a beautiful autumn rain

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kohlrabi enjoying the rain

asparagus in the rain

butterfly bush



a rainy Saturday

still getting eggplant!
Well, I won't be bragging about the weather this weekend.  Actually, it's not that bad.  After a day of constant drizzling yesterday, today the sun is bright although the temp's may not make it out of the 50's.

My Sunday morning routine was interrupted twice already.  Oliver needed to go out at 3:45 this morning - he couldn't wait to do his #2 until later.  Then, I had to get J out of the house by 8:30.  Some friends parents have kindly offered us their almost full tank of heating oil.  They switched to gas heat right after they had their tank topped off last year.  At between 3 and 4 dollars per gallon, a couple hundred gallons of free oil is a huge savings for us.  J's only challenge is to figure out how to get it out of their tank and into ours......

Although most people go through a tank of oil every month to month and a half, a full tank usually lasts us 1-2 years because it's our secondary heating method.  We primarily use our pellet stove so we'll also be buying 2-3 pallets of pellets in the next couple of weeks to prepare for the cooling temps.

We had more friends over again this past Friday night for a small dinner party.  Once again we told Oliver and Emerson this was their party and boy were they excited.  They adore guests but this time was even better.  Our friends brought their 6 month old puppy and you couldn't believe the excitement of both Oliver and Emerson.  Reggie, the puppy, was the most patient puppy ever!  He had two annoying French Bulldogs hanging off of him and constantly mauling him which he took all in stride.  Needless to say, all dogs slept very well that night.

Did you see the photo above of the hanging ghost?  It hangs on our neighbors carport and cracks me up every single time I see it because it looks like it says "Doo" rather than "Boo".

Little Lizzie is molting and she's just plain miserable.  The poor thing - it's hitting her really hard this year.  It's easy to forget just how old she is since she's so small and always on the go.  Molting takes a lot out of chickens anyway, so as they get older, of course, it's even worse.  The rest of the girls are doing well and the newer ones are fitting right in.

I'm filling wholesale and wedding orders today.  My counters are currently full of lotion, lip balm and soap. Once the products are made and put away I'm going to also try to make Caramel Apple Jam and Applesauce for use later.  We went to a local apple orchard yesterday and picked up some of their seconds specifically for putting up.  We also picked up some Honey Crisp for eating.  They are so delicious!  I think an Apple Galette with Crumb Topping is in our future too.  :)  Beignets and English Muffin Bread are also on the to-do list for later today.  A relaxing cup of Hot Chocolate just may make the list too.

On the menu this week:  Rabbit-Cider & Root Vegetable Stew with Herbed Dumplings; Chili Con Carne with Rice and Cornbread Muffins; Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Eggplant Parm; Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Mexican Rice and Corn; Grilled BBQ Pork Chops with Creamy Risotto and Green Beans; and Maple-Soy Salmon with Quinoa and Roasted Beets.

Hoping you're having a wonderful weekend as well!!

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Anonymous said...

I love your porch! Looks so cozy!

daisy g said...

Oh, your photos are so amazing! It looks like fall has made its way there in all of its splendor.

Be well.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I wonder if anywhere in Wisconsin there is a Pumpkin Pie Soda?! Sounds yummy!