swamped with fresh food

Ah, the end of summer. Finn and I were lucky enough to accompany my mom on her vacation, to the beach. This was taken at Isle of Palms, an island off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. It was Finn's first time at the beach, and he loved it!

Now that we're back, I'm swamped with homework. And fresh food.
Like local apples! Which called for an apple cake.

I have been doing many things in way of procrastination - laundry, baking a cake, meal planning, even making homemade toothpaste. I'm procrastinating because I have so much homework. I have so much homework because I'm procrastinating. It's a vicious cycle.

Thankfully, I have a blog I can turn to for even more procrastination!
And something to blog about - my green goals. After reading Vanessa Farquharson's "Sleeping Naked is Green" I am brimming with ideas for how to "green" our family life. Here are some goals I'd like to achieve:
- replacing our toothbrushes with Preserve toothbrushes
- when our laundry detergent runs out, go natural
- and more that I can't currently remember

In other news, the farmers' market has been bustling with the most amazing late summer/early autumn harvest. This is what we made away with this week. Note the garden peach tomatoes, a personal favorite! As well as Missouri pecans, half the price and twice the quality of grocery store pecans. Also blackberries, raspberries, arugula, bok choy, cucumber, zucchinis, basil and parsley, fresh flowers, two sweet potatoes, and a lonely red bell pepper.

With tons of produce, I've been cooking quite creatively. Here's the ratatouille I assembled, right before sliding it into the oven to roast.

Here's the plum tart I made for all the elephant heart plums that were on sale at a local natural foods store.

And here's Finn, checking out our pumpkin. This year I'm doing something new - buying a pumpkin purely for the purpose of eating! If we do make a jack o lantern this year, I want to eat it, too. It's silly to waste a pumpkin like that. And pumpkin is too delicious to waste!

What are you doing differently this year?


Tori said...

this all looks amazing!

& Finn is lookin' so fly (per usual!)

natalie said...

LOVE the new heading...i made apple cake this morning because your cake is always so delicious. :)
also, i love this entry- the fresh food, finn + you at the beach!
i can't wait for finn's party on tuesday!! :)

Jamie Condon said...

I'm terribly jealous about all those beautiful farmer's market goodies!! I miss you

Lainey Seyler said...

that apple cake looks AWESOME, as does the plum tart. i've never baked anything with plums--actually i don't know that I'VE ever baked anything with apples. just my mom. i'm heading to nebraska city this weekend (hopefully) to pick some apples and celebrate fall.