Don’t you adore fall? It’s beyond my favorite season. I love cardigan weather. You know, before it gets too chilly and after it has been so blistering hot? Plus I look good in cardigans. Who doesn’t look good in cardigans?
It’s also really fun to harvest from our garden. We didn’t get that great of haul this year. I did absolutely nothing in the garden, and Eric got too busy to tend to it for a while. So we haven’t gotten as many things as I would have hoped, but next year I’m going to actually participate and we’ll see how that goes. Last night I dug up these carrots, and it was thrilling! Seriously, thrilling.
Look at this mutant. It’s such a Harry Potter carrot.
Eric uprooted a ton of red potatoes, he loves growing them even though I tell him how cheap they are in the store. Ginger became especially fond of one tiny potato, and carried it around, mostly in her mouth for almost an hour.
Then we took a walk around our neighborhood to spy on our neighbor’s gardens. They have got some fabulous goods. You could seriously live fat and happy off the haul in our neighborhood. I won’t tell anyone, I swear. We found these beautiful sunflowers with plump bumblebees bustling about. Ginger thought they were great, but not great enough to release the potato for.
Sometimes I’m not that great about using vegetables when I buy them at the store. But I cannot stand to let the ones we grow go to waste. So I thought I’d share:
My Mom’s Way of Making Carrots:
Prepare the carrots by peeling them, then cutting them up into bite size pieces of similar sizes. In this case this was a shame because they lost their fabulous shape.
Then I boiled them until tender. Next, drain the carrots and then put them back in your sauce pan. On a low heat and add a little bit of butter, a tablespoon or so of brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir the carrots until the butter and sugar have dissolved. Then salt to taste.
My mom would always do this with baby carrots, and we loved it growing up. It’s the only way I really know how to prepare carrots, other than making a soup or doing them raw. But I’d love it if any of you knew any other recipes or methods of preparation, especially if they involve leaving these beautiful carrots whole!
In other news, I’m busy totally embracing my role as a crazy over-the-top mom, preparing some fun things for Ginger’s first birthday party! We’re a having a small party with mostly family. My parents are coming to town and I’m so excited I’m GIDDY. Honestly I stay awake at night thinking about the crazy things I’d like to do. I pretty much cleared my schedule so I can do them all! And I don’t care one bit if I look like a total dork mom who has nothing better to do. Because in my opinion, few things are better than elaborate crafts for my tiny!
I hope you all are enjoying the onset of fall. And that you’re getting lots of action. I mean that sincerely. Everyone should be getting some action! And by action I mean love. And by love I mean both physical and emotional. Ha!
p.s. the sweatshirt the Ginger is wearing is the one I made for her using this pattern!