Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Golden Delicious

Dear Mom,
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Crisp. Crunchy. Quiet and a little rusty. My favorite season officially arrives on Friday, but Autumn has been here for a couple of weeks.
We picked some Golden Delicious apples off the tree on Saturday. 100% organic- we don't do a thing to these trees. Peel away the spotted flesh and cut out the spots the bees have nibbled and what is left is perfect, sweet, crunchy, delicious apple. The Winesaps are not ready for picking yet, but there are plenty of those, too. PIES!!

We've been snacking on the apples, but last night I made "Mimi's German Apple Cake" from this book. This is one of those books that inspires you to cook. And I don't say that because it is a dessert cookbook. The photos are beautiful and it is hard to feel bad about eating dessert when it is full of fresh fruit. This cake recipe only had 1/2 cup of sugar in it-you taste the apples and fresh lemon zest. A bit of Turbinado sugar sprinkled over the top before baking gives the cake a crunchy sweet crust. YUM. MEE.

Saturday night I finished Sunderland #3, this one with some yarn I hand spun. Special thrill. My design, my hand spun yarn. (I'd say the next step should be my design, my yarn, my sheep, but the neighborhood covenants won't allow the sheep part.)
This one was off the blocking wires yesterday, but the weather prohibited getting any good photos.
Elle may be cooperative, but she cannot hold an umbrella.

The roving used to spin this yarn is from River's Edge, colorway On Golden Pond, a gift from CarolWhoseHouseGotStruckbyLightning.
And speaking of gifts- scroll back up to that first photo of the apples and acorn. See that wonderful copper tray they are sitting on? That copper was once part of a roof that hung over our living room window. After years of struggling with a leak, the roof had to be removed. MelissaWhoSpinsButDoesNotKnit took the copper off my hands. Besides spinning, Melissa hooks beautiful rugs and does some metal sculpting. She is a good cook too..... I don't know why I like her.....Anyway, she surprised me with the copper tray you see up there and I love every beautiful millimeter of it.

I've got to get back to some knits that are in progress but were abandoned while I cranked out the design and pattern for Sunderland. And not only have I not even started September's socks, I haven't even wound the skein of yarn into a ball. And if I start thinking about the laundry and housework that lurk behind me as a write this I may start to panic. Logging off now, and getting back to the real work.