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Monday, November 1, 2010

october into november

 Saturday was the last farmer's market for the season (that we'll be able to walk to, anyway). I've never seen leaves still on the peppers, as here:
 Happy apple (in a shirt and tie!)

Cute terrier sporting a Halloween scarf:
We went back to Old Town Leesburg to explore some more--stopping this time for a late breakfast at the Leesburg Restaurant, in business since the mid 19th century. In the present, it features charmingly worn 1930's details throughout:
Tasty veggie omelet with zucchini and peppers and home fries....
Many colorful flowers in bloom, even as we enter November:
A white picket fence festooned with vibrant morning glories:
Delicate pink camellia
Lots of nostalgic pleasure to be found in a rambling antique shop with endless rooms to explore...
Copper terrier cookie cutters...hmmm, bento inspiration!
A nifty 1930's cookbook
Vintage kawaii--a hand embroidered ladybug with umbrella!
A plump guy...
Today's bento was inspired by this cute nibbler...a squirrel shaped pastry filled with spiced kabocha squash.  Broccoli, chanterelle and baby bella mushrooms, market greens and a lady apple also for lunch.
Have a great week!



28 comments:

Megg said...

Such beautiful Fall colors! This weekend was our last farmers market within walking distance too. Love the squirrel pastry.. and love the idea of filling pastry with kabocha! I'll have to try that!

cherry bento said...

Loving the brilliant blue flowers. Everytime I come across cookie cutters I too think what could I do with them in my bento. The terrier cutter is unusual and oh so cute. But the cutest in your blog entry has got to be the squirrel! Both the real one and the squirrel pastry. Great idea those filled animal pastries. :)

tofugirl said...

Aw, a squirrel pastry! Awesome. I like the look of that Metropolitan Cookbook--what kind of recipes were in it? Also, I like that the apple is wearing a tie and dress pants :)

bentobird said...

Hi Megg! Thanks! So, we'll both need to go farther afield for our market fixes :) This has been an autumn of squash and root veggie experiments (bento really encourages trying new foods, don't you think?) Kabocha is a new fav. Have a good evening...

bentobird said...

Hi dear cherry bento, thanks for your always thoughtful comments! Yes, cookie cutters are a great bento tool, should be fun to find a use for this one...looking forward to seeing how you'll use yours :D

bentobird said...

Hey there Carol! Glad you like my squirrel pastry...I also loved that Mr. Apple was dressed for the office :D

The cookbook featured casseroles, cutlets, puddings, Anglo-American comfort food...

Ena said...

Wow, that squirrel pastry is so pretty! It must taste nice too. I love kabocha so much!

*Ena*

javapot said...

aw...cute squirrel bento n the real one too!! lovely pics, tks for sharing

Kay Heritage said...

Shriek! Goodness, it is adorable!

Lyndsey said...

Great bentos, the squirrel looks so cute and you even have a nut for him! Your squirrels are a lot plumper than ours. The November blooms are lovely. I always enjoy your shopping or browsing ventures. I like that you bring me along with you.

Have a wonderful week!

sherimiya said...

Jenn, you are so clever with your pastry art. Love the little squirrel sitting so happily in his bento. Your Fall is so bright and cheerful, it really makes me want to enjoy some east coast weather! Gorgeous.

Emily Ng said...

Agree with Sheri, you are so good in pastry art, Jenn!! Love the squirrel pastry. :)
Beautiful photos as always!

Sonoma Bento said...

Another phenomenal pastry! It takes a lot of foresight to know what the outcome will be with those pastries, you do it so well. Love the journey to the last market, some of my favorite farmers are done for the season too. But we do have yearround markets!

Lia Chen said...

Don't know how you make that awesome squirrel pastry, but enjoy it so much to see your creative work :)

bentobird said...

Hi Ena! Good to know, I'll keep an eye out for yummy kabocha recipes at your cute bento blog :D

bentobird said...

Thanks for your visit, javapot! Have a great day...

bentobird said...

Hi Kay! Thanks, glad you enjoyed :D!

bentobird said...

Hi Lyndsey dear, thanks for coming along and sharing your warm comments :) Dunno, the squirrels are looking super-plump this fall, sign of a cold winter ahead? Have a great Tuesday!

bentobird said...

Hi Sheri, many thanks! He does indeed look happy, maybe cause I gave him an "acorn" as big as his head? Have a great day, congrats on that stunning sushi bento!

bentobird said...

Thanks indeed, Emily! Your comments are so sunny and sweet, always make me smile :D!

bentobird said...

Aw, thank you SB! Yep, time to explore some farther afield year around places, it was a treat to have this walkable seasonal produce fiesta for many months...

Enjoyed your very creative and fun Halloween bentos!

bentobird said...

Hi Lia! So nice to hear this from a bento artist whose creations are such an inspiration!

megan said...

yum, pastry with squash and mushrooms is such a delicious seasonal treat -- and the squirrel is wonderful, fattening himself up for the cold winter ahead!

i get a little sad when the farmer's market season ends, but i know you'll keep finding delicious and natural inspirations to keep us all entertained, no matter what the season!

Robin said...

Hello Jenn,
We are experiencing mid-to-high 70s this week and plenty of sunshine on the West Coast too! Makes the autumn leave just shine. Your squirrel is so adorable. The live ones in my neighborhood eat all my walnuts,,booo. Your pastry creations inspire me.. I'm thinking of a twist on a chicken or turkey pot pie. Hmm. Have a great week!

bentobird said...

Hi megan!! Awesome to see you again, what awesome news you shared, yipeeeeee!

bentobird said...

Hi Robin, ah that sounds like autumn bliss, enjoy! Can't wait to see the pot pies given your gift for great, enticing flavors :D!

OhayoBento said...

It's always a pleasure to take a journey through your photos.

You are very talented at creating pastry animals! I think I remember that it was an owl last time. I can't wait to see what comes next!

bentobird said...

Hi there Heather! Aw, so nice of you...it's really fun to work with pastry and make little lunch companions with it :D Have a great afternoon, always a pleasure to visit with you.