Fall Feature

This month, I’m doing some “fall feature” posts with a favorite fall recommendation, paired with a recipe round-up. (Disclaimer: I haven’t actually prepared these recipes. I don’t do much baking.)

Book Recommendation

I recommend the Sierra Jensen books by Robin Jones Gunn. Robin’s original YA series, Christy Miller, is very much a summertime read, since Christy spends a lot of time on the beach. Plus, book one, Summer Promise, takes place during summer vacation.

The first Sierra book, in all fairness, takes place immediately after winter break. However, she is starting at a new school, which feels autumn-ish. Plus, she’s living in Portland AND she works at a cinnamon role shop. Admittedly, the cinnamon rolls play a big ROLE in my marking this as an autumn series. That and the fact that I reread the books last fall after receiving them for my birthday. 🙂

Pollyanna (aka Pumpkin— look at that fall coat!) enjoying a little RJG

Why I Like the Sierra Books

I’ve read most of Robin Jones Gunn’s works of fiction and so many of her books simply exude coziness. With the setting and the cinnamon rolls, the Sierra books are no exception. I really enjoy watching Sierra walk with Jesus through her high school years, building friendships and navigating relationships. Gunn does a wonderful job of demonstrating that relationship with Jesus is the very most important relationship.

And now, in honor of the cinnamon roles…

Cinnamon Roll Round-Up

*Disclaimer: I do not bake, so these are based on my impressions of the photos and ingredients.

Giant foods are so exciting, and this enormous roll looks delicious in the pan!
The raspberry variation sounds intriguing, and I think the tangy flavor would offset the richness of the roll.
Chocolate will hazelnut icing. Enough said!
A sweetly glistening Paleo variation on the traditional roll.
I’m fond of bacon with sweets, so I think I’d like this salty-sweet cinnamon roll.
I couldn’t post cinnamon rolls without including a delicious-looking walnut recipe (Christy Miller would NOT approve).

Published by Stephaniesninthsuitcase

Hi, there! My name is Stephanie and I’m a Fresno, CA native. After studying at Biola University, I received my MLIS (Masters in Library Science) from San Jose State University. I live with my mom, poet Kimberly Vargas Agnese, and serve as her unofficial agent. We reside at MeadowArc, a food forest in its infancy. I am called to, and passionate about, purity. In fact, the name Agnes means “pure.” Before I was born, my mom felt led to include the name Agnes in her name, and in the names of her children. My full, hyphenated name includes 26 letters (but not the whole alphabet).

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