"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Taste of Fall

 I'm glad you stopped by to check in to see what I'm doing and I hope you will leave a comment about what you are doing!   I have been enjoying seeing how other blogging folks are sharing their autumn adventures, and many have inspired my appreciation of all that is around me at this time of year. 

Alicia shared some recipes she  found for chicken stew and I decided to give them a try.  Even though I am not fond of cooking, I really enjoyed tweaking the recipes to conform to the ingredients I had on hand.  Instead of sweet potato biscuits I made pumpkin biscuits. I used freeze dried parsley instead of fresh, and half and half instead of heavy cream.  I used boneless chicken breasts that I sauteed in one tablespoon of butter and a little olive oil. I did not add any pearl onions, just sauteed a large chopped onion in olive oil.  I did not blanch the chopped carrot, I just added it to the sauteed chicken at the end of its cooking time.

I can imagine that had I followed the recipes more closely the flavors of the chicken stew and biscuits would have been different, however, thankfully, my family raved about my tweaked versions of the recipes. [Whew!]

Then because I had to open a large can of pumpkin and did not use it all for the biscuits,  I made the Bisquick recipe for Impossible Pumpkin Pie which is a family favorite. [I tweaked that recipe too, and used twice as much cinnamon and ginger as called for.]

My oldest daughter had defrosted a bag of blackberries that  needed to be used,  so I also put together a blackberry crisp that  tasted good...but not crisp...hmmmm 

Alicia and Julie and Teresa have all been posting beautiful pictures on their blogs and they inspired me to at least
                       try to capture some of the wonderful colors around my neck of the woods to share, also.

The  geraniums are still blossoming beautifully but the  new little bush seems a bit sad.

                           Some  wild blackberries are hidden along the creek here among plenty of dandelions!

And here and there among the evergreen trees are bursts of yellow and orange and red leaves.
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  1. Love the colors! Fall is so beautiful

  2. The pictures are beautiful! Wow gorgeous! The food was so good thank you for cooking! I love your blog!


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