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A Messy Kitchen in the Autumn

I love Autumn! And I love this post. Enjoy!

Cynthia Reyes

Life happens in our kitchen. Every day.

Which means it’s always clean but often a mess. 

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Blog Photo - Kitchen messy friend smiles

Humans like to hang out there and share stories.

Dogs like to sleep there and sometimes snore.

Blog Photo - Kitchen Dog Sleeps

In the autumn, potted plants move in from the verandah.

Blog Photo - Kitchen plants on window sill

English ivy sits on the window sill, Scotch Bonnet pepper sits on the floor.

Blog Photo - Kitchen Pepper Plant

Within a couple weeks, we’ll get dozens of ripe peppers….

Blog Photo - Kitchen Pepper CU

Blog Photo - Kitchen Ripe Pepper

… which we’ll give to relatives and  friends. (I’m not a hot-pepper person, despite my Caribbean origins.)

Some days the whole kitchen smells of apples, cinnamon and other ingredients for pies….

Blog Photo - Kitchen Apple slices

Blog Photo - Kitchen Seasonings for Pie

…which DO include a tip of Jamaican rum, yes, and maple syrup too, since we’re a Jamaican-Canadian family.

Blog Photo - Kitchen Pies on Table

Earlier, it was the fragrance of apple and mint jellies –

Blog Photo - Jelly Jars many

And as you can see, they’re still on the kitchen table — recent events having overtaken…

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22 thoughts on “A Messy Kitchen in the Autumn”

  1. Enjoyed your post, Cynthia. Yes, the kitchen is the ‘heart of the home.’ Jealous though, your potted plants look much better than mine this year. Sweet pup and handsome husband too! 🙂 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thank you! That ‘handsome husband’ is my editor, Tim. We work well together, but I’m not sure either of us could handle being married to each other! (big smile) Have a wonderful weekend too.

  2. What a wonderful place! I love to visit with friends in their kitchens. I love to cook, too. It must be so gratifying to use fruits, vegetables and herbs that you have grown yourself. Thank you for sharing this glimpse of such a warm and happy home.

    1. Thank you, Theresa. Arabella magazine published an excerpt from my next book, titled An Honest House (the excerpt). Farmhouses really do have that spirit of unpretentiousness about them, and we stewards – methinks — just learn to fall into line.

    1. Yes, Karen, but couldn’t I just please live in a magazine house for even one hour? Just for the experience of it? I’d take photos to remind me that my house was fabulously glamorous for an hour — before my family and I descended on it and started cooking and living in it….

  3. My kitchen hasn’t been quite the same since my dishwasher broke down a month ago. Only a week to go now and I’ll have a new one. Ahhhh, that will be better 😀

  4. Every time I read a post like this, I want to come to your house for a long weekend and soak up the “homeyness.” I bet your kids love returning to the nest!

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