Oh my goodness. I'm "aching in the places where I used to play". What a long day...way too much time standing in the kitchen, my neck and back hurt and my hands hurt from all that chopping. But--the apple butter is made, almost all the pie slices are in the freezer (4 gallons), I made an apple crisp for supper, with oven-fried pork chops, stuffing, green beans with onions and bacon and a side of apple slices sauteed in butter to go with the pork chops. I have about 8 pints of applesauce. The apple butter is all cooked and run through the blender and is now simmering away in the slow cooker. It will be done by morning. The house smells heavenly--apples and cinnamon and nutmeg. I am guesstimating that I'll have about 20 pints of apple butter. Maybe a little less. Surely enough for the two of us and then some. Hubby's lunch is packed and I am ready to drop.
I didn't get the birthday cake for tomorrow night made because I was shy one egg. (And apples took up all my time, lol). SO-- I'll take hubby to work in the morning, stop by Wally World at my favorite time to shop (6AM), and come home and bake the cake. It's a wonderful cake...5 eggs and 2 sticks of butter, coconut, nuts, cream cheese frosting. It is a very labor intensive cake, but so worth the effort. You have to separate the eggs, beat the whites until stiff and then fold them into the batter. Add the egg yolks one at a time, alternating with the buttermilk mixture. and whip,whip,whip!! It's a really beautiful cake.... Maybe I'll take a picture of it tomorrow and show you.
I'm grateful that I know how to do stuff like this.
I'm grateful that I have the means to do so.
I'm blessed to have a friend worth going to all this trouble for.
I'm blessed to be able to contribute to my family's food experience.
I'm grateful that NANOWRIMO doesn't start until November. lol
I'm especially blessed to know that I am loved, that I can let go & let God.
I'm grateful for all the blogs I read every day....
You guys really teach me so much .