I love these days of waking up to a nose that feels a bit frosty because the window above the headboard is cracked open and yet I am toasty warm in the covers. Walking out to the meet the bus with the oldest daughter and breathing in that crisp fall air is intoxicating. I find that it clears out the brain and we have some interesting discussions while waiting on the bus.
Yesterday I preserved another batch of pickled banana peppers and onions. I had already put the canner away for the season but excess called again and so I brought it back out. I also have a trunk load of butternut squash that I am going to do something with. I still have a half dozen or so bags of squash from last year in our freezer but since that probably won't last a whole year, I want to preserve more. Besides, those bags of squash are Hubbard squash which are the most tastiest of squash in my opinion and best for pumpkin pies and homemade pumpkin ice cream. Butternut is really good too but I just don't want to fill up my freezer anymore especially with a deer or two entering into it in another month or two. So I think I am going to try canning the butternut squash since I have a lot of quart jars left.
I recently ate an outstanding squash dish that consisted of mashed cooked squash mixed with onion, red pepper, green pepper, garlic, two eggs, plain yogurt, feta cheese, salt, pepper and a dash of cayenne with some toasted sunflower seeds on top. I threw that in a casserole dish and baked it for a half hour covered and another half hour uncovered. I'm glad I still have some leftovers. Because of this dish, I think the canned squash would go perfectly for cooking it later this winter or next year even.
As I am writing this, the guys who are installing my new woodburning fireplace insert are here. I thought about trying it myself but in the end decided to just pay the installation costs. The price for installation was very reasonable, I didn't have to be worried about insurance covering the fireplace if it was done by licensed professionals and most of all, I've just never done something like that and don't know all the tricks of the trade to do a good job. There also wasn't much information available for doing it yourself on the web. I'm not disappointed. It gives me a chance to catch up on other things while they do in a morning what would have taken me several days I'm sure.
My honey-do list hasn't been progressing as much as I had hoped. I crossed off a few small projects and added a few more projects like the ladder bookshelf for my mother-in-laws room and some storage totes that I'm finishing up for my wife's office. I will do a post on those later. The big ticket items on my list will probably start in a few weeks when my brother stops by to help me out. He and I will probably spend a day bucking some of the dead trees around the house. After he leaves and the trees our now out of the way, I hope to perhaps start building a fence around the future garden area. That is going to be a lot of work. After it becomes too cold to do outside work, I have three rooms left to remodel inside which should more than keep me busy all winter long. For the next few weeks however, I am thinking of doing another woodworking project out in the garage while the weather is nice for such things. I just need to figure out what.