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Welcome Home, Sweetie

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20170227_233227As you know, we have many pets, including two cats, Liesl and Sweetie. On January 26, Sweetie got outside and went missing. We didn’t see her leave, but a door that was having trouble closing and a cat not seen all day, quickly led us to the conclusion that she’d stepped outside and very likely the door closed behind her, she was startled, she darted off, and she was lost. The is the second time Sweetie has gotten lost outside. The first time was shortly after we got her when the screen of the window she was sitting in on an unseasonably warm December night fell out. It was 5 long days before we got her back using a havahart trap.  That was over 5 years ago.
This time we did not get her back in five days. We had the havahart, hung posters, knocked on doors, poked around in neighbors’ yards, wished and hoped, but to no avail. I especially thought of her during our snowstorm and the miserable rainy days.  The only thing that comforted us was knowing that we didn’t see her dead, and also a couple of neighbors said they thought they had seen her. Eventually though, we did give up hope.
Sunday night we got a call from a neighbor that he thought he may have just seen her down the road (in the opposite direction of where we’d been focusing our search efforts.) We raced down there with the havahart and some wet cat food and thought we saw her. We set the trap and came back an hour later to find all the food eaten, but the trap didn’t go off. Set it again, came back, caught a glimpse of her, moved the trap, checked a couple more times before bed, and then went to bed. In the morning as soon as I woke up I ran down there and there she was!! I kind of still can’t believe it. She was gone for A MONTH. A month! out in the wilds, surviving. In this case, I believe the wilds were a mere less than 1/4 mile away, in a very safe and sheltered outbuilding/barn. Curiously, it is the property where she was born. Back when it was a feed store and they had barn cats, she was a kitten born there. But the store closed and they need homes for the kittens and we took her. Now the property is owned by someone, but he is only there very occasionally, so likely wouldn’t have seen her.

She is very thin, but given that she was very overweight it was like a dramatic and unpleasant diet for her. I say very thin because I can feel her ribs and her neck is visibly smaller, but she is still weighing in at 8lbs. She was very very hungry and wolfed down food as soon as we gave it to her. And she is very, very happy to see us. So much purring! and needing to cuddly up next to us and be on us, and curl up on the bed. And purr.

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We took her to the vet tonight and had her looked over. She’s in pretty good shape. In fact, her fur even looked pristine and white. She did have quite a few ticks and was given some flea & tick medicine and deworming stuff.

We think that Liesl actually really enjoyed being an only cat. She upped her affection and seemed very happy. She’s probably mad that Sweetie came back. We’ve been keeping Sweetie separate until we get an all clear from the vet, but they did have one reunion sniff. 20170227_065854Then Liesl hissed at her.

We’re so so happy and relieved and thankful! I wish she could talk and tell us all about her adventures and what it was like for an indoor kitty out there in the big world all by herself.

Snow Day!

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Snow Day!This week we had our first, and likely last, snow day of the year. It was so strange because Wednesday was incredibly unseasonably warm (62 degrees in February?!) but we knew snow would be starting overnight and the temperature plummeting 30 degrees. We were all thrilled to have the snow day announced even before it started snowing so we could turn off our alarms and sleep in. This is probably the first snow day I didn’t feel the need to go outside and actively enjoy the snow. Instead it was all about being cozy and doing all cozy snow day things crammed into one day. And that, of course, involved many special snow day meals. It all began with blondies made the night before. For Christmas Paul got this enormous bar of milk chocolate from Trader Joe’s. Truly enormous. Pounds worth. I shaved off some of it and folded it into the batter and oh my, it was perfect.
Snow Day Menu
Snow Day breakfast begins with an option of ice cream, a fun tradition from our friends. I didn’t want any, but both Clark and Tabby had some. Atop their delicious homemade waffles.
Snow Day Menu
Afternoon saw a favorite winter special lunch/snack that I haven’t done yet this year (even though this item requires planning in the summer and canning of the salsa.)–Nachos. A great big tray of them.
Snow Day Menu
And for dinner we had homemade pizza, including one big one made with homemade meatballs which had been in the freezer tantalizing labeled “homemade meatballs in pizza sauce-put on pizza.” Basically, opening up the freezer and seeing that bag so often made me want to make that.

It was a double feature day-Groundhog Day and Iron Man, both of which were well received by the kids. They were really delighted with Groundhog Day, which pleased me very much because I love that movie and hadn’t seen it in a long time.

I also read a book, which was wonderful, and it felt great to just spend the morning on the couch in my pajamas reading it right through to the end.

All in all, it was a wonderful snow day!

In other news: our new furnace installation is almost done and PSEG has connected us to the gas line (two days of digging because apparently everything is solid shale.) We have not had heat (from a furnace) at all this winter, making do with our extremely hard working fireplace/blower. For the most part it has kept us plenty warm, but I can’t wait to be able to just turn on the heat.

In saddest news (this is called burying the lead because I didn’t want to do a whole post about it), our darling cat Sweetie is gone. I can’t say died because we don’t know what happened to her. She was just missing. We’re assuming she stepped outside (our front door doesn’t have a good latch and there’d been a lot of going in and out with firewood) and the door closed behind her and she was frightened and darted off. Two people in the neighborhood said she saw her, but we haven’t. We’ve done everything you do to get a lost indoor cat back, but to no avail. (I still can’t believe we couldn’t trap her in the havahart with enticing wet cat food–we did end up trapping the neighbor’s barn cat both in there and in our garage.) I know everyone thought Sweetie was our unfriendly cat, but she was extremely affectionate and loving with Paul and me. Her purr was so noisy and enthusiastic, she loved being brushed and petted, and although the love was not completely returned, she adored Liesl.2016-12-21-22-18-38 I hope with all my heart that I’m proven wrong and get to write some amazing story of her return weeks after vanishing, but I don’t really think that’s going to happen.

In other animal news our flock has a dangerously and annoyingly large number of roosters in it. SEVEN. Seven! It was six, but get this-some jerk snuck a rooster into our coop when we weren’t home! That was not cool to make it be our problem. He is extremely handsome and seems happy to be with us (he’s the big white one),The Chicken Apartment but the days are getting longer, spring is coming, and the young roosters are getting randy, which means fighting.
The Flock
This past week I celebrated my first anniversary at work. It’s been quite a year of changes, adjustment, good days, and bad days. It was a pretty fast year, I have to say, and I’m still so happy to be there.
Sugar cookies

One Wonderful Year of Willow!

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Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of getting Willow.
Who's an adorable doggie?
I just spent a happy few minutes rereading all my posts from last July. Oh that housebreaking and not-working crate training all seems so long ago! I swear I had forgotten all about it.  Now she is a nice big grown up dog (well, she’s still pretty young, she only turned 1 in March) who is still excitable, energetic, adorable and loving. To celebrate we first made homemade dog biscuits for her. I found a recipe online that was simply: 2/3 c pumpkin puree, 1/4 c peanut butter, 2 eggs, and 3 c whole wheat flour. It made a tough dough that you roll out, cut out shapes, and bake at 350. Biscuits for Willow

Homemade Dog Biscuits
I used the leftover pumpkin to just make up a cake for us. It was a….mixed success.
Homemade Dog Biscuits
Not a cake texture, kind of weird, but fairly tasty with some whipped cream on it.

Willow was already very happy today because had all four of her people back. She was excited to see Clark again upon his return from Boy Scout camp. He was a tired, banged up, dirty camper who had a good time and so much to tell us about.
In the late afternoon we decided to do an outing that the kids and I did with Willow a couple weeks after we got her–go to Ringing Rocks and then Ginny’s for ice cream. Here is Willow in the car ready to go home with us from St. Hubert’s on July 2, 2015:
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Here she is in the car on July 2, 2016:
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Quite a difference! We wanted to recreate a couple hike photos too. Notably that in the picture:
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I had to pick Willow up and put her on the rock with Tabby. Which I can hardly believe she was that small because the rock wasn’t that big. Here she is currently (different rock)
Ringing Rocks
Here’s the whole family on that original rock
Ringing Rocks
And after we stopped for the promised ice cream (no ice cream for Willow, she just got her fancy dog cookies). We tried to recreate another photo, and this is what we had:2016-07-02 18.23.27
We love you Willow!
Kisses from Willow

R.I.P. Nibbles

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Our dear Nibs unexpectedly died yesterday. I say unexpected, but the fact is he was no longer a robust fat pig, but had gotten rather thin and I suppose a little frail looking the past few days. He was 3 1/2. We saw Nibbles the day he was born and brought him and Blackie home a few weeks later-a 7th birthday present for Clark. (Actually, Blackie was the present for Clark and Nibbles came along too for Tabby.) I’ve always enjoyed having guinea pigs and Nibs was no exception. He was noisy and endearing and one of our favorite things to do was let him run around at night and watch him on his “twinkle toes.” Here he is with many friends:
Nibs and friends
Nibbles and Blackie have been patient models for photographs and holiday dress-ups. His beautiful reddish coat made him very photogenic. Here he is in some of the many hats he wore:
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He recently enjoyed a little fame as he was featured on one the slides in my “get to know me” presentation at work. Everyone enjoyed seeing Nibbles in the card catalog drawer.#46 for 113 in 2013: A Pet 636.5392//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
We’ll miss you Nibs-rest in peace.

And at the risk of having this be even more depressing…R.I.P. Big Silk.  Last week he met with a tragic accident. He was my favorite of our chickens and I have to admit, I was pretty upset over the loss of him. He was a beautiful and charming rooster. Perhaps there’s a yard somewhere “in the spirit world”, as Tabby says, where he is pecking in the grass, Nibbles is eating clover, and Pippin is hanging out with them.

Weeki Wachee Wha??

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Last week was the bizarre November break New Jersey kids get. In our school district my children only had 1 1/2 days of school! (Tabby only had one-she was feeling unwell and stayed home on the half day. She was thrilled to come to dog class with me and Willow.)  We mostly hung around at home doing normal things but there were two special events planned. The first was a trip to the American Girl Place in New York. This was a super special birthday event for Tabby and it was (not surprisingly) a girls only event-Tabby, me, and my mom. We had a wonderful time! On the one hand, the whole American Girl scene is nuts-outrageously expensive, a giant business that boomed unbelievably, sometimes over-the-top, and so on. I mean, we were going to eat lunch in a restaurant in a 3 story store. But guess what? It was SUPER.
A Special Trip//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsWonderful attention to detail, less shopping, more of an “experience”, and the lunch was charming. I think it will be a very special memory for all of us. Despite the Lincoln Tunnel’s best attempts to thwart us, we managed to arrive just in time for our 11am lunch seating. The restaurant is decorated in pink, white, and black. If you don’t have a doll to sit with you, you can borrow one. If you do have a doll (of course we brought Molly!) they have special seats for them to join you at the table. Your napkin holder is actually a little hairband with a bow that you keep. It’s a prixe fixe situation, so first they bring out tiny warm cinnamon rolls. Then comes a plate of unusual appetizers for the table (some vegetables and grapes, weird pretzel sticks, a couple pigs in blankets, and a cup of cheesy sauce.) Then you choose your entree (they printed the calories for everything on the menu in equal, if not larger, font than the name of the item. MADDENING. I already decided on your quiche, don’t hit me over the head with the fact that it’s more calories than I should have in a day.) The food was actually quite good. 2015-11-05 11.12.09 We had a nice time and of course enjoyed people watching. Dessert is lovely-a flowerpot of chocolate mousse and a vanilla cupcake with a little shortbread heart cookie. Tabby had a candle and a song for her birthday. (The desserts were super delicious.) American Girl Dessert//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
Even the restroom was interesting because the stalls have special hangers on the wall for your doll!
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After lunch it was time to explore the store. We were delighted by the installations for the historical dolls, which included memorabilia, interactive quizzes, music, and more. Of course, we did end up doing a little shopping and now Molly has a sassy Santa dress, sequined beret, jeans, and new glasses. And possibly something will show up at Christmas, too….  All in all, we had a lot of fun.
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(Meanwhile Paul and Clark had a nice day together with a couple hours at work and then a nice lunch out.)

The next day was fun for all of us. We used to belong to the aquarium and have been many times, but not for a very long time. Clark’s been asking to go and this seemed like a great time to plan for, so off we went. Clark was quite pleased to get to use a wheelchair while there.
Clark enjoyed having to use a wheelchair//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsIt turns out that we hadn’t been there in 3 years and there were quite a few changes. Still, it’s a nice aquarium and we had a good time. in the touch tank-sea stars and anemones//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Terrifying Prehistoric Creatures//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsIn fact, Paul was thrilled by how many kind of exciting things happened: the sting rays were extra splashy and he got to touch them a lot, the octopus (usually sulking in a dark corner) came out and moved around put his suckery tentacles all over the glass, we saw the hippos being fed and they totally looked like Hungry, Hungry, Hippos when they chomped their lettuce, and then there were the mermaids. Weeki Wachee Mermaids! When we found out they were going to be at the aquarium the same day as us we were pretty excited. If you don’t know who they are you can read about it here.  It wasn’t quite the same as being in Florida-only one mermaid in the tank at a time, she wasn’t doing a show-just waving and smiling and being beautiful, but it was still fun to see. And also cool that she was in the giant tank with the sea turtles, sharks, and sting rays. Weeki Wachee Mermaids//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
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It was  a very nice day!
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What else is new? Clark had a follow up visit to the doctor and his foot is healing well. He is now off crutches, but still in the boot. He is very happy about that.  We trained Willow to the invisible fence and she was a quick learner and doing great. It makes such a difference for us to be able to do stuff outside and have her out there with us, but not have to actively following her around. We’d all been feeling rather tired and grouchy (and by all I mean me and Paul) because for several weeks now she’s been in a terrible habit of waking up at 4am and 5am. it was frustrating and exhausting.  However, just as suddenly as it started it has stopped. She really is a super dog.

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This morning I took her to the park and down by the river where I let her off leash. Last time we were there I didn’t and this time I thought it seemed safe enough (far away from the trail) and boy was she happy to be able to just get out there in the river and run through it. A joy to behold.
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I also started quilting my Halloween quilt (concentric squares), but have no pictures as of yet. You can all just know that I’m very happy about it. As happy as I am to see my Give Thanks banner up and my little pilgrims and turkeys set out. It’s the start of the holiday season! yeah!

Wiener Dog Races!

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And a lot more, but who could resist starting off with that enticing sound bite! October is consistently our busiest month of the year. I think it’s because there are so many beautiful fall days and nice things to do outside and frankly not enough weekends. This weekend we crammed in lots of fall fun, including an extra day because the kids had off for Columbus Day.

As you may have seen from time to time, my friends and I have a seasonal stitch-a-thon. What started out as a MidWinter Stitch-a-Thon was not enough, so now we had a Mid Autumn Stitch-a-Thon. Here are the necessary components for a stitch-a-thon: seasonal candy,  tv viewing that invites commentary, assorted decadent snacks, and some stitching projects.
Pumpkin Cremes//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js For this time that meant: creme pumpkins, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, carrot dip, fancy donuts and danishes, and a dishtowel I’ve been embroidering forever. It turned out that the dishtowel barely needed anything else done to it and all I have to do is the words on it. Hot From the Oven//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
We shook things up this time by adding on extra fun that everyone could participate in–we headed down to Nomad for some fancy pizza and then we all went over to Howell Living Farm for the first year of the Amazing Pumpkin Carve. It was a perfect chilly fall night, smelled wonderful, and what a cool thing to do.
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There were about 50 pumpkins on display, all elaborately carved. Some were spooky, some fanciful, some were funny. It was marvelous!
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On Sunday Tabby had a respite from field hockey games, so we were able to head out to our new favorite town, Bethlehem, for Oktoberfest.
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It was such a pretty sunny day and everyone was very merry. Before even getting down to the beer and sausages we walked up along the stacks to check out the alpine horns being played. Look how pretty they are:
Beautiful Inside of the Alpine horn//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsTo our absolute delight we were invited to all give it a try and told that there were certificates for people who could manage to blow a note for 20 or more seconds. Clark has begun trombone lessons and they told us that it is the same mouthpiece and method and the guy was so nice about helping Clark try it out. Blowing the Alpine horn//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
Then Paul gave it a whirl.
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And finally, I did and I managed a whopping 22 seconds on my first try! (I’ll have to ask Paul to send me his photo/video of me.)The alpine guy was very impressed and people clapped and it was all very fun. There were fun games set up amidst tables and lots of delicious wursts and German pastry and beer.
Oktoberfest//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsThe real highlight was the Dachsund Races! (sadly we missed the barrel race and race carrying filled steins. I totally would have done that.) There were so many people there with their little wiener dogs. They raced them two by two and the announcers were hilarious, maintaining preposterous accents and running funny commentary. 2015-10-11 15.23.50 Some of the dogs raced quickly to their owners (it was a run from one owner to the other type of race), but most amused the audience by wandering away, visiting the other dogs, sitting down, etc. Many of the dogs were named Oscar. It was all in super good fun and we had a really nice afternoon.

Monday was Columbus Day and while Columbus may have been an ass, it was nice for the kids to have the day off and take them for a hike at Hacklebarney State Park. Clark brought a friend and all had a good time clambering over giant boulders and exploring. The forest was so pretty and it was a gorgeous spot to spend much of the day. (Despite some tears, hitting, and bickering among the younger set.) Here’s my new favorite picture of me, surprisingly taken by Tabby! 2015-10-12_08-20-07//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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A couple of other updates–I finished my Halloween quilt top! I may get this thing finished before Halloween after all! I’m undecided about the quilting style and also if I want to insert a small patchwork orange stripe in the midst of the wide black border. I’m pretty pleased with how this is coming along!
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I’m super aware that I haven’t bothered to do a garden wrap up, nor clean out the garden. It all just sort of fizzled this year. However, I’m delighted that my new rose bush is blooming again, and even more so that my heavenly blue morning glories are in full bloom every day now and are stunning. I can’t stop taking pictures of them!
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Today was Willow’s last dog class and I’m so proud to report that she successfully graduated! I was worried she wouldn’t but she has really come a long way since the first class. So much so that the instructor praised her for it. We are going to move on to Level 2 next week and later this winter we’re going to enroll in the agility class. She really is a wonderful dog and we love her so much!
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School Daze

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In my head this blog is super up to date. You wouldn’t believe how many things I’ve written about (in my head) over the past few weeks. You wouldn’t believe how many recipes I’ve shared! But somehow the thoughts don’t get magically transmitted onto the computer. Worse, the photos don’t get magically transmitted either. (It’s a multi-step process, the most cumbersome of which is using the laptop that is perpetually on Minecraft now, and thus rather slow. Also, O Canada ended with my camera being dropped on the marble floor of the lobby and the lens breaking. So all photos the past few weeks have been with my phone.  But that still requires some transferring around to get into WordPress.)  Although the kids are in school all day, making it seem like I should have endless hours to enjoy to myself, there seems to be an awful lot on my to-do list that is not “write a blog post.” (I lie-it’s on my to-do list every day, it’s just not getting done!) I know that last year at this time I was enjoying many special days of sewing and quilting, and I haven’t even done that once since school started. I’m really just going to blame everything on the dog and not my inability to get my act together. So let’s launch into some categorized catching up, starting with the dog.

I. Willow:
We continue to go to dog class and be very bad about practicing at home. I mean, just terrible. That said, she is doing pretty well.  I’ve been taking her on longer and longer walks and getting her good and tired out.
2015-09-17 11.41.16She was terrible about eating things off the counter, so now we have “snappy trainers” up all over the counters to keep her away.  She is getting extremely playful with the Liesl, with mixed results. Now she’ll chase her and put her paw on her and trap her, which I think she considers as “Yeah! The cat is finally playing with me!” and the cat considers “Oh God! This stupid dog is attacking me!”
I am begging you to play with me
But Liesl has had plenty of times of hitting Willow with her paws, but no claws out, and sometimes in a playful manner. Willow’s greatest achievement this weekend is that we brought her to the park for all of Saturday morning for both kids’ soccer games, as well as to someone’s house and a field hockey game on Sunday, and she did great.
Willow goes to soccer
She barked a few times at other dogs, but didn’t freak out. And she allowed many children to pet her and play with her, and she did not knock them over or bite them. There were a lot of people, dogs, and activity, and she was able to relax and eventually get very tired and just tune it all out and go to sleep.
Willow goes to soccer
* an update since writing this yesterday morning–Sweetie finally scratched her with claws. I didn’t see it, but heard the yelp and saw the running away and Sweetie all fluffed up huge. Later I went to the basement and saw Sweetie in her basket with Liesl in there with her (which she never is) and Liesl was licking Sweetie’s face (which she never does.) I have to assume that they were bonding and commiserating over how terrible things are with a puppy in the house.
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II. Sports:
For someone who has always professed to hate all sports, I sure spent a lot of time at sporting events this weekend. With Tabby adding field hockey to her schedule we now have a week with several different sports practices and 3 games on weekends. Clark’s soccer team is sadly really not very good, which is a bummer. Tabby’s team is ok, and the field hockey team has been creamed in both their games so far. With field hockey though half the team has literally never played the sport before (including Tabby-it’s a grades 2-4 group.) Tabby is enjoying learning it and playing (and it looks like so much fun I might get a stick myself and play in the yard with her.) Here she is in action:
2015-09-27 15.12.33 So as long as they don’t get discouraged and have a good time playing, I’m happy for them.  Paul just bought a bunch of pvc pipe and built a soccer goal for our yard, so that should be fun for us.  After the games on Saturday we went to a Princeton University football game in the late afternoon.  We did this last year and had such a good time we were happy to go again (it was a staff day-free tickets!)  It was a great game (Princeton, 52-26) and we were super excited when 2 touchdowns were scored right in front of us.
Go Tigers!

Go Tigers!

Go Tigers!
The night was capped off by fireworks over the stadium immediately following the end of the game.

III.Survey Says!
In between soccer and the Princeton game, Paul and I participated in a game ourselves. No, nothing athletic. Our town was having its annual Country Fair and this year the rec department sponsored a Family Feud. They really did a great job with all the details-a fun host who got into the game show host role, name tags just like they used to wear, and a buzzers and microphones. We called ourselves Richard Dawson’s Creek (get it? GET IT!) and it was me and Paul, our friends Stephanie and Ernie, and our friend Greg.
Family Feud
We played against some other friends of ours and it was quite merry and fun. And because I am a tad competitive about games, I’m pleased to say….we won!!! There were even prizes.
Family Feud

IV. In the Coop:
Poor Gordon has been forced to have an unpleasant change of habitat.  He can no longer be allowed to roam around the chicken coop after an adventure last week. Paul and I went out in the evening to put him back and discovered he’d handily escaped through a tunnel he’d dug under the fence. We were able to catch a glimpse of him under the shed, but were not able to get to him.  Eventually we had to go to bed. (and p.s. I’m pretty sure the raging poison ivy on my face and other parts of me came from lying down next to the shed in the dark trying to find him.) In the morning we went outside, hoping he’d still be there and we spotted him…in our neighbor’s yard! We guided him back towards us, away from the woods, and were able to catch him next to the chicken coop.  I hate to see him cooped up in his hutch, but it’s better that than letting him escape and run away/be gotten by a predator.  For now he can only be allowed to run around when I am out in the coop with him and can directly supervise.

V. Hey Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’?
I used to be so good about doing recipe posts! Here are a few highlights of things I’ve cooked/baked in the past few weeks:

    1. Corn Souffle: nothing makes you feel quite so fancy as a souffle for dinner. I was thrilled with how this came out. Using fresh corn off the cob and a nice sharp cheddar it was super delicious. Recipe from: ? I found it online and saved the open page for days and then my mom closed all my tabs (again, you don’t need to close the tabs to use the computer.) I hope I find it again.
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    2. Maple Scones*: my new favorite scone recipe. I made these for a back-to-school tea I had for some friends. Although 1/4 c maple syrup is used to sweeten the scone you can’t taste it at all. These were quite possibly the best scones I’ve ever made. And I served them with a homemade Devonshire cream and jam. It was totally heavenly.Recipe from a cookbook I’ve had for many years, so it’s nuts this is the first time I’ve made it-The Simple Art of Quick Breads.

I can confidently report that these were the best scones I've ever made. Extra delicious send with Devonshire cream and jam. #scones #baking #teatime

    1. Extra Crumb Coffee Cake: Holy cow was this insane. Primarily butter and sugar and cinnamon it smelled amazing when baking and tasted absolutely wonderful. Recipe from Joy the Baker.

World's Best Crumb Cake

    1. Apple Cake*: This was made using my mom’s recipe, which she often used to make (using peaches or apples.) It’s a flat cake, not very sweet, and I always remembered it as being very dry. I made some adjustments (cooked shorter time, added cake spice, used brown sugar) but it was still pretty dry. It looked pretty though and was a nice fall, not heavy dessert.

Apple Cake

*These items, along with ham & cheddar muffins, were all EATEN by the dog.  Yes, leftovers innocently placed on the counter or stovetop were gobbled up by that wicked creature. The scones eating sent me over the edge and the Snappy Trainers were promptly ordered. P.S. since getting the snappy trainers I have set them off more than Willow, scaring the bejeesus out of me every time. Every. Time.

And so that’s basically it. Still trying to get into a school year groove, still hoping to finish a Halloween quilt by Halloween, looking forward to some good things (like hikes) that we’ve got planned, and enjoying the cool early mornings and evenings we’ve been having (except yesterday and today-warm and humid?!).
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