It's another warm and sunny autumn day, one of a string of many
over the past few weeks. Daytime temperatures have been in the 60's and 70's, and still no hard frost. Outside my workroom window, the sumac and burning bushes are turning a rich red color. Over the weekend we headed to the woods for a perfect fall walk.
In the garden, I'm still picking some tomatoes, peppers, and raspberries--the raspberries are just enough to throw into our breakfast bowl of oatmeal, now making an appearance due to the early morning coolness. The woodstove has not yet been lit, but yesterday was spent stacking split wood into the garage, and the chimney has been swept in anticipation.
Yesterday I also cleaned out the henhouse, which was becoming littered with a lot of feathers--the girls are molting, which means there is only a rare egg being found on my morning rounds. It's now dark here around 7:30--time for a lamp in the henhouse to provide a bit of extra light, which should solve the problem.
This week I spent a day canning applesauce and thinking of what to bake to use up more apples. So far I've made apple loaf cake, apple puff pancake, Swedish apple cake, apple strudel, and yesterday, I made another rustic apple tart, which right now is my favorite. If you have a link to a favorite apple recipe, please feel free to share it with all in comments--it will surely be appreciated!
The Mara shawl has seemed to knit up quickly and I finished it up over the weekend--I shall get some pictures and information up on Ravelry soon!