Good afternoon everyone,                                                      10-16-23

Beautiful autumn season is here! Cool days and colder nights. Colorful leaves on trees. Leaves floating lazily to the ground. Mums, pumpkins, and cornstalks. Inside the house is cozy warmth. Scents of hot apple cider coming from the kitchen along with baked apple crisp dusted with cinnamon. Beautiful and yummy! Are you all ready for the cold winds and snow of winter which is just around the corner?

The gardens are mostly cleared out. I need to dig a row of potatoes. We haven’t had a killing frost yet. Some of the flowers are still pretty.

Farm work has slowed down a lot. The church ladies are having their monthly sewing day again. Next month they want to make comforters.

Events at Mt. Hope include:

  • Chupp’s Furniture Auction- October 27th & 28th
  • Toy & Train Show- November 4th
  • Organic Farming Conference- November 9th & 10th
  • Swap Meet – October 20th & 21st
  • Back to the Farm Feeder Sale- October 23rd
  • Fall Dairy Sale- October 30th
  • Mid Ohio Alternative Animal & Bird Sale- November 3rd& 4th

I keep finding recipes in the cookbook called “Cooking in the Blessed Nest” and they have a photo to go with it which always looks so delicious.

Hot Cinnamon Pudding

Step 1: 2 cups brown sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 1½ cups cold water. Mix in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Step 2: 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup milk, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons butter (softened), 2 cups flour, 2 teaspoon baking powder, pecans (optional). Mix step 2 ingredients and put in the bottom of a greased 13×9 inch cake pan. Pour step 1 over batter. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Serve with ice cream. Sprinkle chopped pecans over batter before baking if desired.

I learned from a customer that the scent of ground cinnamon repels mice. Has anyone ever had success with that?

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Happy Autumn to you all,