A Chill in the Air

I may be jumping the gun here, but fall really seems to be in effect here.

It’s chillier than it has been, a little overcast, and feels like it’s football tailgaiting weather <— which for me is my cue to head to the mall, not tailgate.  Priorities.

Lots of you were so surprised from my last post that I have only turned on my A/C once, for an hour, all summer.   Trust me, I don’t like to suffer and am all for turning on my A/C when needed but I actually turn on my seat heaters in my car at night.  Laugh if you will, but my seat and I are happy being toasty.

Coastal Southern California is extremely temperate.  For about half the year, it’s in the high 60s/low 70s and yes we have our spikes to 80 or 84F, but not too often.  In the winter, the daytime highs drop to the 50s/60s and in the evenings it can get into the 30s/40s.


But it’s moderate here, 50s-70s, for much of the year and we have lots of clear (and sometimes crisp days).

Everyone thinks it’s always bikini and shorts weather here.  Wrong!  You’d freeze!

The ocean and coast really moderate the weather here so unlike my Minnesota and Chicago roots, we do not have those cold colds, and those hot, humid, and sticky hots.  I also lived in North and South Carolina and San Diego doesn’t get anywhere near as hot (or humid) as those places.

It almost feels like I should break out my slow cooker or at least put a pot of soup on the stove

Spicy Vegetable, Corn, & Bean Soup

All my soups are dump it in one pot, boil for 45 minutes, and soups ready.

I don’t sautee, then add, then transfer, pureee, none of that.  No time to be bothered.

Or maybe a pan of Salsa & Cheezy Baked Beans & Veggies would hit the spot.  And make planned leftovers.

A one pan, use what you have on hand, vegan meal that impresses nonvegans and football fans alike

And use up all your odds and ends potatoes, carrots, and random veggie drawer surprises in the process

For dessert, it’s time to break out the homemade Dark Rum Caramel Sauce and apples I’m thinking.

I’m glad you liked my Friday Favorites Post

And Katie just told me that my White Chocolate Vanilla Marshmallow Cake Bars

Are on the Most Favorite of the last 7 Days first page of FoodGawker.  Thanks to everyone who’s gawked.  I’m flattered.  One of my sweetest, richest desserts that I hope you make, not just gawk at.

And thanks for the entries on the $150 Anderson Seafoods Giveaway I just started!


1. What foods are you excited to make now that there’s a little chill in the air, or there will be a chill in the air soon?

2. Weekend Plans?

I’m working, hopefully spending some time working on recipe development, maybe taking my camera out to play, and will be spending time with my BFF

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. I agree! I went for a run the other night and thought it felt like fall. I kind of enjoyed it to be honest. I think a lot of people picture San Diego as a very HOT climate. They don’t realize how mild it is. Everyone that visits wears shorts and tanktops in the winter and then they complain that they’re cold. They don’t realize we have this huge ocean that keeps us nice and cool and comfortable. I love it! I don’t think you could ask for better weather.

    I also don’t need to use the A/C. Angela is a big sweater at night so she always turns it on and I freeze.

    I reallllly think you need to invite me over for some of that amazing food!!! :) Where are you living now??

  2. A chill in the air excites me for? well, not a lot. Like you, I definitely think shopping is greater than football! So I’m always down for shopping!

    A chill in the air DOES make me excited that apples will be good tasting and inexpensive again! :)

  3. I wish I didn’t have hot and humid sticky days – and by the way, I am so making those salsa and cheezey baked beans. They look so delicious!!!

  4. Still not feeling fall here, it’s hot. Pfft, car seat heaters! :-P But oh yeah, CA coasts can be chilly, lows in Fort Bragg were in the 50s.

    1. Anything with beans and winter squashes.
    2. Pretty laid back, will probably visit my grandma in the hospital.

  5. Oh how they look delicious on FoodGawker~!! Congrats. I sure wish it felt like fall here. I try not to complain because most of they year it feels like fall…its just July and August that are so intolerable. But it sure is really hot! Your caramel sauce for the apples slices looks yum.

  6. You are so right! It has been a little “chilly” is SD lately :)

  7. PUMPKIN!!! I cannot WAIT for pumpkin. I love fall (summer too!), but hate the prospect of a dreary New England winter. I love winter too, but it just gets dark so early!

  8. congrats on the food gawker achievement! i can see why your photos/recipe reached that level of status!
    haha, i use my seat heaters ALL THE TIME unless it’s over 80 degrees out. and all summer, i only put the air conditioner on at night. i do not like chills, shivering, or the hint of goosebumps.
    if i could ever live in the states, i guess i better head to florida instead of san diego! :)
    enjoy your weekend! working here, too!

  9. I know what you mean about the weather! I woke up today and it looked all dreary outside. I was with my friend at Peet’s up here in North County and I had capris and a sweater on; it is definitely feeling like fall. I want to get out some hot cocoa or a bowl of minestrone soup.

  10. 1. What foods are you excited to make now that there’s a little chill in the air, or there will be a chill in the air soon?

    More hot tea with yummy seasonal flavours, like pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon.

    2. Weekend Plans?

    Visiting my grandparents back where I grew up – only 2 hrs away. One grandmother broke her shoulder a few weeks ago, so we’ll be helping out where we’re needed…and taking loads of pictures!

  11. I am so not ready for fall yet!!

  12. I’m excited for soups and stews and BAKING!!! Yum!!

    Have a great weekend, girl!

  13. I like how you think! Easy peasy and still delicious!

  14. Oh my goodness say it isn’t so! I’m not ready for fall :\

    White Chocolate Vanilla Marshmallow Cake Bars look soooo sooo good! I read your post on them the other day and my mouth dropped. Then drool was wiped :p

    1. Hot cocoa :)

    2. Hmm.. tonight I’m watching a movie with my mom, hopefully filming me making melon bellinis at some point in the weekend/hanging out with friends the same time (how convenient). Miami also has an art walk this Saturday.. so maybe do that and go out for dinner beforehand. Maybe we’ll get some beach time in as well!

    p.s. I got the DVD in the mail the other day and I did the workout!!! It really worked my muscles! Once again, thank you so much for hosting such awesome giveaways :)

  15. I found your blog via your guest post on Oh She Glows, and I’m now borderline obsessed. You have the cutest daughter, and your doughballs are to die for!

    I’ve got mixed feelings about fall – I’m sad to see summer go (and consequently go back to work [I work in a school]) but I LOVE fall weather, seeing the leaves change, all the seasonal produce, Halloween, and FOOTBALL! I live in a pretty humid climate, too, so I won’t be sad to say goodbye to the frizz that abuses my hair during the summer.

  16. Crisp autumn air screams chilli and cornbread to me… can’t wait!! And I love that you call skylar your BFF, I’m sure she admires you just as much :)
    Quick question- do you write using windows live writer? I was trying to download but it says its only for PC’s and I know you use a MAC so I was curious how you got that to work for you. Thanks!

  17. I felt a chill in the air today…

    And I cried…

    No joke…

    I am SO not ready!


  18. Fall. Yep. Its here for sure. I’m wearing a fleece and yoga PANTS. But I’m also chronically cold, so that’s that.

    Congrats on being most gawked at! Something tells me this isnt’ the first or the last time that will happen. ;)

  19. It really does feel like fall in southern California lately! I hope it lasts through the next few months- I remember October being really hot a few years ago!

  20. Skylar gets more and more beautiful every time I see a new pic if that’s even possible!

    It looks so gorgeous there. It’s my perfect weather! I totally knew that it’s not always bikini weather. I learned that when Pam Anderson used to sport Uggs in August (before she realized her PETA activism and Uggs were a conflict of interest ha oye). Anyway…I would totally move there if my entire family could come because it’s like paradise compared to HOT HUMID summers and BONE CHILLING winters here in Philly :(

    Have a great weekend!!!

  21. Woohooo! If you are heading into fall, that means spring is on the way over here! Of course.. it’s snow forecasted for the next few days, however, I’ll try not to think too hard about that. Those marshmallow cake bars are totally happening in my kitch this week.

  22. I agree with you on California weather! I don’t miss it at all. Everyone thinks it’s all nice and toasty year round and I found myself in sweaters most days. I’m lovin the weather here in Florida! :)

  23. I am such a heat-lover! I totally agree with you that I don’t even like the AC. I am freezing 9 months of the year, I WANT some intense heat while I can! ;)

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  24. I’ve been to San Diego a couple of times throughout the year. The weather was different, but for a Canadian it was still AWESOME! I made a batch of spiced date balls last night… mmm pumpkin spice is the perfect way to ring in Fall.

  25. I’m excited to get back to soups! They’re one of my favorite meals in the winter, but summer always feels to warm for it. And I’m excited for all the holiday pies and treats come November!

    Every stinkin’ time you talk about the California weather I get so jealous. I need to live in a temperate climate!

  26. The chill in the air gets me excited to start craving more warming foods. Although I hate soup, so it’s more things like roasted veggies and chili.

    Hoping for a relaxing weekend! And it’s looking like it might actually come true!

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  28. Summers are so short in Saskatchewan … we will have a major chill in the air around the end of September (or earlier) and it will last waaaaaaaay tooooooo looooooooooooong!

  29. I am having trouble posting a comment on your PB post – but I want to tell you that I had PB on my hamburger yesterday, and it was FABULOUS!!!

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