Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Procrastination pays off sometimes

We've had our first few frosts of the season. I haven't been in the garden much this fall and when I look to see what I had going on last year at this time I was harvesting broccoli! Wow, not that together this year. I'll blame it on the kids. ha. I am amazed I don't accomplish more than I do as I'm in a constant state of perpetual motion from the moment I wake until I go to bed. It's just not overly productive motion when caring for 2 small kids is my focus.

But the garden is ever-loving! This weekend I went out and found some carrots hiding in one of the beds and roasted then tossed them with browned butter and fresh minced thyme. Oh my. And we've been making lots of guacamole. So much so that I ran out of onions. But hark! onions in the garden that were just left behind because they were too small to make harvest. Ya, procrastination on garden clean up really can pay off. I even have a small harvest of tomatoes left for sauce. Maybe today! Eh, maybe not!

We ate our first pomegranate from Colven's tree! It was really neat to see my boy eat his first fruit from the tree his placenta nourished.

These persimmons are not from our garden (although I did plant a tree this year!) but they are so abundant right now in our area. I bought a huge pile of them from The Farm. They were 4 for $1! I've been making Persimmon Pudding with Brandied Whipped Cream like mad. Everyone is addicted. I was given a tip by a friend of ours to use the Joy of Cooking recipe with double the spices for the pudding. Um ya, excellent! EXCELLENT! The Brandied Whipped Cream is made by adding a splash of brandy and a bit of sweetener to some heavy cream and then whip together until it reaches the consistency you desire. I'm fond of the gloopy whipped cream as opposed to the stiff peak kind.

Back to tending the stove to warm our house.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Moons & Stars & Milky Ways

I found this little heirloom Moon&Stars watermelon gem today hiding in the asparagus patch! I planted late and honestly kind of forgot about the poor little bugger. Today as I was watering here and there this sweet single melon caught my eye and what interesting galaxies this melon sky beholds. We'll be having November melon for dessert tonight; What a treat!
"Mom! I found you something sooo awesome. SO AWESOME mom. Wait till you see THIS! Oh wow mom... there are TWO! SO AWESOME!" worms and words from my 3 year old :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

We did a late harvest of gourds and squash and pumpkins today, assembled them in front of the garden gate on a giant pile of mulch and took a Ranch Family photo. I didn't post the photo with everyone in it since I didn't ask the permission of anyone and seeing as this is public... but I did take a test photo of the scene and isn't it gorgeous? Look at our harvest! I'm smitten and proud :)