Yet another season. As I look outside my window I wonder how could all of this have possible occurred in what seems to me like a split second. The vibrant and nearly florescent green leaves of yesterday are suddenly dressed up in red, yellow and orange. The warm air of last evening has transformed into a wet, coolness that whispers to me that winter is just around the corner.
Well, until it does make its grand entrance, I intend to enjoy as much of this fleeting season as possible. More so, I intend to enjoy the abundant gifts that the fall bring with it. I enjoyed the first gifts yesterday when I went apple, pear and tomato picking. It was a fantastic feeling for me to pick the fruits from their stems-the crisp smell of the apples and the more mellow smell of the pears made me high with excitement as I thought of the plentitude of creations these beauties would become.
After picking what must have been about 200 apples and pears, and a much less number of cherry tomatoes, I sat down under the trees and reflected upon the past few weeks. They were not easy weeks. And then, as I looked up and gazed into the clear fall sky and looked down upon the glorious trees, I smiled with the realisation that this is all just the process of nature. And as the summer gives way to fall, so shall the past give way to a future full of abundant possibilities.
I warmly welcome the new season with open arms, an open heart, and a copy of the optimist creed, which I discovered last night and shall keep with me from now on. I share this with you along with a recipe for an apple-tomato soup! Enjoy-
The Optimist Creed: Christian D. Larson
I promise myself:
To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, & prosperity to every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything & make my optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, & to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times & give a smile to every living creature I meet.
To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, & too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of myself & to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.
- 3 cups of apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 2 cups of cherry tomatoes
- 2 cloves of crushed garlic
- 1/ 8 cups extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 tbs. of tomato purée
- 2 tsp. of raw cane sugar
- A tsp. of dried herbs of your choice (Oregano, basil)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Place the sliced, apples, tomatoes, garlic, oil in a large pan and broth and cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the apples and the tomatoes are completely soft.
- place this mixture into a blender and mix until smooth.
- Pour the mixture back into the pan and add the puree, sugar, herbs, salt and pepper to taste!