Pumpkin Ice cream
Roasted Pumpkin seeds
Jack O’ Lanterns
In the great green garden,
There was a flower bed
And a big red bloom
And a picture of
A clump of lavender with a sweet perfume
And there were three little boys making some noise
And one sweet girly
Waking up early
And a half buried glove
And a sun face above
And a pod and a seed and a bed with some weeds
And a quiet light breeze who was whispering “hush”.
Goodnight the secrets hidden beneath
And the red tomato
And goodnight chill
And goodnight ‘hocks
And goodnight beets
And goodnight to the golden leaves whispering “hush”
Goodnight gardens everywhere.
We’ve had stunning weather this week. I wore a t-shirt, simultaneously warmed by the golden sun and cooled by just a hint of breeze. Tap, tap, tap… leave tumbled down the street, just outside the garden. By my side, my dedicated garden helper “excavated” rows for garlic.
We sourced our garlic from several places this year. ‘Music’, is a hard neck variety with huge, plump, easy to peel cloves. I bought it from a vendor at a local farmers market. Tempted by the the huge cloves.
We also tucked in ‘Gilroy’ a soft neck variety, and ‘French Red’ another hard neck variety. They were gifted to me by my neighbor, a garlic connoisseur.
We tenderly planted the fragrant cloves into tidy rows. Dreaming of roasted garlic spread on sourdough bread and braids of curing garlic hanging in the kitchen. And winter begins to consume us, until those tiny green sprouts surface once again. Round and round the cycle goes.
On many of our forest walks, we move….quite…s-l-o-w-l-y. Little ones finding the magic in small things, mama with camera in hand. A favorite game is If I were a Fairy. The following is narrated by my sweet and imaginative 5-year old, on a recent walk.
“If I were a fairy, these would be our mountains.”
“This might be an umbrella.”
“We could climb these cliffs. Like rock climbers.”
“If we want to fly, we could use these.”
“We could drink nectar, like the bees do.”
“If we need firewood, we could collect this.”
“If I were a fairy, these would be my pipes for my sink.”
I am always so thankful for taking time to enjoy the quiet of the forest and all that it has to offer. Even if we don’t get very far up the trail!
Joining Amanda at Soulemama today with:
A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.
A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
Please feel free to share your moment with us.
Arugula! Pesto! This rivals traditional basil pesto in my kitchen. But it’s a tight race. This year, I didn’t process nearly as much basil pesto as I have in other years. Instead, I replaced a few batches with arugula pesto. I can already taste the warm sandwiches, spread with a thick layer of tangy, spicy arugula. Or the occasional dollop (or two…) added to a hearty soup this winter.
4 cups loosely packed arugula
1/4 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 to 2 cups nuts. Walnuts, pecans, almonds, pine…the choice is yours!
3 cloves garlic, crushed
salt, to taste
parmesan cheese, to taste *
Layer ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding more olive oil as moisture is needed.
* I add the parmesan just before eating, for a fresher taste.
Eat a batch fresh! This recipe also freezes well. One cup in a freezer bag smoothes out flat for stacking. Just break off as much or as little as you want for a slightly spicy addition to any recipe. Enjoy!
Winds that bluster, winds that shout…
The last dear hollyhock has flamed his crimson glory out.
– On All Soul’s Eve, Faye Inchfawn
Common Name: Hollyhock
Latin name: Alcea sp.
Family: Malvaceae: Mallow Family
Habit: Full sun. Considered a biennial and perennial. Self-sows, freely. Can grow upward of 8 feet tall! Mostly found in shades of pink, red and white. But occasional oranges, peaches and some double blossom varieties may also be available. Can be very deeply taprooted, which can lead to difficulty in transplanting.
Notes: Having trouble getting hollyhocks started in your yard? Wondering why you’ve seen the plants growing in alleys and sidewalk cracks? Here’s the secret: Hollyhock seeds need light to germinate. So, when the wind blows them into an alley or that crack in the sidewalk, they get lodged in an open, bright spot and poof, away they grow. To grow hollyhocks in a desired location: take an entire stalk and lay it down where you would like them to grow. This method allows the seeds to drop into the soil, leaving the stalks and leaves to protect the seeds an keep them from wandering away with the wind.
Fun Fact: Hollyhocks are in the same family as cotton, Malvacea, and have been considered a potential source of fiber for cloth. Garden Flower Folklore by Laura C. Martin.
Hollyhock facts from Garden Flower Folklore by Laura C. Martin.