Brilliant sunsets and cool evenings, camping and marshmallow roasts under a canopy of gold- I love fall. Tank tops, be gone! Move over shorts; make room for sweaters. Break out the hot chocolate and blankies. Say farewell to fireflies and hummingbirds (and a special good bye to mosquitoes), and hello to chickadees and juncos.
My favorite cool weather treat? Soup! I made my first of many pots of veggie soup yesterday. I don’t have a recipe and never make it exactly the same, just use whatever I have, but here’s what I did for this pot.
Brown 1 pound ground beef (more or less, leave out or use cut up steak or chicken) in a very large stockpot. While it’s browning, cut up 4 medium red potatoes, 4 carrots, and a package of fresh okra. Drain the meat and add 8 cups of water and 8 beef bullion cubes (or chicken or veggie). Bring to a boil and add fresh lima beans (a cup or two?). Let them get a head start of 5 or 10 minutes, then add the other veggies. In another 10 minutes, add a large can of diced tomatoes with green pepper and onion (or fresh if you still have any Romas in your garden. I didn’t), a handful of fresh herbs (or dried, whatever. I used sage, basil, oregano, and a couple of cloves of garlic) you chop while the veggies are cooking, and that package of corn you froze when you fixed too many ears of corn on the cob last month. Cook a little longer while you make cheese toast. Eat all you can, force it on your family, give some to the neighbors, put some in the fridge for tomorrow, and some in the freezer. I always freeze some in single serving containers for easy lunching.
Now go back to knitting.
I have branched out. I was afraid it would be too short to even wrap around my neck, but I blocked the heck out of it,
and my heckless scarf is now the perfect length. Thanks again, Suzanne! I love the silvery color. I’m thinking I may knit one for Mom-in-Law for Christmas. Hmm. I'm noticing some little pin pulls on the side. Must fix that.
One other little thing finished… a hat and scarf set for the homeless shelter.
Yes, I realize I'm lying down. I can't figure out how to fix it, so here ya' go. Let's just pretend that it's right side up. And that I don't have a double chin.
It's seed harvesting time! I going out side right now to start gathering seeds from the spider flower (pictured with Sammie below). They can grow 5'-7', and come back prolifically from seed each year. Anyone want some? You can just toss them out now, and they'll come up in the spring. Or wait and plant then. Whatever.
Cooking tip: Use baking soda to put out grease fires.