Monday, October 4, 2010

What did I do today?

Nothing terribly exciting... but it was lovely outside, bright sunshine and 62 degrees.  So I grabbed my camera and took a walk.  There was a pleasant breeze, that blurred most of the shots I took, but I liked this one-
This is my neighbor's crab apple tree.  I just love the bright red fruit this time of year.  I stopped at the library and checked out three books and two magazines.  Inside the Better Homes and Gardens magazine there was a recipe for oven roasted veggies that inspired me.
Here's my version, using German Butterball potatoes (from my garden), carrots, cabbage wedges, salt and pepper, garlic powder, thyme (from my garden) and rosemary (from my garden), olive oil and a splash of chicken broth, roasted in a shallow pan at 350 degrees for a little over a half hour.  The results were wonderful, if I do say so myself!  Lovely color, texture, smell and flavor, and best of all... easy!!

I've been saving seed pods from my orange Butterflyweed Asclepias tuberosa,  for my niece who raises Monarch butterflies.  When I saw a pod that was starting to split, I'd pluck it, and toss it into a brown paper bag.  After collecting several pods for her, I set the bag aside.  Today I peeked inside, and this is what I found-
I'm glad all I have to do is deliver the bag to her!  She's going to have a fun time seperating the seeds from the fluff.  I do love the look of that gossamer stuff, though.  Mother Nature is so clever!  So those were the highlights of my Monday.  I'll probably spend the rest of the day with my nose in one of those new library books, after checking out some of my favorite blogs, of course.


  1. i used to climb crabapple trees as a kid. they are so pretty!! i can smell the potatoes and carrots. they look yummmmy.
    just discovered your blog!!! i'm already a fan!!!
    take care

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    See ya soon!