Thought for Today and a Few of My Own

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
Émile Zola

It’s been awhile since I’ve commented on a quote, but this one hit me right in the heart.  It can be easy to be intimidated and overwhelmed by people who think they know everything, but do not understand people who are different or the concept that different it not necessarily “bad.”  This is something I have been dealing with for the last two years and have to admit to at times giving in to fear.

When I sneeze I don’t try to keep in it, I just let it fly.  Recently after a sneeze a woman walked by me and said “bless you.”  She continued to say “That’s the way to sneeze loud and proud.”

Reading todays quote I realized that like some people try to hold in a sneeze I have been trying to hold in my own truth  out of fear.  So here we go.  Today is the day to commit to consciously living out loud, both in my art and my daily walk through life, just like I sneeze.

Time to Kill the Fatted Pumpkin

I just finished killing the fatted pumpkin today and decided to share this oldie but goodie post from the past. If you have never tasted fresh pumpkin you don’t know what you’re missing — it’s different from canned.  I’ve also added this post to the Sugar and Spice Link Party.

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Scooping seeds from pie pumpkin
Copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins

Every year around this time I go through the autumn tradition I call killing the fatted pumpkin.  This is when I cook wonderful fresh pie pumpkins and freeze the puree for  the rest of the year.

Cooking fresh pumpkin is easy:

1.  Choose a nice orange pie pumpkin.

2.  Cut pumpkin in half.

3.  Scoop out seeds.

4.  Place cut side up or down (either works) in a baking dish with about 1/2 – 1 inch of water.

5.  Cover with foil and bake 1 hr. at 350 degrees.

6.  Remove from oven. When cool enough to handle scoop out cooked pumpkin.  Mash pumpkin or if very soft just give it a good stir.

7.  Prepare 1 and 2 cup containers of pumpkin for freezer.

8.  Freeze and enjoy homemade pumpkin goodies all year.

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Apple Pickin’

Bob and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary today.  Believe it or not, over the last 25 years driving as far as 60 miles to an orchard to buy apples has more than once been  our anniversary celebration.

Have you ever been to an orchard where apples are grown? Check to see if there is an orchard that sells direct to the public in your area. Whether you pick your own or buy already picked this a good way to teach children about where their food comes from.

But the best part is eating the apples.  Buy a box or two and make applesauce, your favorite apple cake or pie or how about freezing some apple slices for pie later?  Don’t forget a plain old fresh apple makes a great healthy dessert or snack.


Thought for Today

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” — John Lennon
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