UNTIL - we began to walk around and collect flowers and acorns and climb in trees. My kids love to gather acorns and stuff. And we got lots of stuff. It was pretty much the best nature walk ever.
|top left clockwise: buckeyes, hardy oranges, a variety of small pumpkins, wheat celosia, acorns|
|Hardy Oranges were used for citric acid on old farmsteads.|
|beautiful wheat celosia plant full of tiny black seeds|
I learned (while the kids were rolling on the ground) that butternut squash can be cooked in pies and breads similarly to pumpkin bread. I'm a new fan of butternut squash, and an old lover of pumpkin bread, so I decided to bring it together. L and I cut up a butternut squash together, baked it, and then used it in our regular pumpkin bread recipe (from Betty Crocker - I omit the cloves, and used 2 cups of squash in place of the can of pumpkin). L adores baking with me, and I love starting a study with seeds and ending with bread - kind of a full circle.