A Song of Love

A  Song of Love

I see what I used to be.

I see what I longed to see.

At last I know my dream will come true.

At last.

At last I know my dream will come true, but my dream is a flower of love.

Don’t be too sure that your dream will come true as mine did.

My dream was not just a dream.

It was a wish come true, upon a wishing star so bright, at last I see the light of me.

All that matters to me now, is all of me now.

The Gift of Rain

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Well it’s been raining a lot all summer and that has sent the zucchini, squash, and tomatoes into the compost heap; a bit sooner than expected.  Pulled out all the onions before they joined their friends in the compost . . . . . . .  they are now drying nicely in the shed.  Then we walked down the driveway to check the mail, and sharp little eyes spotted cinnamon chanterelles growing on the creek bank.  Whooot!  So we got the mail and made a paper bag with the junk mail to gather the mushrooms in.  Walked home, left the mail there, and followed the creek into the woods to look for more, and more we found.  To our delight, we discovered that the rain has left behind a gift:  chanterelle’s that are fruiting prolifically and laccaria ochropurpurea a.k.a purple-gilled laccaria.  We all prefer the mushrooms over what went into the compost, so one door closes and the other opens, making for new meals as the wheel turns.

Pickled turnips

We like turnips in apple soup. We like them mashed with carrots. Also steamed, then sautéed in butter with garlic and honey, kind of caramelized. Having partaken of turnips in these ways and still there’s turnips left, the last ones pulled actually; I thought I’d pickle them for later. Here’s what I did:

Peeled and quartered approximately 2 dozen turnips
Peeled and quartered 6 beets, they were small to medium sized
Peeled 8 garlic cloves
Chopped a handful of celery leaves
Boiled 2 cups water with 2 cups apple cider vinegar plus 1 tbsp. sea salt and ½ cup honey
Washed 2 quart jars

I layered the jars with beets, turnips, garlic, and the celery leaves, repeating till each jar was full. Then I poured the hot vinegar/water mixture over top, right till the rims and capped the jars. Now they’re sitting in the basement, waiting at least 3 weeks before we open them up. We’ll probably wait till winter to do so.  Once they’re opened, they’ll go in the fridge until finished.

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