I did an excellent job of hanging on to October this year. Each day felt longer than the last and my focus remained clear on each crisp breath of fresh air. It lingered on and on and I loved every moment of it.
Have I told you how much I love November too? Even though this month is flying by much faster than October, I still love it so. November doesn't have too many lovers; with its grey rainy weather, bare trees, and shorter days. But to me, all of that is still new - a fresh canvas for living these inward days. Come March I'm ready for the leaves, light and warmth to return for sure, but November somehow feels new, in a winding down sort of way.
And, the holidays are upon us! A time of celebration, gratitude, reflection and peace. A perfect preparation for the hibernating months ahead. Of course, it is also a time for food. This year Adam and I plan to roast chestnuts in our campfire outdoors, we can't believe we've never done that before! Also, we are loving the ever present citrus fruits and cranberries, the apples for pie making and spices for chai drinking. Oh, this time of year...
A fruit that many of us associate with the holidays is the beautiful pomegranate, filled with elusive crimson seeds and delicious antioxidant juice. But sometimes getting to those seeds proves challenging and as a result, these wonderful fruits are passed over far too often at the market.
So today, as many of us are gearing up in our kitchens for the festivities that lie ahead, I thought I'd take the mystery out of preparing a pomegranate for eating in this short little video. Thanks to Emily for doing the filming and to Scout for... well, for his cuteness.
When choosing a pomegranate at the market, look for one with skin that is fairly uniform and unblemished. Also, the heavier fruits are the juiciest.
I hope those of you who've been intimidated by pomegranates will feel a little more confident in preparing this nutritious gem. It really is a simple process, a rather meditative one too.
Things have been so quiet here this month, thanks for hanging in there with me. Between working, homeschooling, and my parents visiting, life seemed to be about as full as I could manage, even though I've missed being here so very much. I know the quiet will soon pass and these blog walls will burst with activity once again... and so it goes.
Wishing each of you a bountiful week ahead, filled with moments of festivity and moments of peace too.