Monches Farm, located in Colgate Wisconsin. I swear I would live here if I could. The scenery was so endearing that I almost forgot I was there to sell baskets!!!! I may have to go back one day just for a photo shoot! Their nursery has unique varieties, their chickens are too adorable for words…seriously they have “slippers”, a sheep pasture, a barn and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I attend most all of their annual events. If you are in the neighborhood I highly recommend a visit! www.monchesfarm.com
Woke up this morning to a chilly 36 degrees!!! My first instinct…..start bread (along with a cup of coffee, of course). Something about this turning of seasons that makes me want fresh bread…. and granola!! Since I made granola 2 days ago (it’s already gone), bread really did sound more appealing. And I knew we had the time to make it. It really is a long process, yes. It seems so simple. Mix ingredients, knead it and let it rise. But, truly, it takes all morning! Today I tried out a new recipe, cinnamon oat bread. What a fantastic recipe. It immediately just warmed the entire house with its aroma. Just what was needed on a chilly fall day. I may just have to make another batch tomorrow….after the market of course!
Apple Season, (oh how we LOVE apple season) is finally winding down around here. It seemed to go on forever this year!! Apples are a staple, so no one was complaining. Everytime we turned around we had more apples showing up at our door. My very sweet mother in law brought us oodles from “up north” (you have to be a local to truly understand why this term requires quotation). We scored a fantastic deal from our co-op. Finally a good friend, who has apples trees, brought over bushels!!!! Now we don’t have a root cellar or, anything close to it, for storing apples long term …..so a whole lot of processing is what we did. Thankfully, I have lots of helpers and plenty of fun apple processing gadgets that my helpers enjoy using!!
So what did we do you ask???
Well, we started with dehydrating. The coring, peeling and slicing machine was oh so fun to use!! Then came the apple pies. We made one fresh pie and then cut and froze dozens of apples for future pies!! Apple sauce and Apple Butter were next. I like to make big batches of apple sauce to freeze for future baking. I also freeze the apple butter (one day I will conquer my fears and just can everything!!!) And finally we finished with JUICING!! We adore fresh apple juice and generally finish off the batch instantly. So this year I was determined to freeze (I know, I know, freezer again!) a few batches that we could pull out for fresh cider. I am proud to announce that we have 5 batches in the freezer, well 4. One was pulled out on Halloween. I put it in the crock pot that morning on low, added mulling spices and let it sit all day. We came home from trick or treating cold and dripping, it was a soggy Halloween in Wisconsin this year. That hot cup of cider was just perfect….
Oh, I almost forgot. We also made apple prints and strung some up to dry with cinnamon sticks!!! And that was it…. well that and my kids eating apples to their hearts content!!!
Have I mentioned how much we LOVE apple season.