Autumn's arrival passed yesterday with not as much attention as I would have liked. I don't think that the warm humid air helped. My mom and step-father left yesterday after breakfast for home in Connecticut. The highlight of their visit was a walk on a bike path that is about 25 minutes from our house, along a beautiful large lake that actually goes into Canada as well. With the leaves already turning up here, the views were beautiful.
After they left, we played catch-up - baking (more zucchini muffins, chocolate-chip/raisin oat cookies), the last of the tomato canning (6 more quarts), laundry, and I was able to work a little more on our outside - building rough stone walls on the pathway to the barn.
Today, we are in earnest preparing for my father's visit. He and his friend are spending the night tomorrow on their way home (round about way) from a trip to Prince Edward Island (a place I would like to visit as well). Bread is rising and we will be baking a big batch of apple crisp. My son, Isaac, enjoys peeling the apples with our crank peeler and then I core them and cover the bottom of a buttered pan. For the topping I use 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup flour, 2 cups oats and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon. Sprinkle the topping over the apples and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. The children love it! And I do have to admit I do too. We are still using the apples from our apple trees.
My father's girlfriend is celebrating a birthday next week and we are planning to have a birthday cake for her. The girls will bake and frost the cake (as well as lick the bowls clean I am sure!)
Just wanted to share a link to a Vintage Swap I have joined. Just to read the blog is a joy - to see the beautiful pictures of vintage finds and meet the other creative women.