Today marks the 3rd month of my log cabin life. This eventful day made me wonder what was different about me as a result of "living off the land".
Interestingly, the living off the land part hasn't quite materialized yet, as the garden is still in it's growing stage, though I am excited to share that the turnips are beginning to show their stuff...I now need to thin them some more, make room for the beautiful bulbs...I was hesitant to thin too much, not knowing what would grow! Exciting to see the turnips forming!
The overall slow process of growth does not bode well with my impatient side, but I am learning to breath deep and let nature takes it's course. Fact is, each day does have something new to see, a new sprout (like the turnip bulb), a new flower, or alas, even the death of one of my dearly planted sprouts. Though momentarily distressing, it just makes me want to get it "all the righter"...you can learn more about these propensities of mine in my post Garden Learnings & Frustrations.
So back to what is different about me...two things are clear and distinct from my perspective...1. I am a blogger now & 2. I am baking now. Each has presented challenges, but more-so are the learnings and successes!
1. I SO enjoy my writing my blog and reading your comments. Taking the time each day to think about what it is I want to write about is an adventure in itself. Sometimes, I have no idea, and the topic presents itself as if to say "of course you will write about this", like the post about the Sun Walking Down the Mountain. Other times, I have a plan, like making violet jelly. Then there are the days I learn about something new, like living in a temperate rain forest. But no matter what the topic, the process of remembering and writing brings me great joy. As does knowing that you are out there and reading about this adventure of mine (well, ours, me and Mountain Man's, but this is my blog after all, LOL). I thank you for your support and interest!
I am also interested in taking my writing further, where to I am not sure yet. But I find putting things into words to be most pleasurable, and intend on it becoming a stronger part of my future...as Thoreau says..."advance confidently...and you will meet with a success unexpected in common hour"!
2. I used to hate baking, it is true. Even out of a box. Disaster for me. I am a cook who likes to put in a little of this and a little of that, and experiment with different twists on recipes, or make up my own thing. Well, baking does not tolerate such things. You must follow the recipe. You must keep the proper balance between wet and dry, stirred to moist vs. whipped to fluff. But I am learning to walk the fine line, even though I can not help myself but to experiment.
For example, one day, we had some blackberries, only a handful. Johny had said one of the best things he ever ate was Aurilia Jone's fried apple pies. So I thought, heck, I can do that. So I mixed some squached blackberries, 1 pealed peach, a little tapioca (thickener) and sugar, and them cut a pie crust into four pieces. I stuffed the crust with the fruit mixture, and fried them, in a cast iron pan, with some cooking fat. Hmph...
Then today I baked a Blueberry Custard Pie. I followed a rhubarb custard pie recipe that for the life of me I can not find where it came from, but if you are interested I am happy to share the specifics. It was easy. Except I used blueberries instead of rhubarb.
The custard mixture was divine, even before cooked, thick and velvety...
But am I discouraged? NO! Will I bake again? YES! Will I experiment with baking recipes? YES! What can I say, I enjoy the challenge! I suppose my persistence has grown stronger:)
I will leave you with this lovely ladybug who welcomed us in the garden this morning. Unusual yellow lady.
Thanks for reading my blog, you are the best f/f/r/s/f's, see you tomorrow,