Good afternoon Friends far & near,                                             11-13-23

The sun is shining brightly through the window and when someone steps directly into its path their eyes automatically close. It is very clear and bright. We are enjoying a beautiful fall day. Clear blue sky and cool air. Yesterday morning we had heavy frost. I had stepped outside before daylight and could smell the frost. Or so I thought, perhaps it was only the crisp, cold air.


Gardens are done for another season. It is time to do sewing, cooking, and baking. Although we cook and bake all year. Now is the time to start thinking about or making fruit cake for the holidays, if that is something you enjoy.


Field work is done except for some corn still needing to be husked. The events at Mt. Hope are also becoming less. November 24th & 25th is the Mid-Ohio annual Standardbred yearling sale & expose.

Here is a recipe to help use up your excess pumpkin that produced well this summer, taken from “A Better Breakfast” cookbook.


Pumpkin Pancakes

1 cup flour

1 tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

1 cup milk

½ cup pumpkin

2 egg yolks, beaten

2 egg whites, beaten stiff

2 tbsp butter


Directions: Mix ingredients in order given. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Use the butter to fry them. Serve with stewed apples or cider syrup.


Recipe for Cider Syrup:

4 cup apple cider

5 tbsp cornstarch

4 tbsp lemon juice

1 cup sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

½ cup butter


Mix dry ingredients first then add the rest. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add butter.


“The first step toward walking into any future is the step that you take today. Make it a forward, positive, energetic, well-aimed, purposeful step. The steps you take today become the well-worn path of tomorrow.”    -God’s Little Devotional Book

Have a happy Thanksgiving!