All posts tagged: fall

September joy

Is it really September?  Can it be true?  The crisp air and pretty mums on my porch tell me that summer has come to an end.  The summer came and went so fast, like it always does. This weekend was full of joy and peace. I indulged in a book.  A new book.  Nothing lofty, just the latest installment in the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen.  The TV show is lacking, but the book series is addicting. I made potato leak soup.  Have I shared my recipe?  I don’t think I have.  I will soon.  It is most definitely a comfort food that feels naughty, but is actually really healthy.  I also made salad and used tomatoes, a cucumber, a pepper, and herbs from our garden.  I can’t describe the pride I feel when I feed my family with food Chris and I grew together. I bought the latest Vegetarian Times.  The October 2012 issue has a recipe for Dried Fruit Compote in Spiced Zinfandel Syrup.  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  I have to try …

the inevitable end of harvest

Putting the garden to bed for the winter is a sad and daunting task.  Even though we have a small yard, we have managed to stuff it full of vegetables and flowers in both beds and pots.  We even planted a baby apple tree, though I have no idea how that will go over once it starts to actually grow. This past Sunday, we got up and did the “inventory” to see what is left to do.  We must have had a frost, as the tomatoes and peppers were officially gone.  To my surprise, there are a few plants hanging on for dear life and–shockingly–flourishing.  The amaranthus is going strong. We will still have carrots for a little while it seems. The mums are of course in their prime. The dahlias were still in full bloom and the red roses were (and still are) incredibly bright against the dull November gray background. Besides a steaming cup of coffee, crunchy leaves, and the time spent with Chris outside, what made me happiest was seeing the herbs green and growing.  The rosemary topiary went …