Monday, October 29, 2007

"Sometimes you have to look reality in the eye, and deny it."**

His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
He furleth close; contented so to look
On mists in idleness--to let fair things
Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.

John Keats from The Human Seasons

Lurking round is that old familiar super-sized combo of ennui due to the World Series ending--too quickly--and sinusitis from staying too long outside since the days have been perfectly blue, gold and cloudless the past week, with days in the 60's.

Allergies make me a little dopey and disinterested in anything that usually makes me happy...bleh And I miss Audrey and Erica even though the days are long gone when they would partake of any Halloween pumpkin carving or costumes. I can still see Erica in my mind's eye the last year she went trick-or-treat-ing dressed as a rabbit coming out of a huge hat. Sweet, sad and priceless! So today I sat and counted the millions of leaves that have fallen from our trees when I wasn't reading On Beauty by Zadie Smith, recommended by Erica for Smith's writing talent but more importantly because of 'our family's star appearance!' on every page.

I know if those guys were home for Halloween we'd all be sitting down to enjoy this recipe that we made nearly every year:

Dinner in a Pumpkin

1 medium pumpkin
1 lb ground beef sauteed with onions & celery
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 T brown sugar
4 oz mushrooms (fresh or canned, sliced and drained)
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups hot cooked rice

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 10" circle in center of a foil-lined baking sheet; set aside. Place pumpkin on a firm surface. Using a sharp knife, cut out stem end and about 3 inches around stem. Cut on a diagonal by slanting knife from outer edge of pumpkin in toward center (important so the lid doesn't fall in!) Reserve top. Remove seeds and pulp; discard. In a medium bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. Spoon mixture into pumpkin. Replace top. Place pumpkin on greased baking sheet. Bake about 1 hour or longer in preheated oven until pumpkin is tender. Serve cooked pumpkin along with meat filling. Makes 6-8 servings.

[scarecrow in vacated garden spot along the road]

Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Garrison Keillor

**title also Keillor quote


Naturegirl said...

Love all the photos in this post! The first is breathtaking!!
Thank you for your generous comment at nature trail! hugs Anna

Inland Empire Girl said...

What a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Marianne said...

Is that mulleine (sp?) in that last photo?
Sorry you're feeling a bit dopey from allergies
and sad, because you're missing your 'little girls'... I know how that feels...
I need to check out that book...
Once again, wonderful photos, I love the John Keats,and Garrison quotes, and the cartoon...(that one seriously cracked me up)

Old Wom Tigley said...

Cheer up my new found friend, try a smile or two... it might just lead to three or four and to even more.
Thank you for stopping by and taking time out to comment today. I was feel a bit down, and tired this morning until I visited Patty's blog, after reading that I went for a walk which I'd not done before and it was beautiful.. I would have missed it if I had let my tiredness win today. I'll post some of the views soon.

Granny Smith said...

Your blog is richer and more rewarding every day! I just finished reading "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith. As a writer, I am dazzled by her performance.

The recipe sounds delicious. I will use it.

I miss my kiddies(now aged 57-64) at Halloween, hence sympathize.

Jo said...

That first photo is incredible, truly! I am also an allergy head, though I'm not bad right now.....early October was bad. i hope you pick up soon.....BTW, On Beauty is a favourite of mine too!