Tag Archive: fruit

It’s a chilly damp day here in my slow land of country living.

It’s fall and orange abounds!  Out in the gardens, Pumpkins, sweet potatoes, winter squash.

In the woods, bright-colored leaves on sassafras, maple and many berries ripen for birds and wildlife. Lots of little orange rose hips this year. They make good jelly, but it has been a rough year, I will leave them for God and the animals to take care of.

In my kitchen a box of sweet potatoes, gift from Hubby, some squash from a friend, some nice tart cooking apples and a pumpkin have raised a  clamor for attention. They await inspiration and energy to become lasting products in the pantry and freezer. Some, like caterpillars into a cocoon are already on the way to becoming ‘something else’.

Last night a friend asked about ways to use yams. Did you know that a yam is NOT a sweet potato? But here we consider them such and use them in the same ways.

I suggested fried,  mashed, and the way Hubby likes them, cut in small pieces, baked with butter and maple syrup.

I have to be honest, if a recipe calls for pumpkin and I don’t have any, I substitute winter squash, or sweet potatoes. Sometimes I have to adjust the spices or liquid, but it seems to work.

THis is a handy recipe for Pumpkin bread: This recipe makes 2 9X5 loaves. 3 cups sugar, 1 cup oil, 4 eggs, 2 cups pumpkin (or your choice of substitute) 2/3 cups water, 3 1/2 cups flour, pinch salt, 1/2 rsp each baking powder, cloves, nutmeg, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 2 tsp baking soda. Mix all together until smooth and pour int greased and floured pans. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour, test as for cake.

Of course, you can use cooked squash or sweet potato instead of pumpkin and add in nuts or raisins if you want, In fact, another friend mentioned adding bananas.  I can see that I have some experimenting to do here in the Sunrise Ridge kitchen this winter.

I wonder if you could substitute sweet potatoes for carrots in a carrot cake? I may have to try that too.

If you don’t hear from me, I’ll be in the kitchen. Cooking, tasting and testing ideas.



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Collecting Jewels 

“Let’s git going”, Granny said, “Daylight’s wastin’!”

Hot already, sun beats down

Picking berries, filling buckets

“Careful”, she cautions, “watch for snakes!”

Sweat rolls, bugs bite, briar scratch

And finally home; but not to rest!

Pump some water, clean and sort.

She chucks wood into the old stove,

Steaming hot! What’s the point,

I wonder, filling up the jars.

Lids tight, into boiling water.

Then I know!

When these red jewels mix with

Sugar, cornstarch.

A bowl with

Flour, lard, deft use of rolling pin

Cobbler in the oven.

Sweet taste of summer

Watching the snow drift down.


Right now, I do not have to do much ‘store’ shopping when it comes to fresh food.

The yard and garden have begun to provide, not only what we need now, but some extra to go in jars and freezer to enjoy later on.

It could not be better! Hot, humid and hazy, more like July than May it’s a lovely day to think of being on the river

But I am not, instead I am here on Sunrise Ridge, looking at some blackberries that need to go in a bucket and become something wonderful before it gets too hot to be outside.

        Snack, the dictionary says it is a hurried or light meal

Recently, with all the things blooming here on Sunrise Ridge, there have been plenty of guests coming by to enjoy just that!

I’m really not sure about their eating habits.

I know that if it was not for these visitors to the flowers, there would be not blackberries and blueberries for me to enjoy snacking on later.   The blessings that remind me of Springtime and Summer when winter shows up.I certainly do not begrudge them a taste of pollen or nectar, knowing that I too will reap some tasty benefits.

And the lovely hummingbirds that stop so often at the feeder to sip and brighten up the day.Or the rabbit who has been stopping by for a snack of clover and to entertain with antics running around the yard.

The march photo a day prompt today is ‘clouds’. It should have been easy, I’ve been watching the sky most of the afternoon. Our local weather man gave us this forecast this morning: “there may be some exciting weather later, in scattered spots”.  I had the baby chicks out in the yard and sure do not want the partly feathered fluff balls to get wet. That would not be good for them!

Like I said, I watched the sky, although clouds drifted by, none were ‘spectacular’ or even very impressive. There were clouds of blossoms in the plum trees, looking like pristine clouds from a little distance, sweetly scenting the air and buzzing with insect doing the job to fertilize the blooms.

Giving up on getting a ‘cloud’ picture today, I went through my photo files and found this one from a few weeks ago, clouds tinted all the shades of rose, pink, peach, purples as the sun set. It’s one of my favorite cloud pictures!


You want a sign? I really had to work on this, a little over a mile down the road, there are two signs. One identifies our country road from the many others in the area with a number. That’s pretty boring. The other is a speed limit sign. Yes, friends, the speed limit on my  rutted old dirt road is 25 MPH. If you are traveling on it, it might seem a bit slow, if you are enjoying it, it’s a bit too fast. to look out through the woods to see elusive things. Like the occasional bald eagle or deer.

Since I do not have photos of either and have other things to do than walk out to the highway junction… like cleaning house, work in the yard and getting things planted for the greenhouse, I did my usual thing. Think about the topic and come up with something handy. There were so many ‘signs of Spring’ today!

Fruit trees are in bloom,flowers blossoming all around, and birds cheering the season in and on.

So, sharing a view outside my window, here’s my ‘sign’! A couple of years ago, Hubby and some of the Grand kids built a bluebird box and put it on the tree outside my computer/sewing room window on a big pine tree.

Plans for the bluebird box are available here from the Missouri Department of Conservation. http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/how/woodworking/how-build-bluebird-house

Mister Bluebird checks out the neighborhood

After a thorough inspection of the area, they paid the rent and are moving in!

Mrs. Bluebird checks the accommodations and approves

The prompt for today’s photoaday challenge is ‘fruit’. Of course there is no fresh fruit around here this morning, sadly.

That is no reason to think I can’t do it, I got out some canned fruit and took some pics of that, blackberries, peaches and blueberries from past harvests. Jars of summers bounty.

While I was at it, I thought about all the pleasure of picking and canning it. Not only that, I promised myself  (and Hubby) that some of these beauties would become a nice dessert today.  Looks like blackberry cobbler is in our future.

Then, I realized the plum trees in the yard are starting to come out, promising fruit for this year, if the weather continues to be mild.