It's hard to believe but I think my lists, both those labeled Inside and Outside, are getting shorter. (How can that be? Who cares! I'm just enjoying looking at the shortened versions.)
Fall has truly come to the north woods. The leaves are littering lawn and driveway and colors are nearing their peak. The two days in a row that we've now had with no rain have been most welcome.
We go out to do night time chores now at 6:30 and it's almost dark when we come in. Because it's dark from about 7 p.m. on, it seems our nights are longer and there's an hour or so more for down time at night before bedtime. I like it.
Speaking of bedtime, Papa Pea and I were in bed and I think fast asleep at 8:45 last night and slept until 6:30 this morning. The reason? We butchered 19 chickens yesterday. And we couldn't have done it without help from Chicken Mama and Gilligan. Well, maybe we could have but it would have done kilt us. Whadda job. The best thing about it was when it was done. And, of course, all the good chickie meat in the freezer.
I went out into the garden before dinner tonight and pilfered the first potatoes from this year's crop.
I took some from the Burbank Russet planting because I've been so hungry for a baked potato. But I didn't get it. Upon scrubbing the potato when inside, all the skin came off so I decided not to bake it. I unearthed it from under one plant and was very happy to find these other good sized ones along with the big first one. If the reds turn out to be as prolific, we'll have a good harvest of taters.
The onions that have been curing are just about ready for their final cleaning and storing for the winter. I use a lot of onions in cooking so it's a great feeling to have a big bunch cached away.
I picked up a book off the "new" rack at the library earlier this week. Believe it or not, I've never used a slow cooker or crock pot, but now plan to do so and hopefully learn to turn out some good meals. I've only glanced through this book so far, but am already impressed and think I'll find several recipes to get me started in the right direction.
I got this 4-quart crock pot a couple of weeks ago for $4 at our second-hand resale store. From what I can tell, it seems to work so . . . wish me luck!
Cranberry Apple Pie
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