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Fall Fun at the Arboretum – Scarecrows!

Taking advantage of a gorgeous “Indian Summer” day here in Minnesota!

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts an annual scarecrow display.  This year’s creations were submitted by local floral design professionals, and they did not disappoint!

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Curcurbit Crazy at Pumpkin Palooza!

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Hey, Paleo peeps – we are in business now! Check out all of these gorgeous pumpkins.
Perfect for all our favorite Fall Pumpkin recipes and more!

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts a Pumpkin Palooza every Fall.

The varieties of squash and pumpkin are AMAZING!  Check out these pix!

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And it just wouldn’t be Fall without our favorite pumpkin recipes!

Use George’s Banana Bread recipe and substitute roasted pumpkin for the banana!  YUM!

Pumpkin is George’s favorite!  Here are a bunch of his (Caveman) Curcurbit Creations!
He’s got meats, treats and beverages galore.  Pumpkin Lattes or Smoothies, anyone? 

Get his very special Paleo Pumpkin Thanksgiving eBook FREE with the purchase of his Caveman Feast recipe eBook.  I have used them both, and they are fantastic!  His pumpkin collection includes both sweet and savory (red: meat!) recipes.  Link also at right ===>

Another favorite of mine is PUMPKIN CUSTARD.  I have made several variations of this treat.
My favorite is made with just the egg yolks, no whites (in this recipe, substitute about 6 egg yolks for the 3 eggs plus 1 yolk) and use just the separated coconut milk cream (chill the can to separate) instead of straight coconut milk.  I like the true flavor of pumpkin to shine through, so I limit my spices to cinnamon and vanilla bean paste.  

And of course, we can’t forget the roasted pumpkin seeds!
The Paleo Parents Matt and Stacey have us covered there!

Enjoy the Fall Fun while it lasts!  We’ve already had a few snowflakes fall here in Minnesota!

Happy Autumn: the First Day of my Favorite Season

I probably should have been working, but the weather was just too perfect – sunny and cool.
Besides, the internet kept cutting out on me.  Read it as a SIGN to get outside!

The annual scarecrow exhibit at the MN Landscape Arboretum opened yesterday.  It’s been one of our favorite events through the years, so we headed over to see the entrants and walk the gardens.  This year “natural materials” were required for scarecrow construction.

Every year my husband carries on about how we should make one.  Until this year, we missed the registration dates.  This time I made sure I got the registration form and schedule ahead of time, but to no avail.  He did not pay attention.  Another opportunity missed. *sigh*

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Alex and I walked the gardens and took photos of all the scarecrows, which sadly numbered fewer than in the past.  The mums and other fall flowers were still in bloom and the fresh-cut grass smelled fantastic.  We took a break at the waterfall and visited the gift shop.  They had a 2013 stash of my favorite Ames Farm single-source raw honey in sweet clover – SCORE!

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Resting at the waterfall

Alex loves playing in the Learning Center’s Natural Play area, so we went over.

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The pinecone dollhouse

We finished our excursion with a trip to the Arboreteum’s Apple House and selected two varieties of Minnesota apples to take home for lunchboxes, along with a half-gallon of fresh-pressed cider.  

I love Autumn/Fall: the cooler weather for walking, the changing colors, the fashion, the comfort foods…pumpkins…  too bad it doesn’t last longer.

We just have to enjoy it while we can!

Mother Nature Flipped the Switch

Mother Nature has flipped the switch from Summer to Fall here in Minnesota.
It’s a cool rainy day, so it’s the perfect time to work in the kitchen!

Fall is time for soup!  And every good soup starts with stock packed with flavor and nutrition.  Meat stock a.k.a. bone broth is truly a healing super-food and should be part of everyone’s repertoire.  I drink a half cup for breakfast nearly every day and feel incomplete without it.

It’s the secret ingredient to an awesome beef stew – the gelatin in the broth gives the sauce that silky, satisfying texture.  Mmm…beef stew…*drool*…  Better get started!

List for today:

Beef Stock (Bone Broth)
Hamburger Patties
Beef Roast
Vegetable Beef Stew
Acorn Squash
Liver
Bacon

Advance prep for the week’s meals makes life easier, especially for lunches away from home at work and school.  And dinner is on the table and into our hungry tummies much faster.

BACON

I bake my bacon. Get the Coleman 3-packs from Costco, and a whole box fits in the oven at once (on 3 trays).
Put it in the fridge and there’s always bacon at the ready!

LEEKS

My co-op had the BIGGEST leeks I have ever seen – I just had to get them!

BEEF

Low and Slow: a rump roast and beef stew with carrots, celery, mushrooms, onions, bok choy, sweet potato and LOTS of leeks! After 4 hours at 250F the meat is so tender you can cut it with a SPOON.

My reward at dinner time:  *beef bliss*

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