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Summer Doings.

It has been over 90° these days. Yes, really warm. I’m enjoying it for the most part.
Turning the oven on in this heat though… no. Not so enjoyable. But all those fresh summer fruits are just waiting to be baked in a tart, right?

What do we do?
Let’s take it outside.

Mom and I baked a tart.
In the toaster oven.
On the front porch.

We didn’t have to heat up the house. It worked great.

You should try it tomorrow. All you need is a toaster oven, an outlet, and summer berries and fruit. Yummo!

Right now though, I’m off to enjoy my crackers, gouda, and brie.

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This is my friend, Erin.  She is cutting the apple pie that she (with the help of her wonderful family) baked out-of-doors.  Yes, they baked it with coals outside and it was simply amazing.

I was at Erin’s house for dinner on Sunday night and we had soup and bread.  The bread was baked in a dutch oven outside as well.  (It is crazy what you can do in those things!)  And for dessert we had Dutch oven apple pie a la mode with hot tea.  I think it was the best apple pie I’ve had… that I remember anyway.  Good food and fellowship are always abundant at Erin and Dean’s house.  I always leave that house feeling more and more thankful for their friendship.  Thank You Erin and Dean!

This morning… I drank an entire pot of tea.  It was good tea.  I just ordered an entire pound of it.  Boston.  By Harney & Sons.  It’s my new favourite.  I went to a new coffee shop this afternoon too!  I drove by it a few days ago and wondered if it was open or not.  I tried it today.  I felt pretty special to be a customer on their first day open too.  I loved being friendly.  I have tried to break the habit of acting shy, and I like it.  Today, I chatted and laughed with the employees for a while and it made me happy.  I almost gave the man in charge my name and number and said if he needed anybody to work this fall, call me.  But I didn’t.  I have a lot of praying to do about work.  I’m at a bit of a crossroad.  I’ve been thinking all week but I can’t figure out what I should do.  I would like to make the right decision… I just don’t know what that is.  I’ll keep praying.  Only My Lord knows.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming…. and Spring

Enjoy your weekend.

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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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     turning leaves

     Summer is over and Fall is here! I am always surprised how excited I get every time it comes around. The brilliant-red of the turning leaves always stirs something inside of me. I start thinking about all the cozy evenings. Wrapping myself in a blanket at the fireside reading Dickens and listening to the pattering of raindrops against the window panes. The smell of hot cider floating on the air and the sound of joy and laughter ringing through the house. Family and Friends coming to visit and share a meal. Oh, the meals of Fall and Winter are so lovely… Roasted chicken, stuffed with Mamas savoury sage dressing, gravy and mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, homemade donuts… comfort food, seriously. But yes,  pretty soon the colourful leaves begin to drop one by one to join the leaves of yesteryear upon the ground. It amazes me how anyone could observe the changing seasons and not see The Creator.  It is so evident to me that he has planned out every detail [from the falling leaves to your life story] according to His purpose. Reminds me of a song out of Psalm 8.

     Oh Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name, in all the earth! Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens. When I consider the heavens the works of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained, the sheep and the oxen, the beast of the field, the fowl of the air, the fish of the sea… What is man that Thou art mindful of him.

     I love that song. Life gets busy but I hope I’ll always have time to stop and admire Gods handiwork. And I desire to never stop singing His praises. He is so worthy of them.

     Go out, admire the falling leaves.

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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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     What a day we had yesterday.  It was a terrible lot of prep work but it was so worth it.  We had a handful of ladies over for the day and showed them all how to bake pies.  Some of them had of course made pies before but for others it was a first time.  We made so many strawberry-rhubarb pies. 

     We had everyone make their own ‘mini pie’ to take home.  The mini pies were a great idea. They turned out so cute.  They would make such wonderful little gifts for The Fourth of July with a little ribbon tied around one.   I think that my favourite part of the day was seeing everyone with flour on their shirts after they rolled out their pie crusts.  It made me smile.  We had a little potluck lunch and also showed the ladies how to make Strawberry Freezer Jam. 

     Here is the recipe we used for the Pies:

       The Filling 

  • 1 cup of strawberries, halved
  • 4 1/2 cups of cut rhubarb
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
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    You can use whatever your favourite pie crust recipe is. If you’d like you can let me know and I’ll post one or two of ours.  You really should go make a pie to bring to some Fourth of July picnic.

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