Fall for most people brings images of falling leaves, pumpkins, Halloween, and Mums – and please don’t get me wrong – we love those things too, but a find today while I was going through some of my grandmother things makes me truly happy to be able to enjoy fall all the more all year long. And, as a plus, I will get to utilize natures bounty and eat.
See, one of the benefits of living on a farm is that we can grow our own beef, hunt our deer, catch our fish, grow our veggies (or get them from family members that do), and now thanks to my find – harvest nuts. In the spring we gather wild ramps and wild morel mushrooms. Now, I have had the kids getting picking up wild Black walnuts with plans to get Pecans too.
My find was my grandmother’ sold fashioned nut cracker. I have many fond memories of my grandmother sitting around playing solitaire and cracking Black Walnuts. It gave her Banana nut bread the deepest richest flavor. These nuts are far different than what you find in a store. More work too.
I wish I had paid more attention to all that she tried to teach me, but each day I find another way to connect a little more to her and my past by living here on our family farm.
So with hours of cracking ahead, I have high hopes for Banana nut bread in my future too. But for now I am cracking away, sorting good from bad, enjoying natures bounty while my girls finish decorating the front of the house.