October--Gateway To The Holiday Season
As daylight hours begin to dwindle and the chill of oncoming fall slowly drifts into the evening and mornings…if one pays close attention…the landscape is slowly transformed.
Fields are full of harvesters, pumpkins, gourds, and cornstalk’s are finding comfy places to hang for awhile. Dried flowers and falling leaves are taking the place of blooms and shady tree spots.
Jack-O-Lanterns-happy, sad, frightening, and silly- can be found illuminating driveways, porches, and barn stalls.
October is the month our diet starts to move in the direction of warm, comfort foods.
Our system needs food that fuels the body’s furnace during this season. Stews, soups, healthy breads, baked sweet potatoes, and other root vegetables, apples, greens and nuts….and, pumpkins.
This is termed ‘ eating in season’…when we do this, nature can do her work so much better, we feel good and balanced-in tune with creation.
Least we forget-the herb for the season has to be Sage…common garden sage lights up any of the foods above. A pinch in Venison stew adds an awesome flavor that fits the season. A few leaves sautéed in warm butter and drizzled over baked sweet potatoes or apples is nothing less than ‘yummy.’
So, do your holiday a favor and hop over to www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com.
There you will find a great special for all your holiday cooking needs. The products are fresh-dried, chemical free, and packaged with my caring hands~
If you need something you don’t see…ask…you just never know!
A Share that I am really excited about
My good friend (and customer) Deb Lohrer has opened a new business.
The Pillow Pantry Deb designs and hand makes each pillow. Not only is she offering fabulous looking designs, she is also offering the option of including herbal scents in small pouches to the pillows.
Imagine your guests sitting down and being greeted with a lovely scent of lavender or some other delicious aroma.
Please visit Deb and tour the shop…be sure to check out all the photo’s. I’m sure she will be taking special orders also….so get your holiday gift list out and make someone happy~
Monday is Columbus Day~
Research and study this man with your children, there is so much more than what the average classroom offers.
Christopher Columbus was a master navigator and admiral whose four transatlantic voyages (1492–93, 1493–96, 1498–1500 and 1502–04) opened the way for European exploration, exploitation and colonization of the Americas. He has long been called the “discoverer” of the New World, although Vikings such as Leif Eriksson had visited North America five centuries earlier. Columbus made his transatlantic voyages under the sponsorship of Ferdinand II and Isabella I of Spain. Despite his accomplishments, however--including being granted the title “Admiral of the Ocean Sea” in April 1492--he died a disappointed man.
If you suffer from allergies, take a closer look at the foods you eat and how you prepare them. The body mistakes proteins in certain foods for the same allergy proteins in ragweed-cooking neutralizes the offending proteins.
Foods such as…apples, bananas, melons, cucumber, zucchini, chamomile , Echinacea, honey and nuts can be triggers.
Some fall foods that help fight allergies.
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, collards, onion, garlic, pumpkin. carrots and celery.
Apples, banana, and melon cooked for about 5 minutes or just until hot-in a butter and brown sugar sauce is fabulous. Just enough sauce to drizzle.
Hubby and I spent a week in the NC mountains recently; hiked at the top of Pisgah, dined at the Laughing Seed in Asheville (an organic vegetarian café). We are not vegetarians (hubby was for 12 years) but the Laughing Seed will have you considering the idea-yum!
Looking out over the mountain range from the parkway just below the peak of Pisgah.
Sage Hill wishes you each a happy and fun October.