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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

6 comments:

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!