The mornings and evenings are starting to get chilly.
I enjoyed my sweater all day today.
I think it is safe to say that summer is over.
I'll miss it
I won't miss riding in my van with no air conditioning in 110 degree heat...but otherwise, I'll miss summer.
I canned some tomatoes on Sunday and I have a few more to put in the dehydrator.
I don't think there will be many more this year as the frost has already nipped part of our valley.
Last week a patient brought me some gifts.
Aren't they cute? Too bad they aren't toddler friendly. I'll have to find a place for them other than the dining room table where Goldilocks likes to play.
I do like pumpkins. They are pretty and practical. I found this one tonight.
I'll enjoy its prettiness for a few weeks then I'll throw it in the oven and bake it. I bake my pumpkins whole. I just take out the top rack in my oven and poke a few pumpkins with a fork a couple of times. I bake them at 350 for an hour or so until tender. When they are cool enough to handle I cut off the top and scoop out the seeds (season & bake for a treat) then cut and scoop the flesh. I use it right then or freeze for pumpkin soup any time of the year. Yummy and easy. My kind of baking. November 1 I'll start looking for them at a deep discount and spend a day baking pumpkins.
It is really not practical to keep a huge pumpkin on my table, though, so I was excited to see a picture on a local facebook site of a canning ring pumpkin. Cute. Fun. Easy. Cheap (free!). Toddler friendly.
After raiding my canning lid and ring drawer, I collected a few dozen rings. I specifically looked for ones that were dented or a bit rusty. I chose to just use the golden colored ones and left the silver and white for another time.
A bit of scrap ribbon from the craft box and some cinnamon sticks from the cupboard and the pumpkins were complete. G and Goldilocks LOVED helping gather up the rings and threading them on the ribbon.
The photos don't do them justice. I really like them and I'm thrilled at how easy and practical they are. When the season is over they'll go right back in the drawer until next canning season...or until we make apple sauce in a few weeks. The wonderful thing is that I won't care a bit if I have to take a pumpkin apart to use the rings and then put it back together a week later. They were that quick and easy to do!