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One of the best times of the year is Fall. It is the blessed cool down after a hot summer. Every year my boyfriend and I go out to a farm and get pumpkins. We like one particular farm that carries all kinds of difference squash and pumpkins. We are squash fans so we love getting a large variety. The farm also has some of the most delicious apples and a small  flock of adorable sheep. Here are some pictures from our trip this year.

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This last picture is the stash that we came home with. Dumpling squash, a Naples long, two sugar pie pumpkins, a Japanese pumpkin I don’t remember the name of, the yellow one I don’t remember either, a Marina di Chioggia, and a Turks Hat. Unfortunately the Naples Long got damaged in the car and spoiled. So I think we will be going back to the farm for more squash.


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So here are some photos of our little gardens progress. The plants seem to be growing pretty well. One of the rose bushes has started blooming and smells wonderful. You can see the new growth on the second rose bush. Even the honeysuckle has gained a few inches of growth.

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Also I’ve started to fall in love with canning. There is something just very fascinating and fun about it. It is great to take seasonal food and be able to put them aside for later on in the year. Also I like it when I can make my own food rather than buy it. We live in a place with a great farmer’s market and can get some really nice things. I’ve made Strawberry-Rhubarb jam, Strawberry Syrup, Rhubarb Syrup, Sweet Pear and Cherries and some Cherry butter. Hopefully I can tackle some veggies soon.

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Blackberry Cake

On a whim today after class I decided to bake a cake. I’ve been thinking about making this one for a while. It’s from one of my favorite cookbooks The Redwall Cookbook by Brian Jacques. It is the Blackberry and Apple Cake. It was super easy to put together, which was a huge bonus. It was supposed to have coarse sugar on top, but I have none. It tastes pretty good, on the less sweet side. I would add more vanilla and some spices, like ginger, next time. I am surprised at how pretty it turned out.

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Whoopie Pie!

I made whoopie pies today. I love whoopie pies, and I just got a cookbook all about them. So I decided to try making some. These are chocolate with honey buttercream filling. Yum!

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Ya, I know that I’m late with this one but I was on a trip. I made a big chinese dinner but the photos didn’t turn out good. Anyways, Happy Year of the Rabbit!

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Catch Up

I have lots of pictures to show everyone. Xenia has given me a copy of the photos from a Candlelight Dinner that was held about a week and a half ago. We had a lovely dinner, sang, played cards and musical chairs. It was dress up. I had made a brand new dress for the party. It is a 1780’s Open Gown. The fabric is a pink print witha light green underskirt. Mark is wearing a very fine black tunic.

Then during this last week I taught myself how to make mochi. So I made Ichigo Daifuku which was very yummy. Then on Saturday there was a Girl’s Craft Day. I taught Xenia and Leah how to make mochi. I also helped Leah finish a washi doll she started a long time ago.

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First Bento

Yesterday I made my first bento box. It wasn’t anything too spectacular. The box is octodogs on a bed of brown rice. I cut cucumber skin to look like seaweed.  The second half of the box is cucumber slices and a rocher candy. I received my bento box in the mail Tuesday and couldn’t wait to try making my first bento.

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