Come visit me this weekend at Hartsbrook Holiday Fair.
Or visit Neil at the Autumn Farmers Market in Shelburne Falls.
I’m very excited to be opening my studio doors as I participate in this years Crafts of Colrain Studio tour. Come visit me on November 9th or 10th. I’ll have a few peaks at some of my new quilts, hats, and potholders to show you in the coming week.
My two new quilts will be on display. The first is a quilt of Murphy, my friend Carole’s Rooster.
And the second quilt is Henny Penny. This is quilt pattern I will have for sale and is a great quilt pattern for intermediate students.
It so nice to pull out the fun table time activities that have been away all summer. As we adjust to the colder, darker days, and gather around the table or the fire to play. I was reintroduced to this activity recently by a close friend. It requires water, dropper, plastic egg cartons, and food coloring. You fill the egg cartons with water and choose four compartments to hold your base colors. In this case the red, yellow, green, and blue that comes in a food coloring packet. I put in about ten drops. Then the kids (and adults, trust me you’ll want to join in) take the dropper and mix up colors in all the other spaces by taking a little of the base colors and moving them to the other compartments. The colors mix in the water and come out brilliant. Have fun.
On Saturday November 2nd we will be vending at the Franklin County Cider Days. Come on out, try some delicious cider, check out all the apple varieties, and stop by our booth. We’ve been busy making apple themed potholders and warm winter hats.
Apples pictured were harvested from an abandoned orchard and used by us to make cider. So yummy and delicious.
I love fire cider. After discovering it this past year it has become a staple in our refrigerator. It is my go to cure when my sinuses flare up. This year I wanted to try to make some using our own horseradish. Even if you don’t make your own I highly recommended trying some – it’s yummy and good for you! You can find the recipe I used here (from mountain rose herbs). While making the fire cider I also made our own horseradish (by grating it under our hood vent to remove the potent oils) and some hot sauce (not pictured). Both our made by soaking either the peppers or horseradish in cider vinegar. Easy, yummy, and makes a great gift.
Fire cider has from bottom to top; horseradish, ginger, onions, garlic, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, and hot pepper. Covered with apple cider vinegar. I haven’t added the turmeric or the honey yet.
I’m trying to clean up our vegetable garden as the colder days are settling in. Pulling up plants that are no longer producing fruit, tucking in the soil under a bed of leaves, and harvesting the last remaining vegetables. This included the tomatoes that were just shy of ripening on the vine. So I washed and sliced them, drizzled them with olive oil and roasted them in the oven. My plan it to freeze them for later use in some yummy chicken dinner.
For the past few years we’ve been growing dry beans. It all started with Scarlet Runner beans that my family grew in England. Finding a giant Scarlet Runner bean in your bowl of winter stew is such an exciting treat that we wanted to grow more. Each year we try a different variety along with the Scarlet Runner Beans. Part of the fun is shelling the beans and seeing what they look like. Their delicious taste will be a treat to enjoy in the months to come.
This has been a fabulous year for fruit. Our solitary Pear tree in the back pasture was dripping with fruit. After watching our dog return from her wanderings with a Pear in her mouth I knew they must be ready. What I hadn’t expected was to return with several bushels of pears. I choose to freeze the extra’s for Pear crisps this winter. To be honest I didn’t want to can another thing this week and I’ve been finding freezing to be a lot less work for me. But it did take a whole day for me to wash and cut up 64 cups of Pear slices.