#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Fall is falling

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating–I LOVE this time of year.  The sun is still shining brightly most days, but it’s cooler, and getting crisp of a morning.

I’m inundated with garden vegetables–the tomatoes are ripening and I’ve cornered the market on squash.  :)  I made a wonderful dinner last night–spaghetti squash, an adaption of an old Weight Watchers recipe Debbie Macomber and I both loved.  I speared a small squash with a meat fork, to vent, and baked it for an hour at 375 degrees.  While it was cooling off, I chopped onions and cooked them in olive oil until they were transparent, then added a pound of extra-lean hamburger, cooked that through, drained off the grease, etc.  Next, I added some spaghetti sauce from a jar, along with garlic (which I use generously in almost everything I cook).  That done, I cut the cooked squash in half and de-seeded it–all extras go into the compost bucket–scraped the squash into the hamburger mixture with a fork, stirred, and let the whole thing simmer.  After about 15 minutes or so (I am a very imprecise cook when it comes to recipes I’m familiar with), I scooped the stuff back into the squash shells, patted it down, and added shredded mozzarella.  Back in the oven it went, to bake (roast?) at 375 for about 30 minutes.  The meal was delicious, dare I say so myself, but next time I’ll wait until the last 10 minutes or so to add the cheese.  It might have overbrowned just a little on this go-round, but it was still delicious. 

I had a dental visit yesterday, as mentioned–if there’s one thing an ADD person just about can’t stand, it’s sitting in a dentist’s (or hairdresser’s) chair for long periods of time, unable to read or do crafts.  (My hands NEED to be busy.)  Still, teeth must be cleaned, like it or not.  So I endured, and it really wasn’t bad, and now I don’t have to worry about it until January!  YES!

I didn’t get much sleep last night–I was listening to Jason Mott’s new book, “The Returned”, on my iPod.  (I’ve got to quit listening to books when I’m supposed to be asleep.)  This book, coincidentally published by Harlequin, my own fantastic publisher, is truly original, well-written, and compelling.  If you’re in the market for a suspense with a supernatural twist, try this one.  It certainly got me thinking, especially about the ramifications of things that might, at first, seem like the best thing that could happen.

Maybe I should start a book club, like Oprah.  :)

Or not.

For those of you who commented, YES, Jack Jones is a fabulous husband.  And Cindy is a fabulous wife.  It’s lovely to see real romance in action, outside the covers of a book!

23 comments to “Fall is falling”

      · September 10th, 2013 at 2:32 pm · Link

    Yes, I think fall in coming too. Mornings in Texas have been nice & cool, makes for a good walk. But afternoon are still little warm, but we got rain this week end & today.

    Finished Big Sky wedding last week. It sure was good, did not want to put it down but had to sometimes. Now can’t wait for the next one. I think I have read all of your books now it is time to go back & start over on rereading them.

    Just keep up writing these good books for us and take care of yourself.

      · September 10th, 2013 at 2:39 pm · Link



  3. marilyn hurst
      · September 10th, 2013 at 2:41 pm · Link

    My dentist gives me a kosh ball to play with while in the chair, that way I hold still but can keep my hands busy.

    Have a great week.

  4. Jennifer L.
      · September 10th, 2013 at 2:46 pm · Link

    Fall is my favorite season, too. Here in southern California, it’s much more subtle than most places, but there is a difference. :)
    The recipe sounds delicious – I’ll have to try that!
    And yes to you starting a book club! I loved The Ghost Bride, and I just jotted The Returned down; I’ve got to look for that. :)

  5. Tracy
      · September 10th, 2013 at 2:55 pm · Link

    I am a summer girl, not really looking forward to the cool crisp mornings

    • Hilda
        · September 10th, 2013 at 3:38 pm · Link

      Same here! Once you need to wear a sweater and closed shoes, I want to fly south!

  6. Sherry Wallace
      · September 10th, 2013 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Yes, I see real romance in real life in my son & DIL – such a precious couple, as well as my two grands :). So many couples their age have split & the toll it takes on the kids is awful. Love that recipe you put together! You must have used acorn squash? Love all kinds, myself, & we have an abundance of yellow or crook neck we call it down south. Southerners fry yellow squash with onions & bacon till browned – wow is that good

  7. Lois Rotella
      · September 10th, 2013 at 3:10 pm · Link

    I just finished Big Sky Wedding. I love Brylee’s story. She was so afraid she would not be loved and miss out on a family of own. Can’t wait till the next installment. Your receipe sounds good. maybe I will give it try. I love all the fall veggies and love going to the farmers market. I live in the city and have no place for a garden. Wish i could. Maybe once I retire I will move to some place where i can have a garden.

  8. Carol Miller White
      · September 10th, 2013 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Linda, I love Autumn, too. It is my favorite season. Thank you for the delicious-looking recipe :)

  9. Ruby Norwood
      · September 10th, 2013 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Linda, I am going to try that recipe sounds delicious and there is real romance other than those books that I love to read. They just make me love my husband more.
    Have a great afternoon!!

  10. Norma Stanforth
      · September 10th, 2013 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Yes it would be nice to see real romance out side of a book. Jack sounds like he is a real one doing all of that for Cindy and i am glad that she is a great wife! It is hard to find true ones these days. :lol:
    It sound like you, had a great meal!
    Hope everyone has a great day and GOD bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend,

  11. Renae kinsey
      · September 10th, 2013 at 4:47 pm · Link

    That recipe sounds so good!!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful life with your fans…with alll that you do it’s amazing you do find time to write!! Love love love your posts!!!

  12. zola udell
      · September 10th, 2013 at 5:03 pm · Link

    BOY!, that sounded delicious. I only would have added a salad to make sure I had enough veggies. I am glad you are doing what you can to be healthy and stay with us a long time. May God grant that wish for me.

  13. Ida C
      · September 10th, 2013 at 5:04 pm · Link

    Dinner sounded really good! Our weather today is feeling like the low 40’s (too hot). We didn’t have it this hot all summer. I like autumn as well, but the way our weather has been going this year, we might just jump from summer straight into winter, but I hope not. Love reading your posts. Happiness to everyone.

  14. Deborah Nelson
      · September 10th, 2013 at 5:13 pm · Link

    I am also an audiobook fan. My problem when I listen while in bed at night is that I fall asleep and have to find the last bookmark. Speaking of audiobooks, I’ve ordered “Big Sky Wedding” but I’m waiting until I’ve finished reading the Kindle version. I know that I can do immersion reading. But with reading and then listening, I get to experience it twice!

  15. Crystal
      · September 10th, 2013 at 5:16 pm · Link

    What an AWESOME idea for you to start a book club!!!! WOW that would be something to read it then have a discussion. I do have to say I will have to broaden my horizons cause all I tend to read ( other than the bible ) is your books.. Do you have a version of the old book in LLM style!! LOL Fall is absolutely my FAVORITE time of year!! The colors are breathtaking beautiful ( yes even in Louisiana) lol I love all the orange greens and browns.. and the wonderful cool weather when we are blessed with it in the south. I do hope everyone has a wonderful week!! Sounds like you had a wonderful time with friends its always so nice to get together!!! Too much time always tends to pass between good friends before getting together and catching up!! All that laughter is always good for the soul! :wink:

  16. judy
      · September 10th, 2013 at 5:54 pm · Link

    I am lookinf for fall. We are still running ine 90’s doing the day and 70’s at night. Will be glad when mornings will be in the 50’s and 60’s.

  17. Susan Lee
      · September 10th, 2013 at 6:13 pm · Link

    That recipe sounds really delicious. Fall is not my favorite time of year because you have to go back to work then when you are a teacher. In Canada winter our really terrible trying winters are just around the corner as well. However I do love to see my students again. Un like other teachers I often have the same students at least two years in a row always with some new ones of course. I am thankful for the lovely spring and summer I had.

  18. carole
      · September 10th, 2013 at 7:06 pm · Link

    I make spaghetti squash quite a bit and had my son fooled he thought he was eating regular spaghetti, that’s the way I ate spaghetti when I first started W.W. way back in the 70’s and we couldn’t use much oil but I learned to use spices to add flavor, but always used garlic…since being Italian its in my diet.You should start a book club I like to find new authors or books to read. Have a nice evening!

  19. Cheryl Messer
      · September 10th, 2013 at 7:38 pm · Link

    Autumn is my absolute most favorite season of the year also! Crisp, cool and sunny! I could live in that type of a climate forever! New England Autumns’ are stunning, I do not know what they are like out West.
    Your recipe had me drooling! I just had (semi-emergent) gall bladder surgery and have to have little to no fat in my diet, but that recipe sounded so yummy! Will have to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Diana E
      · September 10th, 2013 at 7:58 pm · Link

    Fall is my favorite time of the year, too. I’m just waiting for it to cool off a bit. We’re having a bit of a heat spell here in OR.
    You’re recipe sounds great, I don’t garden but a neighbor gave me a couple fresh tomatoes, maybe a BLT for dinner tonight! Sounds like you have to do the every three month thing like I do at the dentist, not my favorite either. Blessings.

  21. Anne-Marie Olka
      · September 10th, 2013 at 8:19 pm · Link

    I just finished Big Sky Wedding…it was delightful as always. Can’t wait to mail it to my sister so she can read it. Was in Colorado Springs the last 3 weeks. Packed expecting nice cool fall type of weather…WRONG! It was up at 96 almost everyday. The only good thing No mosquitoes at night and decently cool enough at night to sit outside with out burning up. Was hoping to be there long enough to see the colors change but unexpected things happen so back in Florida where it is too D— hot! Glad you had a great garden return year.
    Looking forward to the next Big Sky Book.

  22. Liz M
      · September 10th, 2013 at 8:34 pm · Link

    I love fall all the New England colors on the trees are just incredible!! I am blessed to live in such a great part of the country. And I just ordered Big Sky Wedding. I can not wait for it to come and start ready it. I love the entire series.

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