The Busy Season: Some Food, Some Fun, Some Pots

I’ve been cooking, I’ve been hiking, I’ve been working…a lot, I’ve been making clay pots, and I’ve been traveling some. And then suddenly, it’s NOVEMBER!!!

Here’s what’s been going on (click the red links for more info and recipes:

RibollitaThere was a batch Ina Garten’s fantastic Ribolitta pictured above, to warm up the cold evenings.

There was a lovely hike to Raven Cliffs Falls in the North GA mountains. Spectacular leaves that weekend.

spooktacularchiliThere was some Spooktacular Beef and Italian Sausage Chili made for Halloween!

And Punkitties were carved for the big event!

There was a lovely gathering of cousins in town that called for an early batch of my most favorite gratin and holiday potato dish, Potato and Fennel Gratin. It takes a little effort, but the flavor is show stopping.

And this week I’ve been carving some clay pots for a friend’s new lifestyle website…more on that later.

And then there was work…happily lots and lots of it! So that’s what I’ve been up to. How about you? Are you having a fun autumn so far? Happy Weekend!


21 thoughts on “The Busy Season: Some Food, Some Fun, Some Pots

  1. Your clay pot carvings are so stunning; you definitely have a talent. I do love the sound of your potato and fennel dish – have you blogged the recipe? I love the scenic images – so beautiful and it’s lovely to see Fall in all its glorious colours xx

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    • Thank you for that great compliment Charlie Louie! The recipe for the potato and fennel gratin is a live link via the title of the dish. Its a Bon Appetit Magazine recipe from years ago and the recipe is on 🙂


  2. What a great, fun-packed fall you’ve had. We freelancers understand how wonderful it is to be busy with work and I’m sure happy for you. The fall has been good to me too, thankfully. I love the hiking photos, the leaves were sure beautiful. I’m very excited to hear about your pot carving, it looks beautiful.

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  3. Love, love your Punkitties, they are sooooo cute. Looking forward to reading about how you carve clay pots sounds quite difficult. So happy to learn that you are busy with lots and lots of work, that’s a good thing.

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    • Thank you so much, Norma. I love carving the punkitties each year. Yes, I will elaborate more in my next post about the pots. The site is now up, but I’ve been on the road for the last week and am now once again in the midst of very rushed deadlines with work, so hope to get that up maybe next week. I’ll take the work when it comes, happily! 🙂


    • Thanks so much, Sharyn. I love carving clay, it’s really fun. I feel the same way about potatoes and fennel…a terrific combo. Hope you are well. I’ve been traveling and haven’t been able to get around to read everyone’s latest posts. Will try and remedy that this weekend. 🙂


  4. You’ve certainly been busy, Betsy. Love your shots of Fall in your area and along the trail. And oh that chili!!! Love it! The clay pot you’ve shared is really quite nice. It shows you’re a talented artist. I look forward to seeing more when your friend’s website is up and running.

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