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Red, and Purple, and Chicken Pot Pie

Posted by mrssmythe on September 20, 2017 in Baking, CPT's Lens, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Lots of red in the landscape these days – from the crabapples in the grocery store parking lot…

to the zinnias in the front yard…

and the yarrow in the herb garden.

The trees have yet to do much changing, but the maple in our side yard – always one of the first trees to change each year- is already littering the driveway with leaves.

After red, purple is the color of choice. I love this morning glory that sprung up of its own accord and overran the backyard bird feeder.

I haven’t planted morning glories for years, but they continue to surprise me each year – descendants of plants I introduced to that spot several summers ago.

Also purple:

The last round of spiderwort flowers – something the bees always appreciate.

And, speaking of bees, I was surprised to see the bumblebees so enamored with my basil plants.

I’d been feeling guilty about neglecting the basil this year – for not doing more with it. But, the bees seem to approve, so I feel better.

No sign of the monarch from the front yard chrysalis. In the meantime, these caterpillars popped up in the yard last week:

We think they will eventually become Fall Webworm Moths.

As to Fall, itself, we continue to swing between warm, muggy days, and cooler, misty days.

Days like the latter inspire baking. I find myself wanting to make things like chicken pot pie:

and carrot cake:

Really, I ought to make carrot cake more often. It’s such a delicious way to get your vegetables. And, if your recipe includes pineapple, walnuts, and coconut (as mine does), so much the better.

From the dining room table, confessing that I had a slice of the above cake with my breakfast this morning (I classed it as a breakfast pastry),

Mrs Smythe




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Caterpillar Happenings and a Return to Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on September 10, 2017 in Chickens, CPT's Lens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about caterpillars. We found a monarch caterpillar in the hydrangeas getting ready to spin its chrysalis about ten days ago. By the time we’d finished dinner, it had finished the job. Since then, it has weathered several rainstorms, and, despite it’s delicate appearance, seems to be incredibly strong. […]

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Labor Day in Old Wethersfield

Posted by mrssmythe on September 5, 2017 in Books, Garden, Out & About, Travel |

The girls are studying American history this year, and one of the books Ginger will be reading is The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Have you ever read that book? I’ve read it three times. I think it’s one of my favorites. The book is set in Wethersfield, Connecticut – a town less than an hour from where […]

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A Day at Southwick’s Zoo

Posted by mrssmythe on September 2, 2017 in CPT's Lens, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, Out & About |

This past Monday, as a sort of end-of-summer hurrah, we drove to Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts. We hadn’t been to a zoo in years and probably wouldn’t have thought of going except Ginger mentioned one morning that she couldn’t remember ever visiting a zoo. (Which is not to say she’s never been to one. She’s […]

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Last Week of Summer…First Week of School

Posted by mrssmythe on September 1, 2017 in Baking, Chickens, Critters, Garden, Out & About, Seasons, Week in Review |

I went for a walk by myself yesterday. “By myself” meaning without the dogs. It felt strange…even a bit lonely. And I had to ask myself, “when did that happen? When did I become a ‘dog person’?” It was certainly easier to take pictures without a dog in tow, but even the neighbors asked where […]

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