Autumn

The Farmers Wife

Every year, i’m amazed how quickly the seasons change.

It seems that, no sooner are the summer holidays over, the leaves are falling from the trees, blackberries are ready to be gathered, conkers litter the bridal paths & i’m counting down the days until i need to light the log burner(no central heating!).

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Is it because our lives are so busy that there is such a seamless flow from the heat of the August sun, to buying stocking fillers in october? I feel like having kids makes time go faster, always looking ahead to the next half term, school trip, disco, cake sale, footie tournament, theres always something you need to be thinking about, planning for-of ahead of time, pushing us to cram more into each passing week/month/year.

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I love my instagram account for the ability to look back at little moments I captured along with the buzz of family life, the things you take for granted, or which are quickly forgotten. This week, just picking the pears from the tree in the garden has marked the middle of October, as has the start of my autumn wardrobe in the form of my new mustard jumper, & leather boots, but that’s not particularly note worthy-just an exciting mummy treat!).

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This month the farming calendar is as busy as ever, with Spring crops being drilled(planted)-
I’ll wave a sad farewell to the pigs outside my kitchen window who’ll shortly be moved on to another part of the farm in favour of a field of wheat.
Mr P is spending some very long days fodder beet (which are kind of like turnips)harvesting, then there’s lots of muck spreading to be done.
With a few Saturday ploughing matches thrown in, and of course the shoot season will get well under way!!

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October will no doubt feature pumpkins & ghosts, sweet & savory pies, & the return of manicures in classic plum hues(soft cashmere grey if i get my way!)

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Since i’ve realised that November will see a certain little girl turn one whole year old & my body hasn’t yet returned to its temple like shape(obviously i’m joking) i’m also aiming for October to see us all being a little healthier, longer walks, & more careful meal planning. nothing too drastic, just a few tweaks (low fat rice pudding instead of full fat!).
I’m dusting off the slow cooker & testing out this recipe for slimming world ‘ hearty beef stew’ this week, just don’t tell Mr P its ‘healthy’ will you?….

Ingredients:

low calorie cooking spray
700g lean casserole steak, visible fat removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 onions, roughly chopped
3 carrots, roughly chopped
2 turnips, peeled and roughly chopped
600ml boiling beef stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
method

Preheat the oven to 160°C/Fan 140°C/Gas 3.
Spray a large non-stick frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the meat and fry until browned on all sides.
Transfer the meat to an ovenproof casserole dish along with the garlic, onions, carrots, turnips and stock. Season to taste and add the dried herbs. Cover tightly and cook in the oven for 2 hours.
Serve hot with your favourite vegetables.

Enjoy…

Love Kirsty xxx

 

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