Saturday, October 20, 2007

Remember to smile

Many people love fall- the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, sweet relief from the blistering summer heat- but as the leaves drift to the ground, my mood gets darker and darker. I am filled with dread at the thought of the approaching holidays- all the obligations and fake happiness. The long, dark, cold days zap my energy, leaving me withdrawn and silent.
This year to help combat all the negative emotions I am looking for joy. There are many little things that make me smile. I thought, since y'all have seen what I am working on and they are all long term projects, that I would share the little things around me that make me smile.
Since I was a kid, I have always loved little groups of acorns stuck together. To this day, I still pick them up and cradle them in my hand, careful not to break apart the connection they share.

I have to admit, my favorite part about fall is the food. I could eat greens and turnips every single day. But they have to be cooked just so...

My favorite Greens and Turnips
1 Bunch of greens (these are collards) stripped from their stems and roughly chopped
1 onion diced
olive oil
salt, pepper, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, oregano and red pepper flakes to taste
turnips peeled and diced

In a deep pot, saute onion in olive oil until translucent. Add chopped greens and cook until wilted. Add all seasonings and turnips. Cover with water and simmer until turnips are tender (about 20 minutes). Eat and enjoy! Especially good with cornbread!


sara said...

The seasonal change and dark winter also affects me, but your positive outlook about it this year is wonderfull and inspiring. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I dont think Ive ever had turnips but you have enticed me to try them!

Yarn It said...

Winter can be a difficult time. I have so many trees around my house that it tends to get very dark during the day even. I light lots of good smelling candles all day, try to keep fires going, and even play nice soothing music. I, like you,have to try to keep the smile on during this time. This year will be especially difficult. The good thing about you is that you recognize how you react during the winter months and are trying to avoid it. That is a good thing.

I am going to try that recipe! It sounds wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I could have accommodated you with acorns this year, though mine don't seem to come in threes. The squirrels throw them at the car, so that even people passing in the street notice. I also get to smile at people staring up at the tree or trying to avoid slipping on the crop which has landed on the ground. Here's to positivism.

DAWN said...

What a great affirmation for the coming winter. If it helps, fall and winter are natures way of helping us ease into a sort of hibernation state. It does us all good to spend time "within" looking at the learning from the past is the way into a more expansive future. The holidays are manmade and have a terrible way of making people feel inadequate. Enough rambling. . . hurray for you taking charge. (I have a thing for whole acorns, too. Clusters or not, I just love to see them with their tops on.)

Anonymous said...

I hope this fall & winter bring a lot of joy. At the very least, you can wrap up in your gorgeous handknits. Although I'm southern through & through, I just can't do turnip greens. Collards, yes, I love those but I've never been able to eat the turnips.

Yarn It said...

I tried your recipe and it was great! My was kind of like soup though so I think I added too much water. But was very good and tasty. I will certainly make it again. I had never had turnips...and I loved them!