Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Hunting & Gathering Our Tree















Last year, we waited until we felt like decorating to go hunt our tree, and by then it was too late and everything was already dehydrating to a piney crisp. This year we decided we might as well go get first pick and get it in some water, then let it wait under our watchful care until we were ready to start decorating.

Let the record show that the tree that came home with us this year is the first tree Audrey spotted.

Our straight and full tannenbaum is one of the better ones we've had in quite a while. She is currently standing in our formal living room, right by the front door, hydrating and opening up and making our whole house smell amazing. Our usual rhythm is to wait until a week or so into December to start decking the halls, but having our evergreen up and right in the thick of a major house thoroughfare has made us all a little giddy to start hauling out the Christmas gear. 

She may not be naked for long.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Right Now

 







Right now, I'm...

...finally getting the last of the fancy dishes washed, dried, & stacked away.
...feeling irritated at Amazon, who lost our order of matching wine glasses and forced us to piece-meal our glassware for our Thanksgiving feast (boo-hoo).
...struggling to find new things to do with all 335 green tomatoes that came in over the weekend ahead of our first freeze! So far I've done some blanched whole (small) tomatoes for the freezer, a roasted green tomato salsa, some more roasted green tomatoes for a green enchilada sauce for dinner tonight, and a big pot of green tomato sauce ready for the canner. I still have 75 tomatoes to go.
...loving being in the kitchen with my budding pastry chef during his first attempt at eclairs- 95% made by himself- featuring a real pâte à choux, milk chocolate pastry cream, and Nutella on top. 
...feeling a bit of a leaning towards maybe starting to think about pulling out some Christmas decorations, even though it is the most beautiful, crisp, clear, chilly fall day ever.

Right now we're pulling on sweatshirts, pulling out soup recipes, and probably putting on some Christmas music, because it's almost December and we're ready! Wishing all a beautiful Monday! 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Leaves

 












For us, THIS is the most wonderful time of the year. Suka agrees.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Weekending :: Camping

 





















Muggy, humid, quiet, smoky, sticky, peaceful, chilly, late... we cleared, we camped, and we all ended up back in the house by the end of the night, though Audrey and Kyle gave it their best try. It was a good trial run for a real camping trip some day, aaaaaand let's just say we got our fill and are satisfied for the moment.

It was a fun weekend project, though.