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Pumpkin Spice and Decorative Gourds

Van Gogh, Still Life With Ginger Jar and Onions, September 1885. Oil on canvas, 39.3 x 49.6 cm. McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario.

Van Gogh, Still Life With Ginger Jar and Onions, September 1885. Oil on canvas, 39.3 x 49.6 cm. McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario.

Must be

AUTUMN

Gourds, decorative and otherwise. Pumpkins, whole and spiced both.

And onions…lots of onions are good, too.

Cranberries. In tarts. Because.

It’ officially the season for these seasonings.

 

 

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Lammas or Loaf Mass

Van Gogh, Haystacks in Provence, June 1888. Oil on canvas, 73 x 92.5 cm. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo.

Harvest time!

The First of August is also known as Lammas or Loaf Mass, to celebrate the harvest.

Van Gogh, Haystacks in Provence, June 1888. Oil on canvas, 73 x 92.5 cm. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo.

Haystacks

1/2 cup chips – butterscotch or peanut butter have the most haystack look – white white chocolate or regular ole chocolate chips are fine, too

1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy)

1 cup chow mein noodles

  1. Melt the chips.
  2. Mix in the peanut butter
  3. Mix in the chow mein noodles – a silicone spatula is great here
  4. Drop by stack looking spoonfuls into stacks on wax paper.
  5. Let cool and then eat (bonus points for pretending to be a cow….)
  6. Store in the fridge.
  • from assorted backs of bags and boxes, trial and error, and mostly indecipherable scribbles on little bits of paper

 

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Summer in the Seaside

A breath of salt air.

The windows are open to catch the morning breeze….

Ah, the Sounds of a peaceful seaside town!

In the distance, mallards quack on the brook.

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A gull caws overhead, then another

Why are seagulls at the sea?

 Because if they were at they at the bay, they’d be

BAYGULLS

Yet another gull, answers these two, laughing…….

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Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla

 

 

A garbage truck. Backing up. Beeping for Safety’s Sake.

And then……

The Lawn Mower

The Hedge Trimmer

The Weed Wacker

The Leaf Blower

The sound of an aluminum extension ladder going up, up, up.

A Nail Gun

Buzz Saw.

Motorcycles

2-4-6-78!

Many Harleys, a handful of three-wheelers.

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A car goes by, top down, music UP.

 

Sleeping in is futile……

 

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detail of Van Gogh Landscape with Rabbits, 1889 Van Gogh Musuem

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Henri Charles Guérard, 1893 Van Gogh Musuem

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Quince

Quince are botanically speaking, cousins to apple and pears. And wonderful – once cooked, turning red.

quince paste

16th century quince tree

16th century quince tree

Edward Johnson in The Wonderworking Providence of Sion’s Savior in New England of 1654 says,
“…so that in this poor Wilderness hath not onely equalized England in food, but goes beyond it in some places for the great plenty of wine and sugar, which is ordinarily spent, apples, pears, and quince tarts instead of their former Pumpkin Pies.”
– (p. 210, 1910 ed.)
We’ll get back to the ‘former Pumpkin Pie’ nonsense later….but there were Quince at the Stop & Shop…..
Van Gogh

These were painted by Van Gogh, not Stop & Shop

To make a slic’t Tart of Quinces, Wardens, Pears, Pippins, in slices raw of divers Compounds.
The foresaid fruits being finely pared, and slic’t in very thine slices; season them with beaten cinamon, and candied citron minced, candied orange, or both, or raw orange peel, raw lemon peel, fennil-seed, or caraway-seed or without any of these compounds or spices, but the fruits alone one amongst the other; put to ten pippins six quinces, six wardens, eight pears, and two pound of sugar; close it up, bake it; and ice it as the former tarts.
Thus you may also bake it in patty-pan, or dish, with cold butter paste.
– Robert May. The Accomplist Cook 1660
Quince Fede Galizia MILAN 1578 – 1630

Fede Galizia – Milano 1578-1630

This is what one of my quince tarts looked like

This is what one of my quince tarts looked like

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