Monday, October 19, 2009

Mid October Musings

Sun rise shining on the maples

It's hard to believe that it's already mid October. Where did our summer go???

My garden this year was pretty much a bust with the cool wet spring and early summer we experienced. But, on the positive side (there's always a positive side), our autumn has been spectacular with some of the best leaf color we've had in years. We don't often see beautiful sunrises as we face southwest, but our winter sunsets can be breathtaking.

We've had a few cool, rainy days and guess what Giddy does to keep busy? Why cook and bake, of course! I was perusing some of my favorite blogs and came across this recipe for Whole Wheat Pumpkin Scones on Dash of Sass's blog. She always has wonderful recipes that showcase good, healthful, and most importantly very tasty foods. You'll find the recipes, along with step by step photos on her blog.

And, of course, I can't have a baking day without baking something from the "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" book (See my post of January 15, 2008 for basic bread recipe details and video). Yesterday's choice was Caraway Rye Bread. It went together easily and came out of the oven looking great. Needless to say, H and I did not wait long to cut in to it. It did not disappoint.
I also highly recommend the book author's blog, Zoe Bakes. She always has something interesting and tasty baking.

And finally, I made a batch of my Guilt Free Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. I developed this recipe with our own tastes in mind and we love them! They're full of whole wheat flour, old fashioned oats, craisins, grated fresh ginger, pecans, Ghiradelli cocoa and Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips.

H and I worked hard the other day getting the deck ready for winter. We drained the fountain and put it in the garage and put all the deck plants into the "winter garden" downstairs. The winter garden is simply a spot in our mechanical room. The heat from the water heater keeps the temperature from freezing and most of the plants do quite well over the long, cold winter. Come spring, I'll cut them all back and begin feeding with Miracle Grow. By the time summer comes along, everything will be looking fine and I will have saved a bundle of money. Giddy is quite the tightwad.

My Muse has left me and Sluggo is bugging me for his lunch, so I'll have to sign off now.

Life is Good,

Hugs, Giddy


GardenJoy4Me said...

Giddy girl I am totally impressed with that picture !! That was gorgeous .. and all of this baking too ? I have been doing that as well .. must be our "winter is coming" mode turned to HI !
I would love to have a room in a basement for plants like that too ! heck I would love to have a room for ME ? haha
I have to get over to that site for the scone recipe .. thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I do the same thing with my plants, can't see tossing them. Last year, I also did a lot of cuttings from the geraniums.

Rye bread is one of my favorites. That looks wonderful, and makes my mouth water.

I need to get my sourdough starter going for winter bakng, too. You put me in the mood!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful loaf of bread - it's perfect. I'll bet it was yummy warm with some butter and jam...

That's not snow in the background of the first sunrise photo, is it???

Kerri said...

Your view is so spectacular!
More yummy goodies to make my mouth water. mmmmmmmm Yum!
Our oldest daughter is hooked on baking the Artisan bread now, thanks to her father's encouragement...and he got the idea from you! He's a faithful follower of Zoe's blog now. If he doesn't have a crush on her, he certainly is in love with what she bakes :)
Lucky you to have a spectacular fall color year. Ours was a bit of a bust. A shortlived burst of color, and not as much as usual. We've had a few beautiful days lately...not all at once, but here and there. What a treat to plant bulbs with the warm sun on my shoulders! That was Sunday, and Monday was mild too, but mostly cloudy.
I'm saving my geraniums too, and a few other plants. We can buy other plants with the money we save, right? :)