Last spring, when I was in over my head with little Mister, I told myself that we would have a garden this year but a modest one. Just some essentials like corn, beans, and tomatoes. I didn't know how, or if, I would be able to keep it up. It seemed really unlikely that it would be a fruitful canning year. So I opened up my little blue notebook where I record important things to-do and made a wish list, where I wrote down a few things I would like to get put away should some miracle happen. In no time, my list runneth over and I reminded myself that it was merely a wish list. No pressure. If I only did freezer jam, well, at least that would be something and there would be one item crossed off the list.
|The wish list, mid-action|
In October, we spent a few days celebrating the harvest in PA, while trying to make up for a previously shortened trip that didn't go off as planned this past summer. It seems suitable to post them now as we give thanks for the unexpected blessings of 2013.
Here's an old tractor powering a cider press. The Mister says you actually need an antique tractor to do this because the newer ones don't have some pulley wheel or something that would attach to the belt. Sounds like a good excuse to own an old tractor to me.
Fresh pressed cider.
|Old stone house and garden. Landis Valley, Lancaster, PA.|
|Apple butter kettle. I told everyone I was sure you could make this in a slow cooker, but it turned out they were doing it this way on purpose.|
Forget the sand box, how about a dried corn box? Kids were having a blast in this enormous pile of dried corn and it was giving me ideas. Unfortunately, The Mister says it would cause a huge uninvited pest problem in our yard.
I was thankful that it occupied little hands for a good long while.
How abundant are the good things
that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
on those who take refuge in you.
Psalm 31:19 (NIV)