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Quote of the Day: Crescendo of Plentitude

October 16th, 2011

To those who have a garden, and care about the table, each season offers it’s own causes for celebration, its own little festivals; but in autumn they become concentrated, each day it presenting it’s own ripeness. By late autumn, the whole year has reached a crescendo of plentitude.

Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd in Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill

I’m certainly enjoying the flavors of autumn. Our table has been bountiful with roasted root vegetables, tender venison, slow roasted tomatoes, hearty cabbage, spicy pumpkin, sweet apple cider and so much more. Learning to eat seasonally has truly been a joy!

What flavors are you enjoying this season?

We all know that without winter’s dim afternoons we couldn’t have summer’s brilliant evenings.

January 15th, 2011

“Wabigokoro asks us to pay close attention to nature’s cycles of growth, decay, and rebirth, to follow the rhythm of the seasons as they ebb and flow. We all know that without winter’s dim afternoons we couldn’t have summer’s brilliant evenings. Sometimes though, as the days grow smaller and a sad but certain sense of rest envelopes the earth, it’s hard not to wish summer could last forever. The oaks and maples shed their leaves and give their mighty souls a respite from production. Yet deep into midwinter, we humans continue to churn through our daily routines, asking ourselves to muster up the same vigor we had during the long days of June.”

Robyn Griggs Lawrence (The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty)

A White Christmas

December 22nd, 2008

Yesterday morning we woke up to a dusting of snow, which was perfect because we celebrated Christmas with my family. So we enjoyed a white Christmas.

It turned out to be a beautiful day with lots of sun, although super cold (in the single digits with a windchill in the negative double digits). There was lots of great food and great family fun! We always celebrate a homemade Christmas with my family, all gifts have to be made or used (except for a few gifts for the kids). It’s always fun to see what homemade items everyone has come up with. I always make cinnamon rolls for all the families so they have something delicious to pop in the oven on Christmas morning. I even found these great tree-shaped pans to put them in this year instead of the usual aluminum square.

I also made reusable cloth shopping bags for everyone this Christmas. I had a great time stitching them up earlier this week.

In the afternoon we also made birdseed pine cones with our nieces in the afternoon for their homemade gifts for everyone. They really enjoyed giving something that they made themselves.

Now only one more family Christmas to go and our own personal Christmas celebration and the season will be finished.

How many family Christmas celebrations do you attend?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.