Friday, October 2, 2015
signs of fall...
Signs of fall are all around us...
While the leaves on my tulip tree have transitioned from green to gold, and the vine maples that border our lawn are beginning their show, still heavy with bloom, my volunteer cosmos defy the change of seasons.
We were surprised by cloudy skies and a bit of rain this morning and aren't complaining as we need it. Anna and I were eager for a fire in the woodstove, and today's weather demanded it.
A small group of deer foraged in our back yard today; they are bothersome, yet, there is something both humorous and bizaar to looking outside my window and watching wildlife roam about. We've been here ten years, and I don't think I'll ever tire of it.
Our turkey has taken up residence in our freezer until late in November. 18.5 pounds is what he came in at! So thankful for friends who did the "processing" as I don't think I could've done it...chickens we're used to. This was our first turkey. :) In other poutlry news, our hens have not begun laying yet (argh), and I forgot to buy eggs when in town earlier this week (double argh). We've got to be close. :)
I ordered a sourdough starter from Cultures for Health that is supposed to be mild in flavor and am working on getting it to rise. The cycle is refresh (feed) every 12 hours, and I think I'm almost there. We've been buying bread all summer, and I think it's time to turn the oven back on...
I cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot earlier this week -- my favorite way to cook an entire bird. Just season with salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and a sprig of rosemary along with carrots, celery; add a glug of apple cider vinegar to release the minerals from the bones and a cup of water then cook for 4-5 hours on high depending on the weight. Makes delicious broth and tender chicken that can be served in so many ways.
Finally, we sold our faithful Expedition this week. I'm a little sad, but we waited to sell it since the AC isn't working and figured it would sell more easily once the hot days of summer were in the past. I think Dan is dreaming of a new 4WD pickup. :)
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