Traveling is a wonderful experience but the time comes when you pack your bags for the last time, check your room for any forgotten items, head to the airport, return the rental car and fly back home. Even though you may be exhausted from an entire day of traveling, there is nothing like walking into your home after a long journey to see that your home is just the way you left it…safe and sound, warm and welcoming.
But reality sets in fast as you set your bags down, tired and a little hungry after hours on a plane. You open the fridge and it is almost empty…being purged of perishables before leaving home. What are you going to eat?
One of my favorite options is a cheese platter and a nice bottle of red wine. Not only is it quick and easy to put together, it reminds me of all the wonderful cheese I had at the hotels on our trip. I love cheese and had it daily, either eaten at breakfast with a crusty seeded whole grain roll or before dessert was served…sometimes both.
I keep a wheel of boxed brie and wedges of cheese in my refrigerator for just such an occasion. I also have homemade crostini in the freezer that just need to be taken out and warmed in the oven for a couple of minutes while I get crackers, some dried fruits, and fig jam or a chutney out of the pantry. All that needs doing is just putting everything together on a small platter and opening a bottle of red wine and I have a quick and easy bite to eat. It may not be considered dinner but it is a nice way to end a long journey.
After a memorable trip to Germany and Austria, it is now back to the real world. There is always the dreaded unpacking, laundry, heading to the cleaners and the grocery to restock the kitchen, and of course cleaning the cobwebs that seem to always appear.
Most years I do this slowly over a few days as I adjust to the difference in the time zones. While doing errands, I usually enjoy the fall foliage that we have at this time of the year. I also spend time outside in the cool weather on my tractor mulching the fallen leaves on the ground. The leaves are always there waiting for you no matter how long it takes to get to them.
Exactly one year from the above photo, this is what it looks like today in the photo below.
This year mother nature blew away our beautiful leaves during Hurricane Sandy and has now covered the ground with snow from a Nor’easter. No matter the circumstances, I always think there is no place like home, sweet, home.