He is happy about the extra ground we can cover on our walks here. 🐾
Moving north in November has its challenges, for sure. Like, not having enough time to properly prepare for winter, which seems to have arrived before the moving truck. But, this is the length of our driveway, which, on the spectrum of Vermont driveways, would be considered a dream. At least in terms of snow removal and general passibility. And given our dead end road location, the shortness does not bother me; it is still so unbelievably quiet with hardly any cars passing all day. I actually like the less-isolated feel of the short driveway. I'm here alone a few days a week, so much of the snow removal falls on me. Yet another reason to not mind this wide, flat, short drive. ❄️
A few freshly baked for the weekend, a lot of dough balls for the freezer. Emily comes home in a week and I'm in mom-prep-mode. We haven't seen her since the end of July, marking the longest time apart in her life. Not that she's lost sleep about it, but... 🙋🏻. I'm thinking (hoping?) it's been good prep for when she's in Russia. 🍪
It was delicious! You should make some. I got the idea from Chelsea at @littlemountainranch ; she mentioned doing this with ground beef that's been cooked with a bit of tomato sauce added. Maybe some sautéed onions, peppers, whatever you have. But our tomatoes are still in CT so I improvised with chili from the freezer. To make: cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, remove pulp and bake facing down at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Do this on parchment or well greased pan. I'd just made some bacon so I used the same baking sheet with the bacon grease remains. While the squash cooks, heat up your filling. When squash is done, remove from oven, flip over, and season with salt and pepper. Fill halves with warm filling, top with cheese, and bake for an additional 20 minutes, uncovered. So good. I couldn't eat a whole half so I cut it in half, and it actually sliced beautifully. It wasn't soupy and falling apart at all. I made a lot because that's just how I cook... cook once, eat 2-3 times. Now I want this with a sundried-tomato-pesto-risotto type filling. With wild mushrooms. Endless possibilities!
I was going to share this photo this morning, but today's snowy window view won out. ❄️🕯So, I'll share it now. All of the roofing that I removed to plant garlic? It went straight to work prepping ground for a raspberry patch extension... because why have twenty feet of raspberries when you can have fifty? These are the same raspberries that we had in CT, also from Grandma June's patch. It's kind of family obligation, you *have* to grow these. 😇 We returned the big sander this morning and will use our small hand sanders to touch up spots on the edges and such. Almost there. I'm about to put spaghetti squash into the oven... it's been halved and roasted, then stuffed with chili and topped with cheese. Now I'll bake it for another 20 minutes or so. If it's good, I'll take a picture to share with you. 😋
We had plans to sleep in... at least past 6:00. Scout had plans to run in the snow. Today is opening day for (regular) deer season, which is about as holy a day as this family knows. The cold and snowy conditions are perfect. Adam didn't get a VT tag this year (he's going with CT tags for one last season, which starts Wednesday), but being here, with all this snow, he just can't help recalling the hunts of his youth. Gosh it's hard not to miss Dad a little extra today. ❤️
It takes about 15 minutes for an Instagram post to publish after I hit share, and equally as long to load new likes and comments when I check in. I can't seem to reply to your dm's, and replying to comments is sporadic. I don't mind the pace (though I wish the last three texts to my husband would go through), I just wanted to mention it so you don't think I'm ignoring your notes and questions. I will catch up with you when I can. ✨ I just came in from a couple hours spent working outside, and in that time, not a single car drove by. It was so peaceful. Snow arrives tonight and I finally got the garlic planted. We are short on prepared garden beds this late in the season, with five pounds of garlic to plant. So I removed a bunch of metal roofing scraps (not rusty) from the ground (it once kept firewood off the dirt), and gave it a quick turn with the broadfork. Unlike the gnarly sod everywhere else (vegetable gardens have been fallow for a couple years and Nature has dependably reclaimed the land), this spot was practically ready for planting. Easiest new bed I've ever created, and already contained lots of composted matter and earthworm activity. The roofing did all the work. Garlic's in!
There is an interesting phenomenon in northern Maine (elsewhere, too?) where people take half or all of their garage, remove the door(s), and screen it off. Voila! Screen porch! 🍹👙🍍 Instant summer retreat. They place all of their patio furniture in there, and it MUST face out, toward the road. I haven't asked around, but best I can tell this is a Mainer's way of having a screen porch from which to watch the world go by (protected from bird-like mosquitos), without having to pay taxes on another structure. We call that Yankee Ingenuity. 🤓🌲 There is a pole barn here that was built 35 years ago as a 5 year garage, but the darn thing wouldn't quit so it's remained the only garage ever since. We will be using this structure for A LOT of things this first year or two (moving north in November is a bit of a hustle... you're not going to be perfectly settled before winter sets in). It's the only outbuilding on the property and it needs to serve a lot of purposes right now. Like pretending we're in northern Maine and this is our screen porch, sans screen. Watching the world go by... or at least, Uncle Kurt, he's likely the only one to actually drive by. 🚜