Friday, August 19, 2011

Corn husk angels, twig stars, and pumpkins

Yes, I am ready for fall.  The sights, smells, colors.  They all intrigue me.  Last fall I made dozens of these cute little corn husk angels.  I ended up using them on my Christmas tree!

Corn husk angels

I made dozens of twig stars last fall that also ended up on the Christmas tree.  I can't help but start getting excited when the humidity finally breaks.  It is a sign of things to come!

Twig star

Are there certain foods that you normally only make during the fall and winter?  This mystery cake is a favorite!  I make lots of soups and stews during the winter and am already anticipating a big pot of venison stew!

Yes, I know it's early.  I'm like a kid in a candy store - I canNOT wait for fall.  I love the mums and pumpkins.

Let's not forget the gourds!

Pretty isn't it?

I always use these to decorate.

And these end up sprinkled throughout the house.

Can you tell I'm ready for fall?

To Autumn
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
   Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
   With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
   And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
       To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
   With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
       For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
   Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
   Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
   Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
       Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
   Steady thy laden head across a brook;
   Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
       Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
   Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,--
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
   And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
   Among the river sallows, borne aloft
       Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
   Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
   The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
       And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
- John Keats


Clint said...

I'm also ready for fall, but it's been 90+ degrees here this week. Hurry up, October!

Jules said...

I'm ready for my allergies to die down and as to fall...

I love both the angels and the stars. We will have to compare soup recipes sometime. :)

Have a great weekend!
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Out on the prairie said...

It is the season after I can wait a bit for. Shucks, I am barely sizzled out from summer.I have been at the lake camping for a few weeks just to make sure I have enjoyed summer well enough.

floweringmama said...

I know what you mean Clint. Today is the first day the humidity came back.

Any time, Jules! It's nothing fancy, but sure is hearty.

Bleh, I can camp, but I definitely don't want to do it in the summer. I'd much rather camp in the spring or fall. But I agree, Steve, fall's evil sister Winter is the one that I can do without.

tami said...

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I SO wanted to get a pumpkin harvest this year. Farmers market here I come as I was "skunked" again this year! I'll have to try some gourds next year.

Corine said...

When you say you are ready... you don't mean that all those gourds are yours, do you? I feel so naive... :O You took those photos at a local market, right?
PS I love fall, too. But I am NOT ready for it yet. We waited a long time for summer this year, and I hope to enjoy a bit more of it before moving on!!!
Corine :D

Olga said...

Fall is a remarkable season. Interplay of shades, fresh air in the evenings, the exceptional beauty of the nature.

Pearl said...

Won't fall be lovely?! Minneapolis has been far too hot this summer!

Come on Sweater Weather!


Out on the prairie said...

I am getting pounded with cukes so had my daughter over to make some pickles. At the end we had 6 pints and she said,"Why did you have me pick up this bag of salt?' I thought the salt went in the brine she mixed and you were to salt the cukes before brining them.What do you think I will have, soggy pickles or short lived usage?I hoped the queen of canning might know!

Leontien said...

Haha i am sooooo sorry but those corn angels make me think of Stephen King's, Children of the Corn! haha

and no that is no happy thought!

Great pictures and your pumpkins and gourds look great!


Corine said...

HI... I just had to come back and tell you that I LOVE your new layout! :D It really gets me in the mood fir fall! :)

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