Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Busy Week

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.

Warm wishes,



  1. Well, I think that it sounds like a wonderful way to bring in the seasons. I am heading into the kitchen today to can up some pesto. Very excited :)

  2. that is a beautiful view...i just love autumn and all the changes it brings. enjoy your family and celebrating. happy fall!

  3. Your days are filled with such beauty and light! So lovely to read Tonya!
    The vintage swap sounds like so much fun!

  4. I love autumn! I think a nice walk in nature is perfect for welcoming this wonderful season. Enjoy

  5. Sounds like we are enjoying some of the same occupations - though I wish we were having company as well!

    Just getting the basics done in school and then it is out with the boys to stack wood - cut wood - stack wood.

    I saw Blueberry Cottage on your list, we just sent some of Suzanne's beautiful wool felt crowns to my nieces.

    Very much enjoyed my read, especially the Sunday quote. I am going to copy it down.