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       I made up these lovely little Butternut Cardamom Muffins this morning.  They were inspired by the season.  I used roasted butternut squash from our garden and I decided to throw a dash of cardamom in.  That was after getting my package from Harney & Sons Tea.  I bought a few new teas this time and one has a hint of cardamom in it.  So this morning I decided to have cardamom in my muffins to go along with the tea.  It was delicious.  Muffins are one of the best baked-goods to recreate healthily (fresh ground whole wheat flour, raw honey, pure maple syrup…the options for muffins are endless).  They always turn out wonderful for me. 

     I am enjoying my day off today.  I do love other peoples children but… a day off is just so lovely.  Kind of funny though, my day off consists of having my nephew, Jason, here with me today.  He isn’t like work at all… He’s just a darling. I just rocked him to sleep and put him down for a nap.  He and his poor mama haven’t been sleeping so well the past few nights.  He’s getting his first two teeth!  He’s becoming less and less ‘baby’ and turning more and more into ‘little boy’.  It is truly amazing how fast he has grown.  I snapped this picture after I layed him down (sorry it’s dark).  I couldn’t resist.

       Other than muffins and Jason I’ve been doing laundry.  I used to crave Tide laundry detergent all the time but I’ve gotten used to our homemade laundry soap.  It really smells pretty good.  The past few times I’ve done my laundry though…. I’ve desired Tide.  I don’t know why.  I’ve been wanting to make cupcakes so bad too!  I just have to wait… I will make them. 

       Anyhow.  That’s my today so far. ♥

       Go bake something.

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     Most of our harvesting is now done.  I wanted to share out potato digging picture.  It is my favourite.  Digging potatoes is always a fun, looked forward to, family thing, I guess.  We dug up some gorgeous red potatoes and some very odd-shaped yellows. 

     Life has been filled with everyday things.  I work, I come home, I clean, I eat, and best of all….I sleep beneath my lovely down comforter.  I love my Home.  (especially after a day with somebody else’s kids in somebody else’s house.)  Today, I drank my peppermint tea and read Dickens by the fire in the quiet early hours of this house.  Since then I’ve been doing dishes and cleaning.  Getting ready for a gaggle of women coming over for tea tomorrow.  I started a bit of chicken soup simmering, my head is feeling slightly ‘gling-glong’ this morning.  Not sick…. just heavy. 

     We’ve done a few fun projects here lately.  We dipped our own beeswax candles a little while ago.  The smell of beeswax drifting through the house is lovely.  We’ve made donuts a few times.  The most recent were Old Fashion Pumpkin Spice donuts.  They were so good.  Oh! I tried to recreate a soup that I’ve had at Tericotta Red, very cute little Asian restaurant.  It turned out alright.  Let’s see…I’ve been doing some knitting.  Can’t tell you what, Christmas is coming you know.  Still working on my Barista skills. It can be quite stressful behind the machine alone.  I kinda like it though.  That is the one and only adventurous thing that I do, really.  Most of my weeks are the same but with the espresso stand… It adds some needed craziness.  

Here are a few pictures from my October….

     It’s still hard to believe that October is gone. 

Dear November… you sneaky son of a gun… give us what you’ve got.

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     “Seventeen!?!  You can’t turn seventeen! You can’t! You’re going to get old!”
                                                -Jessica, nearly in tears.  Age five.

     Yes, that’s me.  Old.  I confess, sometimes I do feel old.  Especially when I’m waiting for the school bus with little kiddos buzzing around me.  Most of the time… I just feel like a kid, Even though I just turned 17.  I’m so thankfull for all my dear friends and family who made my birthday so special.  I can’t wait to start writing Thank You’s.

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     I feel somehow inadequate to be writing a blog post… Not feeling quite for it but it’s overdue, for sure.

     There is a cherry pie in the oven,  Seven quarts of pie cherries and seven little jam jars of sour cherry jam cooling, just out of the canner.  It is the season of cherries.  Sweet cherries and sour cherries, just beautiful cherries.  Pitting so very many pounds of cherries is not quite so fun though… especially with a little hand cherry pitter.  We picked pie cherries last night.  I had never been so close to so many bees in my life.  There were at least five hives under and around the tree.  It was amazing just watching them going in and out of their little boxes doing the same thing over and over.  They really were friendly too.  I stood right in the middle of their highway (I know, I’m a little kid…I just had to try it.) and they just fly to the right or the left only thinking about flowers, nectar, pollen, and honey.

Stephanie picking cherries

Stephanie picking cherries

Daddy in the cherry tree

Daddy in the cherry tree

 Hmm, let us see…what else has been going on.

I hiked up Mount Pilchuck.  (I was so very tired going up.)  I enjoyed the view of Gods’ creation from my rock at the top.  I was sad I couldn’t run down all the way, non-stop.  I had to run.stop.wait…run.stop.wait… I gave up after a while. 

I wore my new red shoes with the pointy toes.  They are my new favourite shoes.

I got some amazing handmade finger puppets in the mail.  Along with some… lovely letters, dark chocolate, hair pins, and tea.  I can’t wait to try the new teas.  They all smell so good.  All from my dear friends.  (I always forget I’ve only seen you twice!) Thank goodness for the U.S. Postal service!

I babysat my girls.  We had so much fun.  We played outside.  We went into the field and I found patches of little wild blackberries.  The girls were so excited and they loved them.  They were adorable with blackberry stains on their fingers and lips.  We picked little strawberries and huckleberries too.  Ashley was so excited- after she picked her first huckleberry and ate it she looked at me with so much joy and said, “I did it!”  I love love love playing with my girls.

Well, I’m off to make some cherry fruit leather.  Have a lovely week this week.

 

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