It seems that at each turn of the season I feel the need to start anew. I think this has become even more of a necessity now that I stay home and homeschool my girls. Because our home is where we work, play and educate, there is a more constant need to refresh, even if it is just a subtle shift.
As a means of bridging our transition between summer and fall, the girls and I have been trying to bring in fresh flowers each day from our garden. It is a true blessing to have this beautiful, natural color in our sights as the mercury begins to dip.
A quick family room face lift has also helped usher in this new season. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to change the entire mood of a room.
As I mentioned a few weeks back, we have an abundance of home-grown pumpkins, so those gorgeous orbs are finding their way into many indoor and outdoor arrangements, as well as into many new recipes.
Our reading material has also been refreshed. With a little help from Ms. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has whisked our whole family away to a magical land each evening.
And after the girls are asleep, Glennon Doyle Melton’s Love Warrior fills my heart in a way no other book has. As I wrote about here, when my mom was ill, her book Carry On, Warrior shone a light on my experience that helped me through those most difficult, excruciating months of my life. But I believe her new novel, although raw and often emotionally difficult to get through, is giving me the tools I need to make it through the next fifty years of my life by imparting me with a whole new outlook on life, love, truth-telling and grace.
I hope each of you feels refreshed as you enter this new season, ready to embark upon many new fall adventures.
This past weekend we opted to stay close to home because many of us in our little household of four were getting over the lovely beginning-of-the-school-year sniffles. It always seems so odd to me to have a cold in the middle of a ninety degree heat wave, yet that was our particular situation this weekend. So with lemon tea and honey in hand, we set to having a fun-filled weekend none the less.
The first pumpkins of the season made an appearance at Friday’s market, so we had to buy just a couple. The girls worked hard all of Saturday morning, digging out the seeds and preparing for some roasted goodness.
While the girls worked hard on the pumpkins, I got busy making my homemade granola. We were able to purchase some delicious home-grown oats from Hazard Free Farms, which helped to make the granola extra yummy.
I also tried another treasure from Grandpa Dit’s recipe box: piccalilli. I must say, standing in the kitchen over a giant pot of boiling veggies on a ninety-seven degree day was not one of my brightest ideas, but the final result was quite tasty.
And I chopped the day away, getting food ready to put by in the freezer for the winter months. Andrea Hazzard, from Hazzard Free Farm, gave us a great suggestion for preserving watermelon. Pour boiling water over a bit of honey, making honey water. After cooling down the honey water, pour it over diced watermelon until all watermelon is covered. Then freeze it for enjoyment in the winter months.
Rajah enjoyed finding a new hiding spot. Oh my.
And Tyler enjoyed some brewing time. He concocted a batch of caramel creme ale. Yummy.
I have also been hard at work in the backyard, continuing with our garden expansion. I am so excited to bring you the finished product in tomorrow’s post. Hooray! See you then.