Monday, September 22, 2008

Looking for Fall on the Last Day of Summer

Erik and I both had Sunday off, which was so nice! We went up to William O'Brien on the St. Croix River and hiked around there. The leaves are just starting to change slightly yellow and a few spots of red in the Maples. After hiking William O'Brien State Park, we headed up to Taylors Falls, had lunch at a drive-in and then climbed around the potholes in Interstate State Park. After that we headed back down river and stopped at Marine on St. Croix and went to a Art Fair. We only got a lemonade that cost too much but there were some beautiful pottery and photographs there. We had a really nice day!

This pictures is actually from Friday, when I was up in the Pine City area, a little further north than yesterday and there is a little more red in the trees.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fall is upon us and I'm ready for it. I just finished another good book by Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match. It was one I couldn't put down. I was thankful for that too, since the previous book was dreadfully slow.

Last weekend, Erik and I went to the Farmers Market downtown and stocked up on food to make dinner for Mom, Dad and Katie. It was a good meal and good to buy local. Mom made an apple dessert with her apples. She is having a bumper crop this year - both Katie and I went home with some. Katie has been making hers into Applesauce and I have yet to do anything with mine. I've been freezing bunches but it will be worth it in the winter, but if I freeze much more we are going to need a deep freeze.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Summer off, but now I'm back! :)

Recently, I hunted for a dresser on craigslist and found one that was in my price range (which was pretty low). It needed a bit of work before we can use it as a tv stand (which is our ultimate goal for the dresser). So today we started the transformation... we went stripped the stain off of the dresser and Erik did a little sanding. Before we knew it the day was gone.


Erik sanding the back:

Maybe half way done:

Erik and I also went to the St. Paul Farmers Market today and picked up a bounty of vegetables for some meals and some to freeze/can, so that is tomorrows project. I picked up The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving at the library earlier this week and I'm slightly concerned about the most feared thing in preserving - botulism, but I'm getting over my fear and decided that I will be ultra careful and make sure everything is cleaned/boiled and that I process for exactly the time it calls for.