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Just wanted to pop in and let y’all know that I really am alive still despite my lack of posts lately – explanation to come later. I also wanted to wish y’all a Happy Halloween and to share a ‘find’ from Target this week 😀
Oh and my dad felt compelled to carve our one and only pumpkin from our garden. I left him to do his thing as I ran errands this morning and came home to find this – he used his power tools and all. I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Not bad for an 82 yr old right? 😉
The skies seem to be brighter. The air seems cleaner, fresher and crisper. Its more pleasant to be outside vs having to run from building to car to home etc while constantly keeping over hydrated and SPF’d all day long. Oddly enough, I can’t wait to get outside and take more walks or rake the leaves in the fresh air and sunshine.
I. LOVE. FALL.
(Actually, I love being able to enjoy all four seasons throughout the year.)
Time to bust out the familiar and cozy sweaters, long sleeved tee’s and comfy jeans. As Rachel Ray used to say – its the time of year we can stop watching what we eat because we can hide underneath bulky fall clothing. Hey, its an excuse to go shopping right?
How true is that especially since this is the time of year that meals become heartier – hello chili, hearty soups & stews! – as well as baked goods. Apple & pumpkin everything! Y’all know I’ve got the bundt cake thing down pat 😉 Then you have the onslaught of holidays – Thanksgiving, Hallowe’en, Christmas…..all holidays based on food. Mmm!
I”m sure the list goes on….what are your favourite things about fall? Do you love it or hate it?
At the end of last summer, I vowed to learn how to garden this year. I had made the same vow the year before but didn’t take as much action as I’d have liked. My dad is aging, he’s not as into gardening as much as he used to. I need to absorb as much knowledge as I can before its too late. Besides, who doesn’t love the huge pay off for all the hard work? What’s better then walking out into your own backyard and picking out your veggies for your next meal? You know exactly what’s in/on them and where they’re from. Dare I call my garden bounty “organic”?
Hubby said he’d garden with me (aka help me BIG TIME because I’m not good at it) since I have very minimal experience. I know how to water the garden, weed and harvest. Dad also said he’d have no part in gardening this year as he was ‘done with it’. To be honest, I think he was tired of being the only one doing all the work. (To be revealed later, dad does putter around in the garden but not nearly as much as he has in the past. I guess old habits die hard ;))
This year, I dove in head first! Back in mid-late May, the hubster and I tilled the garden beds, mixed eggshells into the soil and fertilized it as well. I picked up the seedlings for our future garden and they were planted. Man was I ever excited!!
Then the boring part came…waiting for things to grow. I watered religiously and weeded as needed – basically daily.
Now that I look back on it, it really *is* a lot of work to grow & maintain your own garden but its SO totally worth it!
A few years back, we designed our backyard to be an enjoyable living space adding in the gardening aspects later. Now the two styles live together almost harmoniously. Turned out well if you ask me.
The tomato bed – san marzano, beefsteak & roma.
Pot – basil & Italian oregano.
Planter box #1 – jalapenos, red, green & yellow peppers
Planter box #2 – leaf lettuce
BTW: thats thai basil growing all rogue (bottom right hand of pic) Haven’t decided if we’re going to try to eat it/use it.
In this garden bed – yellow and green zucs, English cucs, butternut squash, Chinese eggplant and bittermelon.
Large pot: spearmint
Small pot: cilantro
Missing is one pic of the other large garden bed which is home to Chinese fuzzy gourds, Chinese long squash, bittermelon and pie pumpkins.
So far, the garden has produced plenty of herbs and lettuce. I can’t wait for the other items to start growing in!
Do you garden? What have you planted? Any recipe suggestions for the herbs? (I seem to have a lot to use LOL)
My family decided to gather to celebrate Father’s Day a day early in case the festivities ran later into the evening as planned. My sister hosted a BBQ to also celebrate everyone’s birthday as well.
Seeing that I like to bake & let my “inner domestic goddess” out once in a while, I tried to find a dessert that would be worthy. My sister is currently on a gluten free/lactose free diet so I hunted the interwebz for a suitable dessert. Everything I came across called for all those specialty ingredients necessary for gluten free baking.
Then I ran across this recipe for a Gluten Free Pumpkin Applesauce Bundt Cake. I mean, who doesnt love a bundt cake?! The shape in itself speaks volumes especially since it seems that the bundt has long since been forgotten.
This is how I started…
…which then turned into this yummy goodness…
…which then turned out like this for the final product. My entire family “Ooooh’ed” and “Aaahhh’ed” when I placed this on the table and told them what it was. I had only baked with rice flour once before and it was a flop. I was not feeling the most confident. My sister was delighted that it was gluten free so that she’d get to eat dessert as well. That made me happy.
Actually, THIS made me most happy. Everyone decided to try the cake vs the store bought apple turnovers she had bought for dessert. Success!! I can’t wait to try this recipe again with a few suggested tweaks even though everyone said they liked it how it was made tonight.
Talk about me being one happy girl! 🙂
Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there!