I have a really strong affinity for winter squash. I won’t say they are my favorite vegetable because there are too many amazing veggies out there to choose, but these, these are up there. They are so fun to grow and harvest; I dream of having acres and acres of every kind of winter squash in the book. They are super easy to cook and uber versatile. In fact, I really put them to the test this week. How you ask? Pie. Yes, this Thanksgiving table features gluten-free Turban squash pies. Maybe that doesn’t sound as appetizing as pumpkin pie, but it’s a lot more exciting and tastes better, too!
Lots of our nation could use some good old comfort food right about now. I’ve grabbed some squash from the garden harvest to whip up a warm and hearty Whole30 breakfast (We’re rounding the halfway point!). You can switch that squash out for baked or canned pumpkin, or sweet potatoes. Today I have been heavy as have many in the wake of this election. Despite it all, I hold onto the love, light and compassion I find in so many people. I am grateful for the beauties we’ve discovered in the nature bits that come with Fall. I am comforted by the garden, real food, and for shared meals with those I love.
Fall feels so alive, despite the dying back of so much. It’s when we make the big haul in from the garden beds and can and can and can… It’s when we plant garlic and lean on the the forecast, hoping to get one more day before a frost. The fateful freeze did indeed come last night. As I grabbed every single last pepper in the bed, it felt like an end, but it feels so full.
It’s easy to feel the cooler weather that has arrived and relax your gardening self a bit. Hold off, though, don’t sit down quite yet! There’s a lot to do out there before you can kick back. The time and effort you invest in your garden now will build soil health, plus keep the weed and pest count down so you can go into the next gardening season with your best foot forward. Not sure what to put on your to-do list? Stick around for my three-part garden series, The Fall Garden Grind!