Oh, finally, it is September. First day of meteorological Fall. Tomorrow the Apple Festival begins, and I am looking forward to the unofficial start of the autumn season in our small town. On the veranda, I have one last dahlia that has bloomed.
It was time to cook the weird squash, the only one that the garden produced this year. A helpful reader advised treating it like a winter squash so that is what I did.
It was very difficult to cut apart, much tougher than a butternut or spaghetti squash. It was closer to a pumpkin in density.
I put it cut side down in a pan, and roasted it for an hour at 350º.
It came out looking good, but there was a lake of water in the pan.
When I scooped it out, there was so much water I decided to drain it. Even then, there was too much water.
I pressed more water out, then mixed in a little ricotta cheese for creaminess.
It was good, tasting more like a spaghetti squash with the texture of pumpkin or acorn squash. A bit weird, but we ate it.
The view early one morning, with my new camera on a long zoom, had lovely cloud forms over the mountain ridge.
My Sweet Babboo is having some work done in the garage, which means taking down all the shelving that holds a lot of my gardening stuff. It was a good time to go through all my pots and other things, and donate some things. We took two boxes over to the thrift shop, and I wanted to just run in for a moment to look for a cheap teapot. Wouldn’t you know, these plates immediately caught my eye. They go with the bowls I already had, shown on the lower left. Plus they were 50% off, so I got six large square dinner plates for $4. I had to bring them home.
I’ve been in a baking mood, working on Mountain State Fair recipes. When I was done with the day’s experiments, I made some blueberry muffins and mixed berry muffin tops from mixes for My Sweet Babboo, then a loaf of Banana Cinnamon Bread. All I do is add one tablespoon of cinnamon to a published recipe for the banana bread. My Sweet Babboo loves cinnamon in just about every sweet bread. Update – HERE is my muffin top pan.
In the critter watch, Wilson stopped by. For newer readers, Wilson is our local woodchuck (or groundhog) who lives in the woods near our home. He is really shy and skittish, so getting pictures of him is challenging. I was happy to see him and know he is still around.
So, we’ll have Stashbusters tomorrow, and Apple Festival this weekend. I put a table topper on the longarm to quilt, and cut out lots of squares for my sample block for the Autumn Jubilee quilt along. Lots of fun coming up! Do you have plans for this holiday weekend?