Here we are, almost at the end of summer... with some cooler weather this weekend, I could smell fall in the air. These days there isn't much left in the garden; some okra, bell peppers, and green beans is just about all that remains. Saturday I watched my husband pull out most of the tomato bushes and strange as it sounds, I felt... sad. I thought I would be happy to see those tomato plants go after all the canning I did, but instead I think I'm going to miss that crazy garden of ours. It became such a part of our everyday lives this summer and we had so much bounty to be thankful for... I hardly bought any produce over the summer and have enough tomatoes canned to last us most of the winter.
Jillian pulled out the carrots just last week. We were outside playing in the yard and all of a sudden I noticed she was yanking carrot after carrot out of the ground. She was enjoying it so much I didn't bother to stop her but instead joined in on the fun. Aren't they funny looking? They don't look anything like the carrots you buy at the grocery store... I guess I was planning on leaving them in the ground with the hope they would straighten or something. (laugh)
But as my husband often jokes with me, you can't eat pretty. So carrot cake muffins we enjoyed with supper one evening... just a little taste of fall from the kitchen. (You can find the recipe here.)
Although it feels a little bittersweet saying goodbye to summer and its bounty, I'm looking forward to all that fall has to offer. Isn't that the joy of eating foods that are in season... each season brings something new and delicious to enjoy.
Hope you have a wonderful week!