Yup, I've been a bad blogger, very negligent about getting posts up regularly and even slower in reading favorite blogs and leaving comments. My excuse is that there's been too much going on around here lately. Take today for instance . . .
We had to take some trees down to make way for some outside progress. We're still working hard on the infra-structure of our little homestead and at times it feels like there is no end to what needs to be done.
On the bright side, we got some good, solid wood that will be earmarked for keeping us warm a year or so down the road.
I kinda panicked yesterday when I realized I was plumb out of chicken stock so pulled three chickens out of the freezer last night and stewed them today.
Biggest pot on the left has the chickens in it and the other one holds one honkin' big squash.
We didn't get a lot of red kuri squash this year but the ones we did get are huge. The coloration on the outside is gorgeous . . .
. . . but when I cooked the first one today I was a little disappointed in that the flesh wasn't as "mature" in color as I would like to see. I'm serving it tonight with Chicken Pot Pie so I'm hoping the flavor is okay.
Here's the line-up of containers of chicken broth I got from the stewing of the chickens. That should last for a while.
Papa Pea has help this afternoon with a project outside so I'm feeding two extra hearty-appetited men at dinner tonight. I baked this apple pie (which is cooling on the porch as we speak) to make sure they don't go home hungry.
Last but not least, here's a picture of our daughter's lovely couch we moved from her place first of this week. We're "storing" it for her until she has room for it again. Since our living room remodel, we've not had a couch (just a few mismatched chairs) and I haven't had any luck at all in finding the kind of couch I have in mind. Having CM's to use and see how the size fits into our very small living room will be helpful. It's super-comfortable and we've decided we won't even charge her a storage fee while it's here. (Wait. Maybe she was going to charge us rent for using it?!) I don't know why the color of the couch looks off in this picture. (Some day I really should learn how to use my camera.) It's not gray at all but rather a very attractive forest green color.
I've got a sink over-flowing with dirty dishes (again) that I need to get out of the way before dinner so I'd better end this rambling. I'm looking forward to the end of the week calming down a bit. I might even get caught up on reading all your blogs!