Whole Grain Pecan Loaf
and Fall in Temecula

There is something about the change in seasons that gives way to a breadth of newness.. the jewel tone hues of summer redesigned to shades of crimson, sienna and umber. The air thins out as the moisture from the humidity declines and the wisps of the wind blow gentle breezes across the plains here in my Temecula.

Sometimes words alone can't describe it.. not even the pictures captured through my lens. But the feeling I get with this sensation none the less is enough to brighten my countenance and fill me with a renewed vigor.

There is nothing I love more than to welcome the cooler season with scents of fresh baked breads and the nutty aromas of whole grains and nuts.. and cloves! Something about the scent of cloves in all it's allure and mystery speaks not just of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but of a quintessence that entertains a feeling of anticipation.

A much needed day of rest and relaxation as I strolled through the Vail Lake Resort off of Hwy 79.. I have a special spot that I often retreat to that overlooks the glen and the lake in the distance. I can't recall a time ever visiting my little haven without being greeted by the whistle of the wind rustling through the trees.

“Prayer is not a way of making use of God; prayer is a way of offering ourselves to God in order that He should be able to make use of us. It may be that one of our great faults in prayer is that we talk too much and listen too little. When prayer is at its highest we wait in silence for God's voice to us; we linger in His presence for His peace and His power to flow over us and around us; we lean back in His everlasting arms and feel the serenity of perfect security in Him.”
Quote by William Barclay

Even my eldest daughter today made a remark about
the weather finally giving way to Fall..

This ridge in Temecula is along The Rainbow Gap, a valley way that brings cool air from San Diego's ocean through to the Temecula Valley.. the affect of this cool air is what gives the Temecula Vineyards it's plush flora and makes grape growing ideal. The moderate daytime temperatures and warm sunny days along with cool nights, are ideal conditions for the best wine grapes.

After a stroll on a crisp fall day there is nothing more comforting than a slice of fresh baked whole grain bread with yummy oats and pecans, scented with clove and drenched in homemade honey butter.

Beautiful sepia colors of dried out sunflowers..

Every year we look forward to a visit to Peltzer Farms for their annual fall festivities and gorgeous display of pumpkins.

Bella's choice..

...and mine!

Happy Fall 2010!!
Can't wait to unveil some hardy recipes and photo's..
Ciao, Abbracci e Baci!!



Kim - Liv Life said...

Laurie, beautiful photos!! I'm only 30 minutes away from you, but we haven't seen sun like that in weeks. Oh how I miss the sun! Thanks for the link to the pumpkin farm...we just might take a trip out there this weekend.

Laurie said...

Kim.. it was so overcast this morning that I didn't think we would have sun today either! I think the last that San Diego has seen sun was the first weekend in Oct. for the Miramar Air Show. I was out there that weekend and the skies were plump with white puffy clouds! :)

I hope you do make it out to Peltzer farm in Temecula! Have a great weekend!

Megan said...

Such beautiful country! God's Country! Your words are beautiful as well and I must say, I want bread and honey butter in my kitchen too! Thumbs up

Happy Fall Laurie!

Lori Lynn said...

Happy Fall Laurie! Gorgeous photos and lovely sentiment! And the pecan loaf sounds heavenly...

Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie said...

Oh how I miss San Diego County. I lived in Vista CA not far from you for 8.5 years. Have been in Vegas for 9 years now. It's finally getting cooler here - enough that I made soup last week and a pot of chili this past weekend.

Hubby and I drive to SoCal almost once a month to see the grandkids play soccer and football - but alas they're in the Inland Empire region about 90 minutes away. Haven't been to SD for about 18 months now.

Beautiful pictures and recipe. Thanks, Laurie.