Updated: Oct 31, 2021
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The sun was shining yesterday after a frost overnight. This was our first frost of the season and it was Oct 29! In the not so distant past we could have a frost as early as Labor Day ( or the end of August). Incredible- we even picked a few absolutely delicious golden raspberries and there were still more that hadn’t ripened yet! We lost most of our first raspberry crop due to rain which was so sad and disappointing. The plants are thriving so maybe we will have better luck next summer. Nothing like raspberry pie and jam...
Since the frost has now happened it feels like the right time to turn the focus inside, take on those projects that have been in the back of my mind.
I’m currently working on a new pattern for the holidays and have finished up some fall works and fall wools. You can watch the instagram for photos and progress as I fill my evenings with hooking.
We picked the last dahlias and zinnias along with an abundance of straw flowers. It was a great season for all of those. Do you grow any flowers?
Fall cooking- soups, pie making- the coziness of it all. The aromas in the kitchen and the warmth of a fire- love every bit of it.
I always use Martha Stewarts pie crust recipe and it never fails me.
Here is the recipe for the crust. I decided to make hand pies instead of a large pie this time.You can use any pie filling to fill them with- if you decide to use an apple pie filling the only thing that may be different is cooking the apple mixture on the stove top first to break down the apples a little. Since they won’t be in the oven as long as a regular pie they need a bit of help beforehand.
2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour ( I use King Arthur)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 sticks of cold unsalted butter ( I use Cabot)
1/4-1/2 ice water ( I put it in my freezer to get it really cold while I get the other ingredients together).
Mix the dry ingredients in a food processor.
Add the butter- you will want to cut it up into small pieces first.
Pulse until just incorporated- don’t over mix
Pour the ice water slowly into the feed tube on the processor until just mixed- not too much- it will look grainy but that is ok.
Divide in half and wrap in plastic wrap. You can “tighten it up a bit” here in the wrapping- then chill .
** IF you have an alternative to the plastic wrap please share- I am all ears! I have been wanting to switch to something else but don’t know what to do. Beeswax wrap?
I used this recipe for the filling. I did them as a larger disc and folded them in half instead of her method though. I forgot to take photos!!I'll try to remember to do that the next time.
What's on the frame again later today and this evening.
And....a winner was chosen for the Irish Rug Hook drawing- congratulations Becky! People who subscribed to the website were entered into the drawing- what a great response to the drawing.
You, of course, can still subscribe, and I would urge you to do so in the future- there will be other offerings exclusively for subscribers. While the rug hook drawing may be finished stay tuned for others.
Keep hooking and creating- and use the tip I wrote about in a former post about keeping the wool dust down- it really works!