autumn week ♥️

Sandra
Sandra
19 days ago
Reply to  Pam Richardson

Dear Pam, many thanks for your kind words and so much more. I have missed ‘At Table’ as well. Enjoy a lovely week, dear friend. ❤

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
18 days ago

Good morning, Sandra! I can’t wait for your At Table post. Those soups look scrumptious! I adore soups! Next to baking, they are one of my favorite things to prepare. I was just thinking of putting a pot of broccoli cheese soup on this weeks menu. Your autumn photographs are beautiful! Wishing you a happy and blessed week ahead, sweet friend!

Lorrie
18 days ago

What gorgeous images of autumn you’ve shown us, Sandra. We love soup, too, and I made a big pot of vegetable beef soup to share with friends yesterday. So cozy on a rainy Sunday. Have a good week!

Dewena
18 days ago

The Clementine Paddleford quotation shows why she was such a good food writer. I’ve never cared for chowder, probably because I’ve never had a homemade one, but it and your recipe makes me want to make it. If you’re not very familiar with her just google her, she was fascinating. I come across her articles in my vintage magazine collection and now you’ve reminded me that I really meant to collect her books. I think you must be having a much earlier fall than we have in Tennessee. I’ll probably have to wait to the end of October to experience… Read more »