All of you who complained all summer long....

"Wah wah wah.  It's freezing.  Summer is supposed to be hot.  Blah blah blah."

Jerks.

Because now it's hot. All the people who complained  that summer was too cold are now complaining that fall is too hot.

Boo on you.
It is all your fault.

So what did I do?
Cranked up the air conditioning.  At this point, what's another million dollars on top of the already exorbinant monthly electric bill?

Tied on my favorite apron.  The one that I didn't sew.  Because I know you will ask.  Pier One did. My sweet friend gifted it to me for my birthday last year.
I highly recommend always cooking with an apron.  Not necessarily for function.  Mostly for fashion.  Plus, guys dig it.  Just saying.
Then I got out my $5 garage sale masterpiece.
The bread maker that I decided that I needed as soon as I saw this Rosemary Bread recipe.
It had me at Macaroni Grill.
Jeannett, the bread queen, suggested that I use the bread maker just for the dough cycle, then transfer the dough into a loaf pan and bake it in the oven.  This was a brilliant tip.
It took all of two minutes measuring and pouring the ingredients into the bread maker.  A mere, effortless, 90 minutes later I had perfect dough.  30 minutes at 375º after that, I had fresh, fluffy bread, instead of the tell tale dense square that many bread makers produce.
Next was the soup.  Hot, spicy, hearty, bubbling, Pasta e Fagioli.  Herbs and spices and meat and dreams, all in one big pot.  It momentarily made me forget that it was 89º outside with it's warm, cozy aroma.

So take that, hot fall, and all your haters.
I chose to override you.  It was awesome.

Now I think I'll go swimming.
That's the only thing you are good for, dumb, hot fall.


35 Comments

  1. DUDE. I could write this post about NC.

    Except if I wrote about the fact that we have had SIX MONTHS of 90+ weather coupled with 95% humidity I would cry.

    And all my shirts are destroyed due to sweaty pit stains.

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  2. Oh that looks delicious! I gotta make some bread. mmmm

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  3. yummy that looks so good! BTW if you have time feel free to stop by my blog I am having some awesome giveaways going on!

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  4. I'm pretty excited that I'm going to get throw on my flip flops and spend a bit at the beach sunbathing while I'm there.

    Though I'm not excited for your ridiculous electric bill you will have :(

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  5. 5 dollar bread maker. so jealous.

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  6. A few years ago I bought and used this yummy Rosemary and mint shampoo. I can't eat rosemary now though because it reminds me of soap :) And Vegas is still pushing the 90's and I hate it!

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  7. I saw an apron like that at Pier 1 yesterday. I need to go back and get it. Guys like it, you say? Ah-ha-ha!

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  8. Agreed... Why would anyone complain of a cool summer... But I am here to tell you I WILL and AM complaining about a HOT fall... hissssssssss

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  9. I had a thrift store bread maker love affair last fall. I finally got over it and now you are making me want that run that aromatic devil again. Man, I love it - but my hips DON'T!!!

    :)

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  10. i love that soup, i make it every fall/winter. someone brought it to me after i'd had a baby and it was the perfect thing.

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  11. I know you are totally referring to me and my endless Facebook updates whining and crying over the "coldest summerrrrr everrrr". It's okay. You can blame me. Because I blame you... For the 8,000 calories I'm about inhale. Breadmaker mixing? Oven baking? Jeannett is a genius. And I blame the two of you for my new afternoon plans.

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  12. Hello? We pay a hefty price to enjoy this beautiful weather. Why don't you move to Seattle? JK. Don't move to Seattle. I would miss you too much.

    PS Check the weather. 71 on Monday. Practically freezing!

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  13. For the record....I LOVED our summer weather!!!! No one heard me complain ONCE!

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  14. I have that apron too!! (And I used it as a model to make one for someone else...so cute!!)

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  15. I have that apron too Julie! Love it!

    I have a garage sale bread machine that I bought two years ago and still have never attempted to use it...it makes me nervous. I have never had any success with bread-making. You make me want to pull it out and try. :)

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  16. yeah, take that!

    i made chili and cornbread. that'll teach fall.

    this looks delicious. thanks for the recipes.

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  17. Seriously...I'm over this heat too..I was NOT complaining when it was a cold summer. I want to eat bread and soup and all things pumpkin :)
    Now I'm SOOO bummed that I donated my breadmaker, dang!!

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  18. Yes! I couldn't agree more. All those people who are now complainig- suck it up baby cakes, it's their fault. Love you blog and thought I'd comment.

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  19. What have you done?! I clicked on your link to the apron and now I have a list of things I NEED. I emailed my husband and said, would you like it if I wore this and he said yes! You were right! But what do I do about the other things? I need the colorful coffee cups that stack in that cute thing even though I don't drink coffee. I still drink water. Who said I can't put water in a coffee cup? And I NEED the canisters to hold sugar and flour and such even though I registered and got the oxo grip pop lid things that currently hold those ingredients. My list DOES go on. Why can't I have everything? :( Sorry about the weather. You won't have blizzards this winter though. That's good!

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  20. maybe now i will get my dust covered bread machine out and use it...transferring it to a pan and baking it in the oven is genius!
    i always hated the way it came out of the machine!

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  21. dude, i'm making that soup! and i'm jealous about the bread maker. though i dont think i'd have room for one. i go back and forth on hating/loving the hotness, depending on whether i want to wear boots or flip flops.

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  22. YUM! Unfortunately, I'm the dummy that sold my bread maker for $5 at a garage sale last summer because I hadn't used it since we got it for a wedding gift in 1999. Kind of regretting it now... :(

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  23. i second that, and i'd like a slice of bread please. today at the zoo we were sweating at 9am. cause it was 90 degrees at 9am. fall? autumn? seasons? apparently, arizona decided to forgo them this year. it's kind of nice to know i'm not alone though. misery love company and all.

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  24. oh how i LOVE aprons!!! i had to cut myself off from buying anymore, since i have so many :) excited about your bread maker! my mom made homemade bread when we were kids and we LOVED it! i might have to keep my eye out for one now.

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  25. I'm impressed! Your bread machine obviously works well!

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  26. It's not hot here...but BREAD + SOUP = YUM...dreamy!

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  27. OH...and the apron!! How could I forget the apron? I LOVE them...and I don't have a single one..how ridonculous is that?! On my Christmas list though...

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  28. I do that all the time in the middle of the summer! We make the house super cold and make tons of homemade soups. YUMMY!!!

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  29. Oh I am so with you on this one! When everyone else was complaining this summer I was L.O.V.I.N.G. it. I knew the heat would come. And I was happy to take cooler over 100 degrees any day. And now I am baking those soups in the stinkin hot weather too. Whatever. I will do what I want. I just have a swamp cooler going...but whatever. Life is about making the best out of it right? Happy Wednesday to you.

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  30. dumb fall.
    HA, you crack me up! It is kinda weird huh!? I made soup tonight...I'm suppose to feel soupy. You know I'm a seaonally emotional food person. Summer-cucumber watermelon salad & bbq. Fall-soup & pumpkin bread.
    Winter-I don't know...kale?
    And I want to confess. I swiped a scripture off your blog, I just learned how to right click & save image & I had to have it. I printed it up & stuck it in my calendar. So sorry & thank you. I mean both.
    ~Ada in coastal cali

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  31. Amen. Thanks for calling them on it.

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  32. Totally, wholeheartedly agree! I live in the desert and all of my OC friends complained about how cold summer was and I thought 'suck it up, it could be worse!' lol! Now here it is the middle of October and still 100 degrees out here!! Ugh!
    BTW Kristy from sosobella is one of my very closest friends, more like my sister actually and she suggested that I ask you if you know any bloggers from Virginia, I am moving there soon and was hoping to read up about it a little from someone who actually lives there.

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  33. Awesome!! We are having a cold spring and this will take the edge off!!

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  34. Oh yum! I love, love, love that soup and have recently began my own love affair with rosemary!

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  35. Julie- I haven't used my Cuisinart bread maker in about 3 years after two unsuccessful attempts at bread making...until this post. Had I known you were looking for a breadmaker I would have gladly donated mine over to you. But now! Oh ho, I will use it all the time now! And the bread turned out awesome!

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