From sweet potato finds to blackberry harvest dreams...
Mar 28, 2012
Oh how cruel to have the sun shine so brightly yet hover in temperatures keeping one inside.I made use of the day bu deep scrubbing the tile kitchen floor. I decided to empty the bags of onions and potatoes into the 3 tier basket I have hanging from the celiing. In the middle tier, I discovered 5 sweet potatoes from last years harvest. I forgot all about them! They are Georgia Jet sweet potatoes which surprisingly hid through winter under onion peels. And now... They have slips growing all on their own. So I put them in an old bread pan to further them along. Looks like I need to rearrange the garden plans again.
I finally found my Long Pie pumpkin seeds which were saved from the garden of 2009. I planted 3 per pot just in case germination is poor. I will not grow any other pumpkin. I was hooked the first time I baked with these. Amazing taste that rivals any pie pumpkin I have had. I've had them last well into March when stored in my basement. They are my key ingredient for Pumpkin Empanada's I would sell at the Farmer Market events in Fall. They would sell out so quick, I received orders for more!
The children did not mind the cold and begged to play under the weeping cherry trees. My oldest is such a sweetheart. Indulging her baby sister when she is begged to play "Fairies". They are not bothered by this crazy chill unlike the plants & myself. I prefer to hide inside. Thank you very much.
To brighten the spirits of my rosy red cheeked children who were reluctant to come indoors, I baked them a pie. I used one of the last small bags of our Blackberries in a pie of apples & Honey. I keep frozen some premade crusts which speed up the process on a busy meal day. My husband bought me these beautiful cast iron pie pans as well as 2 cast iron bread pans from a sportsmen catalog. I beyond love them! Cooking & baking in cast iron is different yet very enjoyable. I have just a few more pieces to acquire before I am content. Although I dream of having a BIG caulfron to cook over the fire outback or use in the fireplace for stews and such to feed family & friends. My little one is barely big enough for my family of 5...
In the morning we are to wake to more showers but an afternoon high of 70. Hopefully I can get that door on my Potter shed & get to work on the roof being there is nothing more I can do pertaining to gardening.
My darling son just brought me a slice of pie and is requesting to cuddle as we indulge of Blackberry memories. I must bid you an evenings adieu.