Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! What is happening to 2018?! It is disappearing right in front of my very eyes!! I feel like it was just July, but now my calendar says it is almost mid-September! I guess time flies, when you’re having fun/getting older. Your choice on how you want to end that last sentence. (ha!)
I sincerely hope that each of you found opportunities to enjoy the summer months and are possibly looking forward to the upcoming change of season. Summer is my favorite season. I enjoy the heat and humidity, and the start of marching band camps, and garden bounties and garden displays and sundresses and flip flops. I struggle each year to welcome the autumn season. I hang on to summer for as long as I can. Some years autumn can surprise us with a burst of beautiful color, cool evenings and warm days. And some years… well, I guess white could be considered a sudden burst of color, too.
But, before I get too emotional, my calendar says that I have 2 more weeks of Summer-Time and I’m going to try to live it up!
While the calendar says one thing, it is obvious by the CSA deliveries that fall is just around the corner. Our first sweet potatoes arrived, along with a Delicata squash. Delicata squash are probably my favorite squash – so there is that to look forward to this coming season! Beets are growing like crazy on my cousin’s farm, and I have been happily sharing and preserving their generous gift. My own garden did not appreciate the copious amounts of rain that my neighborhood received this summer, but my tomatoes and cucumbers are finaly arriving and they were certainly worth the wait!
Here is a site with 50 Fall Harvest recipes: https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/fall-harvest-recipes/view-all/ There are some very tasty looking recipes in this list, and I can’t wait to try my hand at the beet and sweet potato fries!
Speaking of beets, did you know that you can freeze beets? I remember a few years ago that my neighbor and I discussed if one could or could not freeze beets. I was skeptical if beets could be frozen, but apparently, I was super wrong! (Sorry, Erin!) I really enjoy pickled beets, so I normally just pickle away. But this year, I have roasted them (WOW!), and I have also learned that you can freeze them. In prepping beets for freezing, you can either boil or roast them, your choice. Here is the recipe that I used to freeze beets, after I boiled my first freezing batch : https://anoregoncottage.com/how-to-roast-and-freeze-beets/2/
And here are some great ideas on what to do with those frozen beets: https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/top-lists/dara-moskowitz-grumdahls-top-5-frozen-beet-recipes/
Along with the change of seasons, it seems like unwanted visitors seem to show up in the kitchen. Do you notice an increase of fruit flies at this time of year, too? There are all sorts of products that one can stare at in the bug removal section of a hardware store. But you can also make some good and ecofriendly and cheaper versions at home. Check out the link below for 7 ways to get rid of those pesky fruit flies. Also, consider swapping out the vinegar or wine with a little bit of beer in a jar or bowl. Fruit flies love most beers! And the beer smell dissipates, so have no fear – your kitchen won’t smell like a kegger.
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, enjoy the waning days of summer. Look forward to a fresh new season bursting with all sorts of harvest bounty and new recipes just waiting to be discovered! Good luck with the fruit flies. I’m heading out to the garden. Remember to be kind to yourself and each other and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!