Monday, August 10, 2009

Can you feel it?

Fall is beginning to settle in in the Pacific Northwest. It's a little early for fall but I can feel it. The leaves on our trees have reached maximum capacity and the blooms have come and gone. We may still have a few more sunny days to come, but I am looking forward to fall. It's the time of year when I seem to be most productive creatively. The days get shorter and as a result I hole up in the art room and spend the darker afternoon hours working on projects I thought up during the summer, or flipping through my binder of recipes to try. Our porch garden has officially been a success. I have bags of shredded zucchini in the freezer to make zucchini bread (or zucchini brownies!) when it gets cooler, and I'm getting ready to pull the rest of the carrots for carrot soup. The tomatoes have been bountiful (the Early Girls have been the best so far), and the cucumbers are finally getting big. It also happens to be the peak season for blackberries at Love Dog Ranch. Justin and I picked about 10 quarts which currently reside in our freezer (we're going to need a bigger freezer). I'm looking forward to making blackberry pies and blackberry liqueur, and I'm working on perfecting a blackberry scone recipe, which should be interesting since I know little to nothing about baking. Deliciousness forthcoming!

Just over 12 inches. I don't think you're supposed to let them get that big, but we were on vacation.

Jasper's favorite vegetable.

An Early Girl.

Our bountiful blackberries. This was only one of many bowls. Yum.

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