“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
I love fall, you might even say it is my favourite season (my lobster would agree). The colours, the weather, Halloween! There is always so much to do. Last year I missed a lot of my favourite fall activities, they got pushed to the bottom of a busy schedule. Not this year. This year my Lobster and I will be enjoying fall to the fullest and to keep us on track I have created a fall fun activity list. The list consists of 21 activities which we plan to complete by October 31st. Some activities are our yearly favourites and some are new adventures.
To start our fall adventure we have completed our first item on the list, #9, have a picnic in the park. My lobster and I packed up our picnic basket and headed out to the park. It was a beautiful fall day to start our adventures and our picnic was yummy!
This weekend I went on an adventure with my Lobster to Springridge Farm. One of my favourite times to visit is during Autumn when the apples and pumpkins are out and the leaves are changing.
After a delicious lunch we picked out a batch of apples and a bottle of apple cider. It was now time to head home to start preparations for Thanksgiving. I am making a pumpkin pie and homemade perogies for our feast next weekend.
I have a wheat intolerance so I decided to make a batch of perogies using spelt flour. I love experimenting in the kitchen and trying new things with a recipe. The dough worked out great so we cooked a couple to try and they tasted just as delicious as the original recipe. I am so glad the recipe worked as perogies are one of my favourite dishes. I also whipped up a few batches using the original recipe for those family members that are not as adventurous when it comes to trying new foods.
With the cooler weather it’s time for a change in the usual meals. I like to cook quick light meals during the summer especially when it is hotter out. But with fall here the oven is back on and I’m cookin up a stew. I love stew, not a big fan of soup I don’t like all the liquid. Yet my favourite soup is French onion, is basically pure liquid, it’s weird I know. Back to stew, it is a great meal in the fall and winter, it warms you right up and it can be so hearty you don’t need a lot. I usually make a huge pot and have it for dinner or lunches throughout the week. Instead of starting with my usual stew I decided to try something new. My creation was Fall Stew
* 4 shallots (chopped)
* 3 celery stalks (chopped)
1. Fry shallots and celery in a large pot.
* 1 box of vegetable broth
* 8 cups of water
2. Add broth and water into pot. Bring to a boil.
* 1/2 butternut squash (cut into bite size pieces)
* 2 large carrots (chopped)
* 2 large potatoes (peeled & cut into bite size pieces)
3. Add butternut squash, carrots and potato to pot. Let cook for 10 min.
* 1/2 cup rice
4. Add rice to pot and continue cooking until vegetables are easily pierced.
* 3 tsp cinnamon
* 2 tsp paprika
* 2 tsp ground ginger
* 1 tsp nutmeg
5. Add spices to pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
* 1 can chickpeas (rinsed)
* 1 cup of corn
6. Add remaining two ingredients. Stir and let simmer until warmed.
It was delicious!
The change of seasons has begun and I love this time of year. Oh autumn how colourful you are. I especially love all the pumpkins everywhere. They are probably one of my favourite things. Carving pumpkins and eating pumpkin pie are some exceptionally memorable pastimes of mine. Now I am not one to go changing a good thing but I came across a recipe and thought I would give it a whirl. Pumpkin Ice Cream. It sounded a bit odd at first but then I got curious and had to try it out. I’m not going to lie, it’s unusual and I couldn’t eat it all the time but I was pretty impressed. It was a nice little treat to start off the autumn season.
* 4 Bananas
* 1 cup pumpkin purée
* 1/3 cup maple syrup
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp nutmeg
* 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Blend all ingredients together. Freeze. Enjoy!
* may need to thaw slightly before eating
* dairy free
* no added sugar