September 19, 2014

{this moment}

A Friday ritual.
A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
Inspired by SouleMama. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

September 18, 2014

more prunes more drying

two weeks ago i got two crates of italian prunes, my friend called me up again on monday, to let me know, that there are still more fruit to be harvested. so i went on tuesday afternoon and picked two more crates!
how wonderful it is to pick fruit from the tree, to get my hands on the fresh harvest of this lat summer, it's miraculous. just such a blessing to get fruit right from the tree and into my tummy, or as you see here, i dried a lot of them. it's one of the favorite fruits being eaten dried. the kids love them, taking little bags along for snacks in school.
and while they dry in the oven, the house is full of a sweet fruit smell, which keeps my tummy grumbling and my mouth nibbling on those delicious fruits. as we did with the apples it works out fine, and takes just about 48h to dry a batch of three cookie sheets.

there will be at least two big jars of dried italian prunes and i'm sure more apples will follow.

September 16, 2014

the red in my kitchen

:: stripes and dahlia, how pretty and just blending well, in our late summer kitchen

:: elderberry jelly, such a delightful spread on my morning breakfast bread. it was a bit too much work, as i went out there into the woods with bike and trailer to pick the berries. there must have been other people with the same idea, just a couple days before me! well it was enough berries for three big jars of wonderful dark jelly.

:: dinner out of doors, we love it! a little hike and then spread the "table", make a fire, grill sausages and some meat. a pasta salad with feta and cherry tomatoes, there is really not much more to a sunday night. well, the scenery of course, a gorgeous sunset!

:: stuffed zucchini. yes they have grown super big and make a wonderful dish this way. i served whole rice with it and each person sitting at the dinner table loved it. even our zucchini "haters" ate without much ado! i'm sure there will be a second time i will be serving this, maybe a twist to it, in regards to cheese topping, maybe a vegetarian version, we will see.