On the way to class this morning….

Union Jack
I spied Union Jack.
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Monticello (with braised artichoke recipe^^)

While in Virginia I had to stop at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. I had never been before, so I had some locals show me around. And by locals I mean my grandmother^^

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Appalachia in Fall

Driving through the Appalachian mountains is always beautiful, even in the dead of winter. But fall being my favorite time of year and me driving up to mid west Virginia means you get to see them in all their colorful glory^^

Depending on where you are in the Appalachian mountains you may hear them called the Rocky Mountains, the Smokey Mountains, the Highlands (often with a states’ name in front of them), or any number of other names. But when you are the oldest known mountain range, you probably get called a lot of things….

Appalachian Highlands
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Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

My family celebrates? All Souls day. Not sure celebrate is the word I’m looking for, but it’ll work I guess.

Much like O-bon in Japan, All Souls day is a way to remember everyone who has died, and to pray for both their happiness in the after life and that we might see them again after our death. It’s a pretty quiet international festival; unless you celebrate it in Mexico. There they call it ‘the Day of the Dead’ and it’s like a funeral, Halloween, and Mardi Gras all rolled into one. I have never heard the more widespread All Souls day be brought up on the news, but I think the world has heard of Day of the Dead. Crazy, right?

Many cultures have a fondness for round themes when it comes to the departed. Both Buddhists and a variety of Celtic folk stories say ghosts like round foods like rice balls and cakes. What else would I make then, but my baked pumpkin doughnuts? Here’s my recipe, full of spiced pumpkin goodness^^

Pumpkin Doughnuts

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