Friday, October 19, 2012
Jeff is getting stronger every day. He does man's work now. He loaded these monster sized logs into the truck this morning. Most importantly, because it needed to be done. For no other reason.
He can't stand to see work left undone.
When Dad is tired and ready to rest, Jeff pushes on. When Dad wants to move on to a new job on the farm, like this morning, Jeff goes ahead and finishes up the job left from yesterday.
Some people think people with special needs can't do as much as "regular" people, but they don't know our Jeff.
And they don't know that everybody has special needs. You, me, everybody. Think about it a bit.
Jeff has baseball tonight, Buddy Ball in Clarksville. He's not as good as some of the other players. But he can sure load a truckload of heavy wood. And he will go out to the shed this winter with his wagon, when the inside firewood stack gets low, and stock us up for a few more days.
Just thought people might want to know this.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Apples are weighing the trees to the ground this year. So many to work with. While I try to decide how many I'll can, how many for cold storage, I mull over the debate I did not watch last night. Do I even want to watch a video or read the enormous mountain of comments? I avoid Facebook for now.
Why is this election getting under my skin so badly?
I feel like I want to scream out loud, "Leave me alone. Leave me to my quiet, simple existence."
Lies. And so much hate. So easy to see.
Today I have apples. I will store a lot in the two big drawers in the extra refrigerator. I will can some to later use for apple pies and freeze pre-made apple pie filling.
If I could buy refrigerated pie crusts for pies, I could fill my freezer with pies for the long winter. Not so lucky. Gluten-free pie crusts don't make up fast. I have to do it though. I have a boy who loves apple pies. Don't we all?
I thank God today for my Apple-Peeler/Corer. I've got the Pampered Chef one. I celebrate the day I bought it at one of those fun parties.
You probably think those apples on my counter in the above photo don't look like the beautiful, shiny ones you buy in the store. Ours are real apples. No chemicals or wax shine on them. Just plain, organic, crisp and sweet, real apples. Not even sure what kind they are. My father-in-law planted the trees many, many years ago.
I'll edit a chapter in my book and work on apples. Keep my mind on what's good in life. I think I'll make the "Frosted Big Apple Pie," from my Farm Journal's Complete Pie Cookbook," copyright 1965, that my husband's cousin Mary gave me as a gift a long time ago. After we all flipped out over that Frosted Big Apple Pie she made.
Frosted Big Apple Pie
4 tsp. lemon juice
5 lbs. peeled, thinly sliced, tart apples (about 12 to 15 c.)
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Confectioners sugar frosting
Egg Yolk Pastry:
5 c. sifted flour
4 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. lard
2 egg yolks
Roll out half the pastry into rectangle and use to line 15-1/2" x 10-1/2" jelly-roll pan. Sprinkle lemon juice on apples. Place half the apples in bottom of pastry-lined sheet.
Combine remaining ingredients, except apples and frosting. Sprinkle half the mixture over apples in pan. Spread remaining apple slices on top and sprinkle with remaining sugar-spice mixture.
Top with remaining pastry, rolled out; seal and crimp edges. Brush with milk and sprinkle with a little sugar. (Cut vents or prick with fork as for all 2-crust fruit pies.)
Bake in hot oven (400 degrees F.) 50 minutes. When cool, drizzle with confectioners sugar mixed with milk to make a thin icing. Cut in squares to serve. Makes 24 servings.
Another good pie in the Pie Cookbook is the Orange-Frosted Apple-Raisin Pie. Mary made that one too, and she made it like the "Big" Pie.
I found it on Amazon. Let me know, if you make the Frosted Big Apple Pie, how it turned out.
Try to keep your life simple. Think about apples.