Sally in the Zen

Confessions of a Befuddled Zen Buddhist

Pumpkins, here and there

Zen Master and I dropped by Baugher’s for a quick visit and we were greeted by pumpkins!

There were all types of pumpkins, here and there.

Like these Mexican hat pumpkins.

And cute mini gourds that can be used as displays.

Or hand-held weapons, whichever one prefers.

Or flattened pumpkins whose name I don’t recall.

Or the peanut pumpkins.  They actually gave me goosebumps just looking at them.

And then the long neck pumpkins, which we found out was the pumpkin of choice in making quite outstanding pumpkin pies.  I’ve always thought that the normal orange pumpkins were used, but that goes to show how much I know about these things. 

The things I learn at a farm. 

As we eventually drove away, I contemplated for a moment if I was up to the challenge of making a pumpkin pie from scratch – pie crust and filling – for Thanksgiving.  I tried to picture myself, struggling with a long neck pumpkin, trying to figure out how to turn it into a pumpkin pie.

Nope.  Sorry, really wasn’t feeling it at the moment.

Actually, I’m not feeling anything for Thanksgiving yet.  Maybe because it’s still a week away.  Maybe because I’m willing myself to believe it’s still summer because once Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is literally right there!

And then?

A new year!

Yikes!

Yup, really not feeling up to making a pumpkin pie at the moment.

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A Bunch of Nuts

We were at our favorite farm over the weekend again, picking apples and enjoying the day.  While we were wandering around, I came across this.

Which started me pondering on a truly intriguing question.

Hmm.

What kind of nuts are we?

Zen Master = Banana nut bread.

Zen Mum = White chocolate macadamia nut cookie.

Me = Peanut chew!

That’s exactly right.  We’re a bunch of nuts.

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Favorite Pastime

It had been such a beautiful day on Monday, we decided to visit our favorite farm, Baugher’s.  When Pick-Your-Own opens with the strawberry season every year in May, Zen Master, Zen Mum and I are there on most weekends, enjoying the fresh air and the farm fresh goodies.

And today we’re talking apples.  Apple season just started, and usually runs from September thru October. 

As soon as we get there, we jump on a ride on the tractor that takes us to the apple orchards.

During pumpkin season in October, this tractor will be filled with hay, becoming a cool hayride for folks.

But today, we’re sitting on top of wooden crates and looking out at the pumpkin patches.  We’ll be back in October to pick our pumpkins!

But in the meantime, we’re looking at the apples.

The first apple orchard we race into is McIntosh.  McIntosh is just one of the various apples they grow, and as the season continues, we’ll get to taste sweet Golden Delicious and tart Granny Smith in awhile.  For the McIntosh, we’ve been advised that we should pick the red ones, because the redder the sweeter. 

And the green ones are still McIntosh apples, but not quite ripe.

But these are!

Zen Mum loves apples. 

But then again, so does Zen Master.  I went looking for him and found him here, trying to find the best apple.

And when he does, he gets quite excited about it!

He wasn’t expecting my camera in his face, so he took it and sent me to pick my own cotton-pickin’ apples. 

 Now how do you like them apples?

Lovely McIntosh and Jonathan apples!  And what we had for dessert last night was an even lovelier apple tart cake.

Life is good.

Note:  Baugher’s is a wonderful pastime for us and I just wanted to share this with you.  We’re not getting paid one penny from them for writing this.  Just so we’re clear.

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