You're looking at a fall Wagon of Plenty that was literally here yesterday and gone today. . . .
Yep. . . .It's gone now. . . .It was so pretty and festive. . . .
and then the winds came. . . .
We expect wind in the Fall. . . .but 45 mph?. . . .
I was so glad the weather man gave us a heads up, so I could run out,
quickly take photographs, and move my beautiful mums back indoors. . . .
I left the wagon and heavier items. . . .
They faired well, but look a little bare today. . . .
. . . .I love this red wagon John made me for Christmas a few years ago. . . .
He built it to use in the garden. . . .for moving dirt and compost. . . .
but who could use such a beautiful wagon for that. . . .
It was a wagon full of Harvest--pumpkins, gourds, beautiful mums--with vines all around. . . .
And, on the porch floor I added one of John's church birdhouses. . . .
I bet by now you've figured out that birdhouses are a favorite here. . . .
Our farm has almost become a bird sanctuary in the spring and summer. . . .
When we first moved here in 2006, there were a few sparrows, black birds,
and the resident barn owls, Lucille and Hooter. . . .
Over the years, our bird population has grown--doves, mockingbirds, cardinals, martins,
bluebirds, thrush, woodpeckers. . . .
They've found us to be a safe haven. . . .We anticipate their return every spring. . . .
and John makes sure there's plenty of houses for them. . . .
I loved the way this vignette turned out. . . .it was so inviting from the road. . . .oh, well. . . .
when Mother Nature gets something in her head, there's no stopping her, is there?
Maybe I'll venture out one day and re-place everything. . . .
but, today, I have at least four projects going. . . .
one of which is a delicious vegetarian chili. . . . .
It's that time of year again, when a good warm bowl of soup or chili smells and tastes so good. . . .
A few months ago, I returned to a more vegetarian style of eating. . . .
I've been amazed at all the wonderful recipes I've found. . . .
This one came out of the Relish section of our Wednesday newspaper. . . .
I thought I'd share it with you on this "chilly" Monday.
You won't miss the meat at all . . . .
Tomato Lentil Chili
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup dry lentils
1/2 cup quick-cooking bulgur
(I used Arkansas brown rice)
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 1/2 cups water
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper, to taste
Heat oil in large saucepan. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic.
Cook 7 minutes,
Add remaining ingredients. Simmer 30 minutes.
Serve with yogurt, onion, and/or hot sauce.
233 calories per serving.
I haven't gotten the "thumbs up" sign from John, yet. . . .
He's off working again today. . . .but, I did save him a bowl. . . .
I'm not very fond of lentils. . . .so, I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted so good. . . .
a definite keeper of a recipe. . . .I keep sneaking a taste now and then. . . .
If I don't quit, I'll have to make another pot tomorrow! ! !
from my farmhouse kitchen to yours. . . .
The Farmer's Daughter