Tuesday, September 01, 2015

On a September Evening







A fine drizzle of rain falls outside my window. I watch the street light flicker, go off, then come on in full force. Tree tops sway in the light wind. It's September 1 and feels like fall. 

Teachers are in school this week; classes begin next week. Meetings and prep time are cut short by the need to organize classrooms after some major and minor renovations over the summer. Brand new science labs, but the construction spilled into almost every classroom. 

Today I helped move English book sets. Teachers were ruthless, boxing up discards of sets that hadn't been taught for years. 

I came home exhausted, glad that dinner was simmering in the slow cooker. Before school I had also prepared the dry ingredients for Platz, and the treat came together quickly. Plum Platz, a favorite from my childhood. But today's version including varying flavors - a row or four of plums, one of peach, with apple and raspberry completing the pan. I used up fruit on hand.

Now, I sit with a cup of tea and a glowing candle while darkness closes in. 

36 comments:

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a busy day - followed by a lovely evening. We have been having unbelievably heavy rain for about an hour now - I think it is headed up your way. Aren't we thankful for this lovely rain of the past few days? We've had over 3 inches total - Washington, and British Columbia, are drinking up the wonderful rainfall.

Weekend-Windup said...

Tough day. Days will become easy when you start to enjoy the climate of this month. Have in mind that this time also will get passed away and never be fixed. All things will be easy...

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

A lovely post. Wishing you a great year ahead and much grace and strength.

Brenda
xox

Amy at love made my home said...

It sounds like a tiring and busy day, but a worthwhile and fulfilling one! It is a great start to the school year to be all organised and ready to go. Coming home to a delicious dinner is always a good thing isn't it! xx

Mersad said...

I wish for some cold and rain here. We are having a great heatwave again. Your days sound busy. Hopefully you find some solace in your quiet time.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

*sigh of admiration* Good cooking, good baking, and such a lovely atmosphere.
Wishing you a beautiful and comfortably busy autumn!

ann said...

A very peaceful end of a long day. Most of the children are back in school here. My granddaughters starte next Tuesday. They have had a long sipummer and I think there is a restlessness in that household. Your dessert sound very good. No rain here; in fact, it has been very hot during the day.

newenglandgardenandthread said...

I was freezing berries last night and looking for a recipe. I think I found it thanks to you. We'll be eating good this holiday weekend. :-)

Happy@Home said...

Sounds like a busy, yet productive start to September for you. I'm thinking it was a most welcome treat to come home to the smells from the crock pot. Platz is something new to me. I have gone to check out your recipe and it sounds delicious and perfect for making the most of the summer fruits before they are no longer here.
Wishing you a wonderful new school year ahead.

Lovella ♥ said...

Lorrie, I like your idea of of the different rows of fruit for your platz! It's nice to see a break in the skies at our place again today. It sounds like a really busy time ahead of you. Have a wonderful September.

Millie said...

I am still resisting the thought of fall...it is coming too quickly! Your platz looks lovely, a good way to use up the fruit on hand.

happywonderer.com said...

What a treat to come home to a slow-cooker meal. That platz looks really good!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

This plum recipe is a new one to me. I'd like to try it soon....next grocery store run for fruit :)

Debby Ray said...

What a perfect ending to what I'm sure was a busy, busy day for you. I wish I could say it feels like fall outside this week...last week it did but we are up to 90 again :( I have never heard of Plum Platz but it sure sounds delicious!

Vee said...

Sounds like hard labor! Boxing books and moving things about. Glad that a bit of fall arrived. It will drop to 79°F by Friday. We will be happy.
Have a good week of preparation.

Stephanie said...

What a warm, cozy picture, Lorrie :) It sure feels like fall here...there is a sweet crispness in the air.

Have a delightful evening. Hugs!

Dewena said...

I know you worked hard but this sounded like a very satisfying day, ending with your Platz, that I've never heard about. And I love that your schools don't begin until September, the way they should!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Plum Platz...a favorite from my childhood too. I like your version. 'Tis the season!

Sally Croft said...

Mmmm, Platz haven't had it in years, must break out the recipe.
Love opening the front door, after a busy day and being greeted by the aroma, of crock pot dinner.

Sally Croft said...

Mmmm, Platz haven't had it in years, must break out the recipe.
Love opening the front door, after a busy day and being greeted by the aroma, of crock pot dinner.

Sally Croft said...

Mmmm, Platz haven't had it in years, must break out the recipe.
Love opening the front door, after a busy day and being greeted by the aroma, of crock pot dinner.

Marilyn Miller said...

I have not heard of Platz. I will be investigating that recipe. Good luck with the beginning of school.

Deborah Montgomery said...

How clever of you to be so organized! coming home to the smells of dinner cooking must have been wonderful. Schools in Michigan don't start until after Labor Day , either. Very sensible, I say.
I'm looking forward to the fall weather. It was 90 and humid here today.

Ida said...

Always nice to come home to dinner waiting.
That Platz sounds yummy and looks it too. - I baked today too. Will post about it tomorrow.

Dagmar said...

Hi Lorrie, I gather that you are a teacher, so is my son and daughter in-law...in PoCo...I know how hard you work to help educate our youth. Enjoy your cup of tea and lovely cake!!
Xo
Dagmar

Anneliese said...

Your Platz looks so good! Comfort food for an autumn-like day!

Cheryl said...

Smart girl...dinner preparations well under way to ease the end of a busy day...dessert included! It sounds like a lovely, restful evening. (I would like to share some of your autumnal weather as well as a slice of your platz!) :)

Andrea Dawn said...

Lovely photo, looks like a lovely way to unwind after a busy day.

podso said...

Your photo is a beautiful illustration of your words about a busy day. It makes one feel the stress releasing as you embrace the evening shadows and your cup of tea!

heather meads said...

It does seem like Fall arrived rather quickly - it's like we turned the page on the calendar and we came to the next season. I hope the back-to-school goes well for you Lorrie and you settle in without too many disruptions.

Sheila said...

Thank you Lorrie. I have been wondering what to so with the rest of our Okanagan plums...yesterday I decided to make scones using tiny grapes and they almost look like raisin scones. Hope your September days in the classroom go smoothly. It's always a month filled with optimism.

Kelly-Anne said...

Hello Lorrie...oh, I am so pleased to ''meet'' you today... What a sweet, simple post...and hmmm...I love your picture! I am off to look around a bit...hugs to you!
Kelly-Anne

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Enjoy the new school year. Your plum treat looks delicious.

Jill said...

It looks very peaceful there. You know you revolutionized my homemade tomato soup. Now I add half and half when I've been to the store and it's creamy and delicious. Plus, fresh basil. I can't remember what kind of soup you did it with right now, squash? maybe? I have the recipe pinned I think because I loved it. But, it inspired me to add it to tomato too!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Platz must be similar to the cobblers we make. Now I just do crumbles which are just fruit with a crunchy topping.

Mary said...

That looks so good Lorrie - I always love cake with fruit, and even fruit with cake!!!! It just seems the healthy way to indulge in sweetness!

Mary X