The weather changes to colder, gardens fade and are put to bed, porch furniture is put away, the trees are ugly and bare.
There are things I feel I must do every October to take full advantage of all it's glory.
I must go to as many farm markets as possible to get fresh apples, butternut squash and gourds. This year my husband and I went on a tour of many different farm markets along the lakeshore, tasting apples and taking in the scenery. We even visited Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario.
I must get my pumpkin for a dollar on the flatbed truck a few miles away.
I must bake Pumpkin Cookies. My granddaughter Cassidy comes over and decorates them every year.....
And my son Michael eats them!
I must go to Schutt's Apple Mill and farm market in Webster for the best cider and donuts around.
This year I added some new must's that I wanted to make sure I accomplished.
For the past 16 years I have wanted a row of different colored mums in my garden to remind me of my old farmhouse.
I did it this year!
I have always wanted to make a pumpkin pie out of a fresh pumpkin. I did it and you can see the tutorial for it here.
And finally, I have always wanted a scarecrow in my garden. Not those kitschy ones from the craft shows or the dollar store....a real respectable, looks like a homemade, scarecrow. I found one at a garage sale. Can't believe this woman was selling him but she was moving and couldn't take him along. He has a wool shirt, a silk tie, real jeans and a real straw hat. Just what I was looking for....now if I could only find the faux crow I had to put on his shoulder!
I haven't carved a pumpkin in years but my daughter and granddaughter have and they carved the ones at the beginning of this post. Can you tell what they are?
The first one is an owl and the second one is a hamster. My daughter is into owls right now and my granddaugter has a real hamster at home. Cute!