Wednesday, October 18, 2017
This and That ~ Pumpkin Pasta Dish
As soon as daylight hit, I noticed these ladies were out wandering. And later a 4th. Hm. Daughter didn't do a head count, but they are all there. Whew!
The new handicraft adventure I wrote about (several months ago) is still on the list, but delayed. It may be a winter project.
Puffed pear pancake was enjoyed for an after school snack vs. breakfast. Again, I used 2 pears. Apples would be delicious in this too. Although I only have one kiddo in school, it's the perfect time of day to make a sweet treat, and double it as a dinner dessert. And utilize our homegrown pears. Right now, organic apples are $5.99/bag (3 lb.), so I am patiently waiting on a sale. I am hoping our apple trees produce next year.
The herbs are getting full attention this week. Sage was dehydrated.
Rosemary was also dehydrated. More to do this week yet.
I spent yesterday digging up potatoes, and I have to say the sweet potatoes did great this year. I brought in 16.5# total of Kennebec, Red Norland and sweet potatoes. Of course this meant pulling weeds, and that was very time consuming. And I'm not done digging. That alone took 3 hours.
I brought in a handful of Russian Kale too. Dang it all, I just keep finding things that need done.
However, meals need prepared for this family, so after a very welcomed shower, dough was started for English muffins, my garden clothes washed and out on the line ready for another long day.
"Grad" Daughter did some mowing, but has been helping me muck the chicken coop on her days off work.
Dinner was a new recipe - Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce. It's online. If you google it, I used the one by Budget Bytes. As I sat down on the porch to eat, I realized it just needs a sprinkle of fresh herbs - thyme or basil perhaps. It was good and filling. It just needed something to add color to the dish (and flavor). It contains garden garlic, pumpkin, broth, seasonings and pastas (all organic). I bet this sauce would taste good using cooked millet too.
I woke up to a slight sore throat. Grad Daughter spent the night with a friend, so I'm also on dog duty. I am debating to stay out of the garden today and take a rest day from it, but I have so much to pull out of it before the ground freezes. First, I think I'll enjoy a cup of miso soup to help stay healthy.
Enjoy your Wednesday.