Happy Tuesday! It’s time to check our lists and see where we are at. Do we have things we need to take off of our list, for now, as the holidays are approaching? Or do we need to kick it into high gear and add stuff to our list to be ready FOR the holidays? This time of year is a great time to stop and take inventory of what we’ve got going on and what we need to finish by the end of the year!
This past week my sewing plans were a bit derailed. While the Mister made the quickest trip to Oregon in the history of quick trips (2 days driving, 1 day there, 2 days driving back), the kids and I busied ourselves with weeding the yard and then putting up our Halloween decorations. I was late this year with that and almost skipped it, but the life-sized coffin that a friend gave me to use for my decor made me pull out the decorations. There was no way I could skip a year after having been given that! It’s awesome! Of course, all of that was done on 95+ degree days, so we were wiped out. We had gorgeous mid-80s weather the day before Mister left, but after that our reprieve from the heat went with him. As soon as he returned the weather cooled down a few degrees and it looks like we’re mid-80s to low 90’s for the next week. I can’t wait until Halloween gets here! The temps only go down after that day!
When the Mister returned home he brought back a bunch of apples that his sister had picked for us from our tree at the Oregon house. To say I was overwhelmed with the amount of apples would be an understatement. I had never cooked with more than 6 apples at one time before in my life! I know nothing about canning, and didn’t even have an apple peeler/corer/slicer. Unless you count two teenage kids, and then I actually DID have a peeler and a corer! And they were fantastic at their job! We got through 2/3rds of the apples before I gave up on all things apple and asked a friend if she’d like the rest. Thank heavens she said YES!
We made enough filling for 4 deep dish apple pies, and 2 apple cobblers. I also chopped somewhere between 8 to 10 cups of apples for future apple-y dishes, and I filled my massive crockpot with a large amount of apple slices that became two quart-sized jars of Apple Butter. One ended up in the freezer while the other is in the fridge. I couldn’t remember the last time I had apple butter, but when I tasted this I was thrilled with how it turned out! DELISH!
With our busy week the only thing I managed to get done was to finish the tiny amount of stitching that was left on Clue 7 of Whacky Witches in Stitches. I’ve started working on Clue 8 and I’m still hopeful I can finish this project by Halloween!
This week I am planning on starting a sewing project I can’t say much about yet. I just got the hardware in yesterday, so I can start cutting fabrics and begin fusing interfacing tomorrow. I also plan to continue to work on my Whacky Witches.
This week’s To-Do list:
- Continue Stitching on Whacky Witches
- Work on secret project
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14 thoughts on “To-Do Tuesday 10-18-16 | Apples & Decorations”
Those apples remind me of days passed! Not a TX thing now. Enjoy. Marti
Thanks for stopping by! The apples are delicious, but at least now I’ll know what I need to be ready for with the next harvest! Wow…so much work!
Your decorations reminded me of this post for a free coffin pattern. Thought you might like it. http://www.incolororder.com/2016/10/free-pattern-paper-pieced-coffin-quilt.html
Yum! Apples! Hubs stopped and bought apples and cider which we gobbled right up!
Thanks for that pattern! It’s awesome. I also went down the rabbit hole for a bit, because I forgot that Jeni is big into vintage Pyrex! That was a fun hour or so… Hahaha!
I love your decorations! I haven’t decorated for Halloween, and I doubt we will just because its already so close. Apple pie – my favorite!
Thanks! I almost skipped it this year since we waited for cooler weather to weed the yard. Although, Josh suggested that we leave the weeds since “that would look more spooky, right?!” Gotta love the kids who try to get out of weeding! hahaha!
Ha ha ha, I don’t blame them, I hate weeding! We don’t really have much of a front yard, and no porch, just steps, so it makes it hard to decorate. I will have to brainstorm something to do for next year!
I also have to admit that I am a tad disappointed to not see those glorious cardinals again . . . . 😉
I have to admit THAT made me burst into laughter! Haha!!
Happy to make you laugh!
Next week I’ll be making sauce. Two bushels of apples, please!
Nice! Funny thing, when I got the apples the first thing I thought of was apple sauce. And then I asked who liked apple sauce and discovered no one in the house likes apple sauce! That’s when the frantic internet searching for recipes began… Hahaha!!
I was seriously jealous of all those apples!! Consequently, I will be heading to Apple Hill tomorrow for a photo shoot and a few boxes of apples. Stay tuned.
Now I know what to prepare for when we’re in Oregon and it’s apple season! Brad was so annoyed with all of the work involved and my stress level being increased trying to figure out what to do with all of those apples when I didn’t have the equipment to deal with them. I don’t even own a big stock pot! I went to the garage and grabbed a thin beer-making pot his son bought him years ago and at least that helped with the volume of apple pie filling! I look forward to seeing your pictures.