Rainbows and Pot Pies etc. Slice of Life : Late October

It is hard to believe that I’ll need to cut the grass again this late in October, but we had quite a bit of rain on Monday and Monday night.  The grass looks as if it grew several inches due to that.

Cooler temperatures followed.

Tuesday found me in the kitchen making chicken pots pies for a friend of my youngest son. His dad had died in a motorcycle accident on Sunday :(

LILY was at the groomers while I was cooking , but the two boys, Jugsy and Koopa, didn’t mind at all.  They didn’t have to share chicken skins and scraps with her!  This friend loves my pot pies and always asks when I am going to make one. In this case it was love & sympathy pies.

The recipe is HERE .   ( Years ago a co-worker and I had tried out several pot pie recipes. Some were quite difficult and prolonged. I came across this one and it is easy and always turns out great.) 

Prior to this cooler weather moving in, the evenings were still quite warm. My son’s pit bull loves to jump. He jumps at a branch 7 feet high in the air on my crabapple tree and oftentimes reaches it. Here is a night shot of him returning to me on the porch after a jumping spree :

He’s just pure muscle, yet in this house, the tiny little cat is the boss of him :)

My flowers were still blooming, and in my previous post I showed a coneflower coming in to bloom. Here she is in full bloom and probably the last new bloom of the season.

YET these coneflowers are so interesting and here is what they ‘morph’ in to :

coneflower-one

Meanwhile a blogger friend had recommended a Maggie Hope mystery series and when I went to my little library in search of that ( they had ONE ) I saw Amy Tan’s memoir, ” Where the Past Begins” on the New Releases shelf.

I am not sure if you have read Amy Tan, but I recall loving the “Joy Luck Club” years ago and later on, some of her other books.

I could not put that memoir down! Finished it within 2-3 days.

For most of the summer after this or that rain or storm, I’d watch for a rainbow. None!

On Tuesday October 24 just about everyone in my area was entranced by a large rainbow after a small rainshower. It was very bright and clear and lasted for a long time. There was actually a double rainbow but that portion was fading out when I grabbed my camera for a few shots.

It was such a nice early evening surprise :)

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Mid-September

We’ve been having the sort of weather where you have to change clothes 3x per day. Long sleeves and a sweater or hoodie in the morning, changing to a lighter cotton shirt later on or shedding some layers, and then getting fairly warm in the afternoon.

It went to 83 degrees this afternoon…a quick change to something sleeveless and shorts prior to getting 2 of the grandkids after school. That’s the warmest that it has been in awhile. Our chilliest was 41 degrees one early a.m.  and no, I did not turn on the furnace :)

I simply did what Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable does, and she had posted about that last year or at some point.  I got a quick shower, dressed, and put my big fuzzy bathrobe over my clothes for the morning until it warmed up.

I mentioned in my prior post that the DIL had minor surgery ( getting better every day ) and I’d been helping out with cooking and laundry and so on. Yesterday she and I and three of the grands went to the grocery store after school.

I’d forgotten what it was like to do major grocery shopping with little kids but I WILL say that we all started using the long cucumbers in the vegetable section as microphones to sing in to along with the music for a minute or so there , to Mama’s Dismay :)

I  managed to applique another Airship Propeller Block since my last post. I turned this project over to following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month. This month is orange and I had so little that I resorted to peach for one block and I chose pastels for this one.

Fall is coming but we are in the middle of two seasons here and the pastels in the fabric mirror many of the flowers in the garden right now.  ( Cosmos, zinnias, roses, sweet william, foxglove that has returned, an unnamed flower, and peegee hydrangea turning from white to pink  )

Meanwhile while helping out with cooking for my son’s family, one day we did an English Shoulder Roast ( this is so tender ) with Golden Mushroom Soup…I find that this is the best soup to use with a roast in the crockpot.

I roasted some vegetables, made a cucumber salad, and a corn souffle which they all loved. I don’t know why I make this so rarely….only around the holidays…because it is so very simple.

I pulled this photo from a prior post but I don’t see that I ever posted the actual recipe ( the pan that I made for them doubled the original recipe which is below the photo:

  • In a bowl, mix ( with a spoon, no need for a mixer with beaters )
  • 1 can corn or the equivalent of summer corn on the cob, cooked and cut off of the cob
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 cup  milk ( I usually use 2 % )
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter ( to cut up into small pieces and sprinkle over the mixture once it is in the pan )
  • Mix and pour into a pan to cook on 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Check it the same way that you do a cake…if the edges are browning and the knife comes out clean in the middle it is done.  If you double this for a big family or potluck, it will take the full hour or a bit more.

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