Saturday, October 10, 2015

"Rooted" in Family

Me - "I don't think I'll make turnip this year for Thanksgiving.
The Farmer - "What!!! No turnip!!"

I was feeling lazy and remembered how much work it is to
peel and chop those hard rutabaga heads.
But not to disappoint - off I went and thought "I'll just buy the frozen chopped ones".

Not one bag of frozen chopped turnips to be found in any of our local grocery stores.
Green Giant - where are you when I need you?
Sigh - there they were - beautifully waxed and round rutabaga roots in the produce bin ...
O.K. - I can do this.

The best way to peel them is with a vegetable peeler (a paring knife works too but a tad dangerous in my case). 
I like to peel them on some newspaper or paper towel, thus avoiding the wax from getting onto my cutting board.
Why do they wax them so heavily?

Chop, chop - here we go!

Seasoned with some salt and pepper - water added and boiled gently till soft and mashable.

Now I will cool them, refrigerate till Thanksgiving Sunday (tomorrow) and make my Mom's casserole recipe. I love recipes with do-ahead possibilities.

My Mom's Turnip Casserole recipe goes something like this:

Add to boiled and slightly mashed turnip:
1 beaten egg
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 Cup cream
1/4 Cup unsweetened apple sauce 
Turn into a buttered casserole dish and top with:
1/2 Cup bread crumbs moistened with a few Tbsps. of melted butter
Bake at 350F for 1 hour or till hot.

The other roots that will be appearing on my Thanksgiving Table are these beauties right from my garden:

Rinsed and ready to roast

They have been roasted and diced. Tomorrow I'll simply reheat and butter them before serving.

A medley of yellow, candy cane, and red beets, roasted and ready to be added to the Thanksgiving table.

I'll let you know how it all turned out.
Hope our family likes these roots!

Happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours on this Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend!

God is Good!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September's Best - 2015

September has been a whirlwind month!
When I glanced over my photo stream and albums on my computer
I realized what a fabulous month it was ...

The "bestest" part was a very sweet baby and her Mommy came for a nice long visit
with some serious cuddle time and lots of visitors.
That darling baby has captured our hearts so completely!

September stayed warm and lovely and there were even some baths outdoors at her other
Gramma's house!

She even got to meet some of her Mommy's dear friends and her future play mates (one that was brand new) ...

These gals have been friends forever!!!
In the meantime, the farmer and I packed in a few other fun things this month.

A warm evening cruise encountering "Goats on the Roof" here in Ontario! Not exactly like the one on Coombs, BC!

We did a wee bit of camping and attended a Fibre Glass RV Rally in Niagara Falls.
All sorts of adorable little campers - I liked the Coca Cola one the best!

Friends invited us to bike some of the gorgeous trails near the Blue Mountain skiing area in Collingwood - it was a beautiful, humid free, fall day and perfect for hours and hours of biking!

Thanks to Ed and Louise for a fun day!

And of course, the annual Apple Butter and Cheese Festival in my home town!

The old homestead, our youth group selling apples with hot English Toffee for the 20th year, my friend's darling granddaughter enjoying a dill pickle on a stick! A fun homecoming day once again!

The trailer, the boat, the old Land Cruiser, etc.
were tucked away in the barn.

Hopefully the RV will reappear sometime this winter!!!

The tractor has a great view!

It is also time to start with some Fall decor ..... 

Now that September has gone - we hold on to the memories and enjoy almost daily pictures from Alberta where snow flakes have touched a baby's nose already!!!

Our little love.

Till next time ...... here's to October!!!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Simple Apple Crisp!

Apple Crisp has been on my mind
this first week of Fall!!!

Our old farm orchard was loaded with apples this summer.
So much so that some of the branches broke down with
the extra weight.

In years past we used to pick them up (mostly they fall to the ground 
because the trees are so old and tall that picking them off the tree is almost
impossible) and then take them to a local cider mill to be pressed
into apple cider juice.

I gave in to my craving for Apple Crisp with this super simple
recipe that I learned in Home Economics at high school - that's a VERY long time ago!

This recipe is very forgiving ... increase the amount of apples,
throw in a wrinkled peach that's been in the crisper too long,
increase the crumb topping, etc. It always turns out delicious!

Apple Crisp

Preheat oven to 375F.
Arrange 2-3 Cups sliced Apples in a buttered casserole or cake pan.
Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice and ¼ tsp. cinnamon.
In a bowl combine 1/3 Cup Flour, pinch of salt, ¼ Cup Brown Sugar, 1/3 Cup rolled Oats.
Add 3 Tbsp. melted butter and mix until crumbly.  Spread over fruit.
Bake for 40 min.
Serve with ice-cream or thickened fruit juice sauce.

Till next time ...... does the season change make you crave Fall's deliciousness?