Autumn breather…

It looks like the last time I blogged was late August. That sentence almost rings out in my mind like a private confession of some transgression. Our family was enjoying a reunion, kids and cousins and friends. It was joyous and chaotic at the same time.

The goodbyes were said, tears were shed, and life got back to it’s pre-reunion routine. Somewhat.

Our property is progressing well. The shop is dried in for the winter, although we would still like to get the siding on and the house is being framed. Framing is an amazing process. For days it can look like nothing is happening and then BAM! The walls are up! I can walk through the front door opening, see where the rooms are going to be, and get a glimpse of what the views will be out the windows. The building process has been amazing. There are emotions that I cannot express, that well up inside me when I see what I have planned on paper take shape in three dimensions. It is truly awe inspiring.

I haven’t been involved much for the last month on site. Most of my job has been preparing electrical schematics, shopping lists, reviewing permit inspections, ordering windows, getting insulation estimates and paying everyone. That all changes next week. We have a plumber friend who is going to walk me through the rough in for the house. Soon after that, we will begin setting electrical outlet boxes, switches, etc and pulling wire. After that, the workers will start siding both buildings, roofing the house and setting the patio awning around the shop. I will then start managing the subcontractors scheduling.

For fun, I take time to pull more plums from the tree, and put together color samples of tiles and flooring and cabinetry and such for the final detailing. Right out of high school I took a college interior design class. I really thought that was the route I would follow, until I clearly heard God speak to me a solid “Nope”. One of a handful of times I have hear a clear voice. I got an A+ in the class, but went to work full time for a newspaper in their advertising department. Paid off my first car, moved into my own place with a couple roommates. Did some growing up, got married, had kids, got divorced, remarried, lived life. Several years ago I went through a home staging course and got a certificate, however the timing wasn’t right then either, and nothing became of it. And so I dabble with my own house(s).

Today, I have filled my belly with a delicious plum Dutch Baby breakfast, and am preparing to get to work pruning the fruit trees down, removing some unused firewood from the yard and moving some plant starts over to the property to overwinter. That’s one nice thing about perennial plants. I can cut off a chunk of the plant at this house, and next spring, when we plan to sell, you won’t be able to tell. And, I will have plants I love for the new place at no cost. Well, sorta no cost. My shoulder hurt for a few days after digging out a chunk of decorative grasses. If I have time, I may even try to get a final lawn mow in.

I hope you have a great day today! Find joy in the little things. Always look for the joy. It helps in dealing with this crazy world we live in.

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Dutch Babies and Apples…

So, recently, I mentioned in a post that I had fixed Dutch babies with cinnamon spiced apples for breakfast. Someone commented that it sounded good, so I thought you might enjoy the recipe. Here it is!

Ingredients:

5 eggs

1/2 cup butter

1 1/4 cups milk

1 1/4 cups flour (I use gluten free)

Pinch of salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Melt butter, and using pastry brush, coat 9×13 baking pan with some of the butter. Set remainder aside.

Beat eggs on high till fluffy

Add milk, beat on high some more

Add salt and flour and beat til blended well.

Add melted butter and beat briefly, batter will thicken quickly and try to clog the beaters.

Pour batter into baking dish and spread to edges with spatula.

Put into oven and bake for 25 minutes

It will puff up. Remove it when it begins to get golden brown. Once you remove it, the puff will drop.

Topping:

2 sweet apples diced bite sized (I use honeycrisp)

1 Tbls cinnamon

2 Tbls butter

Optional: 1/2 cup of nuts of your choice

Optional: if you must have it sweeter, add a couple tablespoons of brown sugar

Melt butter in pan, add apples, cinnamon (and sugar if using), sauté until softened and butter is mostly absorbed/reduced. Serve over hot Dutch Baby, too with whipped cream if you do sugar.

Variations:

Add finely shredded carrot to the apple mixture before you cook.

Slice up a few plums, add a couple drops of wild orange essential oil and cardamom essential oil, stir around so juices spread oils around. Place on top of batter before you cook it. I only recommend using essential oils that have supplement facts on them. You could use a couple TBLS orange juice and a sprinkle of ground cardamom instead.

Very yummy! I will eat leftover pieces warmed with butter like toast. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!