Vanilla scented season

Today was the kind of early fall day I love! The morning was chilly and misty but not really cold. That burned off for a crystal clear afternoon of brilliant blue sky. Just warm enough to shed the morning’s sweater, but cool enough to be really comfortable in tall socks and boots.

I’ve been sad about the end of berry season. Perfect sun-ripened berries are amongst my favorite foods, and this season was both fleeting and spectacular. But the markets have turned to pears and apples, which I haven’t been quite ready for. Until today.

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Today, fall was calling so I pulled out some pears and brought back our Vanilla Pear shrub. This is like a vanilla poached pear, but better. All those black speckles are vanilla beans. I even include the pods. This cozies up with lush pears to make a shrub that’s sweet and perfumed, but not cloying.

Welcome back fall!

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