Sunday, October 13, 2013

Savoring Fall

Autumn Drew Its BedTime Bath
by Lea Johnstone
from Autumn Drew Its BedTime Bath 
Poems and Paintings of Minnesota

Autumn drew its bed-time bath
With colors of every hue
And soaked its aching twigs and limbs
In bubbles of reds and orange and cerulean blue

But winter came along and pulled the plug
And all the colors washed down the drain
The reds and orange and cerulean blue
But left the palest of icy rain

A stretch and a yawn from November sleet
Dressed jammies on bare little limbs
Flurries nestled between clean white sheets
While Jack Frost tucked the blankets in

Snowflakes coated meadow lands
In shades of milk and cream
And slowly closed the sleepy eyes
Of a weary wandering stream

North winds whispered a love you lullaby
With all the notes their lips could sing
Orion read a bed-time story
Then it's off to sleep till spring 

The fall colors in this photo reminded me of this poem's first stanza especially the cerulean blue lake . Lea's use of metaphors throughout the poem help create wonderful seasonal imagery.

Did you know that cerulean blue is America's second favorite crayola crayon?


Crayola knows their colors, and they know what America likes. If blue is your favorite color, you're not alone. According to Crayola, blue is ranked number one, and was introduced by the company as a crayon shade in 1903. Crayola.com states that lovers of the blue hue possess a calm and loyal personality and loads of wisdom. No wonder this is a shade that America loves the most.
In fact, out of the top 5 colors America loves, variances of blue are 4 of the top shades. Number 2 is Cerulean, which was introduced in 1990. Following in 3rd is Purple Heart, brought in in 1997, 4th place is claimed by Midnight Blue, a 1958 addition, and Aquamarine claims number 5, created in 1957. 
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Autumn Chopped Apple/Pear Salad
adapted from iowagirleats.com
Ingredients:
  • 6 cups chopped Romaine
  • 1 pear chopped
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 3 cooked slices of bacon diced
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1/2 package (3.5 oz) Fresh Gourmet glazed walnuts or pecans
  • 6 oz. goat cheese or crumbled Feta cheese 
Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and toss with dressing
Dressing: 
1/4 cup prepared poppy seed dressing mixed with 2 TB. Balsamic vinegar
  

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