We have a monstrous chestnut tree here on the farm. Kristi our DIL is fascinated with them and collected a big bowl of them and she taught herself to pop them out of their bristle-y husks with a butter knife. She has tried a few methods of preparing them, soft version was putting them in the oven for 15 minutes, and if you want to roast them, you put them back in for another 20 minutes. We enjoyed the flavor of her test batches.
The boys had a good time watching the whole procedure.
I'd asked Dayle to get me a pumpkin, so on Friday he had a doctors appt. and on his way home he did some errands and surprised me with this HUGE pumpkin! He figures it weighs 50 lbs. or so! I will wait a while to carve it or maybe just enjoy it as is.
They boys have been asking me to draw them pumpkins and rocket ships which they color and then cut out. They've been taping them up around the door frame between our family room and the living room - and I just love it!
Dayle also brought home a whole chicken and made a big pot of homemade chicken vegetable noodle soup. And by golly, I am finally feeling that I'm around the corner on this horrible cold and beginning the mend. I have bronchitis and it will take a while to get over that, but it's a start. I think it's his soup! I've had time to crochet on Caleb's "kid blanket" and it's growing.
This is the best yarn to work with - cotton, so soft and organic.
Thank you all for your nice comments - it really makes me happy to feel the connection with my friends around the world. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)