And the icicles are falling off of the roof as the snow melts. Hooray! We have been so sun-deprived lately that having the sun out seems like a miracle. I celebrated the sun by baking an apple pie! I had a bag of Honeycrisp apples on the table, so I peeled five of them as they were nice, fat apples. Of course, Spencer, our old black Lab, sat right by me, begging for cores and peels. Hondo just took one look, sighed and went to lay down. He does not like fruit or vegetables. I added ¾ cup of sugar, 2 Tbsp. of flour, and a good sprinkle of cinnamon and dumped them into a crust. I always like to rub the top crust with butter after cutting vents in it, then sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on. It makes the crust nice and flaky, just like a cookie.
I thought I’d let you know a neat way I’ve figured out to make a pumpkin (or squash!) pie. I bake it as usual, then about 10 minutes before it is completely done, I add a big, high meringue to the top. It’s different and very good. Of course, you can still add whipped cream when you serve it. Or a scoop of ice cream. We love variety here and that makes it just different enough and it’s still one of our favorite pies.
We’ve been busy packaging our new seeds for the Seed Treasures seed business. I had to laugh last night. Will was taking a break when our cat, Mittens, jumped into a shoe box of beans and curled up to take a nap. She thought it was just right! So if any of you find a cat hair in your seeds, you know where it came from…
Well, we only have a few more days until election day. Please, any of you who have requested absentee ballots and haven’t sent them in, please fill them in and drop them off in person to a drop box location which should be printed on the envelope it came in. I won’t tell you who we’re voting for but please, just vote, won’t you? It’s a right we can’t disregard. — Jackie