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Pies and Candy

It is now officially fall at the Tati household, as the first apple pie of the season has been made. (I had to, my refrigerator is overflowing with apples from our apple tree.)


It turned out huge. I made the crust with a different recipe, this time not going with the standard Betty Crocker pie crust, but instead substituting a french pâte brisée. The ingredients aren’t that different (there is no shortening used in the french version – instead, more than a pound of butter). The technique of making the the crust is a bit different, however.


It’s the flakiest pie crust I’ve ever managed to produce. It is delicious, if I may say so myself.

The afternoon found me at our local annual Market Sunday, where the booths were pretty much the same as every year. Some of my favorite booths weren’t present, such as the one that sells wooden cooking spoons and wooden brushes of all sorts. So, I bought nothing but the nostalgic candy from the big candy stand. All of that good stuff I used to eat as a child and am happy to buy at the annual Market each year:


There was a new play setup for children. A portable water pool was set up and the kids could get into large watertight plastic “bubbles” and horse around on the water surface. By the looks of it, they were having a blast.


The (Almost Forgotten) Pleasures of Fall

Anyone who knows me will tell you that while I love the warm spring and summer months, the dreary, cold and wet fall and winter months tend to introvert me and dampen my mood.

This morning, I rediscovered the joy and comfort of hopping out of the shower and getting dressed in front of of the wood burning stove, in which a quite nice fire was roaring. I’d really forgotten how pleasurable that can be.

It isn’t really cold enough here yet to warrant a fire in the morning (about 40F); however, we had a really wicked storm with sleet, thunder and lightning in the early morning hours, causing a complete power outage at 5 a.m. Being worried about the aquariums, I wasn’t able to go back to sleep so I stayed up, promptly being presented with the problem of how to get my morning coffee without power.

With help of a small espresso cup to support the pot and seven tea candles to serve as a makeshift stove, I was able to get a pot with some water boiling in order to make coffee from some older instant cappucino that I still had in my cupboard. (Because I had stored the cappucino powder without the lid, it tasted quite like the fennel tea residing in the same cupboard, but it was coffee nevertheless).

Since I continued to keep water warm in this fashion, most likely hoping that some cup of coffee I made would not taste like fennel, the bottom of the pot got quite sooty after a while. This, combined with the candles I had lit in order to avoid stumbling over the dog or the furniture in the complete darkness, got the house smelling smoky and sooty, so I left the front door open for quite a while to at least get the place aired out a bit. Thus, I lit a fire to keep the house from cooling down completely.


First Snow

All is white outside.

I am sure it will be gone by noon; though it is very cold outside, the ground is still too warm for the snow to stay for very long.

For some reason, I am actually looking forward to the quiet and peace of winter this year.

Record Snowfall

I was quite amazed at the amount of snow that had accumulated yesterday in the course of the day:

This morning, it was twice as bad. I thought I’d woken up in a disaster movie. The news said it was the most severe snowfall we’ve had in 20 years.

I believe them. I can’t even see the street anymore out of my kitchen window:

Now, if I could only get the garage door open, I’d go in there to sit on my Kiwi and cry.