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Autumn bounty
October 3, 2011
by Jenni Sebora

Rose G. Kingsley wrote in “The Autumn Garden” – “In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, save perhaps in daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.”

Autumn is the reaping of the harvest from each creature on earth. Farmers harvest and gather their crops. Squirrels scamper about gathering and storing their harvest for the winter months ahead. It is the season of beatitudes. Corn and soybeans are yellowing for the ultimate job of picking and storing the harvest grain.

Harvest fests are celebrated across America. Although family farms are few, and commercialized farming has taken over, and the harvest of grain is not shared by many, fall is still the time that we equate with bounty and celebrating what we all have.

It is very easy for us to get caught in the trap of focusing on what we don’t have, versus what we do have.

Each autumn, I believe, is a reminder that we need to be grounded – not in the ownership of things, but in our more intangible possessions. Love. Harmony. Health. Connectedness with others. Community. Family. Friends. The list goes on.

This is also the time of year that a walk at dusk is like a dose of stress therapy. The air is crisp, the wind is ever so lightly blowing across your face, and the sky preparing to turn in for the night – with a mixture of colors of magenta, orange, and dark blue holding its own in the sky before darkness takes over – setting up the perfect stage for the perfect stroll.

For me, there is nothing like a walk in the autumn air. It reminds me how vast and amazing our world is.

Of course, there’s nothing like homemade apple pie, apple crisp, apple sauce, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin bread. A trip to the apple orchard or pickin’ from your own apple trees can produce a bounty of treats in many different forms.

We have four types of apple trees. One of those is my all-time favorite, the Honeycrisp – gold hanging from the branches, I always say. Just last week, our family made apple cake and apple sauce. My daughters enjoyed apple mashing. It was definitely a fun family time together.

How about some pumpkin dip? Mix one 8-ounce package softened cream cheese, two jars of marshmallow crème, one 15-ounce can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, and one teaspoon cinnamon. Serve with fruit, graham crackers, or some type of bread. I like to spread it on pumpkin bread.

Create a harvest chain with your children. Cut strips of construction paper. Label each strip with your harvest. Link the strips together to form the harvest chain. Hang them in a prominent place to remind you of your own harvests.

Leaf rubbing is another fall craft tradition. Place some leaves under white paper and do a crayon rubbing with orange and green crayons. Paint over with watercolor paints (make it on the watery side) of fall colors, green, orange, yellow, brown, and red. This is a simple craft activity to do with your children to celebrate fall.

The “experts” are saying that this is to be the best fall weather and colors in a decade; make the most of the season.