What are some of your very simple traditions for the fall and the Holidays?
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9/11/09 at 12:43pm
we call them mashed pinktatoes. (we make it other times too - i mean, nothing says easter like pink food, right?) i'm not exactly a recipe person, more of a little-of-this, little-of-that. so.
boil your potatoes with two or three peeled beets. when the potatoes are done, the beets are done too, although the beets will be firmer than the potatoes. drain.
while the potatoes and beets are in the colander, i put my other stuff into the pot. this could be any combination of whatever dairy products i have in the house: milk, butter, sour cream, occasionally cream cheese or parmesan or whatever . . . i'm disgusting. i just guess at amounts. salt, pepper, however you normally do your potatoes. if i have fresh herbs, i might saute some in butter or oil and then add the rest of the dairy.
when all that is mixed, put the potatoes and beets back in and mash, or be lazy and mix with a hand mixer. the entire batch of potatoes will turn pink (a nice perky pink, not a sick, dull pink) and there are little chunks of beets which are an awesome jewel tone in there. so fabulous. we all love it.
i just had a fun idea (for our family anyway, but thought i'd share!) for solstice. i remember last winter when ds was asking why it was so dark in winter, why things stopped growing, where the animals were, etc. we had already been talking about why sleep was important for our bodies to grow and heal and for our minds to hold on to the things we learned during the day. with that in mind, we talked about how winter was like night for nature. trees are sleeping, fields are sleeping, lots of animals are sleeping . . . and we all need rest. so maybe a fun solstice ritual/tradition would be to "tuck" things in for winter (around our yard), saying goodnight and maybe leaving little comfort items around so they'll have sweet dreams.