We’re getting ready for the Waldorf Holiday Fair tomorrow and Saturday. Mike’s upstairs in his studio giving a final polish to some new pieces, and I’ve spent much of the day at the sewing machine with pirates, owls and Matryoshka dolls for company. We all have so much fun at the Waldorf Fair. I love the Waldorf Philosophy and try to incorporate parts of it into my daily life with L. Some of my favorite people grew up in the Waldorf education and they seem to take such a joyful, natural approach to learning. The school itself is so lovely and it’s a very fun time, with so many wonderful vendors and natural children’s activities all day. I’m especially looking forward to seeing the felted doll ornament maker, and finding a lovely one for our tree. Also the “puzzle lady” who had no online presence unfortunately. She has a pedal powered saw and makes wooden puzzles before your very eyes! Last year we got L’s hand traced in puzzle form and a few others with sweet Elsa Beskow illustrations. We’re really looking forward to this weekend full of fun (and honey sticks) hope to see some of you there!
Our last outside fair of 2012 was Clover Market this past weekend. It was fun (and quite chilly) making me thankful for all the indoor markets of the upcoming holiday season. I took some pictures of favorites of this last Market but unfortunately my phone (and new found love of instagram) are not cooperating tonight. Here’s a look at our stand though, if you’ve never been, some pictures of the always work in progress that it is. Now to scaled down spaces of the indoor winter. One of my favorites is coming up next weekend, The Waldorf School Holiday Fair , where once again, I try not to buy as much as I sell. Happy weekend to you all and I hope to see some of you family types there!
Wow, what a roller-coaster of a week, and it’s not over yet. We survived Sandy with the most minimal of leaks, and lots of home cooking and pie baking and looking at storm footage on the computer. The cold front hit, and we feel very blessed that we can turn our heat on when we want to. Our families are and friends who were in the path of the storm are ok. We have friends who weren’t so lucky, a good place to donate money to one family is here and if you live in Philly, West Philadelphia Coop School 4625 Baltimore Ave is having a clothing & goods drop off tomorrow from 1-3pm, that will go directly to NYC hurricane victims. Then of course the weather changed and it was Halloween! L was a cookie delivering pirate, and had as much (if not more) fun giving out candy then the actual trick or treating.
This Sunday is the last Clover Market of the season. We’re thrilled to be participating again and have many new designs and flavors for all of you holiday shopping needs. Yes, it’s that time again. We’re #76, same place as last time and what a nice place it was, hope to see you there!I know there are a few “moments” in here as well as some plugs for things but these first pictures really sum up “savoring and remembering”!
So I’m slightly terrified of masks but do love some Halloween! If you want to freak yourself out look up vintage Halloween photos on pinterest. Terrifying masks galore. Speaking of that, when looking through images I discovered a new fact, one precursor to Halloween trick-or-treating was Thanksgiving Masking.
On Thanksgiving Day children would dress up like characters of the day and go door to door asking for apples and pennies. It was widely done but frowned upon by the authorities and various social groups. Here are some slightly less scary vintage Halloween images and postcards for you to enjoy.
And don’t forget if you’re in Philly to come see us this Saturday at the East Passyunk Fall Festival that my friend Elissa from Nice Things Handmade is helping to organize. It will be a Halloween extravaganza with costume contests for kids and dogs, a great selection of vendors, candy and local beer! What more could you ask?
Once upon a time my friend Lizzy came over and together we whipped up this simple and delicious meal from what I had around and her giant butternut squash. It’s become a staple of my dinnertime favorites and L could eat it every night. It’s awesome because it’s vegan and wheat free, neither of which our family is but it’s nice to have that. We usually crumble some goat cheese on top but it’s totally not necessary. L and I are just dairy fiends, Mike not so much… That’s good for some protein too, you could also crumble a bit of firm tofu.
Butternut Delicious Pasta
Peeled & chopped medium butternut squash, handful fresh sage chopped, 5-10 peeled garlic cloves, extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle of salt, trader joe’s brown rice penne pasta, goat cheese
In a roasting pan combine squash, garlic, sage, salt and olive oil, toss to mix then put in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. After 15 mins toss it around to make sure it’s all cooking well and doesn’t burn, keep checking. It’ll be soft (but not too mushy) and slightly caramelized, add more oil if it looks too dry. In the meantime cook your pasta till it’s al dente, drain and add a smidge of olive oil to keep it from sticking together. Mix your delicious aromatic garlicky sage squash in with your pasta. Put in bowls, top with goat cheese, serve with a green salad perhaps.
An easy peasy, gourmet tasting meal that kids and grown ups will love.
I forgot about the garlic this time and only remembered when I was combining the pasta. It was pretty good without it, and if you have kids who really don’t like garlic it’ll be ok. Roasted garlic however is so mellow and lovely you might just give it a chance and see what happens. As for the pasta, I’ve had some pretty gross wheat free & whole wheat pasta’s in my time but I can’t say enough good things about the Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Penne Pasta. If you cook it right it’s just perfect, chewy with a little bite. I also like their whole wheat fusilli, although the whole wheat & brown rice spaghetti, not so much.
The changing of the seasons makes me want to roast everything! Do you have some favorite easy, healthy and delicious roasted recipes? I’d love to know all about it!
A Friday ritual.-from soulemama– A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.