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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fall is in the Air (and on the ground, too.....)

 Well, I would say "I'm back!", because it's been 12 days since I posted, but most likely no one would notice.  You know how some people stand out in a crowd or at a party?  Well, I'm a blender.  I blend with the scenery or the background.  Not necessarily a bad thing.....just sayin'.....

I love the twirly top on this sweetmeat squash.  The squash grew fine, but  it's been a weird garden year - too much humidity or something and lots of the veggies grew strangely or not at all.  
 We're not in danger of starving, however.  Fall has definitely set in, the rains and cool temps are darting in and out.  We're starting to plan when to put our beef in the freezer and where to park the hay equipment this year so it won't get wet. 

Today we canned up the potatoes that are too small to keep long.  The King apples are about ready to be pie filling but today is a cancer treatment day for my mom and a bit of grocery shopping, too.

 A fabulous use for leftover mashed potatoes (or in this case, ones that cooked a bit too long for canning) is to make Potato Cheese Puffs!!

Just mash up some cooked spuds with an egg, a little flour, some grated cheddar and garlic....drop by spoonfuls into your deep fryer (you DO have a deep fryer, don't you???) and keep warm in the oven until...... have enough for an ARMY and you've made sweet-n-sour sauce to go with and VOILA!  A delicious lunch!

Easy peasy, boss.
 We canned about 21 quarts of little spuds.  The sad thing is that the red spuds and the purple spuds all blend with the rest after they're canned :-(
This is Boris & Natasha.  I'm still making Fall primitives.  I LOVE Fall and wish it lasted for 6 months instead of just a couple three. 

Autumn, falling leaves, cooler days....pumpkins & squash, flannel shirts, warm sox!!  A bit of melancholy always goes along as we reflect on the changing seasons - both the calendar seasons and the changing seasons of life.

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” 


  1. I hear ya about the humidity this year....strange but your sweetmeat squash looks great and so do your potatoes.
    Mmm, the Potato Cheese Puffs sound and look very tasty. At first, I thought they were what I made the other day...Apple Fritters.
    Your primitives are cute as ever and Fall is definitely in the air. We even let our chickens in the garden to do the tilling for us.
    Hugs and smiles to your mom...

  2. If Boris and Natasha come, can Bullwinkle Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel be far behind?

    In my own feeble mind, and after reading your posts for several months, I have pegged you as a Mennonite. Am I anywhere close?

    1. You'll find it impossible to fit this peg into any particular hole. Nope, not Mennonite, just a regular ole Bible-believing Christian attending a non-denominational country church. What made you think Mennonite?

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  4. I think it was the whole living off the land thing, the planting, the harvesting, the canning, the cooking, the fairs, the Bible references, the quilting bees, the barn-raisings,the little white lace caps, the horses and buggies,...oops, I got carried away.

    1. Oh, man, almost thou convinceth me to become a.....well, never mind. We did build our own house & barn ('course husband is a building contractor...) I actually DO wear a cap (well, a baseball cap....) and we do have a pony cart (no pony anymore). Mostly we live like regular people only back in time, maybe around 1910 or so. Except I do like my electricity - I have a wood cook stove, but an electric one as well. I drive a Ford truck, not a buggy, and I LOVE to eat out even though we cook everything at home from scratch.... Figured out which hole this peg fits in yet?