Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hodgepodging Festivals for Extroverts

Still wondering what this building might have been
in times past. Bar? Restaurant? Hotel?
On Highway N in central Wisconsin

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1. What's something you'd rate a 10/10? Tell us why.

The shy little grands
They're a delight.

2. What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?

Being the executioner at an animal shelter. No explanation necessary, I would think.

Another view of that old building on N
Glad I could get these photos before it totally collapses.
Now I'd really like to find its history.

3. When did you last take a fall? What's something you're falling for (in a good way) these days?

A couple winters ago, falling on the icy driveway, another reason I hate winter. What I AM falling for are the bright, crisp autumn days (which I hope come soon, instead of more rain).

The two brothers (above) are staying with us this week while their mom and dad are in England to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The corn is much taller than the seven or ten year old! This was on an adventure. We walked to the spring and then home by way of the cornfield.

Barn on 12th Avenue

4. According to the Travel Channel here are some of America's best fall festivals-

National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM)

Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed? Which one appeals to you most? Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?

Festivals don't appeal to me. I'd be more likely to visit any of these places the week AFTER the festival.

 A pretty Wisconsin farm on Highway N

5. What is your goodbye message to summer?

Why are your visits only three minutes long???

Bull snake on my water hyacinth

6. Insert your own random thought here.

The boys' parents visited Hadrian's wall yesterday.
I took this to send to them via Instagram
The boys on Hadrian's Wall aka a rock pile near the spring
Hi Mom and Dad!


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 Just Tommy this time.
Smokey probably decided she didn't want to be squished 
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Apple Crisp Recipe

 Apple Crisp
McIntosh Apples from our faithful old tree

One of our sons and his family stopped in the other day and before he left, he said, 'Say Mom, could you give me your recipe for apple crisp?' So I grabbed my trusty 1969 Betty Crocker cookbook, snapped a photo of the recipe, and sent it to his Instagram account. What did we do before Smartphones??

And it even has my own handwriting. Awwwwww.
Should tug at his heart strings in years to come, 
if he doesn't lose the .jpg file.

And I forgot to tell him that I used a gluten-free flour mix,
but he wouldn't have used that anyway.

By the way, I made an 8x8 this time because
I have no willpower against fresh apple crisp
made with our McIntosh apples. None whatsoever.

 Sweet old McIntosh in better years.
It desperately needs a good pruning.

This is the second copy of this edition that I've owned.
My other one was falling apart, except for the pages that were stuck
together due to some of the recipe ending up on them,
so my daughter and SIL found me another one.
Of course I transferred all my notes before somewhat reluctantly pitching the old one.


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And maybe a little lingering apple crisp.

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