I walked to the garden and what did I see?
I walked to the garden last night, in my bright red Crocs, and what did I see?
Not only our Marigolds still in bloom (top photo), but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw one Big, Bright, Gigantic, Orange Pumpkin right in the middle of our messy tomato plants.
I saw it a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t this large. I spotted a few other pumpkins, and I asked my husband if he had planted them. Then I remembered that our friend, Jeannie, gave us the starts – so what a fun surprise!
In a few weeks we will be able to harvest the pumpkins and enjoy them on our front porch as decorations, and then I’d like to make pumpkin soup. I have never made pumpkin soup (squash, yes! carrot, yes!) so I’ll probably Google my way through the internet to find a recipe that fits with the ingredients that I have on hand.
So what does our table look like when we’re not “entertaining” other friends or families?
Pretty plain and simple. The kids get the plates (standard white, William Sonoma – some chippedfrom the kids doing the dishes!), silverware, and glasses. I grab any leftover summer napkins. We all pitch in and pour the water, light the candles, and get the food on the table.
Last night we barbequed our favorite salmon and toasted yummy sourdough bread.
Veggies (this time we added tofu & cilantro with fresh-squeezed lime)
Fresh green beans (precooked in micro with Costco’s pesto and bacon bits, then flash-cooked on the BBQ)
And remember those beautiful green figs that our neighbor brought us, a few posts back? Well last we were blessed, as Elli brought over an incredible appetizer using the figs from her tree – a Sweetened Fig Focaccia Bread with Prosciutto on top. Amazing in flavor! (Sorry, I do not have the recipe, but isn’t it beautiful?!)
The days are getting shorter and the nights cooler, so as we grabbed our warm jackets and long pants, we snuggled together outside over this delicious meal – just our family of five!
I love nights like this.
And as my walks to the garden are fewer and fewer … that’s okay.
Because I know that Fall is here.
Speaking of Fall, many of you mentioned with my last post (over 150 comments!) that Fall was your favorite time to entertain! I, too, love Fall for many reasons.
Here’s a big CHEER to the WINNER of my Harry & David GIVEAWAY! Will you help me in congratulating Sandy Toes?!