If there was an upside to dad's passing, it was that my two sisters and I got to spend some quality time together. We carved our Halloween pumpkins and went apple-picking at a lovely local orchard.
I got mine hollowed out, but then all creative thought screeched to a halt. I had to noodle it around for another two days before I carved mine.
It was a perfect day to go apple-picking and I was introduced to a new (to me) variety of apple - the Liberty. It is a smaller, dark red apple that is very sweet and not too soft. A delicious eating apple. You can see Connie and I hard at it in the bottom picture.
I had a bag of second apples that Marianne had given me, so I tried out a new gluten free apple crisp. I really loved the apple part, but the crisp part was too thick for me. A new take on flavoring the apples was to add two tablespoons of bourbon and two tablespoons of water, with cinnamon, lemon juice and a little cornstarch. The crisp topping called for oatmeal, a little melted butter, chopped pecans, almond flour, and Greek yogurt. It wasn't bad at all, but definitely was better eaten warm. I'll be experimenting over the fall and winter - since I will be the recipient of many organic apple 'seconds'. I sure don't mind a spot or two, or three - especially for cooking apples!
This week I launch into Soup Season - with a new recipe for pumpkin and black bean soup. It also has a diced sweet potato and a little minced jalapeno, so it sounds divine. I will report back!
Because of recent events, I am very behind on my winter prep, so I am taking Thursday and Friday off. Of course, it will rain all day tomorrow and Friday is forecast for 45 mph wind gusts. That will put the coop cleaning off until Saturday, when it's dry and not windy - just very cold. Has to be done, so I am going to dig out my mittens! Good thing I have lots to do, both inside and out, so that no minute is wasted. Woohoo!