Pumpkins, Gratitude, and CSA Box Week 13

It’s been a busy week!  Midterms, getting ready for long weekend festivities, the hubby returned from a two week hunting trip, and did I mention midterms?  A whole week has gone by without a post, so we have lots to catch up on.

First off, it’s Fresh Pick Friday, and with Thanksgiving Day this Monday (for those of us north of the 49th) and Halloween just around the corner, so I couldn’t help but think about pumpkins.


pumpkinsThe pumpkin season in BC is short.  These gourds like to grow in a warmer climate, so planting typically happens in the spring and summer, leaving the harvest for October and November.  Pumpkins do overwinter well, but this time of year you are more likely to enjoy your pumpkin after turkey and cranberry sauce.  Of course, jack-o-lanterns are also fun to make.  Vancouver and the surrounding area have quite a few farms with pumpkin patches you can check out for some weekend family fun.  Here’s a few ways to enjoy pumpkin this fall:

How do you like your pumpkin?  Let me know in the comments below.


Something that I have never been particularly good at is gratitude.  Now, when I say that I don’t mean that I don’t appreciate things, or never say “thank you” to people who are kind or helpful.  I’m not an asshole.  What I mean is that constitutionally, I’m more of a glass-half-empty than a glass-half-full kind of person.  It takes a conscious mental shift for me to be the latter.

this guy is always grateful!

this guy is always grateful!

That’s why I like Thanksgiving.  It’s a built in reminder for me to take a moment and count my blessings and be grateful for the things I have.  Yes, I should do this more than once a year (and I do), but I like that we have entire day dedicated to this.  So, what am I thankful for?  Great friends, wonderful family, and my best friend in the whole world, my husband.  This guy has the gratitude thing down pat, and I don’t know what I’d do without him.

I’d probably turn into an asshole.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

Did You Know?

The first Thanksgiving to be celebrated in North America was held in Newfoundland by English explorer Martin Frobisher, who landed there in 1578 while looking for the Northwest Passage.  The celebration was to give thanks for Mr. Frobisher’s safe arrival in the New World.

Mel’s Box – Week 15

Only a couple of weeks left!  I can tell you one thing, I am grateful for the amazing food that our farmers have been providing us.  Here’s last week’s share and what was made with it:

Apples: I am saving these for this Monday.  I’m having a small group of friends over for dinner and the apples will be part of dessert.

Beets: I gave these a quick steam, made a batch of pesto with the tops, and mixed it all together with some roasted sweet potato and black beans.  It was the perfect dinner for one.

Eggplant + Peppers + Onions: I added these to my garlic and some canned tomatoes to make a stew.  It was nice to receive the eggplant so late in the season – it felt like summer hadn’t left just yet.

Kale: I made a huge batch of miso soup with mushrooms, garlic, onion, chili, ginger and kale.  It was dynamite!  I’ve been playing around with the recipe in smaller batches the last couple of days so that I can share it with you.  Good stuff for the yucky weather that is coming our way.

Potatoes:  Nothing yet, but the hunting trip was a success, so I see a lot of “meat and potatoes” in our future.  These will come in handy.

Have a great long weekend everybody!

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