Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday: Fall Colors Around Town

No matter what is going on in life, I can't help but be encouraged and thrilled by the beauty of the world around me - especially at this time of year.

Early morning sight behind my neighbors' house. It looked like the willow trees were on fire!

My favorite tree in town. Always an amazing color show.

Even half bare, this tree behind the library took my breath away.

Despite record high temperatures this summer and virtually no rain, the trees are putting on their usual show. Nature is so resilient!

How are the fall colors where you are?


Kansas Bob said...

Enjoyed the pics Kristen. Not a whole lot of brilliant colors here yet. I think the warm temps have kept the leaves greenish.

sandwhichisthere said...

beets are wonderful. It turns out that they are not that nutritious but the taste and texture are wonderful. Harvard Beets and beets with vinegar and a little butter are my favorites.
The best part about beets is the beet greens. I often grow them just to get the greens which are tasty in a salad and also good cooked. Again, I like vinegar and butter on the cooked greens. They are probably my favorite green.
To prepare and cook beets, get out the Fannie Farmer or the Joy of cooking. They can be baked or boiled or pickled. They also keep quite awhile if you can't get to them right away.
It is good that you have access to organic beets because all root crops usually have been raised with a lot of pesticides. That is why most root crops are peeled before cooking or eating. They have more pesticides than apples, which is quite a bit. Beets aren't peeled before cooking. Beware of the stains you get from peeling cooked beets.They are very hard to get out.
I think that R and A and you will enjoy Harvard Beets. Be careful if you decide to make borscht. Lock the doors and close the windows or you will be overrun with Slavs, pleading for a bowlful with some sour cream. If they do appear, beg for their recipes for potato pancakes and goulash or anything else that they cook, especially how to roast a goose and make dumplings. They are the Dumpling Kings of the World! If they give you cabbage recipes, open the windows before you go to bed. R will have a chance to say "Excuse Me" qite a lot.

Kristen said...

Bob: We've still got plenty of green here, too, especially in my own yard. Happy Fall!

Dad: Thanks for the beet info! We're going to try roasting them tonight with our other root veggies. I only ended up with one beet and no greens.