exciting quilt update! you do remember the quilt, right? this is long overdue. was my last quilt post really in april? that hurts. however, the top was pieced together and finished sometime during the summer. it just took me a while to figure out the back (thank you willie). i got the measurements rightish enough and then sewed it together. so that's that. i ironed and folded the front and back, grabbed my two yards of batting and dropped it all off to be quilted::
it should be back to me in about a week. then i'll start in on the binding. if the stars align, i will have it finished to put under the tree. if they don't, i hope we will be snuggling under it by new years. realistically i'll settle for any time before 2016.
this year we traveled for thanksgiving and wound up leaving earlier than expected to avoid a storm. and so, therefore, i was unable to make the coveted pumpkin whoopie pies. luckily there was no shortage of desserts. we had the most wonderful thanksgiving to date. the whoopie pies were missed by the kids though so we got home and i got to it::
there, that's better. we can now move on to christmas! if you haven't tried these yet, you really should.
if i were being completely honest, i would title this post "the second egg", but it just doesn't have the same ring. our first official egg was laid in a nearly unreachable spot and in the mud. it was broken. apparently the first layer, buttercup, didn't want to use the comfy nesting boxes. a quick search online said we needed to "train" them. golfballs will work, but lucky for us the kids had exactly three fake egg's in their play kitchen. we put one faux egg in each of our three nesting boxes and left the ladies in the coop until lunch (they are known to lay mostly during the morning hours). and just like that::
so incredibly exciting. we've been getting one egg a day since, and always in the nesting box now. as the days get shorter, i'm not sure how many more we can expect, but we're all waiting for the day that we'll find a brown egg or a blue one. it's a great subject of debate right now. when and what color. my money is on brown.
i have a ton of bookmarked recipes for refrigerator pickles. i started with this recipe because i had all ingredients on hand, minus the coriander seeds. they are super simple to make. i cut the recipe in half and it made enough for two pint containers of pickles. the hardest part was letting them hang out in the fridge for a couple of days before testing. but they were worth the wait and everyone loved them, coriander or no coriander. this recipe requires a little bit of boiling time but there are some i've bookmarked that don't. meaning; i will be making different versions until the pickling cucumbers are out of stock. the crunch is addictive! i know what i'll be doing with all of the overflow from the garden next season.