pie pumpkins from the garden

autumn sedum

green beans still going strong

my second round of sugar snaps


a sea of scallions

Caity Bug

Oliver keeping watch while Emerson takes a break

old house color - last fall

the new color

The nights, at last, are cool and crisp and the mornings a bit chilly.  I'm loving it.  It was a beautiful weekend here.

The photo above shows the new house color.  I'll have to take a photo of the front because it pops a little better with the red doors.  The painting is almost done.  Almost.  The back door and frame as well as 3 boards that need to be replaced on the driveway side wait patiently.

Since the temp's have dropped it makes it a little more comfortable to cook, bake and can.  I canned more tomato jam from the book Food In Jars.  I meant to can more cantaloupe jam from the same book but ran out of time.  Maybe tomorrow night.  I baked these pumpkin dog cookies that the boys absolutely love {including Jack}, two loaves of Oatmeal Sandwich Bread, made another batch of Salted Caramel Sauce {this one to dip apple slices in......heaven!!}, and 2 flavors of ice cream - Coffee and Roasted Blueberry.  Both recipes will appear this week.  I'm going to try a recipe for Pumpkin Truffles this week.  I'll let you know how they turn out.

The chickens are keeping a close eye on the garden.  They know that as soon as the current plants have produced their fruits, it's time for them to work on cleaning it up and they can't wait.  I get heckled as I walk to the garden to pick veggies.  Patience is not a characteristic known to chickens.

Speaking of the garden, something stole my honeydew melons.  All 3 of them.  I kid you not, they were there one day and the next they were gone.  Whatever it was left the cantaloupe and watermelon, although the last cantaloupe has scratch and bite marks in it so the chickens will be given it.  Strange, isn't it?  I have a melon thief!  Last year was the first year I had tried honeydew melons {I'm allergic to them but Jay loves them} and I had no luck at all getting them to grow.  This year I had 3 and Jay still doesn't get to eat them.

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend!


dixiebelle said...

I haven't been by to check out your blog in ages, but it looks fantastic, so does your house. Love the colours you chose. We are just getting ready for the warm growing season here in Australia!

Mary Ann said...

Great pictures, and I love the new color on the house! Very nice! Thanks for the recipe links, too.

Meg said...

Oh no! Wow, you have some sneaky (and mean) critters around you. LOVE the house color! It's beautiful! Roasted Blueberry, hmm? That sounds interestingly tasty.

daisy g said...

Love the new house color!
Your pie pumpkins look absolutely perfect! Got plans for them, I suppose.
Looks like a lovely weekend.

Terri said...

Love your new paint color on the house. I can just hear your chickens--bet they are very anxious. I love good honeydew. I'd be really unhappy!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

I'm happy you came back dixiebelle! Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments.
Meg - yes, quite the critters indeed. Oh, if you could try the ice cream.....yummy!
Daisy - thank you and yes, I definitely have plans for the pie pumpkins. :) They are getting roasted and going right into the freezer.
Terri - thank you. Yes, the girls are very anxious and tell me about it again...and again...and again....you get the idea. :-)

Stevie said...

What could carry off melons??? An entire pack of raccoons or possums? I hope I never see such a thing as one or two stray visitors like that is enough for me! Stevie@ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com

Mary said...

Your photos are so lovely! I love the new house color! Can't wait to see the front.

Jiah said...

Indeed a beautiful looking house. But your dogs are super cute black and white :D

Snooks said...

The new paint on the house looks fantastic!!! Nice work. The oatmeal bread and carmel dip sound delish. We finally caught our garden raiders in the act - they were a mama turkey with her five very healthy babies. I guess we had plenty to share but I was not happy about them eating all the corn and ruining my blooms on the pumpkins.

@ 3Beeze Homestead