the fruits of my labour

With the change of the season came the need to harvest our gardens. I will be the first to admit that I didn’t plant as wisely as I could have. We moved to our acreage in early March and then created two small gardens from scratch. I planted vegetables late in the season in one, only to uproot them and move them all to the second one a few months later. My husband warned me that doing so would mostly likely kill them. It didn’t, but it certainly stunted their growth!

Negativity aside, everything managed to grow. It was just on the smaller side, or cute side as I like to call it. I was still able to get a haul of everything that we use in the kitchen daily.

Remy and I harvested some white onions, green onions, thyme, and bell peppers. We even managed to cut down one massive sunflower that grew from one tiny seed from the children’s festival.

The afternoon was bitterly cold, and our haul was on the tinier side, but it was a summer filled with growth. All of our hard work paid off in the end. I was able to learn a lot from my first two gardens, which will only benefit me next year! I will start my seeds earlier, plan better, and with Geoffrey’s help, build a larger and raised garden bed on the west side of our property.

Trial and error is never a bad thing. I still call this past season a successful one.

For any gardening tips please leave them in the comments below!

Emory

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have you seen haveheart

HaveHeart1This month’s HaveHeart DIY was something new and different for me. Even though we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving in October, because the magazine is largely American-based, I decided to save my Harvest DIY for November. However, that’s not what was so ‘new and different’. What was, was the fact that the DIY was so involved. While most of my craft projects are usually simple ones, this particular project I found to be tedious. Yet, the individuality and end result made it more than worth it in the end!

If you would like to know how to turn twigs into the finished product below, then click here

HaveHeart2Also, be sure to set aside a few hours for this beautiful Primitive Harvest Wreath!

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Emory

a blogger’s dozen: butternut squash pasta (geoffrey kurysh)

00.jpgI decided to do something different this month with my Blogger’s Dozen series. As the end of September was nearing, and October was peaking its beautiful head around the corner, I was finding more and more recipes that I wanted to try out on my blog. October is the one month that really has a distinctive taste, in my mind. Filled with pumpkin flavours, strong spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and other rich and heavy foods, October’s feasts are a far cry from the light meals of the preceding summer months. No other month, in my mind, has such an obvious palate. 

That being said, I chose to turn to my faithful recipe site, A Beautiful Mess. Or rather, I had asked my husband to do it. I wanted a man’s take on making their recipes, not only because the website mostly caters to a female-based audience, but because Emma’s recipes can be on the long and complicated side and my husband is better at following directions than I am. The first one that we chose was a true October-inspired pasta. I call this, “A Beautiful Take on a Beautiful Messes’ Butternut Squash Pasta.” 

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Emory

03.jpgButternut Squash Pasta:

2 cups pasta (bowtie is our favourite because it’s dressy and formal)

2 cups butternut squash

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup cream

1 egg yolk

½ cup cheese

salt and pepper

01.jpgSteps:

1. First off, you need to peel and cube the squash. This can be a bit of a challenge, or so I thought. Perhaps my peeler was just dull, but the skin of squash proved to be like a layer of armour. Luckily Baba’s back-up peeler was an ancient weapon of destruction and made quick work of the squash.

02.jpg2. Next take the cubes and heat in a saucepan until soft and malleable. Mash up and stir in the egg yolk and continue to heat on medium. Add cream and cheese, continuing to stir. Season with salt and pepper to personal taste and preference.

3. On a side burner prepare the pasta. One tip I learned while I was venturing into the world of cooking is to add a few drops of oil in the boiling water before adding the pasta. This small action will stop your pasta from sticking together as it cooks.

4. Add the pasta to the sauce and spoon onto plate. Serve with grated cheese on top and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Finito.

04.jpgThis dish is actually pretty quick and easy to prepare as long as you are skilled with a machete or very sharp peeler. Pasta is a great medium to serve with this savory sauce. So don’t be intimidated by a squash. Next time you see one in the grocery store, just think, I got this.

Geoffrey

A Blogger’s Dozen is a series that was launched in 2014. If you would like to be featured in a post, as well as have free advertisement for that month, please contact Emory at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com. Be sure to send any food-related ideas that you may have. Hello, awesomeness!

no seriously, thank you

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 9.56.04 AMHappy Thanksgiving, fellow Canadians!

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 11.21.47 AMI’ve been reflecting a lot lately about what it is that I have to be thankful for. Honestly, the list is just too big. I’m thankful for the beautiful new house that we are building in one of our provincial parks, and how every little hint of a hiccup always seems to rectify itself somehow. I’m thankful for my family who live so close to me and are always there when I need them, without fail. I’m thankful for my own little family, especially Holly who made it through her recent surgery and hopefully will continue to keep overcoming all of her health issues. I’m thankful for all six of my current jobs, which I have acquired based on hard work, skill, and a boatload of luck. I’m also thankful for my little store, which has already been a great success even though it’s been open for less than two weeks. 

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 9.59.21 AMWhat I’m really thankful for, which may sound strange to some of you, is the community of people and artists that I have been able to connect with through Instagram. I cannot begin to describe the outpour of love that I have been receiving on almost a daily basis. Instagram has been a social media blessing in disguise for me. Every time I log in and scroll through my feed, I see such an inspirational collection of stunning photographs that are either captioned by profound proclamations or simple statements. Who am I referring to? People and artists like @1924us@abstractconformity, @cometwest, @colincabalka, @fouraugust, @me_an_orla, and @modernoutdoorsman.

These creatives have helped me grow as a photographer with each new square picture that I post. I finally feel as if I’ve found my style, and it’s all because of them. 

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 11.06.49 AMAlthough it maybe weird to be thankful for Instagram, today, its community is one thing that I, as an artist, cannot live without. So seriously, thank you.

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Emory

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