Monthly Archives: November 2011

First Snow!


Well, winter is officially here. It’s snowing. It’s melting when it lands so in a few hours, when the temperature gets below freezing, the roads are going to be like skating rinks. A light dusting of snow on top of that ice is going to make some of these mountain roads really exciting!

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Apple Pie: A Disaster Averted at the Last Minute

I really should make pies more often, but it seems that Thanksgiving is the only time I get around to it.  I usually have some pie disaster every year.  This one went rather well: the crust rolled out nice and thin and didn’t tear when I flipped it into the pan, I remembered to put foil around the edge so it wouldn’t burn and the holes I poked in the top in the shape of an apple really did look like an apple.  It was, in fact, going rather well.  About half-way through the baking, I painted the top with a mixture of melted butter, sugar and a little cinnamon.  About ten minutes later, I had a look in the oven and the thing was puffed all up and ready to explode.  The butter and sugar mixture had covered the holes and sealed the top.  So the top ended up with a knife-slash through it, but at least my usual post-baking clean-up (sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, a shower and a load of laundry) didn’t include scraping apple-pie creamins out of the oven.

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It’s Sock-Knitting Season

Well, I’m not in love with the colors, but the cotton yarn for these socks was only $2.00 and they are really warm!  I totally muffed the toe-grafting, but who ever sees the toes of boot-socks anyway, right?  There is frost on the truck windows almost every morning now so warm counts for more than fashionable.

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Witch & Wizard

We all dressed up for the Brevard Halloweenfest on Saturday.  Bob was a wizard and we rigged Claire up as a witch at the last minute when we couldn’t get her vampire teeth fixed.  The weather was sunny but cold so we were all glad to have costumes that included capes.

Yesterday we went to Floyd and Amy’s to help with the trick-or-treat effort.  Floyd was positioned in a lawn chair on the porch decked out as a scarecrow.  He periodically “came to life” to scare the daylights out of a group of kids, after which we all helped re-stuff him with straw.

 

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