First things, well…yeah. Let’s smile together. Maybe even guffaw together. Click here to see the finalists for this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. And then tell me which one is your favourite pic in the comments. (I am indecisive; torn between “Have a Headache” and “Crouching Tiger, Peeking Moose”).
Calgary cookbook author Julie Van Rosendaal’s Out of the Orchard: Recipes for Fresh Fruit from the Sunny Okanagan (2016, TouchWood Editions, Canada) is perfect for this time of year. Although the sweet, juicy B.C. peaches are finished (no worries! – I have a bunch stashed in the freezer for any and all occasions), the apples are still rolling in and on for extremely budget-friendly prices. If you look around, you’ll still find the plums, as well, and of course, the pears are just coming on. I seriously would like one of everything in this cookbook – I have no idea where to begin. Weeeeellll, maybe I do. Page 43, “Peach and Pumpkin Muffins.” Happening this week, in my kitchen. And for supper tomorrow night: “Roasted Carrot Soup with Apples and Sage.” Or…how about…”Curried Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Red Lentil Soup with Ginger and Pear.” That’s for Thursday night. I’m gonna be busy…. If your bookstore or library carries this cookbook, I’d highly recommend tracking down a copy – it will quickly become a favourite!
I meant to write about this much earlier this year but things sort of got away from me (they always do!). Alberta author Diane Mae Robinson has accomplished the impossible: she has made English grammar both accessible and adorable for children of all ages with The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom. Using examples from her previously penned Pen Pieyu Adventures (ho boy, I’m in for it with that sentence!), this is a cute, useful, and educational book. While the major appeal is for kids, I think it may actually serve adult ESL students as well, especially if they enjoy fantasy stories. This is a fantastic resource (and if you want to own a copy, you can get the e-book free for your Kindle on Amazon.ca right now. If you don’t live in Canada, I think the freebie is also offered up by Amazon in other countries, so just search for the book or the author on your respective site).
Even if you don’t garden in the United States, this is a delectable treat: the American Horticultural Society has digitally archived all of its issues of The American Gardener magazine from 1920 to 2016. You can peruse them all here. The opportunity to access documents like these is one of the best, most positive things about the Internet!
And, from the “Yes, I Published Another Article and Yes, You Are Stuck Hearing About It” Department, I…um…recently had another article published. Well, four more articles, actually. We’ve got “How To: Mulch 101” and “Plants for Fall Colour” in the Fall 2018 issue of The Gardener for Canadian Climates, “Check Your Pulses” in the autumn issue of Archive, and “Wabi-Sabi Garden Design” in Herb Quarterly (Winter 2018). This may be why I blog so irregularly and somehow forget to reply to all your wonderful comments until two months (or occasionally six) after you’ve written them and then you get the WordPress notification and you’re, like, huh? what is she talking about, anyway? – and then you do a search and realize this was thirteen blog entries ago!
Wow. Someone is clearly in need of The Dragon Grammar Book. Or less caffeine, more sleep. 😉